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College Square Closes Permanently COMMISSIONERS APPROVE THREE PARK PROGRAMS AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued and Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com College Square will remain closed to cars permanently after the Athens-Clarke County Commission voted last week to convert it into a pedestrian plaza. A pilot project started last year, with the county government blocking off College Avenue between Clayton and Broad streets and filling the open space with picnic tables. With the pandemic showing the importance of outdoor public gathering spaces, commissioners now want to make the change permanent. “We don’t want to go back,” Commissioner Carol Myers said at the Apr. 6 voting meeting. “This is too important a space. We’ve been waiting so long to get this open to the public.” The idea has been floating around for decades, but was always opposed by downtown business owners due to the loss of parking and potential effect on traffic. However, ACC officials found that the closure “does not have a major impact on the downtown traffic circulation” and makes crossing Broad Street on foot safer without drivers trying to turn from College onto Broad. “Seeing is believing,” said Commissioner Russell Edwards, a downtown business owner. “We talked for a long time, but the vision behind this pilot project has really shown folks how great this square can be. It’s been a tremendous asset and positive for businesses throughout the pandemic.” Almost all of the 77 comments ACC received from the public were positive, with a few concerns raised about loading zones for delivery drivers. But commissioners Patrick Davenport and Ovita Thornton said the public input was insufficient, and Thornton said she’d like to see a price tag for the plan. Both eventually voted in favor of it. Designing a permanent town square could take years, though. There is currently no funding attached, although the county general fund, federal stimulus money and an upcoming transportation sales tax referendum could be potential sources. In the end, Commissioner Melissa Link said she envisions “a space that truly, truly belongs to the community and welcomes all people in the community—all ages, all races.” The commission also extended a “parklet” program that allows restaurants to use city-owned street parking for outdoor dining. Bars and retailers can also take over parking on West Washington Street on weekends. The extension will last until ACC’s COVID-19 emergency order expires. A commission-defined option introduced by Commissioner Jesse Houle also instructed Mayor Kelly Girtz to assign the commission’s Government Operations Committee to look at expanding the parklet program and making it permanent. Given the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, Girtz said he expects the emergency order to be extended “at least through mid-summer.” Although Link and Edwards said during a parklets discussion last month that they’d like to keep last call at bars at 11:30 p.m.


rather than move it back to 2 a.m., “this proposal does not in any way relate to when the bars close,” Houle said. Another downtown park—a real one, not just tables on asphalt—also won approval. The parking lot at the Costa Building near City Hall will be landscaped with trees, grass, seating and a performance area. The Athens Downtown Development Authority is picking up the tab for the $400,000 project, and construction is expected to start this summer. In addition, after a contentious discussion last month about which nonprofits to fund, the commission allocated $460,000 from the federal CARES Act to nine nonprofits: ACTION Inc., Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, the Athens Area Diaper Bank, Athens Land Trust, Athens Nurses Clinic, Family Promise, Farm to Neighborhood, Project SAFE and The Ark. They will use the money to provide food, rent, transportation and utility assistance to indigent residents. ACC received 31 applications, but many were rejected because they came from religious organizations which the county can’t fund under the Georgia constitution, the application came in after the deadline or the group did not have 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. The vote was 9–1, with Thornton opposed. Commissioners also started the process of changing the name of Carriage Lane at the Clarke Garden apartments off Barnett Shoals Road to Thumpa Avenue. “Thumpa” was the nickname of Auriel Callaway, a 27-year-old resident who was killed by a stray bullet in 2019 while she was four months’ pregnant. During commissioners’ open comment period, Edwards continued his crusade against gas-powered leaf blowers. Then he set his sights on Gov. Brian Kemp, who set up eight mass vaccination sites around the state run by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, but none closer to Athens than Habersham County more than 50 miles away. “Pretty crazy that we don’t have a mass vaccination site here in Athens, Georgia,” Edwards said. Kemp sent in the National Guard for a “50-person block party sponsored by Black Lives Matter,” Edwards said, but not to help vaccinate Athens residents. “I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “Athens is a regional center. It has the most concentrated poverty in the Northeast Georgia region. So many of our constituents do not have cars to drive an hour and 15 minutes. Why won’t the governor set up a mass vaccination site in his hometown?” Houle said they were disappointed that the state legislature did not pass a homestead exemption for low-income homeowners or an increase in the hotel-motel tax, as the commission requested. Commissioner Tim Denson said he was disappointed about Senate Bill 202, which he called “voter suppression” and compared to Jim Crow-era restrictions on voting. He asked county officials to come up with a plan to “mitigate the impact” of the legislation.


“Our Republican state legislators have really betrayed democracy by allying with seditionist, traitorous, insurrectionist, terrorist sympathizers by crafting an omnibus bill that is based on a lie, a lie that dismantles our democracy,” Link said, referring to false claims that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. [Blake Aued]

COVID Numbers Are Rising Again In the rush to get as many people vaccinated as possible before coronavirus variants spread further, new data from Erin Lipp’s wastewater lab at UGA suggests that Athens may be seeing an increase in cases and viral spread locally. Viral levels have increased for the second week in a row. “Although total viral load in wastewater across the area remains relatively low, the shift toward increasing levels over the last two weeks (after several weeks of stable to declining levels) is concerning,” the lab website notes. “As of April 2, reported cases remained low in Athens-Clarke County, at 8 new cases per day, but the number of tests administered has declined and the percentage of positive tests has increased slightly (from 3% positive on 3/24 to 4% positive on 4/2). This illustrates the need for continued preventative measures as vaccine distribution increases within the county.” According to Georgia Department of Public Health data, the seven-day running average for Clarke County increased to 10.9 on Apr. 8 from 8.1 on Mar. 25. Clarke County has now had 12,515 confirmed cases and another 2,181 positive antigen tests. Stress on local hospitals continues to be low. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Region E decreased to 45, or 8.3% of all

patients, and ICU beds in use as of Apr. 9 decreased to 57 from 65 on Mar. 25. While deaths are a lagging indicator, Athens residents are still dying every week. There have now been 131 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Clarke County as of Apr. 9, including six deaths in the last two weeks. UGA’s testing data for Mar. 29–Apr. 4 showed an increase in positive cases. There were 53 positive cases that week, compared to 34 the previous week. Additionally, surveillance testing participation has declined for another consecutive week. There were only 846 tests administered for the week, compared to more than 1,700 tests for the first week in March. UGA is now posting vaccination data. As of Apr. 2, UGA had administered 8,606 vaccine shots, and 2,227 people had been fully vaccinated. On the other side of combating this pandemic is a revamp to the Georgia DPH Vaccine Dashboard to include data on how many actual residents in a given county have been vaccinated. Previously, DPH only reported data on how many vaccines were administered in each county. According to the DPH dashboard, 18,813, or 15%, of Clarke County residents have been fully vaccinated. Another 27,893, or 22%, of Clarke County residents have received one dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. On Apr. 9, Georgia halted use of the new one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a Cumming vaccination site after eight people experienced adverse reactions. While more data is a good thing, it’s not without flaws, and there are big differences in the CDC and DPH data on vaccinations per county. Amber Schmidtke noted in her newsletter on the pandemic in Georgia last week that the “county-level data may not be a totally accurate depiction of vaccinations levels in the area.” If a person’s county of residence was not entered, they are not counted at all in the county-level data and are only included in the state data. The new dashboard also gives further specifics per county including age, sex, race and ethnicity, but Schmidtke cautioned about accuracy there too. There will likely be adjustments and clarifications in the coming weeks, she added. [Jessica Luton] f



