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A fundraiser for the Athens Green School Program, the 10th annual Roll Out the Barrels features 16 rain barrels painted by local artists. An online-only silent auction runs May 13 at 8 a.m. through May 27 at 8 p.m., and barrels are currently on display for in-person viewing at the Lyndon House Arts Center. Pictured above (L to R) are barrels by Christina Tornambe, Alexandra Nicole, Cameron Bliss and Deborah Manoll. Visit rolloutthebarrels.org.

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The Varsity Is Coming Down

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RIP The Varsity PLUS, PREVENTING EVICTIONS AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued and Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com Whaddaya have? A mixed-use development all the way. The owners of landmark fast-food restaurant The Varsity recently filed for a permit to tear down the 1965 restaurant to make way for what is likely to be apartments and retail, perhaps a grocery store. It’s been obvious for years that The Varsity’s owners, the Gordy family, would take this step. The family started buying up properties around the restaurant in 2017 and requested a rezoning for the 6.7 acres they’d assembled in 2018. “This was inevitable,” said Commissioner Melissa Link, who represents the area. “We knew this was coming. The people who own The Varsity have made it clear they want to wash their hands of the property.” With residents fearing another Best Western-style development towering over their homes, in 2019 the commission approved an overlay zone for the block surrounding The Varsity. The overlay district requires buildings to be set back from the sidewalk, caps building heights, restricts the amount of parking and discourages student housing by limiting bathrooms in an apartment to two (most new student apartments are four-bed, four-bath). The overlay district came about as a compromise after owners the Gordy family filed for a permit to tear down the Mack-Burney House, a historic home on Reese Street built by an African-American family where several prominent educators lived. As part of the deal, the Gordys agreed to turn over the Mack-Burney House and three other houses on the block to the Athens Land Trust to serve as affordable housing. Link has placed a 90-day hold on the demolition permit in hopes of convincing architects to somehow acknowledge The Varsity’s history, but ACC cannot stop the demolition. In addition to its iconic status among UGA football fans, the restaurant was the site of Vietnam protests, Klan rallies and sit-ins during the civil rights movement. A deal is in place to sell the property to Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, according to Link. “From what I understand, they’re going to do a grocery store there,” Link said. However, ACC Senior Planner Bruce Lonnee said no plans have been filed. [Blake Aued]

Pressure Mounts to Save School Bulldozers are also coming for two historic buildings on the West Broad School campus. The historic preservation specialist consulting on the project recently resigned, saying that the main architects and Clarke County School District officials had sidelined her. CCSD is planning on turning the segregation-era school for Black children into an early learning center. Two 1950s buildings facing Broad Street and Campbell Lane are slated to be torn down to make way for new classrooms, while at least the facade, if not the interior, of the original 1938 building on Minor Street will be restored.


However, some preservationists say the Campbell Lane building can be saved and should be saved, because it’s one of the few surviving examples of school architecture from the “equalization era,” when Southern school districts tried to stave off integration by building new facilities for Black students under the “separate but equal” doctrine. Although she had been described as having the “lead” role on the Minor Street building, Barbara Black—an architect who specializes in historic Hidden between two other signs on Milledge Avenue is one announcing that The Varsity is slated for demolition. preservation whose firm BKB Arch had been hired by the primary archithrough pop-up vaccination events and Called Project RESET, the program is tectural firm Lindsay Pope Brayfield—said other efforts in our community. based on similar ones in Dekalb, Gwinnett she had no role in either the Minor Street Still need a vaccine and haven’t had and Clayton counties. Tenants who receive design or the decision to tear down the a spare moment to make it happen? The eviction notices would be invited to apply, Campbell Lane building. Black said in a Northeast Health District is hosting a along with their landlord. Nonprofit houswritten statement that she was merely paid pop-mobile vaccination clinic in downtown ing partners would review their eligibility hourly to attend public meetings. Athens on Wednesday, May 12 from 11 and make a settlement offer to the land“I don’t believe a BKB Arch ‘lead’ role in a.m.-7 p.m. The clinic will be held on College lord. If accepted, Magistrate Court judges drawing production, or even a consulting Avenue, near City Hall, with free walk-up would dismiss the eviction order. Denson role will have any impact on the preservadescribed the program as a win-win because Johnson & Johnson vaccinations and HIV tion approach and execution of the Minor testing. Street Building Rehabilitation,” Black wrote. tenants get a “reset,” while landlords who “Our goal is to make it quick and easy would receive no back rent if they had the “The approach has been defined by CCSD, for anyone visiting or working downtown and demolition of the two historic buildings tenant evicted get partial payment for rent to stop by and get a free shot or test,” said owed. and the Minor Street interior is scheduled District Nursing Director Whitney Howell. The program would be funded initially in the very near future. BKB Arch’s periph“It only takes a few minutes to protect by a portion of Athens-Clarke County’s eral [role] as it has loosely evolved has not, yourself.” anticipated $57 million share of the stimuand likely will not, have any impact on the Georgia had administered nearly 6.6 lus package Congress passed and President approach to the rehabilitation.” million shots as of May 9, with 36% of state Biden signed in March. That money is CCSD is pushing to finish the project by residents receiving at least one dose and expected to start arriving this month, and March. However, it’s unclear whether that ACC has two-and-a-half years to spend it. “I 28% fully vaccinated. About 1,000 Clarke deadline was self-imposed or a condition of County residents received their first dose would like to see at least $200,000 to start a federal grant. last week, and another 2,600 are fully vacwith,” Denson said. “The aggressive schedule seemed to cinated. That brings the totals to 42,032, or In addition to the disruption homelessindicate that LPB could use BKB Arch’s help ness causes families, it’s more cost-effective 33%, who’ve received at least one dose, and with the production of the Minor Street 35,590, or 28%, who are fully vaccinated. to prevent people from becoming homeless drawings, and we were willing to help, but COVID-19 cases remain relatively low in in the first place than to rehouse them after there was no definition of responsibilities they lose their homes, according to Denson. Clarke County, with 102 cases confirmed in and no agreement,” according to Black. the past two weeks as of May 9, or 79 per A CDC moratorium on evictions is in The local preservation group Historic 100,000 people. That’s well below the state place until June 30 but the courts may end Athens also circulated a letter to CCSD last it earlier. A federal judge threw out the mor- and national averages. week from Joe Smith, a preservation archiThe seven-day rolling average of new atorium on May 5. However, it remains in tect with the Athens firm Arcollab who has cases per day in Clarke County stood at 6.1, place while the ruling is appealed. toured the campus. In it, Smith said the down from 8.4 a week earlier. Cumulatively, In the meantime, evictions are still takCampbell Lane building was well built, is in ing place because not everyone knows about Clarke County has had 12,804 confirmed good condition, and can be brought up to cases, another 2,230 probable cases from that program or is able to apply, Denson code and reused. Rehabbing the building positive antigen tests, 495 hospitalizations, said. He also raised the likelihood of a rash could even save money because it won’t 137 confirmed deaths and seven probable require a new foundation, walls, windows or of evictions once the moratorium expires. deaths from COVID-19. Just four new “Hopefully we can have this in place by doors, Smith said. hospitalizations and no new deaths were the time the floodgates open up,” Denson “CCSD’s goals for the campus do not added to Clarke County’s totals last week, said. He estimated that it would take about contravene a larger preservation goal for according to Georgia Department of Public a month to set up. the Minor and Campbell Street buildings,” Health data. As currently envisioned, Project RESET Smith wrote. “I believe both goals to be At UGA, 18 positive cases were reported would not be available to homeowners achievable. I hope that you will further for the week of April 26-30. Only six of who are facing foreclosures because federal explore the opportunities provided by the those cases were found via surveillance mortgage relief is already available, Denson rehabilitation of this terrific building.” [BA] said. But a similar program for homeowners testing, which dropped even further to only 393 surveillance tests administered for the in arrears is a possibility in the future. [BA] week as the semester comes to a close and Athens-Clarke County Commissioner students leave campus. UGA also adminisTim Denson said he is introducing a protered 1,738 vaccination doses for the week. Clarke County’s positive case count for posal to create a program that will prevent To date, UGA has administered 19,682 vacCOVID-19 remained low again last week, evictions by partially paying back rent in cines, with 12,503 individuals receiving the but Clarke County also saw vaccination exchange for landlords allowing tenants to vaccine and 9,910 fully vaccinated. stay in their homes. He is pushing for a vote rates slow again. During this next phase While UGA’s semester is coming to a on the program at the commission’s May 18 of the vaccination process, public health close, the Clarke County School District is officials are doing more targeted outreach meeting. still in session for another couple of weeks.

