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Other potential improvements meant to slow down traffic and make crossing the street safer include: • moving the crosswalk near The Grit to the other side of Newton Street, where visibility is better. • realigning the Park Avenue and Talmadge Drive intersection. By Blake Aued and Chris Dowd news@flagpole.com • a raised crosswalk on Talmadge at Cobb Street. Prince Avenue residents, rejoice! The bike Out of 113 total projects included in all • upgraded turn lanes at Milledge Avenue lanes and other safety improvements you’ve those plans, the user group identified 34 and fewer curb cuts. been waiting for are on their way. as high priorities, then consolidated those • raised medians between Georgia Avenue Plans for Prince the Athens-Clarke into 22. and Talmadge, west of King Avenue, and County Transportation and Public Despite a longstanding problem with between Nacoochee Avenue and Chase Works Department presented to the ACC drivers coming from Jackson County flying Street. Commission last week call for protected down the urban corridor at highway speeds, In addition, Sizemore suggested that the bike lanes from Oglethorpe Avenue all the the county commission narrowly voted mayor and commission negotiate public way to Pulaski Street, as well as three-landown a “road diet” on Prince—reducing access to the new Piedmont College parking ing the locally owned portion of Prince the locally owned deck in Normaltown between Pulaski and Milledge Avenue. portion between encourage busiYou’ve got people darting and “I’m very excited about this,” Pulaski and Milledge nesses to share parkacross the road there Commissioner Jesse Houle said. “I was on to three lanes with ing. “Hopefully we the Complete Streets steering committee. a center turn lane could come up with already. Certainly, some We started off really focusing on a road diet and bike lanes—in some way to really protection would help. on Prince Ave., so I’m really excited to see 2006. In 2014, thenhelp small businesses where this is headed.” Mayor Nancy Denson to develop and grow But the Prince saga goes back much furblocked a pilot project that would have tem- without having a full parking lot for all of ther than that. A Prince Avenue user group porarily re-striped the road. their needs,” Sizemore said. that provided input into the plans reached But plans brought forward by the county The plans are in the very early stages back nearly 20 years to incorporate multiple SPLOST office and Transportation and and still evolving. Commissioner Ovita studies done over the years, including a Public Works Department at a June 8 work Thornton suggested burying power lines, 2004 neighborhood charette, a 2012 ACC session include three-laning the inner but SPLOST Administrator Keith Sanders corridor study, a 2014 road safety audit stretch of Prince, as well as safety improvesaid that might be prohibitively expensive. done by ACC, a 2017 traffic analysis done ments like bike lanes on the portion of Commissioner Russell Edwards asked for the 100 Prince development at the forPrince between Milledge and the Loop about a mid-block crosswalk near Normal mer St. Joseph Catholic Church, the 2018 that’s owned by GDOT. “We really wanted Hardware. “You’ve got people darting across Athens in Motion bike and pedestrian plan to highlight the need for bike infrastructhe road there already,” he said. “Certainly, and a 2019 road safety audit done by the ture on this corridor,” said ACC Bike and some protection would help.” It might be Georgia Department of Transportation. Pedestrian Coordinator Daniel Sizemore. too close to the Oglethorpe/Satula intersec-



tion, though, Sizemore said. GDOT is making its own plans for Prince between Sunset Drive and Milledge, Sizemore told commissioners, only some of which were incorporated into his presentation. State funding will cover some of the costs, and $4 million from T-SPLOST, the voter-approved 1% sales tax for transportation, is set aside for Prince. But that won’t be enough to fund all the identified projects, Sanders warned. GDOT will present its plans to the mayor and commission in the near future. In the meantime, ACC officials are working on plans to gather public input. Another work session is scheduled for September. Another project nearby is closer to fruition. The Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department is seeking commission approval for a biking and walking path along Barber Street. But some commissioners are not happy with the plans, and they asked for more information at a meeting last month. The plans call for the multi-use path with a twoway separated bike lane and a sidewalk to run between Chase Street/Newton Bridge Road and Boulevard. But due to the narrowness of Barber south of Boulevard, the path would end there. Instead, the stretch of Barber between Boulevard and Prince Avenue would have sidewalks on either side and no bike facilities except for sharrow markings—a portmanteau of “share the road” and “arrow” reminding drivers that bikes are present—in the roadway. “We’re going from sharrows to a twoway bike track,” Edwards said at last week’s work session. “The disjointed nature, it just