Trouble in God’s Country MOVING THE ALL-STAR GAME PUNISHED THE WRONG GEORGIA By Charles Hayslett news@flagpole.com


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If economic punishment was the goal, a better strategy might have been to rattle some budgetary sabers at, for example, Augusta’s Fort Gordon, which sits next door to the district represented by the bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Max Burns (R-Sylvania), as well as other military installations and federal facilities. If instead, the objective was political humiliation, you’d think they might have noticed that Burns’ sprawling, largely rural East Georgia district also sweeps into Augusta and brackets a certain well-tended golf course that will be ground zero for the sports media for the next several days. Not for nothing, the 2021 Master’s Tournament, as it does every COVID-free year, will double as a post-legislative party scene for lobbyists and lawmakers, and an entertainment venue for the state’s well-heeled corporate leaders, who will no doubt have to spend some of their time trying to convince their out-of-state customers and prospects that the state is not actually run by knuckle-dragging racists. Enter now the White House and Major League Baseball, and recognize that the laws of physics also apply to politics: For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. Put another way, if Republicans do something stupid, they can count on the Democrats to do something just as stupid right back. Thus did Biden and MLB lurch into ready/fire/ aim mode and deprive businesses and employees in an increasingly Democratic part of the state of, according to a Cobb Travel and Tourism executive, more than $100 million in projected cash flow. Clearly, one of the Two Georgias deserved all this economic pain, radioactive headlines and political opprobrium—but it wasn’t metro Atlanta or Cobb County. Now, though, the problem isn’t just that Atlanta is paying an economic price for rural Georgia’s retrograde politics, it’s that there’s almost certainly more to come. As Atlanta Journal-

Constitution sports columnist Steve Hummer put it this weekend, “The loss of baseball’s All-Star Game was just the beginning. Why, with a little more work from those beneath the Gold Dome, we can become Birmingham before you know it.” “Why,” he added a few paragraphs later, “would any major sporting league—or major company for that matter—want to have anything to do with a leadership that so eagerly gives credence to a bald-faced lie?” Here he makes an important point. The Georgia General Assembly adjourned last week after devoting much of its legislative energy to producing a 98-page law based entirely on President Trump’s fictitious claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. One byproduct of that legislative disaster is that it spawned a political virus for which there is no obvious vaccine—and no way of knowing where or how it might spread. Aside from the economic development implications, it doesn’t take much imagination to wonder whether the five-star Black athletes now dressing out for Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs might begin to think twice about playing football in a state where the legislature apparently wants to hinder their right to vote. If, for instance, running back Zamir “Zeus” White and wide receiver George Pickens were to even glance in the direction of the transfer portal because of the new law, let’s just say that the likely opposite reaction would be very unequal—and would require Gov. Kemp to build a bigger fence around the state capitol to hold the UGA Alumni Association at bay. If the recent presidential and Senate elections marked tipping points in Georgia politics, the enactment of SB 202 may prove to be an even more important inflection point in the long-running political war between metro Atlanta and rural Georgia. My hunch is that one opposite and equal reaction to SB 202 is that voter outrage in metro Atlanta will remain at a boiling point through the 2022 election cycle. Bad press for depriving voters standing in long lines of food and water may prove to be the least of the Republicans’ problems. In the Two Georgias, a mega-million-dollar hit on metro Atlanta and Cobb County is a small price for Sen. Burns and his colleagues to pay to calm the Trump-inflamed fever swamps they represent. In fact, it’s no price at all, which is the problem. Burns’ hometown of Sylvania is more than 200 miles from Truist Park, and most of his fellow GOP colleagues live at least 100 miles from the ballpark. At the risk of being uncharitable, I can’t help but wonder if some of these legislators—and their constituents—aren’t laughing up their sleeves (if not out loud) at metro Atlanta’s misfortune. For them, SB 202 was a twofer. Not only did they weaken the region politically, but they also nicked it for tens of millions of dollars in business in the process. I’ll close by suggesting that this need not be the end of the opening chapter of this story. Georgia’s newly-empowered Democrats in Washington—led by Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock—should make this case to the White House and MLB and implore them to reverse the All-Star Game decision. It may not be too late, and a reversal would undo a major mistake and set the stage for a discussion about how to exact economic retribution on those who actually deserve it. f This article is condensed from the longer version which ran online at troubleingodscountry.com.

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resident Biden and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred apparently never got the memo about the Two Georgias. That’s about the only conclusion to be drawn from their reaction to the enactment of Georgia Senate Bill 202, aka “The Election Integrity Act of 2021.” When Biden publicly urged MLB to strip Atlanta of this year’s All-Star Game, he was basically calling in friendly fire on his own party’s home turf in perhaps the most politically important state in the nation right now. More specifically, he targeted Cobb County, home of the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park and designated site of the 2021 All-Star Game, which last year went Democratic for the first time since well back into the last millennium. Kudos to the political wizards who helped him think that one through.



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In early March, 61-year-old Freddie prosecutors, defense attorneys and proCollins appeared in front of Judge Ethelyn bation officers—appear in person in the Simpson in Athens-Clarke County State courtroom, while defendants appear from Court. Collins had been in jail since last the jail or from their home, some even from November. Prior to that he was homeless their workplace or automobiles. Defendants and sleeping outside. Panhandling was his appearing remotely have their cases continlivelihood. ued or set for trial, plead guilty or admit to Collins’ homelessness got him in trouble. violating terms of their probation. Many are He was arrested on numerous occasions for sentenced to long terms of probation, jail or panhandling, threatening passersby who prison. Some are barred from their homes chose not to give, urinating and masturbator neighborhoods; others are banned from ing in public and entering buildings where Athens-Clarke County altogether. he was not welcome. All but one of his While remote courtroom proceedings alleged offenses—a burglary—have been do keep the system moving, much of what misdemeanors. happens is lost in translation during these In addition to having no place to lay his virtual legal hearings, even when defenhead, some of us who know him thought dants do not have the cognitive limitations Collins suffered from mental health-related issues, including early-onset dementia. At his Mar. 5 appearance before Magistrate Court Judge Ethelyn Simpson, Collins stood in front of a deputy sheriff’s desk inside the Clarke County jail, staring into a laptop screen. Dressed in orange garb and wearing a headset, Collins strained to While remote courtroom see who and what he was proceedings do keep the looking at, until he recogsystem moving, much of what nized Simpson’s voice. “Is that you, Judge Simpson?” happens is lost in translation Collins asked from the jail. during these virtual legal “How you been doing? I miss you.” hearings. Collins’ hearing lasted less than 15 minutes. Unbeknownst to him, the prosecution and defense, with the judge’s blessing, were sending him to a mental hospital in Augusta to determine if he was competent to stand trial. Collins is likely to be confined at the hospital indefinitely An online bail hearing for an Athens-Clarke County jail inmate. and, once evaluated, will either return to Athens having been “restored to competency” and of a Freddie Collins. Defendants appearing therefore able to answer to the criminal remotely cannot see everyone in the courtcharges, or find himself institutionalized room because cameras are focused on only somewhere else for a long, long time. the judge. They are unable to hear clearly At the bench trial’s conclusion, Simpson people speaking in the courtroom, particutold Collins that “they” were going to take larly when the court officers don’t use the good care of him. “Good luck to you, Mr. microphones properly. And the defendant’s Collins,” she said. As he stared blankly into lawyer is not physically sitting by their the laptop camera, it was clear that Collins side in the courtroom anymore, leaving the had no idea what had just transpired. “Just defendant at a disadvantage when unable one question,” he asked the judge. “When to communicate privately with the person do I get out?” representing them. Important legal docu“Unfortunately,” Judge Simpson ments to read or sign are not available to responded before signing off, “I can’t defendants who appear remotely. answer that question for you, Mr. Collins.” It’s been a strange and demanding year Collins is one of the hundreds of crimifor everyone who’s working—or caught nal defendants—some of whom are in jail, up—in the ACC criminal legal system. Not others out on bond—who have had their only are most criminal proceedings happencases heard remotely during this past year. ing virtually, but for those who have to be Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, physically present in the courthouse, there courtrooms have mostly gone virtual, are temperature checks at the door, COVID meaning that the court officers—judges, questions to answer, color-coded wrist-