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COVID Cases Fall in Athens

A recent outbreak at Chase Elementary, with 11 confirmed cases and 114 students and staff in quarantine, forced the school to go virtual this week. For the week of Apr. 30—the most recent data reported— the Clarke County School District had 11 confirmed cases and 137 precautionary quarantines. One parent of two children at the school who tested positive last week said she was disappointed in the letter the school district sent out for a variety of reasons and hopes that they take a different approach on things come fall. “I […] think, when you get to the point of closing a school, you need to start encouraging people to get tested to catch those asymptomatic cases,” said Laura Thompson. “In the form letter they send out, instead of just telling people what symptoms to look out for and assuring them that if their child is at risk they would have been contacted, also encourage people to get kids tested. List where they can go for free tests and the hours they are available. Make it as easy as possible. “And furthermore, there shouldn’t be a stigma associated with being positive,” she added. The outbreak may be a sign of what’s in store for the fall, as children largely unvaccinated until the FDA approves the vaccine for children in the months ahead. According to one recent survey from the American Association for Pediatrics, one year ago COVID-19 cases for children made up just 3% of the U.S. total. Now children make up 22 percent of new cases nationally. [Jessica Luton]

Commission Calls for Expanded Voting The Athens-Clarke County Commission passed a resolution last week condemning Georgia’s new voting law and calling for making voting easier. The resolution directs ACC staff “to create as many avenues as possible to retain access to the franchise,” Mayor Kelly Girtz said. It says the Board of Elections will conduct a voter education campaign next year and open additional in-person early voting locations.

In response to record turnout last year that flipped Georgia blue and conspiracy theories about election fraud, Republican legislators passed Senate Bill 202, which makes voting absentee more difficult by requiring photo ID, shrinking the window to request a ballot and reducing the number and hours of ballot drop boxes. It also adds one Saturday of early voting. “It’s up to us to save democracy,” Commissioner Melissa Link said. “Democracy is really in peril right now.” The commission also accepted the donation of a $225,000 playscape at Sandy Creek Nature Center—and committed to making the playscape more accessible to the disabled. While it meets American with Disabilities Act requirements, according to the Leisure Services Department, parents of disabled children said Leisure Services should go further by making it ADA inclusive, not just ADA compliant. “We need to be going further so that we really generally are making sure these play centers are welcoming to all families and children,” Commissioner Tim Denson said. He introduced a commission-defined option instructing staff to meet with disabled residents, asking Girtz to assign the issue of inclusive facilities to a committee and re-establishing ACC’s Commission on People with Disabilities. The motion passed 9-1, with Commissioner Allison Wright opposed. Wright said she felt the proposal was rushed. The commission also: • lowered the speeding and traffic thresholds for neighborhoods to request traffic-calming measures. • approved homes for at-risk mothers and children on Freeman Drive at the former site of People of Hope, a proposed mobile home park for displaced immigrant residents that was never built. • approved a boat launch off Macon Highway. • selected Andrew Kovacs for a public art project on the North Oconee River Greenway at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. • renamed the Lay Park gym and the East Athens Community Center for longtime Leisure Services employees Willie Hull and Aaron Heard. [BA] f

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Freedom Riders in Athens

Perdue Déjà Vu



By Ed Tant news@flagpole.com

By Frederick Key Gulliver news@flagpole.com

It has been 60 years since civil rights actions called “Freedom Rides” began on May 4, 1961. The rides involved interracial groups of activists who rode interstate buses through the South to challenge the American apartheid of Jim Crow segregation laws then in effect in darkest Dixie below the Mason-Dixon line.

In 1941, the anonymous writer “Atheneus” 6. Olens did nothing for the USG’s reppenned an epistle to decry Georgia Gov. utation. Three days after then-Secretary of Eugene Talmadge’s firing of a UGA dean State Kemp and KSU President Olens were for advocating “communism and racial served with a lawsuit over vulnerabilities equality” in the Cocking Affair. When in the Georgia Center for Election Systems the University System of Georgia Board on the KSU campus, the GCES servers were of Regents balked at Talmadge’s demand wiped clean, leaving questions of destroying that Dean Cocking be drummed out of the possible evidence of Russian hacking in the university, Talmadge replaced three board 2016 presidential election and manipulamembers with loyalists to rig the vote. tion in the 2017 special election to replace Eighty years after Talmadge’s coup Tom Price, Perdue’s colleague in Trump’s against the regents, Athenian Brian Kemp Southern-Strategy-heavy cabinet. tried to follow in Talmadge’s footsteps to 7. Perdue has his own public image probmake the board appoint former Gov. Sonny lems. As governor, he stopped the purchase Perdue to the position of USG chancellor. of 20,000 acres for a nature preserve in After all, Perdue appointed Kemp secretary Oaky Woods while secretly buying adjacent of state. land that doubled in value when the Oaky Here are 10 reasons Kemp may want to Woods parcel was sold to real estate develrethink this political move. opers instead of to the Nature Conservancy. 1. First, it must be asked, sui generis, if As Trump’s secretary of agriculture, Perdue it is really a good idea to subvert the interappointed lobbyists for agribusiness and ests of educating Georgia’s future leaders the pesticide industry to key Department of to such a rank political favor. Is it worth Agriculture posts. the risk that a first-class system of higher education will not be the result? 2. In a flashback to 1941, according to the regional accreditation agency the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, any suggestion of undue political pressure to appoint Perdue could endanger the accreditation on which continued federal funding of the USG depends. 3. As Community Newspapers publisher and former chair of the Board of Regents Dink Nesmith once pointed out, former Gov. Nathan Deal endangered the university system by strongarming his hand-picked appointment of Hank Huckaby as USG chancellor in 2011. Can the USG get away with this gambit again? 4. The USG badly needs new blood. Most university systems remain vital by bringing in topSonny lied! flight talent from the proving grounds of other major universities. But when was the last time the USG 8. Does the USG need such an appearbrought in a gunslinger from Ohio State ance of self-serving corruption? Even if or UCLA? Not for UGA president. To keep a Perdue appointment does not cause the system under political control, Huckaby another accreditation failure, who can forwas promoted from the Georgia legislature. get the furor caused by Governor Perdue Current USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley appearing to sign into law a $100,000 tax wormed his way up through the ranks break for himself? from UGA. Perdue would just be another 9. What about the temptation for real hire from within the Georgia good-old-boy corruption for a chancellor with his fingers system—the one the Republicans were sup- in the USG’s $15 billion budget? The USG posed to replace when Perdue took over as already spent the last decade claiming sovgovernor in 2002. ereign immunity for fraud on the federal 5. The last time the regents rigged an government. insider appointment, it did not turn out 10. Talmadge’s vote-rigging did not so well. When the USG appointed the sole serve him as well in the polls as Perdue’s candidate considered, former Georgia championing of the Confederate battle flag Attorney General Sam Olens, as president that propelled Perdue into office in 2002. In of Kennesaw State University, despite the next election in 1942, the governor who vocal opposition at KSU and Olens’ lack of seemed to be a fixture in Georgia’s reactionany educational qualifications, Olens did ary establishment lost to that racially indifnot last a year. Perdue’s resume is more ferent upstart Ellis Arnall. That same result like Olens’ than the candidates a national in 2022 would be bad for Kemp, but maybe search would turn up. it would be best for the rest of us. f