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doesn’t make sense to me.” Kelly Girtz and ACC Manager Blaine According to county transportation Williams last week of intimidating and disofficials, the cost of buying right-of-way criminatory conduct that has subjected her and constructing a multi-use path south to a hostile work environment. of Boulevard would add $1 million to the “I have endured [for] almost three years $5 million project. Beyond the cost, they in October the most traumatic experiences also argued that, on that portion of Barber, of my life,” Maddox said at a June 8 news a multi-use path would not make cycling conference organized by the Athens Antisafer. Discrimination Movement. “I would not necessarily spend the Maddox filed an Equal Employment money on a multi-use path even if we had Opportunity Commission complaint last it. Is that clear?” Lauren Blais, the chair year alleging that she was confronted of Athens in Motion citizen committee, told commissioners. “The level of comfort is already high compared to some other places.” Barber Street was rated a “2” by consultant Toole Design Group, which means the average adult would feel comfortable biking there as the road is now. However, that was “not acceptable” to Commissioner Tim Denson because it excludes children. People younger than 12 can legally bike on the sidewalk, Blais reminded commissioners. Because so many people bike and walk on Barber, TPW officials wanted to separate bikes and pedestrians, in addition to separating both from cars. But on the Boulevard-to-Prince segment, a path for bikes would not ACC Internal Auditor Stephanie Maddox be safer than biking in the road because of the number of driveby Girtz and Williams after filing an ways, Blais said. Drivers tend not to look for cyclists on the sidewalk or in an off-road open records request for ACC’s 2018 Compensation and Pay Study. Her request path when pulling out, she said. was unrelated to any ongoing audit. She When some commissioners suggested said she wanted to read the report and removing on-street parking to create space explain it to her employees who may have for a path, Blais said that parked cars help had questions about their salaries after not to slow down traffic. “I really feel traffic receiving pay raises, and she also viewed calming is the best option for now,” Blais it as a potential audit down the road. The said, adding that a multi-use path could be incident is evidence of a “culture of manipbuilt later, perhaps in the next round of ulation” and “lack of transparency” within T-SPLOST. Other traffic-calming measures include a the local government, she said. Maddox said she was pressured into “speed table” at Boulevard and a crosswalk withdrawing the request by Williams, who with flashing beacons at Barrow Street. “All she said confronted her and backed her of those elements together should slow against a wall as he accused her of wasting traffic down,” said Sizemore. staff time and requesting the report for selfOne of the commissioners who had concerns, Allison Wright, said she now sup- ish reasons. Maddox was reappointed by the ACC ports the project as planned. The commisCommission for a two-year term on June 4, sioner who represents Boulevard, Melissa 2019. Less than a week later, according to Link, also said she supports it. Maddox, Girtz issued a formal reprimand The Barber Street project is one of the and put her on a personal improvement highest priorities in the Athens in Motion plan for her poor performance as auditor, plan, completed in 2019, and emerged despite not having mentioned anything as an alternative to a failed experiment negative at her last performance review. with striping bike lanes on Chase Street. When Maddox tried to defend her perforIt will connect downtown and Prince, the mance, she said Girtz told her to “shut up.” Boulevard neighborhood, factories in the Girtz said he could not comment on Chase area and a burgeoning entertainpersonnel matters. The ACC Commission ment district, including the Chase Park is scheduled to vote June 15 on renewing Warehouses, Terrapin brewery and General Time, a future mixed-use development with Maddox’s contract, along with Williams’ and other charter officers, Attorney Judd an amphitheater. Drake, Municipal Court Judge Ryan Hope Other Athens in Motion projects curand Clerk Jean Spratlin. rently underway include sidewalks and Despite the timing, Maddox said she bike lanes on Cherokee Road, Jefferson is not focused on saving her job. Instead, River Road and Riverbend Road, as well as sidewalks on Holman Avenue and Magnolia she said that she held the press conference to encourage others to come forward. Street. [BA] However, AADM co-founder Mokah Jasmine Johnson urged attendees to reach out to the mayor and commission. ACC has spent roughly a year conducting an independent investigation into Athens-Clarke County Internal Auditor Maddox’s allegations, which is expected Stephanie Maddox publicly accused Mayor to be finished within the next few weeks.