bands to wear, courtroom benches marked with stickers or masking tape for socially distanced seating, face coverings to wear and sani-wipes and hand soap dispensers visible throughout the building. Early on in the pandemic, the courthouse was shut down twice after employees tested positive for the virus; not too long ago, unsuspecting prisoners brought the virus to one of the courtrooms where they were appearing in person. Dozens of people have been turned away at the courthouse door because their temperature was not normal or they were coughing or said they’d been in proximity to someone who recently tested positive. We who are with the Athens Area Courtwatch Project have also noted some changes during this past year. Some have been discussed openly, but others have largely gone unreported. Let’s start with the jail. Leading up to the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, the Clarke County jail consistently held between 400-450 prisoners. To our legal system’s credit, beginning in late March of last year, there has been a collaborative

effort on the part of judges, probation officers and lawyers to reduce the jail population. Suspects who otherwise might have been arrested and jailed were cited instead by police officers. Inmates who did end up in jail were seen by a magistrate judge within 24 hours of their arrest to have their bonds set. The number of non-cash bonds increased fairly dramatically as well. Others who’d been confined but unable to make bond previously were brought before judges and had their cash bonds reduced. Some probation warrants were lifted. This concerted effort to look closely at who was locked away in our jail resulted in the jail population dropping to 246 women and men by Apr. 26, 2020. The number of people in jail remained under 300 through April, May, June and July. In August, the jail population edged above 300. Since then and until today, the jail’s population has averaged around 350, but still well below

the pre-pandemic numbers. Perhaps the most significant change happened with cases handled in Municipal and State courts—misdemeanor offenses that are handled by the solicitor general’s office. In 2019, over 18,000 traffic and arrestable misdemeanor cases were referred to Municipal Court, with 2,212 of those cases dismissed by the solicitor. But in 2020—the pandemic year—only 8,833 misdemeanor cases were referred to Municipal Court, with 4,613 dismissed. The dramatic reduction in misdemeanor cases brought and dismissed in Municipal Court holds true in State Court, too: In 2019, 2,372 cases were referred for prosecution and 683 dismissed. In 2020, the referral number dropped to 1,978 and dismissals rose to 1,347. Also, in January 2021, newly elected District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez reviewed more than 2,600 felony cases her office inherited, with an eye toward dismissing at least some of them. Perhaps the rush to prosecute at every level of the criminal legal system will slow. The numbers above ought to give us pause: Do we really need to subject so many of our citizens to arrest, prosecution, jail and prison? What do we need to do differently going forward to minimize the use of incarceration? There are, of course, some troubling effects the pandemic has had on our criminal legal system. For one year, there were no jury trials held in Athens-Clarke County. (Jury trials resumed Mar. 29.) Likewise, grand jury proceedings were halted, meaning individuals charged with felony offenses could not be indicted. When someone hasn’t been indicted, their guaranteed right to a speedy trial becomes moot. Also, under normal conditions, when someone has been held in jail without bond for 90 days, they are entitled to a bond. This hasn’t been happening because of the absence of grand jury proceedings. (Grand juries are set to resume in late April.) There is a backlog of pending trials—non-indicted defendants who are presumed innocent, and burgeoning caseloads for our already overtaxed public defenders. Perhaps the year of COVID has given us a window through which we now might look with fresh sets of eyes at how our community’s criminal legal system can better function. What can we do going forward to continue to reduce the number of people in our county jail? Should cash bail go the way of the dinosaur? Do our police have to arrest, overcharge and jail so many people after all? Isn’t it time to admit that systemic racism fuels mass incarceration? Can we come together to agree with Martin Luther King Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” f The Athens Area Courtwatch Project is an all-volunteer group that monitors local courtrooms. For more information, email johnvodicka@comcast. net or stevewilma@aol.com.





Progress on Prince CHANGES COULD FINALLY BE COMING TO DANGEROUS STREET By Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com


onto Childs Street from Prince has been proposed. Other changes coming to the Prince Avenue corridor will also generate foot and vehicle traffic. The Clarke County School District is moving its administrative offices into the former Prince Avenue Baptist Church buildings, recently occupied by Piedmont College. Piedmont is moving into the new building where Allen’s Bar & Grill used to be. Across from Piedmont Athens Regional, next to the saucer-shaped building Walgreens recently vacated, developers are finishing a mixed-use complex that houses Athentic Brewery and Flying Biscuit Cafe, as well as eventually a Barberitos. Before submitting their plans, developers


or 20 years, people have been calling addition of medians to improve pedestrian for changes to the way Prince Avenue safety and mobility,” according to state doclooks and works. Different citizen and uments. Its focus is on safety for pedestrigovernment groups have analyzed the road, ans, but not bike lanes. and many of those studies are on a shelf On the former site of St. Joseph’s in someone’s office. The latest is the 2020 Catholic Church at Pulaski Street and Prince Avenue Corridor Improvements Prince is emerging a residential and retail Project User Group. Over the years, studies have shown residents want Prince Avenue transformed into a beautiful, safe bike- and pedestrian-friendly gateway into Athens, and not a speedway for commuters barreling toward Piedmont Athens Regional and the University of Georgia. From Milledge Avenue to downtown, the road is managed by the local government. As Prince Avenue heads past the hospital and through Normaltown to the bypass, it’s considered a state highway, the continuation of Georgia State Route 15 and U.S. Route 129, and is managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The purpose of the 2020 user group is to come up with a list of improvements that can be covered with $4 million in local T-SPLOST monies. The group hopes that whatever they suggest “will complement what the state DOT is planning to do,” says Clint McCrory, a After 20 years of asking, Prince Avenue residents could finally get a bike lane. retired UGA math professor and member of the group. “Whatever we do has to fit development that includes 126 one-andmet with local residents and commissioners with the state.” two-bedroom apartments along Childs to learn what the community wanted for Will safety concerns ever slow the cars Street, Prince and Pulaski, a grocery store the site. and trucks? According to state officials, the and a restaurant—all of which will generPrior to 2004, “it was unheard of for GDOT project focuses on safety and is based ate increased numbers of pedestrians and developers to listen to surrounding neighon recommendations from a 2014 safety vehicles. The developer has said he favors a bors,” said neighborhood activist Tony audit, which doesn’t include bike lanes. The “complete streets” design for Prince, with Eubanks. “Now they are learning that it state plans to spend $4 million on Prince bike lanes and sidewalks. The local governsaves a lot of time and trouble, and they Avenue. The safety project includes “signal ment’s transportation team determined end up with a better product, if they upgrades, pedestrian improvements includthat the Piggly Wiggly at 100 Prince will involve neighbors at the outset.” Eubanks ing additional traffic control at midblock generate primarily pedestrian traffic, as was involved with a group called CAPPA crosswalks, as well as the restriping and the will the restaurant. A left-hand turn lane (Community Approach to Planning Prince