Though fearing more racist violence in Athens, the Freedom Riders were pleasantly surprised during their stop here. At the Athens bus station, “Freedom Riders were served at the lunch counter without question,” recalled James Peck, a white man who joined the integrated rides through the segregated South. “A person viewing the Athens desegregated lunch counter and waiting room during our 15-minute rest stop might have imagined himself at a rest stop up North rather than deep in Georgia.” The Athens bus station is now the Chuck’s Fish restaurant, fittingly named for white civil rights attorney Chuck Morgan, who died in 2009. Though the Freedom Rides were big news across A racist mob beat the Freedom Riders when they arrived in Birmingham, America and around AL, but no such attack occurred in Athens. the world, no local reporters were on hand The first of the 1961 Freedom Rides when the riders stopped in Athens. When began in Washington, DC on May 4, 1961, the Freedom Riders were attacked by mobs and ended in New Orleans on May 17. The who firebombed their bus in Alabama, rides spotlighted the injustice of segregaphotos of the burning bus were front-page tion in buses, waiting rooms and restaufodder nationally and internationally, but rants in the Deep South six decades ago. On not here in Athens. May 13, 1961, the Freedom Riders stopped Photos and news accounts of the Mothat the downtown Athens bus station during er’s Day melee in Alabama became iconic their perilous journey memories of the down the highway of freedom movement, If people are informed, but in 1961 the local history. Freedom Riders, Athens Banner-Herald they will do the right both black and white, newspaper marginthing. It’s when they are not alized the event by endured beatings, jailings and threats from informed that they become running only a small racist mobs during the Associated Press story hostages to prejudice. rides, but they perthat made no mention sisted in their defiance and included no phoof unjust laws in the American South. Legtos of the bus that had been torched by a endary civil rights activist John Lewis was mob in our neighboring state of Alabama. beaten and bloodied in both South Carolina An Athens Banner-Herald editorial at the and Alabama during the 1961 Freedom time was headlined “Liberals Going Too Rides four years before he was nearly killed Far With Racial Legislation.” The editorial by Alabama cops during the “Bloody Sunblamed “so-called liberals in Congress” for day” protests for voting rights in that state being “more interested in embarrassing the in 1965. Lewis later became a Georgia conSouth than in trying to solve the civil rights gressman who was the conscience of Capitol problem.” Hill until his death last year. Decades after their journey for justice, When the Freedom Riders stopped Freedom Riders Hank Thomas and John in Athens in 1961, they were on the way Lewis returned to Athens in 2003 to speak to Atlanta, where they met with Martin at the downtown Human Rights Festival. Luther King Jr. They had earlier endured Thomas, a Vietnam veteran, said, “It should violence on their journey through the not take a war to make us understand that South, and they could have expected the we’re all Americans.” Lewis told the cheersame here in Athens, where just months ing crowd, “We all live in the same house. before the Freedom Rides a racist mob of We’re one people. We’re one family.” Their townspeople, Klan agitators and college stu- sentiments were echoed in 2011, when dents had rioted against the desegregation Hunter-Gault spoke here in Athens on of the University of Georgia. Local police the 50th anniversary of the university’s used tear gas to quell the white rioters who racial integration. She spoke words that are were angry over the admission of black more relevant than ever today: “If people students Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne are informed, they will do the right thing. Hunter (now the journalist Charlayne It’s when they are not informed that they Hunter-Gault). become hostages to prejudice.” f

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They ask for apology, appropriate commemoration and some kind of financial payback for being robbed of the opportunity to build wealth, among other forms of redress. Homeownership in the neighborhood off Baxter Street had increased from 40% to 54% in the few years before they were evicted, Parker said. But so far, the reaction they’ve gotten from UGA and state officials is silence. “They have refused to come to the table. They have refused even to apologize,” said Hattie Whitehead, a former Linnentown resident and a leader in the effort for recognition and redress for the Linnentown families. In another session, Athens Black leaders Fred Smith and Linda Davis explained why UGA’s treatment of slave remains unearthed from unmarked graves in 2015 and 2016 enraged so many. UGA had the remains reinterred in nearby Oconee Hill Cemetery, once the cemetery for Athens’

English professor who explained why Davis was making low grades in her class. “Ms. Davis, your people tend to not do well in English,” the woman told her. But other professors encouraged her. Park Hall, home to the UGA English Department, is still her favorite place, she said, and she’s glad her daughter decided to attend UGA. By Lee Shearer news@flagpole.com Yusuf Salaam recalled a confrontation early in his first year, 1966-67, when he he roots of slavery and white supremAmericans and the Road to Indian Territory emerged from one of the gang showers of acy run deep at the University of was a finalist for the National Book Award freshman dormitory Reed Hall to find the Georgia, with effects that persist at some and won the prestigious Bancroft Prize for hall lined with Caucasian students—one level today—that much was clear after a history. designated “the n-basher,” Salaam said. two-day symposium on slavery at UGA and Augustus Clayton, a member of Franklin “Here comes the little n-boy,” the desigits continuing aftermath. But UGA is also a College’s first graduating class, was promnated basher said. much better place for Black students today inent as a legislator and judge in the early “I tried to slap him all across the room,” than it was not so long ago, Black students 19th century effort to remove Native Salaam said. The basher did not retaliate at the symposium said. Americans from the Southeast (Athens was while the young white men lining the walls The 2021 “History of Slavery at UGA on the western frontier then). Land specwent silent. Symposium on Recognition, Reconciliation ulator William Dearing was also a national Later, three white students came to his and Redress” grew out of public furor over player in Indian removal, and longtime room to apologize and offer help. The next the UGA administration’s controversial UGA (then called Franklin College) trustee day, Salaam felt someone tap his shoulder, treatment of the remains of slaves he said. It was the basher, asking unearthed during a renovation him to shake hands and inexplicaproject at UGA’s Baldwin Hall bly handing Salaam a $20 bill. five years ago. An anonymous Even today, only about 8% of $100,000 grant funded the beginUGA students are African Amerining of a number of faculty and can, and that made for an adjuststudent research projects, culmiment for graduating UGA senior nating in what organizers hope Jessica Davis, Ericka’s daughter. will be the first such symposium. Before UGA, her classmates were It brought together an audience of almost all Black. hundreds on Zoom and YouTube “I wasn’t in constant contact Apr. 30 and May 1 to hear about with my Blackness all the time, like 50 presenters, mainly UGA faculty I am now,” she said. researchers, university students Students still face racist microand alumni, and Athens commuaggressions, and at times there’s “a nity members. kind of heightened racial climate,” Pre-Civil War, slaves did much Jessica Davis said. But “what Mr. of the actual work on campus, Salaam started blossomed into a though records show the university vibrant community,” she said. didn’t own slaves. Instead, they “I’m so happy for the students rented enslaved African-American who are currently attending a very, men and women. very fine university,” Salaam said. UGA administrators and faculty “Hearing the positive experiowned slaves, however. One uniences… gives me some hope for versity president, Moses Waddell, UGA,” said veterinarian Patricia Activists participated in a traditional libation ceremony May 4 honoring enslaved people whose remains were found beneath White, a UGA undergraduate in enslaved at least 16; Andrew Baldwin Hall in 2015 and marking the anniversary of slavery’s end in Clarke County. Lipscomb had 54—36 male and the mid-1970s. “That was not my 18 female, 16 of them under the experience.” age of 10, according to historical records. Wilson Lumpkin was “an ambitious politiwhite deceased. “To me, these are like our During her time, white students someAbout a third of 76 professors identified cian who made it his life’s work to disposrelatives. I don’t think people get it,” Smith times heckled Black students and even owned slaves, including the LeConte brothsess the Cherokee from their homeland.” said. “This is a burial ground and should be threw bottles at them, she said. ers, whose name is on the building housing Much of UGA’s South Campus sits on his properly respected.” Just doing the symposium-related UGA’s history department. Between them, thousand-acre slave labor farm, Saunt said. “Why would you dig them up and then research was life-changing, said some they had 109 slaves. The focus on the seminar’s second day re-inter them at the feet of the people that participants. Thirty of the school’s 38 trustees was more recent history, including the owned them?” Roshaunda Breeden, a UGA “I had overwhelming feelings of sadbetween 1830 and 1865 were involved in experiences of Black UGA students followPh.D. student in student affairs administra- ness and pain,” said LeKynik Meyer, slavery in one way or another; census, prop- ing desegregation, the early 1960s displace- tion, asked in another session. who recently earned a master’s degree in erty and other records also showed that of ment of dozens of Black families—an entire Davis, a member of the Clarke County romance languages from UGA, as she tran710 identified pre-Civil War alumni, 303 neighborhood called Linnentown—to make Board of Education, said the Baldwin scribed and translated French-language held slaves. way for UGA expansion, and what UGA remains should be with an appropriate records of court cases, baptisms and slave One UGA president, Alonzo Church, administrators did when a construction site memorial where they might be closer to kin, sales of baptism in The Antilles. fathered a daughter with one of his slaves, at Baldwin Hall uncovered nearly 100 burial in the historic Brooklyn Cemetery. Meyer found herself wondering how one student historical researcher found. sites, most of them likely those of slaves. “These are not radical things we are asktruthfully she might be able to imagine the UGA product Alexander Stephens, the vice The university paid from a total of about ing for,” said Phaedra Buchanan of Below emotions and lives of the slaves and their president of the Confederacy, may have as $217,000 for the Linnentown property— Baldwin, a student activist group formed to masters. She recalled one record of the bapwell. about a third of what it was appraised at in press UGA on racial justice issues, including tism of a child of an enslaved woman, there UGA also supplied intellectual sup1962, according to a UGA professor’s analamong others low pay, lack of access to UGA with the father, her master. “Maybe there port for slavery. The university’s founder, ysis. Today, it’s worth about $14.7 million, and UGA’s continuing destructive effect on were feelings of affection between these Abraham Baldwin, was a prominent said Aidan Hysjulien, a Ph.D. candidate in historically Black neighborhoods. two individuals,” Meyer said, or maybe not. national defender of slavery, though he geography. “To me, there are more important things In another of the 14 sessions, UGA apparently owned none himself. T.R.R. Former Linnentown residents have than an apology, like recruitment and how physical anthropologist Laurie Reitsema Cobb, a founder of UGA’s law school, also organized to seek redress for what they the university works with the community,” said she hopes a Connecticut lab will finwas a prominent pro-slavery intellectual. say can rightly be called white supremacist Smith said. ish DNA analysis of the Baldwin remains Whites exploited other people of color terrorism. They have found allies in Mariah The symposium also brought back sevthis year, setting the stage for efforts to as well, including controversial treaties Parker and others on the Athens-Clarke eral Black UGA alumni to tell what it was possibly match the remains with descenthat resulted in whites seizing the land that County Commission, which recently passed like for them in Athens—a much more dants. Earlier analysis of mitochondrial would become UGA and Athens from Native a resolution with that language. “We called hopeful session than some of the others. DNA, passed on only on the mother’s Americans, said UGA history professor these things what they were: acts of terrorEricka Davis, who graduated in 1993, side, showed that 28 of the 29 graves with Claudio Saunt, whose recent book Unworthy ism,” said Parker, who is also a UGA gradurecalled her first in-your-face encounter enough material to analyze were of African Republic: The Dispossession of Native ate student. with white racism on the UGA campus—an descent. One was Japanese. f