Williams declined to comment until that report is released. The auditor’s office analyzes departments’ operations at the behest of the mayor and commission, independent of the manager, who oversees the government day-to-day. Friction is nothing new. In 2013, the commission under Mayor Nancy Denson declined to renew the contract of former auditor John Wolfe, pointing to the pace of his work after he took 14 months to produce an audit of the Athens Downtown Development Authority. During Wolfe’s tenure, managers Al Krace and Alan Reddish often disagreed with and ignored his conclusions. When Wolfe was dismissed, the position sat vacant for a year, then was filled on an interim basis by a retired county administrator, Steve Martin. Maddox was hired in 2015 on Denson’s recommendation. Since then, she has only completed two audits, one looking at Leisure Services youth programs and the other examining the sheriff’s office. At an October meeting of the commission’s Audit Committee, the Overview Commission—a group of citizens appointed once a decade to review compliance with ACC’s charter—suggested restructuring the auditor’s office. Staffing has also been an issue; all of the positions in the auditor’s office are currently vacant, and the office is listed as “temporarily closed” on the county website. Despite the lack of staff, Maddox told commissioners at the most recent Audit Committee meeting in March that two reports were “in the home stretch.” [Chris Dowd]

Thomas Elaborates on CCSD Mask Policy Superintendent Xernona Thomas said that some reporting about the Clarke County School District’s COVID-19 policies has been “inaccurate,” but she also confirmed that the district does not currently plan to require masks this fall, even for

unvaccinated students. “Although it is not required, it is strongly requested, and our students have been very compliant,” Thomas said at the school board’s June 10 meeting. “They are wearing their masks, so we have not had any issues using the language that was adapted based on the most recent guidance from our governor.” An executive order Gov. Brian Kemp signed last month says that school districts cannot use the public health state of emergency as justification for requiring face coverings. However, it falls short of Kemp’s promise to outright ban mask mandates, and other districts have skirted the order by including masks in their dress codes. Flagpole reported last week that, in a social media post promoting a video about school being “closer to normal,” CCSD initially said there would be no mask mandate this fall, then edited out the statement when upset parents commented on the post. A spokesman for the district confirmed that masks are no longer required in schools, subject to change based on local COVID-19 numbers. Thomas said she wanted to update the board because “some of what’s been printed and posted does not align with this level of accuracy.” Clarke County’s caseload stood at just 24 per 100,000 people over the past two weeks as of June 12. The seven-day rolling average of new cases was 2.4 per day. There have been no cases in summer school so far, Thomas said. “Right now what we are doing is using our summer program as a way to assess what is working, what we need to modify and see how effective we’re being in that area, as well as looking at other mitigation factors as we make decisions to return as safely as possible in August,” she said. None of the three currently available vaccines have been approved for children younger than 12. While young children are less likely to contract COVID-19 than teens or young adults, and the disease tends to be less serious for young people, it has infected more than 35,000 children under the age of 10 in Georgia, leading to 613 hospitalizations and three deaths. [BA] f