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Avenue) that focused on improving the landscaping, preserving historic resources, having a diversity of resources, doing urban planning along Prince and slowing traffic. Eubanks has helped form another group, Complete Streets Prince Avenue, that later expanded its mission and became Complete Streets Athens. In 2014, that group lobbied the ACC Mayor and Commission to install temporary bike lanes on the locally owned portion of Prince as an experiment to convince wary members of the public that they wouldn’t choke traffic, but thenMayor Nancy Denson blocked the proposal. Instead, the Transportation and Public Works department installed flashing beacons at crosswalks and flags for pedestrians to wave at cars. The flag initiative was abandoned after all the flags were stolen and because it proved ineffective. A pilot program may no longer be necessary, according to Mayor Kelly Girtz, because the user group is strongly considering converting the four-lane part of Prince between Pulaski Street and Milledge to two lanes, a center turn lane and two bike lanes. “I think it’s fair to say a restriping is on the table in a way there’s never been in the past,” he said. After pushback from motorists, the commission rejected such a configuration back in 2006, the last time Prince was up for repaving. In addition to CAPPA’s recommendations, the 2020 user group is considering proposals from other studies. A 2014 Road Safety Audit included pedestrian crossways on Prince at Georgia Avenue and the Health Sciences Campus. The 2012 Prince Avenue Corridor Study wanted to reconfigure and align Park Avenue and Talmadge Street, and called for street trees, wider sidewalks, raised medians, islands and landscaping to provide traffic calming. “Walking, biking, sitting on the sidewalk eating dinner—I would like for all of these to be more pleasant,” said Mark Ebell, another user group member, who teaches epidemiology at the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown. “Whatever we can do to slow the traffic will make things safer for everyone.” f

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It has been 40 years since I saw the first space shuttle thunder into the blue Cape Canaveral sky on Apr. 12, 1981. I covered the spaceship’s premier launch as a columnist for the Athens Observer newspaper. The first flight of the mighty machine was a must-see, so I flew down to Florida to view the launch of Columbia and write my impressions of the historic event.

Hey Bonita! I am having some roommate troubles. My room is on the first floor of the house alongside the common areas (living room, kitchen, etc.), and everyone else’s is upstairs. One of my roommates treats my room as if it’s just an extension of the common area and tries to enter, loudly (and repeatedly) calls my name or knocks on my door when my door is closed and lights are off. It seems obvious to everyone else that I’m either sleeping, enjoying intimate time with my fiancé or studying in private, but she just disregards the facts and seems to intrude almost on purpose (especially when my fiancé is visiting). When I try to have a conversation about privacy and respecting my space, she immediately assumes the position of the victim and says, “I thought you were my friend and I could ask you for things,” and then literally pouts

room doors. Even if she was a homeowner renting out spare rooms, this kind of behavior crosses the line by disregarding another adult’s agency and treating them like a child with no rights. As a friend, this person’s behavior is pure trash. The entitlement is shocking—not only does she demand and abuse your emotional labor with statements about being entitled to your time because you’re friends, but the guilt-tripping is completely uncalled for. You did not tell her to stop eating—that is a choice she’s making, and I have respect for anxiety and trauma responses, but trying to blame that on you is completely uncalled for and rather disturbing. Her boyfriend is not part of this in any way (unless he’s paying rent, which I assume he’s not, so shut up dude) and should not be intervening on her behalf. He is enabling her childishness and guarantee-

and actually stomps around the house for WEEKS without talking to me at all. Her boyfriend also reaches out to me, trying to explain her side of things when he wasn’t even there to begin with! The only way to stop the pouting is for me to go upstairs and have a conversation where I feel like I need to apologize just to spare the awkwardness and my other roommates from the weirdness. She also is quick to say, “Yeah, I have been really anxious in the house since our conversation and barely eating,” which, once again, puts me in a weird position because how am I supposed to have adult conversations with her if she acts this way? The whole thing just feels so childish and is exhausting. Yours truly, Irritated and Annoyed

ing that her roommates will resent the hell out of him. Do not apologize to her. You have nothing to apologize for, and she is the only one in this scenario who needs to make amends. The only thing you need to do is assert your right to your own room and your right to be left alone, to sleep through the night with no interruptions. She is attempting to make this about your commitment to your friendship when this has nothing to do with that, and she’s doing that to avoid copping to the fact that she’s a self-centered and rude roommate, on top of being a bad friend. She sounds like she has esteem and self-image issues, but those are not your problem. The next time she knocks, ignore it. And ignore her, too, if she goes into another anger stomp. And ignore her boyfriend if he tries to intervene. I’ll be blunt: Those two sound like young idiots, and you are miles more mature than them. Might be time for a friend inventory. f

the upcoming launch. The Orlando Sentinel Star’s special edition featured a large color photo of the shuttle on the launch pad and a huge headline blaring “Space Odyssey: 1981.” Hotels, motels, bars and restaurants on the Space Coast were packed with tourists and reporters, and local people were thrilled that the area would be back in the space business after a long lull in manned launches since the Apollo and Skylab programs ended in the mid-1970s. Titusville resident R.H. Scobie beamed with pride over the space shuttle as he said to me, “It’s like Buck Rogers! Who would ever think we’d have it? It’s beautiful, partner. It’s beautiful.” Columbia indeed was beautiful as it stood on the far horizon in the predawn hours before launch, bathed in spotlights and clutched in the steel embrace of its service tower. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over America and around the world were camped out in Columbia takes off during the first space shuttle launch on Apr. 12, 1981. viewing areas along the Indian River, I have been a long-time space buff ever at Jetty Park, and in the nearby towns of since my childhood days watching “Flash Cocoa Beach and Titusville, all waiting with Gordon” and “Captain Video” on early Zen-like patience for the countdown to 1950s black-and-white television and readcome to its dramatic denouement. Car steing the science fiction tales of Ray Bradbury reos blared Elton John’s “Rocket Man” and and Arthur C. Clark. I was captivated by David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” A computer Walt Disney’s 1955 television series about glitch had caused the cancelation of the space travel narrated by Wernher von launch two days before, but the crowd was Braun, the World War II Nazi rocket scienconfident on the morning of Apr. 12, 1981, tist who was brought to America after the as astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen war to lead the postwar U.S. space program. boarded their spacecraft. I was amazed at the age of 10 in 1957 when When the countdown dropped to zero, Russia’s Sputnik became the first satellite to the crowd was on its feet. An instant orange orbit Earth, and I have for decades followed glow erupted from the faraway launch the space programs of both the Soviets and site, and Columbia fairly vaulted into the the Americans that culminated in footsteps early morning sky, trailing billowing smoke on the moon and space stations orbiting and flames hundreds of feet in length as Earth. As an Athens writer, I have covered it roared its way into orbit. All around me such events as protest marches, political people shouted, cried, screamed and prayed conventions and presidential inaugurations as the spaceship disappeared from view in for many years, but being on the scene for just two heart-stopping minutes. Along the first space shuttle launch was an event with many others, I wiped tears from my that is indelibly etched into my mind. eyes after the launch. We had seen the As the day of the spaceship’s launch future, and it worked. neared, towns like Titusville and Cocoa It was exactly 20 years to the day after Beach near the launch site bustled with Russia’s Yuri Gagarin became the first excitement. The ambiance of the area human to travel in space on Apr. 12, 1961. that calls itself the Space Coast was like a Later, I would cover other space shuttle high-tech version of Dodge City during a launches, including the first night flight in cattle drive. Flags festooned town roads, 1983 and legendary astronaut John Glenn’s and businesses posted signs and banners return to space aboard a shuttle in 1998, voicing messages like “Good luck, astrobut the first space shuttle flight 40 years nauts” and “Hail Columbia.” Newspapers ago was history that I will always remember published special editions to commemorate seeing. f