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or husband on another, well, that was just business. And being on the plantation under the overseer rather than in the family mansions in Macon and Athens (yes, the Cobbs soon built another one) was a kind of banishment, even if they were in the house down there, rather than in the fields. Even out in the shacks, though, families By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com kept in touch through those who could write and through the drivers who brought You know that antebellum, white-columned Mary Ann had one of the earliest prenuptial supplies and also gave rides to enslaved mansion sitting back off Prince Avenue agreements, and it kept her assets in her visitors with vacation passes from one planwhere Pope Street rises behind Emmanuel name and thus protected them from her tation or townhome to another. And on the Episcopal Church? It was built by Mary Ann husband’s financial ruin. plantation or in the big house, the enslaved, Lamar Cobb and her husband, Howell, and As a result of their merger, the Lamars with no rights or power, still figured out it was brand new when the aftermath of the and Cobbs owned 13 plantations in how to resist demands that violated the Panic of 1837 wiped out Howell’s wealth. Georgia, including Cowpens, near Athens unwritten rules of servitude—a revelation, His father, John Addison Cobb, using credit in Walton County. They developed a proalong with that of the ways the enslaved and money from his plantations, was a to-chain-business-management system that could actually earn money, that illuminates plunger and a developer—our first intown made it possible for Mary Ann’s brother, a subject that has been buried in whiteneighborhood, Cobbham, being among his John B. Lamar, to run all the plantations washed stereotypes. undertakings. Howell had co-signed his from his Macon mansion through the careSeveral of the people who come alive father’s notes, and the Panic—sort of like a ful hiring and supervision of overseers, in this book, such as Silva Carter and her stock market crash—resulted in the banks’ thus freeing Howell to throw his hefty daughter Aggy, were like members of the eventual foreclosures on the Cobbs, forcing energies into politics, taking him into the large Cobb family. Aggy, who grew up helpthem to sell all their considerable property, highest realms of the state, national and ing to look after the 12 Cobb children and including the Carters: George and Silva and Confederate governments. At the heart became Mary Ann’s most trusted servant, their children Aggy, Polly, Eliza, Robert, of John’s management of the chain was was immediately repurchased by John B. Nelson and Ellick. constant communication by mail and by and returned to his sister after that forced “The Carters were likely told that their courier and the ability to move equipment, sale. public auction, along with that of the beauenslaved workers, food and supplies among Nevertheless, “That experience shaped tiful furniture, was necessary to cover the the plantations as needed. all the decades of her life. It taught her that debts of the bankrupt she alone must shoulder Cobb family. They likely the burden of protectTENNESSEE NOR TH C A ROLIN A COBB-LAMAR PLANTATIONS were told to be patient ing those she cared IN GEORGIA ca. 1835–1865 Cooper’s Gap and behave. But all the about most. Their safety CITIES PLANTATIONS  guises of paternalism and required her to employ RAILROADS the imagined bonds of RIVERS the few tools she posDahlonega ee och affection fell to ash when o sessed to convince Mary MILES h human beings were forced 0 20 40 60 80 Ann, through countless to stand on a grand front Athens daily interactions, that R N O LI porch of an exquisite hillshe and her family were Monroe Atlanta  Cowpens top mansion. Then they loyal, dedicated and comhad to accept that the pletely irreplaceable. Her Augusta people they had known success at meeting this Hurricane Cedar Shoals and served for a lifetime challenge carried first Harris Place   had the power and the  Cherry Hill her father and brother Milledgeville intention to sell them and then Isaac, Louisa Louisville  F lin along with other pieces and Fanny [her husband t Macon Swift Creek of valuable but ultimately and daughters] over the disposable property.” rocky shoals of slavery n Columbus ee This passage is quoted and eventually into the from Seen/Unseen: Hidden safe harbor of emancipaSumter Plantations: Americus  Lives in a Community of tion. Half a century after Savannah Bivins Enslaved Georgians, just the auctioneer’s hammer  Worth Place Butts published by the Univerfell, a few blocks from sity of Georgia Press. Dominy where it began, Aggy This meticulously docCarter Mills died in a Jackson Place umented scholarly work house all her own, a wife, Scrutchins is an attempt to delve a grandmother and a free Brunswick Spring Creek into the past of a wealthy, woman.” Others were not prominent Athens and so fortunate. Georgia family and to The authors— FLORIDA tease out clues to the Christopher R. Lawton, lives of the people they Laura E. Nelson and The far-flung Cobb-Lamar plantations required a new form of management. owned—difficult because Randy L. Reid—are what of the paucity of written you might call “citizen details left by people who generally were This book focuses on some of the historians,” in the sense that though they kept illiterate, but possible in this case enslaved people owned by that franchise, are academically trained, they’re not college because the Cobb-Lamar families wrote their constant maneuverings to keep professors publishing to avoid perishing. extensively among themselves, often mentheir families together—or at least in Seen/Unseen has an immediacy and a freshtioning the people they owned, and some touch—and their abilities to game the ness that makes compelling reading, and of the enslaved also wrote letters that were system by knowing how to approach their in addition to the bountiful excerpts from preserved in the family archives, now in Cobb-Lamar owners to win approval for the correspondence, there are pictures, UGA’s Hargrett Library. The authors include various schemes to bring family members facsimiles of documents, helpful genealoga rich selection of excerpts from those letback together or into better positions. The ical charts and a couple of spiffy maps by ters, so that the owners and the owned tell Lamars and the Cobbs believed strongly Flagpole Production Director Larry Tenner. the story of what it was like in Athens and in the oxymoronic “humane” treatment Most importantly about this past: “It’s on the plantations during slavery. of those they enslaved—except, of course, not even past,” as Faulkner wrote. There are The Lamars and the Cobbs were two of when they had to sell them to the highest a lot of people walking around Athens and the wealthiest families in Georgia, and their bidder (and that episode was an aberraGeorgia right now who are descended from fortunes were united by Mary Ann and tion). Even so, if they needed a mother on Cobb-Lamar ownership and enslavement Howell’s marriage—though not completely: one plantation and her son or daughter that still affect their lives and ours. f


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faced with virtual classes and, for most, their last year at the university essentially happening from home. “Safety comes first, so I was good with going home, but I was definitely sad because I am involved on campus,” Yanek said. “With our track season, that was definitely a change of plans, because I was really excited for that track season.” 2020 graduates faced an uncertain job market and economy devastated by the pandemic. For Krazcon, it meant choosing a law school without getting the chance to do in-person tours. “It made me feel worried about, was I missing something at other schools?” Krazcon said. “It introduced some doubt,

Track and Field Outdoor Championships, he’s excited about the new developments. “I am excited that everyone else gets to have the people that they want get to be there and get to celebrate with them and really soak in the moment, especially since this last year has been definitely challenging,” Yanek said. Those challenges have varied for the seniors and upcoming graduates. Going into their senior year, the class of 2021 was

and I was also worried about, is this even the right time to go to law school?” Luckily, Krazcon had been able to visit Georgetown Law in January before COVID19 hit the U.S. and said, upon reflection, she knew she’d made the right decision. “I’m happy where I ended up,” Krazcon said. “I don’t think that I would have changed the decision, but during that time I definitely did feel worried about not getting all the information I needed.”