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virtual classes. In tiny Taliaferro County, only two students chose to stay in virtual school after school doors reopened in April. While each student there has his or her own school-issued laptop, connections are often spotty in rural Georgia. “We had all the technology, but it was like having a Ferrari with no gas,” said Superintendent Allen Fort. The district powered through, helping kids get connected when it was possible and picking up and delivering paperwork on buses when it was not, but Fort said the pandemic offered a crash course in online teaching that he hopes pays dividends once


hildren across Georgia are cracking want to come back face-to-face, kind of open the sunscreen, dusting off their depending on if their peers are coming back flip-flops and making plans for their sumface-to-face.” mer break, but school administrators have Clarke County recently hired a new a massive task before them: planning a administrator to oversee expanding the virsemester they hope will set a foundation for a return to normal. “We’ve been learning a lot about what are the right interventions to match our students’ needs, but also what are the right professional learning opportunities for our teachers to increase their capacity and effectiveness to help our students as we come out of this,” said Fulton County Schools Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones. “This will not be a one-year solution. This is going to be a two- to threeyear proposition to help these students overcome this dramatic learning disruption.” COVID-19 vaccines will go a long way toward helping classes return to normal, but the disease is not fully vanquished, and many children have fallen School lunches should look more normal this fall as the Clarke County School District returns to pre-pandemic policies. behind as the disease and economic downturn tual program, Gaskins added. “Right now, affected families, caused a spike in anxiety plans to expand Georgia’s rural broadband we have a small percentage of students that come to fruition. “This helped us to really be and shuffled classes between in-person and take virtual school, but we expect that num- able to utilize technology in more advanced online. ber will grow, and not just because of the and innovative and imaginative ways than pandemic, but we’ve seen flexibility in high we ever thought we would,” he said. “I think school schedules through a virtual option, that’s the great part that’s come for us, is By the spring, most Georgia school disand we want to maintain that flexibility for that we are really fired up about not only tricts were offering in-person instruction students that need it,” he said. face-to-face, but with all that we can do five days a week as well as a virtual option, Other districts are rolling back their with the use of technology.” but class quarantines meant many students virtual programs, like in Muscogee County, who signed up for in-person classes spent where students will need to qualify for virat least some time learning in front of the tual learning through medical exemptions. Throughout the pandemic, Gov. Brian computer screen at home this year. For stu“We should plan to return in the fall at this Kemp has opposed a statewide school mask dents who had or lived with someone with point for full in-person with minimal virmandate, arguing that decision is best left a serious medical condition, online school tual,” Superintendent David Lewis said at a to local districts. The governor went a step was the only way to study safely. recent board meeting. “We’re going to have further last week when he signed an execSome students reported enjoying the some restricted provisions for virtual for freedom of studying from home on their some students who may be medically fragile utive order banning school systems from citing the state’s emergency order to impleown schedule, but many more students felt or may have situations where they need ment a mask mandate. The order stops burned out from long Zoom sessions and virtual, but by and large, we are expecting a short of preventing schools from requiring lonely from not seeing their friends every full, in-person return.” masks. day. Parents were also often frustrated by Other districts, including Chattooga The Clayton County School District trying to balance working from home and County, are canceling their virtual announced Tuesday it will not loosen its making sure their children stayed on task. option altogether. In a letter to parents, mask guidelines. Georgia schools will be prioritizing faceSuperintendent Jared Hosmer advised “While we are confident that individto-face instruction in the fall, but many those who do not want their child in school will continue to offer some form of virtual to consider Georgia Virtual Schools, a state- uals are capable of making the best decischool. In Clarke County, only high schoolrun program for middle and high schoolers, sions for themselves and their families relating to health and individual safety, ers will have the option to learn virtually. or to consider home school. Clayton County Public Schools will keep “We are hearing that our parents want School districts say they plan to use the its current mask guidelines in place,” said a face-to-face option,” said Clarke County technological infrastructure they adopted Superintendent Morcease J. Beasley in a Chief Academic Officer Brannon Gaskins. during the pandemic going forward, such statement. “We realize that the pandemic “Largely, our elementary and middle school as holding virtual classes on snow days is not over and our responsibility is to the parents want to be back face-to-face. or hosting digital rather than in-person safety of our employees, students and famiWhat we’re hearing from high school is training sessions for teachers. But not lies of Clayton County.” kind of split. Most of our high schoolers every Georgia student can connect for