Hey Irritated, Wow, I am annoyed on your behalf. I can’t think of any way to justify this person’s behavior or make the way she treats you acceptable. As a roommate, she is being shamelessly inconsiderate of her housemate and acting as if she’s one of those parents who don’t allow their kids to shut their bed-

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Carving Space for Marginalized Artists TACKY! MAGAZINE PROVIDES MENTORSHIP, STUDIO AND PLATFORM By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com Made by and designed to support diverse and marginalized artists, tacky! is a new digital multimedia magazine that will produce monthly installments highlighting local creatives and their works in progress, unconventional projects, stories and ideas. The platform was founded by Emily Unwin, an instructor at Shakti Yoga Athens, and Aaron Mosby, an artist who creates work under the pseudonym Noraa James (and was featured on the cover of Flagpole last January). “Our mission for tacky! is to create a community of support among the marginalized and underrepresented artists in the local community,” says Mosby. “We look to connect with budding artists to encourage and support them to keep going and to know that there are many resources in the area to make that happen, including space at Finley Light Factory, tacky!’s home studio. We also aim to invite viewers to see the artist behind the art and support them any way they can, as well. It’s really about strengthening the creative network we are all a part of as artists so that, whether the artist stays here or ends up in another place, they’ll know that Athens is a place that supports their creative expression and passions.” In addition to an in-house tacky! mentor, photoshoot and virtual platform, tacky! offers access to Finley Light Factory, a cooperative artist studio tucked into the back corner of the brick building on North Finley Street that also houses Big City Bread. Envisioned as a place run by and for artists with marginalized identities, Finley Light Factory aims to increase the inclusivity of diverse artists in a town historically marred by racism, classism and poverty. The current roster of artists includes Unwin, Aaron and Jaz Mosby, Maggie Scruggs, Camilla Sims, Abby Kacen, Ruby Chandler and Kristen Joseph, and their crafts vary among music, healing arts, fashion, photography, comics, graphic design and writing. Beyond hosting the personal pursuits of its resident creatives, the space has also begun offering public performances and artist markets.

Each featured artist in tacky! receives a base pay of $75 for their contribution to the magazine’s content, as well as 100% of ongoing reader donations. Before accessing the publication, visitors are requested to donate a recommended minimum of $3 through Patreon, PayPal, CashApp or Venmo. For those not in a position to donate money, there are also options to share and tag content on social media or send a poem, compliment, playlist, artist profile, story or love letter. The tacky! team—which also includes Alden DiCamillo, Maggie Mitchell and Jo Arnow—is compensated through grants, fundraising and business sponsorships.

“We want to create a framework that redirects money back towards artists and allows them to directly profit off of their work,” says Unwin. “We’re hoping to create a larger network of interdisciplinary artistry that brings the different sections of the Athens art scene into one place.” Preferring to focus on individuals as themselves rather than the products that they create, tacky! uses a free-form approach that allows subjects to determine how they are represented and what they share. Released on Apr. 1, the first official issue of tacky! features Assata and Fish. While the debut issue features two subjects who are coinciden-

tally both UGA students, future issues will also highlight community members, in-and-out-of-towners and former Athenians. In their interview, Assata discusses their background as a bass trombonist, their journey of becoming comfortable within their Black, queer and nonbinary identities, and the challenges of balancing school, work and life. They use their space in tacky! to share “Teenage Years,” a collection of poems that began in high school and were recently revisited and workshopped, as well as a song. Fish is an Asian-American student currently attending business school with the hopes of entering the music, entertainment and arts industry. During her interview, she discusses what attracted her to the South, how her AsianAmerican identity influences her artwork and how she hopes to apply her experiences once she returns to China. Her contribution to tacky! consists of a collection of digital illustrations and a sketch of an idea for a storybook about an alien who visits Earth to appraise whether it should be invited to join a planetary union. “We prioritize artists who have strong or unique ties to the Athens community, first and foremost,” says Unwin. “After that, we’re considering the different ways in which someone can be marginalized: gender and sexual identity, neurotype, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, ability, access to resources, to name a few.” While local publications such as Flagpole, The Athens Banner-Herald and The Red & Black all certainly dedicate a large and consistent portion of their labor to arts coverage, feature stories often prioritize promoting publicly accessible exhibitions, highlighting artists with developed bodies of work and documenting other major community developments. tacky! therefore fulfills an important role in both nurturing and boosting the visibility of emerging artists, specifically those with marginalized identities who may be underserved by the current state of the scene. “We wanted to see a magazine for Athens’ marginalized artists that didn’t just give artists a platform, but gave them consistent and continued funds, mentorship and a physical location to support their creative projects in all stages,” says Unwin. “Giving artists access to multiple resources feels especially important when looking at equity and accessibility across race, class and gender, in particular.” To view tacky! in its entirety, visit tackymagazine.com. For all things related to Finley Light Factory, check out finleylightfactory.com. f





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that falls within a classic musical lineage of bands including Joy Division and New Order, the Cure, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Sisters of Mercy. And, of course, it isn’t all as dour it sounds on paper. Inked In Red is propelled by barreling dance-floor rhythms and major-chord songwriting. The look of Gannon in full make-up, dressed head-to-toe in goth gear while performing in the videos for “Static Drone” and the album’s title track, obscure the fact that

After forming the group in 2017 with drummer Jason Fusco, singer and keyboard player Emily Fredock and bass player Dan Geller joined soon after. Geller is a co-owner and Chief Technical Officer of Athens’ Kindercore Vinyl pressing plant and has a long history playing in Athens indie, pop and rock-and-roll bands, including Kinkaid, the Agenda and I Am the World Trade Center. He’s also a member of the Booty Boyz DJ team. Gannon’s nearly operatic voice rings out as though he’s having the time of his life—a cathartic reaction to confronting so much hardship. Fredock’s soaring lead vocal in “Comfort In the Grave” is an equally powerful counterpoint that emphasizes the breadth and depth of the group’s musical range. Inked In Red was recorded and produced by British-born Athens transplant Tom Ashton at SubVon Studio. Ashton is

he writes vital music with Vision Video. There is a sense of having fun here, albeit steeped in layers of eyeliner and Aqua Net. “Humor for us is incredibly important,” Gannon says. “To be blunt, I don’t think it’s reasonable to take yourself ultra seriously as a goth band. I mean, we look like glam horror movie monsters. I think it’s one of my favorite parts of playing with people’s predisposed conceptions of the goth subculture. People often expect you to be this hilariously morose caricature of Bela Lugosi or Dorian Gray or something. My experience with goth has been full of people who are vibrant and full of life, and it’s important for people to see that.”