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ast May, 2020 college graduates were preparing for their commencements at home with a Zoom link or some form of virtual celebration due to the COVID19 pandemic. For University of Georgia undergraduates, that meant no turning the tassels on Dooley Field and no celebratory fireworks above Sanford Stadium. Instead, a virtual commencement ceremony was hosted on May 8. Caroline Kraczon, a 2020 UGA alum currently attending Georgetown University Law Center, said she remembers celebrating at home with her parents and dog. “My parents tried to make it as nice of a day as they could, so that was really nice,” Kraczon said. “It definitely was kind of anticlimactic to log in because I remember when I was logging on to the actual virtual graduation ceremony itself, it wasn’t working at first. It didn’t feel very ceremonial.” This year, things look a little different for the class of 2021 undergraduates. In light of changing public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, UGA announced on May 1 that graduates would get tickets to sit on the field if they chose, and there would be no limit on the number of guests in the stands. UGA is still spreading out commencement over three days this year. Thursday, May 13 is the Terry College of Business and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication ceremony. Friday, May 14, is the College of Environment and Design, College of Pharmacy, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and School of Social Work. Saturday, May 15, is the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Public Health, Mary Frances Early College of Education, Odum School of Ecology, School

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Ahdaysia Williamson-McAllister, a 2020 UGA alum, said the pandemic pushed back her job hunt. “I was in the process of getting certified as a medical assistant, and so when COVID hit, the school closed down, and it put that whole thing on pause,” WilliamsonMcAllister said. “So it took me a lot longer than expected to finally get certified, and I ended up not getting certified until the very very end of the summer.” However, Williamson-McAllister, who took a gap year, has used that time to get hands-on experience in the medical field by working as a dermatology assistant. She said the time she’s had to work through her physicians’ assistant program application has decreased her stress. Despite the setbacks and adjustments, the seniors and graduates said the pandemic gave them a chance to slow down and reflect on what was important to them. Claudia Wooten, a fourth-year political sciences and international affairs major, said she realized how important it is to keep her energy peaceful, especially with her plans to go to UGA’s graduate school to earn her master’s degree in college education. “Every day is so valuable,” Wooten said. “So I think something I learned from this year, in particular, was holding on to those friendships, putting more time and energy into those that I do love and I do care about being around.” With vaccine rollout underway and UGA planning to return to normal operations this fall, the world seems to be looking to move forward, much like its seniors and graduates after a year filled with anxiety and disappointment. Yanek said graduating after this year means so much more because of that. “We made it through one of the most uncertain and probably one of the highest anxiety years we could have in one piece, and successfully, so I think it shows how much we persevered and how dedicated we were to finishing strong,” Yanek said. f

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Convict Julie R&B ARTIST CAMILLA SIMS TALKS ACTIVISM AND COMMUNITY By Jessica Smith music@flagpole.com


protest. Her experience is shared through “A Story That Mattered,” a narrated video that was selected by The Morton Theatre Corporation to receive a $500 Defiance Project Award. As the film moves through photographs and live footage from rallies and community service projects, she delivers an uncensored account of her true frustrations, fears and mental health, then ends with a heartfelt and emotional song called “Riot.” Visuals from “A Story That Mattered” are revisited through the music video for Sims’ recent single, “Drive Bys on Tractors.” A sonic departure from her warm R&B style, the track is a spit-in-yourface punk anthem that is jarringly abrasive, but rightfully so—after publicly keeping her composure for so long as a safety measure, her anger has finally reached its boiling point. The video ends with a portrait from the same shoot that appears on this week’s cover of Flagpole: Sims stands proud, raised fist in solidarity, at the location where a Confederate memorial was protested and removed. In support of Black Lives Matter, the nonprofit Athens Area Arts Council launched a Black Emerging Artists Mentorship (BEAM) award program last summer. Open to Black artists of all disciplines, the program offers a $1,000 grant and six-month mentorship with an established professional in the recipient’s field. As the inaugural artist, Sims was paired with Melody Johnson, the owner of a public relations firm in Atlanta, and Yamma Brown, president of the James Brown Family Foundation and daughter of legendary musician James Brown. Their mentorship provided significant guidance DONALD FULLER

p-and-coming alternative R&B artist Camilla Sims, who performs under the stage name Convict Julie, has spent the past year shifting her efforts from music to activism and back again. Her songs are soulful and exhibit a deep range lyrically, physically and emotionally—even when occasionally injured or weary or heartbroken, the mood remains empathetic. Finding music to be an effective tool of communication as well as a coping mechanism for processing the trauma and emotional labor that often follows in activism’s shadow, she’s used her platform as a performer to raise awareness against racism and police brutality. Sims graduated from the University of Georgia in December 2020 with a degree in entertainment and media studies and a certificate in music business, an academic focus set to prepare her for navigating the industry. After only a few months, however, the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country, leaving canceled tours, unemployed musicians and shuttered venues in its wake. As the Black Lives Matter movement’s urgency then began to snowball, Sims decided to place her musical pursuits on the back burner to dedicate herself more fully to advocating for racial equity and justice. “It didn’t feel wrong to stop making music and to stand up for what I believed in,” says Sims. “For me, it felt more wrong to be in my house making music about something that I wasn’t actually doing anything about… The effort would’ve been nothing without the community, which is something I’m so grateful for. We all came together and made the work actually work.” After being tear-gassed by Athens-Clarke County police following the March for a World Without Cops event on May 31, Sims spent 100 days continuing to peacefully

in planning the release of Sims’ upcoming album, which will follow the two EPs and handful of singles she’s released since debuting in 2019. “This program is extremely important because Athens has a large pool of incredibly talented Black artists who care deeply for this community, put everything into this community and want to be embraced by the community,” says Sims. “The program is a great start to building the community and creating space for representation with and for Black artists in Athens.” Unlike the majority of musicians whose careers were more or less derailed by the pandemic, Sims found that hers actually began to take off. She credits much of her

success to Finley Light Factory, a coworking space for marginalized people in creative fields that she helped co-found last August. “What’s incredible about Finley is that we are a group of artists who are dedicated to giving other local artists—who may not have the opportunity—the space or a chance to start somewhere,” says Sims. “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been hosting artist market events where artists

who are either just starting out, cannot meet the financial demands of participating in other events or do not feel represented in other spaces are embraced and celebrated here. We care more about equity, representation and community in our space than anything else.” Outdoor artist markets and other socially distanced gatherings at Finley Light Factory provided rare opportunities to perform while keeping inclusion and community-building at the forefront. The frequency of rallies may have slowed down, but that energy was pivoted into meaningful actions such as organizing donation drives for Bigger Vision and Athens Alliance Coalition. Largely self-taught, Sims is a multi-instrumentalist who gravitated towards music at a very young age. She began engineering and producing in high school after landing an apprenticeship in Atlanta, and by the age of 15, was already making music in a DIY studio in her parents’ basement, which led to Sims House of Sound (SHOS). Officially an LLC as of last year, the publishing and record label allows Sims to remain independent. The acronym S.H. represents three different meanings: Sims House, sisterhood and self-help. The most obvious, Sims House, takes its inspiration from how she has always managed to build a studio in every house she’s lived in. Recognizing how few women, especially women of color, hold leadership positions in the music industry—let alone as producers or engineers— she hopes to help close the gender gap and promote sisterhood, rather than competition, between women. And lastly, the S.H. stands for self-help, acknowledging how music can be a healthy coping mechanism. “Music has been a way that I have authentically expressed myself and how I’ve created connectivity with the world, as well as how I have coped with mental health struggles,” says Sims. “Where I turned to things that made my life worse, music helped me make my life better, and it helped me understand myself and be the best version of myself that I could be. Music isn’t going to solve all my problems or the problems of those who choose to listen, but it helps me help myself.” f