perhaps best known as the guitar player for Leeds’ early ‘80s post-punk outfit the March Violets. He also did a stint performing with the early ‘90s iteration of Clan Of Xymox—simply dubbed Xymox at the time. The two met one night at the Georgia Theatre, where Gannon spun records under the name DJ WarDaddy for the “Make America Goth Again” dance parties. Ashton was in attendance on a night when Gannon spun the March Violets’ 1984 club hit “Snake Dance” during his DJ set. They were introduced by a mutual friend and hit it off immediately. Ashton has lived in Athens since 2001 and has operated a home studio since 2014,




makeup artist Tom Savini’s blood-spattered remake of the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead, the character Ben, played by Tony Todd, delivers one of the most chilling reckonings the zombie apocalypse has ever known: “This is something that nobody has ever heard about, and nobody has ever seen before. This is hell on Earth… This is pure hell on Earth.” Midway through Vision Video’s debut album, Inked In Red, the song “Organized Murder” builds around this foreboding dialogue—Todd’s gravelly voice oozes up from beneath an ominous drone and drum machine, stirring up layers of depth and texture from which the group’s singer, guitar player and principal songwriter Dusty Gannon has carved out a gothic pop odyssey. The 10 songs that make up Inked In Red are a survey of troubled and complex emotions and an ecstatic purging of mental and physical stress. Songs bearing titles such as “Comfort In the Grave,” “Static Drone” and a cover of Ski Patrol’s 1981 post-punk number “Agent Orange” are teeming with abstract tales from Gannon’s days spent crawling out of his skin while deployed as a rifle platoon leader in war-torn Afghanistan, working as a metro Atlanta firefighter and paramedic on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and watching a relationship fall apart while coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Night of the Living Dead intro in “Organized Murder” is something of a Rosetta Stone when it comes to deciphering Inked In Red’s true message. As the opening number on the B-side, it’s a deep cut that brings these various underlying dark themes into perspective. “There was a point when I was in Infantry Officer School in Fort Benning, rehearsing what’s called an L-shaped ambush, when I realized that this was literally organized murder,” Gannon says. “I went through a really tough time leading up to my deployment where I didn’t know if I could do it. I kind of lost my mind for about a year.” He goes on to say that the whole conversation from Night Of the Living Dead, “talking about the zombie invasion, and how nobody really knows what’s going on— it’s all just chaos and pure hell on Earth— resonated with how I felt. There is nothing worse than war,” he adds, “It is the absolute worst thing that humanity has committed to.” Throughout the album, these images blend with a gothic snarl, new wave giddiness and campy horror film theatrics. The band’s name is a nod to Athens’ once-great video store, bringing something that all of the group’s members loved back from the dead—at least in namesake. All of this culminates in a modern sound



working on March Violets material and film scores, including one for an upcoming rotoscoped dark medieval action movie called Dwarfhammer. “I built a room in our basement purely as a production suite, but when we later finished out the rest of the area I realized there was now room to fit in a whole band with a full kit,” Ashton says. “After a month or so I thought I’d mention the space to anyone who might be interested in coming in and joining the experiment.” The basement production suite was christened SubVon Studio in 2018. In recent years, a small but undeniable scene of bands has developed around Ashton’s production skills. He has worked with a variety of bands, fleshing out the confrontational death-punk of Tears For the Dying, the cinematic gothic rock of Entertainment, and the acerbic psyche-punk of Hip To Death. Aesthetically speaking, each of these bands approaches their music quite differently, but are all bound by a stylish and somewhat intangible sonic thread that Ashton has honed. “This scene kinda reminds me of the special time back in Leeds/W Yorks in ’81-’82,” Ashton says. “Bands like Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, the Sisters Of Mercy, Dance Society, Southern Death Cult, Skeletal Family and the March Violets all combined and developed our own take on punk, post-punk and goth but most importantly, had our own way of doing it. I’m lucky to be in the right place at the right time not only once but twice.” After hearing an early version of “Organized Murder,” Ashton started working with Vision Video to record tracks for the album. “It was quite an intense experience, as it should be,” Ashton says. “We started the session with a literal thunderstorming monsoon surrounding the house. Dusty and Dan both got zapped by lightning in the room, and we all took it from there. But seriously, I have to say that this band is committed to its art and aesthetics in a way that you don’t come across often, and again, it reminded me of the take-no-prisoners approach we all had in Leeds in ’81. I love that kind of thing and respect it deeply,” he adds. “These are the types of things that make a great album.” Inked In Red is out Apr. 16, pressed on metallic red, black-and-white splatter and clear vinyl. From the grave sprouts a new beginning. Vision Video’s debut keeps one foot forever lurching forward, and the other planted firmly in the macabre nostalgia of zombie flicks and gothic pop, a sound full of ferocious darkness and power. “Goth is a good term for it, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be what it’s going to be. I suspect that the second record is going to be a lot different,” Gannon says. “I’m not interested in writing the same music over and over again… I always think back to Tony Todd’s line in Night of the Living Dead. He’s so good at delivering that sense of horror, which is really the unknown. The whole idea for me is to challenge myself and to pull out these complex emotions. Moving forward, I don’t think that it would be fair to those ideas if we just did the same thing again and again.” f


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Bloodkin’s Black Market Tango PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com RIFFS AHOY: Jock Gang, which only just recently poked its

head above water for the first time in a long time, will return to the live stage Tuesday, Apr. 20 at 8 p.m. The band will be opening for the supremely tuneful and generally compelling Telemarket. The show happens on the outside stage—also known as the Iron Factory stage—at the Flicker Theatre & Bar. Potential attendees have been kindly asked to wear masks at this event. Jock Gang

information please see joyfulnoiserecordings.com and facebook.com/semicirclega. WE’VE GOT TO GET OURSELVES TOGETHER: Also cutting a path back


to the live stage, and celebrating its brand new album, is The Pink Stones, who we just covered in-depth last week. The group will be celebrating the release of Introducing… The Pink Stones at Southern Brewing Company on Thursday, Apr. 15 at 7 p.m. The show happens on the outdoor stage and is being promoted as a socially distant event. Joining them this night is the mighty T. Hardy Morris. For more information, please see facebook.com/ SouthernBrewingCompany and facebook. com/thepinkstoners. LET’S SIT DOWN: The last music we heard from


released its clear-the-decks collection of old tunes Delayed Release Capsule in February. Plug yr headphones in and get up to speed at jock-gang.bandcamp.com and telemarket. bandcamp.com. HALF WAY ‘ROUND: The new album from Semicircle, Changing

Phase of Truth, is its first release since 2015 and comes courtesy of Joyful Noise Recordings and its Gray Area Cassette Series. The series is a subscription service, but these releases are also available independently, albeit in limited numbers. And because it’s also the 21st century, you can find this on Spotify as well. The band continues to be artistically driven by project founder Andrew McFarland (Reptar, Neighbor Lady, Coco Rico), but he’s joined on the album by Jack Blauvelt and Payton Collier (both of Neighbor Lady), Jake Thomson (Breathers) and Gabe Seibel. The record was mixed by Jason Kingsland (Band of Horses, Washed Out, Belle and Sebastian). Although the album was recorded in 2019, it’s only just now seeing the light of day. Musically, it’s lush and particularly attuned to a dashing sense of style but far from overly ornate or aurally burdensome. Especially nice are “Splits Away,” “Little Birds” and opening track “Liminal Moments.” For more

Don Chambers was the spectacular Live at the Georgia Theatre album, which came out in February 2019. The news is in, though, that Chambers and his band will release their newest album, titled The Lowering, on June 25. So why am I cluttering your news with this way-out-in-the-future stuff? Because this is the first vinyl LP for the group, and pre-orders are being taken as we speak. This is a special pink vinyl version that’s limited to 100 copies. They’re $25, and you’ll have to wait for them to ship in late June, but there’s a smidge of instant gratification in that you’ll receive a digital download of the single “The Condition” immediately. Also, your vinyl purchase includes unlimited streaming on the Bandcamp app as well as a digital download. You can stream the single now, which I’d encourage you to do, and afterward consider how well Chambers has mapped humanity’s emotional landscape over the past nearly 30 years. Start considering, and pre-order if inclined, at donchambers.bandcamp.com. TOLD YA THEY’D RISE: Bloodkin will release its first album

in a decade Friday, Apr. 16. It’s titled Black Market Tango and is released courtesy of Cosmo Sex School Records. The band remains, of course, the songwriting partnership of childhood friends Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter, and on this album, they’re joined by Aaron Phillips, Jon Mills and John Neff. Jay Gonzales and Atlanta’s Ansley Stewart appear as guests on “John Coltrane In Nagasaki.” After all these years, and honestly several years before now, Bloodkin has reached that rarified status of only sounding like themselves. In this respect, they share an autological connection with artists as diverse as The Band, Warren Zevon, Neil Young and others. For more information, please see cosmosexschool.com/collections/bloodkin and bloodkin.bandcamp.com. f

record review Klypi: Consensual Hits (Popnihil) If Klypi’s mischievous portrait donning a pickle bra and toast undies was not clear enough of a clue, Consensual Hits is an ambitious synth-pop album that, while downright Dada at times, is self-aware and deliberate with its various experiments. Though recently relocated back to Nashville, visual, performance and conceptual artist AC Carter made a notable impression on the Athens scene, particularly for launching Ad·verse Fest. Anyone following their creative career thus far will have hopefully caught on to a cast of personas: There’s the aspiring pop star Klypi, designer of bold garments Lambda Celsius and Vixcine Martine, an academic who fascinatingly breaks all of this down as part of Carter’s MFA thesis project at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Tracks such as “You See Me” and “Not For You” are powerfully punchy queer pop anthems that show off Klypi’s songwriting abilities, while “Hardcoors Lite” and “Cum Quick Then Die” offer a glimpse into the tongue-in-cheek playfulness of their personality. Consensual Hits closes out with a string of highly accessible pop gems: the bittersweet farewell “Let You Go,” tough-as-nails self-love letter “I’m Fine’’ and the fragile yet hopeful question “Will It Be Today.” [Jessica Smith]


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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. 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 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 POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) Emerging artists 17–25 are invited to design a postcard for an online exhibition and limited edition print collection. Deadline Apr. 30. www.athica.org/updates/postcards 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 BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Comer)

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 through May 15. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Curated by Craig Coleman, “Lost in the Weeds: Climate Change and Human Nature” presents artwork by Crista Cammarato, Naomi Falk, Brian Frus, Meredith Starr, Bethany Taylor and several others. Opening reception Apr. 17, 6–8 p.m. Virtual talk on “UGA’s Ethnobotanical Garden Conserving Plant Biodiversity and Traditional Plant Knowledge” on Apr. 21, 7 p.m. On view through May 22. 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. THE CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) View the work of six local students from the Athens and Rabun county areas who have applied for the Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s visual arts scholarship. Pop-up exhibition Apr. 15, 6–8 p.m. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Gunnar Tarsa’s “Mind Matter: Tales from the Scribble Warlock” features 15 works of art from 2017 to 2021 that document the artist’s development of “Mind Matter,” a living universe populated with recurring characters and myths through the artist’s spontaneous creation drawing sessions. 3Thurs on Apr. 15, 5–10 p.m. 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 “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. 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, May 1 or May 29, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $175. “Forging a Firepoker” is held May 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. www.greenhowhandmade.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

Pinky Doodle Poodle will perform a “Farewell Athens” show with Five Eight outdoors at Southern Brewing Company on Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. 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, marina bilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina -spain-2020.squarespace.com YAMUNA AND MORE (Elevate Athens, Online) Nia Holistic Fitness and Yamuna Body Rolling are held on an ongoing basis. $20/class. Specialty classes range from selfcare to Yamuna foot fitness and more.www.elevateathens.com YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) “Outdoor Yoga with Meg Brownstone,” every Sunday at 10 a.m. $5–10 suggested donation. “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal,” every Thursday at 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. “Yoga for Well-being with Nicole Bechill,” every Saturday on Zoom at 10:30 a.m. “Outdoor Yoga with Miles Bunch” every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. rubber-

• “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. 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.” Through Apr. 16. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) 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. • On view in the lobby case, Jourdon Joly presents a collection of cast resin ice cream cones. Apr. 20–June 19. • Collections from our Community presents Arthur Johnson’s shark collection. Apr. 20–June 19. 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. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 26th annual “SouthWorks” exhibition is a nationally juried art show featuring works from across the country. In conjunction with “Southworks 2021,” the annual Director’s Choice exhibition features “Gardens of the South” by


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Events 5TH ANNUAL ATHENS ROCK, GEM, MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW (The Classic Center) Two dozen independent dealers of all things geologic will display their wares. Apr. 30–May 1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and May 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $6. darklighter@ bellsouth.net ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Morning Mindfulness via Zoom,” Apr. 16 or 30 at 9:30 a.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. “Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Earth Day” on

Apr. 20. Angela 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. “Coffee with the Curators: Nelda Damiano and Julia Kilgore” on Apr. 27 at 1 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.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.facebook.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 SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) The drag troupe performs an in-person show. Apr. 23 at 7 p.m. showgirlcabaret@ gmail.com, www.athensshowgirl cabaret.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. mmcc-arts.org

Greyson Smith. These mixed-media works on paper depict public gardens in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. Opening reception Apr. 16, 6–8 p.m. Both shows on view through May 28. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) The new Porcelain and Decorative Arts Museum at the Center for Art and Nature holds 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.” Open 3Thurs, Apr. 15, 6–9 p.m. Available to see by appointment through April by emailing tinyathgallery@gmail.com 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.

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. Available to stream. 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. athenschau @gmail.com, www.historycomesalive.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. Pinky Doodle Poodle and Five Eight perform Apr. 16 at 6 p.m. Outlaw Country Night with live music by Tyler Crews Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. Rollin’ Home performs Apr. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Live music by Michael Pezent Apr. 21 at 6 p.m. www.sobrewco. com DAVID ARCHULETA (Hodgson Concert Hall) The former “American Idol” contestant and Nashville-based singer-songwriter has nine studio albums under his belt. Apr. 23, 7:30 p.m. $15 (online), $50 (in-person). pac.uga.edu DINNER AND A SHOW (Hendershot’s Coffee) Live music and dinner with The Plate Sale every Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes 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 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. www.georgiadogs. com GLOBAL GEORGIA INITIATIVE EVENTS (Online) “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 HISTORY OF SLAVERY AT UGA SYMPOSIUM (Online) History of Slavery at the University of Georgia: Symposium on Recognition, Reconciliation and Redress will feature presentations and performances. Apr. 30–May 1. slaveryatuga@ gmail.com, www.slaveryatuga.org/ registration INDIE SOUTH EVENTS (Indie South) Abnormal Bazaar Apr. 17. Athena Women’s Circle Apr. 18. Tarot & Tea Apr. 22. Mystic Mondays Candle Magic Apr. 26. Springtacular May 1–2. Heartsong Herbs Plant Sale May 6. Abnormal Bazzar with Varnish Vine Cactus Pop-up May 15. www.theindiesouth.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 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 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 LOVE.CRAFT ATHENS BENEFIT (Southern Brewing Company) A benefit show and artist market will raise funds for Love.Craft Athens. May 2. $15. www.sobrewco.com NOT YOUR AVERAGE MOTHER’S DAY (Athentic Brewing Co.) Highlights include matching henna tattoos, Condor Chocolate boxes,

POP-UP SHOP (Buvez) Browse handmade items like ceramics, jewelry, clothing and artwork. Apr. 24, 12–8 p.m. lisa.romanovski@ gmail.com 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,” May 13. 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 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. The annual Spring Pottery Sale on Apr. 30–May 1 will celebrate

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

ART CAMPS FOR PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS (KA Artist Shop) One week, in-person camps are offered for ages 12–15. Camps run late May through July. www. kaartist.com BALL AND BOUTIQUE (Brightstone Productions, Watkinsville) Join Cinderella and her princess friends as they get ready for the ball. Make your own magic wand, get your nails and hair done, and participate in a sing-a-long. Apr. 18, 1:30–3 p.m. $25. www.brightstoneproductions.com 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. Now registering. 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.