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AthFest Announces Fall Dates PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com THE RETURN: This year’s AthFest will be held Sept. 24–26. Rumors have been circulating for several weeks over what exactly the plans for this year’s AthFest would be. Out of an abundance of caution, last year’s event was canceled months in advance lending another signpost for safety but a disappointing blow to the Athens music scene. Distinctly, this year’s event—due to its move from summer to fall—will not feature a “club crawl” component. The artist’s market, KidsFest, food and retail vending

“How Long (Demo).” Find this on all major streaming services as well as terminallyphil. bandcamp.com. A FISH NAMED WANDER: Also new this week, and available on May 13, is the single “Stranger” by Wanderwild which blends Ameri-indie rock with some nostalgic Britpop stylings. The song is actually the third single to be released from the band’s upcoming album Music In An Emergency, which comes out May 28. I’m choosing to believe the title


Family and Friends performing at AthFest in 2018.

and beer gardens will all be operational. All performances will take place on the main stage, the Hull Street stage or the kids’ stage. Applications to perform are not yet being accepted but watch this space, as well as athfest.com and facebook.com/AthFest, for updates.

is an homage to poet Frank O’Hara, and I don’t care to imagine it being otherwise. Word on the street is we’ll be featuring these dudes in an upcoming issue, so I’m not about to spill all the beans right now. However, you can snack around for a while over at wanderwildmusic.com and Spotify.

MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC: AthFest Educates announced that it will, as part of a partnership with the University of Georgia’s Community Music School, award a $35,000 grant to Howard B. Stroud Elementary School to help fund a multi-year after school orchestra program. The project will host 12 students per grade in levels three, four and five and will begin with the third-grade group. The program provides two lessons per week for 20 weeks. The inaugural participants will be recruited this spring to begin lessons in the fall. All interested Stroud Elementary parents should contact music educator Joy Smith at Stroud. For more information please see athfesteducates.org and music. uga.edu/cms.

TIME AND RELATIVE DIMENSION IN SPACE: There is a new song-based release from Motion Sickness of Time Travel, one of the major artistic repositories for composer and songwriter Rachel Evans, and it delivers tales told twice within its small confines. Our City features two versions (electronic and acoustic) of its newly written title track. The lyrics are nicely descriptive and ones of love and devotion. Significantly, each sounds like a standalone piece and, without close listening, a casual observer won’t notice they’re the same at all. The acoustic version is lovely, but I’m inclined toward the propulsive rhythm of the electronic version even if, necessarily, it comes across a little colder. The occasional folk-blues twang of this is a nice touch, too. Give it a spin at motion sicknessoftimetravel.bandcamp.com.

THE PHIL OF IT ALL: Phillip Brantley has

another new EP out this Friday under his Terminally Phil moniker. Punishingly titled Jagged Little Phil, its debut single “Another Jam” was released earlier this week. The single, though, is very much like an early Beck song matched with a Nirvana-style chorus. This is a tight foursong collection, and I’m most partial to the sweet and indeterminately sad pop-isms of

GOODBYE, DANNY: Sad news arrived over the

weekend that Daniel Hutchens, co-founder of Bloodkin, died at the age of 56 on Sunday, Mar. 9 surrounded by family and friends after suffering a massive stroke. As an active member of the Athens music scene for the past three decades, his presence will be sorely missed. Visit flagpole. com for more details. f

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Art ARTIST-IN-ATHICA RESIDENCIES AND 2022 EXHIBITS (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Residencies provide administrative support, exhibition and performance facilities, and a small stipend. The gallery is also accepting proposals for exhibits in 2022. Deadline June 30. www. athica.org/call-for-entries ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a new platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. Users can search for artists offering commissions for holiday gifts. athenscreatives@gmail.com, athenscreatives.directory CALL FOR 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 CURIOSITY CABINET CALL FOR ARTISTS (Creature Comforts Brewing Co.) The brewery is seeking design submissions from Athens-based visual artists to decorate the new Curiosity Cabinet, which will hold books and other resources for visitors to explore. Design due May 31. $350 or $550 stipend. www.getcurious.com/curiositycabinet-at-creature-comforts 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

Classes 5 POINTS YOGA IN THE PARK (Memorial Park, Picnic Pavilion 3) Enjoy an all-levels flow under the sun. May 15, 9 a.m. $14–17. www. athensfivepointsyoga.com 20TH ANNUAL MADISON ANTIQUES SHOW & SALE (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) The sale includes 22 dealers from nine states with items ranging from furniture, silver, pottery, fine art and more. Lectures held May 21 and May 22 at 9 a.m. Preview party held May 20, 6–9 p.m. ($50). Sale held May 21–22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. ($10) with free lectures beforehand at 9 a.m. www.mmcc-arts.org 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. May 15, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Building a Throwing Tomahawk” covers tools, design elements, target practice and more. May 29, 9

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 is 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. Through May 22. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Photographer Cindy Karp presents “Pandemic Portraits.” Through June 25. 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.) “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. • “Whitman, Alabama” features 23 of 52 films from journalist, photographer and filmmaker Jennifer Crandall’s ongoing documentary project of the same name. Through Dec. 12. JITTERY JOE’S EPPS BRIDGE (1880 Epps Bridge Pkwy.) Kevin Kardon creates black-and-white watercolor or pen and ink images of monsters that are whimsical, comical, abstract and bizarre. Through May 13. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) Students graduating in all areas of design and art education will exhibit their final thesis projects. Through May 13. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Roll Out the Barrels presents 16 rain barrels transformed by local artists into functional works of garden


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a.m.–5 p.m. $175. www.greenhow handmade.com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, marina bilbao75@gmail.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 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) “Family Day To-Go: Magic Realism” on May 13–16. “Morning Mindfulness” on May 14 and May 28 at 9:30 a.m. “Teen Studio via Zoom: Magical Mystery” on May 20 at 5:30 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” on May 20 at 6 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Extra Ordinary” on May 25. www.georgiamuseum.org ATHENS BLACK MARKET & INTERNATIONAL FAMILY DAY (College Square Plaza) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement hosts family-friendly afternoon of vendors, live music and guest speakers. May 15, 12–5 p.m. www. aadmovement.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Saturdays through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket.com/vendors BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) The Georgia Museum of Art presents an outdoor screening in the flower garden. Free, but pre-registration is required. May 13, 8:15 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org THE BIG READ: SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT (Online ) Athens’ National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read presents a series of events inspired by Roz Chast’s book, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Events include “Seat in the (Pleasant) Shade: ‘On Not Aging Gracefully,’

art. Online bidding runs May 13–27 at rolloutthebarrels.org. • 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. • On view in the lobby case, Jourdon Joly presents a collection of cast resin ice cream cones. Through June 26. • Collections from our Community presents Arthur Johnson’s (of the Bar-B-Q Killers) shark collection, which he has been building since the early ‘80s. Through June 26. • Curated by La Ruchala Murphy and featuring the works of Black artists living in the South, “#NotAStereotype” challenges the labels and limitations perceived about race, nationality, gender, ability and sexual orientation. Virtual artist talk with William Buchanan, Cecil Norris and Margaret Warfield on May 25 at 6 p.m. Through June 24. • Will Eskridge’s “Endless Party: A Collection of Party Animals” offers a celebratory look at outcast animals like bats, snakes and raccoons. 3Thurs Artist Talk May 20 at 6 p.m. On view May 15–July 24. 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) Oil paintings by DQ Nguyen. Through May. 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 Greyson Smith. These mixed-media works on paper depict public gardens in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. 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. • “Art From the Garden” shares acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel works created on site at the garden by the Athens Area Plein Air Artists. Through July. • Dortha Jacobson shares a collection of 25 paintings, many of which are scenes from the garden or were created with the local Athens Plein Air Artists. Opening reception May 16, 2–4 p.m. Through June 20.

A Poet’s Journey by Alicia Ostriker” on May 13; “Webinar: Dream it, Plan it, Secure it: Legal and Practical Strategies for Every Stage on Life” on May 14; “Making Time with Art: Partners in Memory Care” on May 19; “Webinar: Caring for Parents Near and Afar: Helping Loved Ones Thrive” on May 26. www.coe. uga.edu/events/big-read BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) KnitLits Knitting Group is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. Virtual Booktalks featuring chapter books (May 14) and young adult books (May 21) are held at 2 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org BOOK LAUNCH PARTY (Online) Avid Bookshop presents local artist and author Philip Juras in celebration of Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration, a volume of 54 paintings celebrating the natural beauty of the rare tallgrass prairie environments of Illinois and the conservation that sustains them. May 27, 7 p.m. www.avidbookshop. com BOOK SIGNING EVENT (Front porch of T.R.R. Cobb House) Athens Historical Society presents the release of Athens Streets & Neighborhoods, written by Gary L. Doster with a foreword by Vince Dooley. May 15, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION CARAVAN (ACC Library to City Hall) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement hosts a caravan-style graduation celebration for all Athens-Clarke County School District graduates. The caravan will be followed by a graduate recognition driveby ceremony at City Hall with guest speakers. May 16, 2 p.m. (meet), 3:15 p.m. (drive). bit. ly/GradCaravan GEORGIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY ATHENS CHAPTER INTEREST MEETING (Online) Contact for Zoom link. May 15, 2 p.m. www. gnps.org IN THEIR SHOES 10K (Virtual) Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center’s Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support hosts a virtual run/walk to support patients and survivors in the region. Record your

distance between May 22–29. Participants can pick up their T-shirt, awards and ice cream during a drive-thru celebration for National Cancer Survivor’s Day will be held June 6, 1–4 p.m. $20–30. www. intheirshoesathens.org INDIE SOUTH EVENTS (Indie South) 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 MARIGOLD MARKET (Pittard Park, Winterville) Celebrate with live music by Dodd Ferrelle and kids activities. Vendors will offer local produce, prepared and baked goods, and arts and crafts. Season runs every Saturday through Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. marigoldmarket winterville@gmail.com ROSA PARKS: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HER LEGACY (Zoom) Riché Richardson speaks on the life, activism and continued significance of Rosa Parks. Presented by Athens Chautauqua. May 20, 4 p.m. www.historycomesalive.org/ performances/athens SHOAL LILY FLOAT (Broad River Campground on Hwy. 79) Join the Broad River Watershed Association for an annual flat down the river. Meet at the campground and carpool to the put-in on Hwy. 17. Includes a lunch break on the river and a nice pause in Anthony Shoals to admire the shoal lilies. May 15, 9 a.m. (Rain date May 22). Suggested donation $25. RSVP at info@ brwa.org SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) Check out the collective ceramics studio and shop from resident potters. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southernstarstudioathens.com SPRING ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) A variety of activities in the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events are

STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Healing Our Humanity: Finding Hope, Love and Unity” presents works by Margaret C. Brown, Zerric Clinton, Oliver Enwonwu, Andrae Green and Nnamdi Okonkwo. Through July 10. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Manda McKay presents “Scenes from Quarantine,” a series of still lifes that highlight humanitarian concerns by combining natural objects into suggestive new forms. Opening reception May 14, 6–9 p.m. Instagram Live artist talk on 3Thurs, May 20, 6–9 p.m. Showings are available by appointment (email tinyathgallery@gmail.com) through May. UGA OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY (Online) The annual Earth Day Art Challenge is a virtual exhibition of artwork, performance, video and writing that demonstrates an appreciation, awareness or action. Visit sustainability. uga.edu. 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. • “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. • The new Ted Turner Exhibition Hall and Gallery showcases CNN founder and environmentalist Ted Turner’s life and legacy through memorabilia, photographs and other items. 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.

planned for adults and children. Now enrolling. www.accgov.com/ leisure THRIFT SALE (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Shop for art, antiques, books, small appliances, electronics, housewares, tools, yards of fabric, jewelry, furniture and more. Preview sale May 21, 5–7 p.m. Sale runs May 22, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and (half-price) May 23, 1–4 p.m. www.ocaf.com

CAMP FOXFIRE (Foxfire Woods and Farm) Ages 5–12 can enjoy outdoor play, learn about arm life and discover local plants. $125/week. Ages 13–17 participate in activities focusing on leadership, service, agriculture and animal husbandry. $25/week. Weekly sessions run Mondays–Fridays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. from June 7–July 16. foxfire woodsandfarm@gmail.com, www. foxfirewoodsandfarm.com

27 at 6 p.m. www.athenticbrewing. com BRASS TRANSIT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (The Farm at Oconee, Greensboro) Brass Transit performs the music of Chicago during an outdoor concert. Table and lawn seating available. May 30, 4:30 p.m. $25–75. www.opas.org BREWERY EVENTS (Southern Brewing Company) Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment Sundays at