The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will host an opening reception for the 26th annual “SouthWorks” national juried art exhibition on Friday, Apr. 16 from 6–8 p.m. Pictured above is “Banks of the Okefenokee” by Gail Watson. self-defense class with AKF Athens, food by Uncle Ernies and a charity raffle benefiting The Cottage. May 9, 1–9 p.m. www.athenticbrewing. com 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 PLANT SALE (Daily Groceries Co-op) Heartsong Herbs hosts a sale of seedlings, medicinal and culinary herbs, veggies, flowers and dye plants. Apr. 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.heartsongherbs.org 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

the studio’s five year anniversary. 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. Now enrolling. www.accgov.com/ leisure 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 SUNS OUT, BUNS OUT (Athentic Brewing) Garrett of Local No. 86 and The World Famous will be on site cooking hot dogs as Trisha Adams plays tunes. Apr. 24, 4 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com TRIVIA AT ATHENTIC (Athentic Brewing Co.) Win beer tabs and other prizes. Every second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. www.athentic

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 (Athens-Clarke County Library) Virtual storytimes are offered via Facebook weekdays at 10:30 a.m. www.face book.com/athenschildrens

Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.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 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. athensdowntownsaa.com 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 ACRONYM (Athens, GA) ACRONYM is a new website compiling COVID-19 aid for Athens-based live music venues and artists. Check the website for updated listings on funding and financial opportunities, mental health guides, organizational support, community resources and more. Visit acroynym.rocks ART FOR ATHENS (Online) The Red & Black hosts Art for Athens to support Nuçi’s Space. Donated work by artists is sold and shipped through the publication’s online store. Participating artists include R. Wood, Maria Dondero, Jamie Calkin, James Burns and Chris Robinson. www.redandblack.com/store AT-HOME RADIO TRANSCRIPTATHON PROJECT (Online) UGA Libraries is seeking volunteers to help correct computer-generated transcripts of historic broadcasts so they can be used by researchers for future generations. Apr. 28, 3 p.m. mlmiller@uga.edu, 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. 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 ESP SILENT AUCTION (Online and In-Person) Extra Special People hosts a silent auction to support its summer camp program. In-person viewing events held May 4, 8–10 a.m. (featuring Java Joy coffee and biscuits), May 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (with a taco truck) and May 6, 6:30–9 p.m. (with a wine tasting and beach luau). Online bidding is also available Apr. 29–May 6 at espsilentauction.org FAMILY PROMISE OF ATHENS DAY (Multiple Locations) Mayor Kelly Girtz will proclaim Apr. 21 as Family Promise Day in Athens-Clarke County to raise awareness about family homelessness. Events include a Family Promise Get Comfortable Community Wednesday (Apr. 21, 4–7 p.m.) and FPA Percentage Night at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream (Apr. 22, 7–10 p.m.) www.familypromiseathens.org 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 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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Plumber Pro Service & Drain. Upfront Pricing. Free Estimates. $30 Flagpole Discount. Call 706-7697761. Same Day Service Available. www.plumberpro service.com. Wildflower Sale! (Near Athens) Fragrant native azaleas: six species, five colors. Woodland wildflowers, butterfly weeds, etc. 242 Wildflower Dr. Arnoldsville, GA. Off Hwy. 78 East. Turn at horizontal gas tank and follow signs for 1.3 miles. 706-202-0574.

JOBS FULL-TIME Big City Bread Cafe/ Little City Diner seeking experienced line cook to work in a fast-paced kitchen. Weekend availability a must. Apply in person at either location between 2–3 p.m. or email resume to bigcitycafe@yahoo.com. No phone calls, please. Clocked Restaurant is hiring all positions front and back of house. Please apply at 259 W. Washington St. 30601 Downtown Athens, GA. Be about it!

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Classic City Installation Starting at $15/hr. Summer seasonal performing furniture installation. Great benefits, travel as a team w/ food stipend and lodging 100% covered. Email: astack@ classiccityinstallation.com Flagpole subscriptions delivered straight to the mailbox! Convenient for you or the perfect present for a buddy who moved out of town. $50 for six months or $90 for one year. Call 706-549-0301.

Full and part-time cook, prep, dishwasher and porter positions available at The Place on Broad St. Hourly pay on high end of the market. Starting bonuses and paid vacation as well for qualified candidates. Email resume to info@the placeathens.com or come see us anytime we’re open. WUGA-FM seeking local Underwriting Sales Rep. Commissionbased position includes prospecting, presentation to clients and maintaining accounts. Broadcast sales experience a plus. Email resume to wuga@uga.edu

PART-TIME Experienced kitchen help needed. Bring resume or fill out an application at George’s Lowcountry Table. No phone calls please. 420 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606 Habitat ReStore West seeks cashier & floor worker. Ability to lift 75 lbs. and work with customers required. Three shifts/week, including Saturdays. Download application at athenshabitat. com/employment and bring to 4125 Atlanta Hwy. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat.



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Alternative Energy Southeast is currently seeking careerminded, experienced electricians and general labor. As one of GA’s oldest solar power companies, AES provides solar PV and battery backup systems to homes and businesses throughout the state. AES provides its employees with a full health benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life. We also provide employees with education and training, PTO, and a clear roadmap to follow for future advancement within the company. If you’re interested in learning more about our team, have questions, or wish to apply, please send your resume to info@altenergyse.com.

Visit athenspets.net to view all the cats and dogs available at the shelter

$10 per week $14 per week $16 per week $40 per 12 weeks $5 per week

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PLACE AN AD • Call our Classifieds Dept. (706) 549-0301 • Email us at class@flagpole.com

Kirby (54221)

Panko (55184)

Voila! A happy, good-natured boy who’s well-behaved and likes to please! Kirby loves to sit for treats, comes when called and responds well to correction.

Panko’s ready to pal around and see what a loving and safe home feels like. He’s a chill soul that likes to relax and soak up the sun and some company, so make a visit today!

Tonka (53159) Tonka’s been at the shelter since February of last year and deserves an official place to call home. He loves lounging around, cuddling, sunbathing and even brunch outings!

These pets and many others are available for adoption at: • Deadline to place ads is 11:00 a.m. every Monday for the following Wednesday issue • All ads must be prepaid



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

Habitat ReStore East seeks floor worker. Ability to lift 75 lbs. and working with customers required. Three shifts/week including Saturdays. Download application at athenshabitat.com/ employment and bring to 532 Barber St. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tue–Sat. Mike Wheeler Landscape. Landscaping/gardening positions available. Good pay w/ experience. Parttime. Flexible hours. Call Mike Wheeler: 706-2020585, mwwheeler1963@ gmail.com

NOTICES MESSAGES All Georgians over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated! Call 888-457-0186 or go to www. publichealthathens.com for more information. COVID testing in Athens available at 3500 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. (Old Fire Station in the corner of Atlanta Hwy. & Mitchell Bridge Rd. near Aldi and Publix.) Mon–Fri. 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. To register, call 844-625-6522 or go to www. publichealthathens.com Mobile Food Pantry @ General Time Athens! Athens Terrapin Beer Co. alongside Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and various local sponsors will host a drive-thru food pantry on the 3rd Monday of each month thru 2021. All ACC residents that meet income requirements may attend. First come, first served. This event will take place outside rain or shine. 100 Newton Bridge Rd. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. www.terrapinbeer. com Need old newspapers for your garden? Well, they’re free at the Flagpole office! Call ahead, then come grab an armful. Please leave current issues on stands. 706549-0301.



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