RC COWBOY (Online) RC Cowboy performs on Hopin. May 27, 6 p.m. $5. www.hopin.com

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AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings. 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. 706389-4164, www.athensaa. org RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for info about Zoom meetings. Thursdays, 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensrecovery dharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) (Email for Location) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. www.athens downtownsaa.com ZOOM INN (Online) Nuçi’s Currently on view at the Georgia Museum of Art, Jennifer Crandall’s “Whitman, Alabama” is an ongoing documentary project Space holds weekly meetin which modern-day Alabama residents recite lines of Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself.” Pictured above is a still of ings on Thursdays for people “The Sullivans.” to drop by and say hi virtually. Email lesly@nuci.org TRIVIA AT ATHENTIC (Athentic 5 p.m. Jim Cook performs May 20. OCAF SUMMER ART CAMP Brewing Co.) Win beer tabs and Country Music Songwriters in the (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) other prizes. Every second Monday Round pay tribute to Merle Haggard Themes include artist appreciation of the month, 7 p.m. www.athentic featuring Todd Cowart, Scott Brant(June 7–11), board game bonding brewing.com ley, Clay Leverett, Joshua, Brodye (June 14–18), STEM (June 21–25), ACRONYM (Athens, GA) ACROTOUR DE COOP, CHICKEN COOP and Casey (of Holman Autry Band), around the world in five days (July NYM is a new website compiling TOUR OF HOMES (Online) Sweet and Bo Hembree and Curt Spell on 6–9), working stronger together COVID-19 aid for Athens-based live Olive Farm hosts a virtual selfMay 21 at 7 p.m. $10. Abbey Road (July 12–16), rainforest discoveries music venues and artists. Check guided tour of eight local chicken LIVE! on May 22 at 7 p.m. $12-15. (July 19–23) and mosaic madness the website for updated listings on coops. Available beginning May 22 Randall Bramblett Band on May 29 (July 26–30). www.ocaf.com funding and financial opportunities, through summer. $15. www.sweet at 7 p.m. $20–25. sobrewco.com SPLASH PADS (Multiple Locations) mental health guides, organizational olivefarm.org/products/tdc CICADA RHYTHM FARM SHOW The Walker Park Splash Pad is open support, community resources and WEST BROAD FARMERS MARKET (473 Old Commerce Ext.) Norweekends through May 23, then more. Visit acroynym.rocks (300 S. Rocksprings St.) The marmaltown Records presents Cicada May 29–Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.–5:30 ART FOR ATHENS (Online) The Red ket is open for shopping each week Rhythm, T. Hardy Morris and Riley p.m. Closed Mondays. The Rock& Black hosts Art for Athens to supfrom Sunday at 5 p.m. to Thursday Downing. May 15, 5 p.m. $30. springs Park Splash Pad opens May port Nuçi’s Space. Donated work by at 1 p.m., with a drive-through (or www.cicadarhythm.com 29. $1/person. Pool passes are $20. artists is sold and shipped through walk/bike-through) pick-up on SatFRONT PORCH BOOKSTORE IN SUMMER CAMP SEASON (Multiple the publication’s online store. Parurdays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. WINTERVILLE Enjoy free concerts Locations) The Athens-Clarke ticipating artists include R. Wood, wbfm.locallygrown.net on the lawn. The lineup includes County Leisure Services DepartMaria Dondero, Jamie Calkin, WEST WOOD HILLS AND RIVER Original Screwtops (May 15) and ment hosts summer camps for James Burns and Chris Robinson. BOTTOM BLOCK PARTY (240 Janet and the Blue Dogs (June 19) children and teens in art, nature www.redandblack.com/store Austin Dr.) Enjoy an outdoor block Shows held at 6 p.m. jmazzucc@ education, sports and theater. CLASSIC CITY TOASTMASTERS party with Nedza’s Food Truck, the uga.edu Scholarships available. www.acc (Zoom) This is an encouraging Little Athens Children’s Museum HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE Live music gov.com/camps, www.accgov.com/ group for individuals who want to and live music. District 6 Commisevery Friday and Saturday. The myrec develop their communication and sioner Jesse Houle will be in attenlineup includes The Granfalloons on SWIM PROGRAMS (Bishop Park, public speaking skills. Meetings are dance, as well as District Attorney May 14–15 and Bichos Vivos May East Athens Community Center & held 2–3 times a month on ThursDeborah Gonzalez and other local 28–29. Visit website to reserve your Lay Park) ACC Leisure Services day evenings. 706-202-7566 community leaders. May 15, 2–5 seat. www.hendershots athens.com offers swim lessons for children. CORNHOLEATL ATHENS REGISp.m. jesse.houle@accgov.com HOTEL INDIGO PATIO Avery Deakins $33–50. The kinderswim program TRATION (Southern Brewing Comperforms weekly on the patio. All for 5-year-old children meets three pany) CornholeATL Athens offers ages. May 13, 20 & 27, 5:30–8 times a week for three weeks for four different divisions of play to p.m. www.indigoathens.com free. www.accgov.com/myrec accomodate all levels. Seven-week INTERNATIONAL GRILL & BAR The TUTORING (Online) The Athens season begins in June. Email to ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (AthSplitz Band performs May 28 & Regional Library System is now register. info@cornholeatl.com ens-Clarke County Library) Virtual June 25 at 7 p.m. All ages. www. offering free, live online tutoring via ROLL OUT THE BARRELS ONLINE storytimes are offered via Facebook facebook.com/IGNAthensGA tutor.com for students K-12, plus SILENT AUCTION (Athens, GA) weekdays at 10:30 a.m. www.faceINTO THE WILDWOOD SUMMER college students and adult learners. Bid on 16 rain barrels painted by book.com/athenschildrens SERIES (Cloverleaf Farm) WildDaily, 2–9 p.m. athenslibrary.org local artists. Barrels can be seen ART CAMPS FOR PROMISING wood Revival presents a concert VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS in person at the Lyndon House YOUNG ARTISTS (KA Artist Shop) series. Old Crow Medicine Show (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Camp Arts Center. Proceeds benefit the One week, in-person camps are performs with special guest Caleb themes include woodland fairy and Athens-Clarke County Green School offered for ages 12–15. Camps Caudle. May 28. $65–85. www. gnomes, textile and fiber arts, cirProgram. Online auction runs May run late May through July. www. wildwoodrevival.com cus, pen pals, mini museum, rebel 13–27. www.rolloutthebarrels.org kaartist.com JAKE SHIMABUKURO (Classic girls, flower gardens and more. SUMMER STAFF (Athens, GA) The BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Center Theatre) Ukulele master Jake Register online. $200/camp. www. 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MANUFACTURING ASSISTANT WANTED. Full or part-time, FLEXIBLE HOURS available between 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Norcross Tag Company, Inc. Jefferson, GA 706-367-4763 Lhayes@adkins-tags.com OFFICE ASSISTANT WANTED. Full or part-time, FLEXIBLE HOURS available between 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Norcross Tag Company, Inc. Jefferson, GA 706-367-4763 Lhayes@adkinstags.com UberPrints is now hiring for multiple positions! Both full and part-time positions available. For more information and applications, go to uberprints.com/ company/jobs

OPPORTUNITIES Carvana Inspection Center in Winder, GA is having a HIRING EVENT! Free Medical Insurance (YES, 100% FREE), vehicle discounts, tool + ASE Reimbursements, hourly competitive salary (NO flat-rate), $500 Sign-on bonus for 2nd Shift Automotive Technicians and Reconditioning Associates! 5/18 & 5/19 from 12–7 p.m. 63 Pierce Rd. Winder, GA 30680. You can also apply online: join carvana.com

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Mike Wheeler Landscape. Landscaping/gardening positions available. Good pay w/ experience. Part-time. Flexible hours. Call Mike Wheeler: 706202-0585, mwwheeler1963@ gmail.com Retail Store in Five Points now hiring for Sales Associate. 15–25 hours per week. 12–5 p.m. Must be able to work one weekend day. Please send resumes to manager@masadaleather.com No phone calls please. Viva Argentine Cuisine is now hiring for Front of House and dishwashers. Drop off applications/resumes Wed, Thurs (4:30–8:30 p.m. ) Fri, or Sat (12–8:30 p.m.) 247 Prince Ave. Wanted: Female Counselors YWCO Summer Girls Club Counselors. Must be over 18 and have experience working with children. Temporary position July 1–23. Apply at YWCO, 562 Research Dr. Athens, GA. 30605 For information: www. ywco.org/job-opportunities White Tiger is now hiring! No experience necessary. Email resume to catering@whitetiger gourmet.com

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Athens Needs a Gay Bar ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ QUEER AND IN A QUANDARY By Bonita Applebum advice@flagpole.com Hi Bonita! Been reading your column for a few years now and finally have a good reason to write to you. Good luck with this one. As we all are getting fully vaxxed (woo!), things are going back to normal. Kinda. My friends have been asking me when I’m going out again, but my moral stance has changed on places to go. Over this past year, things came out about the terrible actions of business owners in our community. A few friends near and dear to me have been hurt by an owner of the bar I used to frequent. Let’s call him Wade. I cannot imagine myself going in this space again, because I do not want to give this man my money, time or endorsement. He’s an abuser and a danger to my community.

Sexual Health & Wellness My question for you is: What do I do? How do I ethically spend money in this town anymore and have a great night as a queer person? Can you find a queer person to open up a community center for us? Can we have an actually labeled gay bar in this town? Thanks, Gay and Bothered Hey there G&B, Partying ethically is certainly a thing, and you’re right, it’s hard to do when you get on the inside of local gossip and find out unsavory things about people and places that you once considered safe. I’m queer, too, and I long for an actual gay bar in downtown Athens, but rent prices don’t allow for people with

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Last weekend, I went out for the first time to a different bar, my second favorite one. I felt good about that until I learned today that the same man, Wade, owns this bar as well. I’m crushed. It feels like there is no ethical way to enjoy a night out, especially one that is LGBTQ+ friendly. If I could wish anything, I would wish for a queer business owner to swoop into Athens, GA, and open up a space labeled specifically for LGBTQ+ people where they are celebrated and not preyed upon. I’m feeling at a loss because it seems like the restaurants/bars downtown are all owned by rich white cis men who only care about making money and using college kids by not paying them enough if they work there and engaging in inappropriate relationships with them. To top it all off, too, these business owners buy out spaces that are actually meaningful for marginalized communities. In response to my dilemma, a few people have told me, “Oh, just go and don’t buy drinks.” My thing, though, is even just going feels wrong. To bring business to a place run by someone who I know is a predator is wrong to me. Also, if I’m going out, I’m going to buy drinks. Just sucks to want a nice night out to dance and not have anywhere to go.

marginalized identities to open up shop downtown. And I’ll be blunt: Allies are overrated as far as people to provide “gayfriendly” businesses for us, because sometimes their privilege and ignorance end up spoiling the fun. Go Bar closed for remodeling a while back, and I’ve always considered it the only true queer bar in Athens (plus it’s gay-owned!), but I have no idea if COVID-19 has put the kibosh on their reopening plan. But I support your decision to avoid the place you mentioned and to not provide any financial support to people or places that you consider to be dangerous. I recommend going to local bars. Patrons may sometimes look at you sideways if you’re obviously a student, so please don’t wear New Balances and high socks (or a giant faded t-shirt). My personal recommendation would be The World Famous because it employs people of color and queer folks, and its social media is, frankly, gay as hell. They are not afraid to say that Black lives matter, and it’s open on Sundays for what is very often called “gay brunch.” Just don’t dress like a toddler and you should have fun! f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com or use our anonymous form at flagpole.com/get-advice.

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