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According to the district website, Clayton County students and staff are required to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said it is safe for vaccinated people to gather indoors without masks in most cases, though vaccines are not yet available for children under 12. Nevertheless, many schools that began the year with mask mandates were already planning to make masks optional. In Fulton County, where 80% of employees have been vaccinated, Superintendent Mike Looney announced plans to go mask-optional May 21. “As the CDC and health officials have changed their guidance, we’ve reacted in a prudent and safe manner, and that’s why we made the decision that we did, and I think a lot of that has to do with vaccinations,” Jones said. In Clarke County, masks will be “strongly encouraged” but not mandatory this August. Schools across the state implemented new measures intended to stop the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19 and other bugs that are more common in crowded school buildings, often using federal grant money. Clarke County’s new safety measures included installing hand sanitizing stations in all schools, replacing drinking fountains with water bottle refill stations and upgrading school ventilation systems. Good sanitation practices will remain a high priority, Gaskins said. Teachers will encourage children to wash their hands often, cover their mouths and stay home when they are not feeling well, but later in the fall, a new line could be added to the refrain: “Get your vaccine.” Districts across the state held teacher vaccination events after education workers became eligible for the vaccine in March, with some districts moving classes online for a few days to give teachers time for their appointments. Schools could host similar events when children are approved to be inoculated. “As the state rolls down the age of students that are able to get vaccinated, we’re going to provide vaccination clinics for our students,” Gaskins said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a majority of our students vaccinated, and we won’t have to have as stringent social distancing guidelines, but we will still keep those mitigation efforts because those are just good practices.” Young children who are otherwise healthy have a low risk of serious complications from COVID-19, but medical experts say vaccinating them will be important to stop them from spreading it to others and to help attain herd immunity. Vaccine producers are conducting clinical trials on children as young as 6 months. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told investors he expects children 2 and older could become eligible in September, with younger children to follow. f






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he new climate normals are out, and professor David Stooksbury, the former it’s no surprise to see that Athens is climatologist for the state of Georgia. getting hotter. What is surprising Since that brief cooling, however, is the acceleration—how fast the city and temperatures have been heating up at an state are warming. accelerating pace in Athens, like the rest of Every 10 years, the National Oceanic the world. The 2000 normal average temand Atmospheric Administration recalperature (years 1971–2000) was .3 degrees culates a new set of these normals for higher than the 1990 normal. In 2010, the nation, states and individual weather normal went up another .3 degrees to 61.8, stations across the United States, includaccording to the Nebraska database. The ing Athens’ official recording station at latest 30-year normal bumps up the annual Athens Ben-Epps Airport. The normals are average again by almost a whole degree to a 30-year average—1991 through 62.6, and most of that rise came just 2020 in the latest 2020 set—of in the last decade. The average such measures as the averannual temperature for Athage daily high, low and ens edged up 0.1 degrees overall temperatures by in the 1990s, jumped by day, month and year. another 0.6 degrees in 1961–1990: 61.2° Normals also include the 2000s, then shot 1971–2000: 61.5° averages for rain and up 1.4 degrees to 63.7 snow. in the 2010s. The 1981–2010: 61.8° Now the “normal” thermometer at the average annual temairport topped 90 for a 1991–2020: 62.6° perature in Athens is record 54 straight days 62.6 degrees, according in 2016, the warmest to a database built by the year on record for Athens. High Plains Regional Climate scientists Climate Center at the are also seeing alarming The “normal” temperature in Athens has acceleration in other University of Nebraska. risen by 1.4 degrees in the past 30 years. measures of Induced That’s nearly a full degree hotter than the climate change, such 2010 normal in Athens and 1.4 degrees as the steady shrinkage of Arctic sea ice. hotter than the 1990 normal. The pace of climate change happening now After rising sharply in the first decades looks a lot like what climate change scienof the 20th century, average temperatures tists projected as worst-case scenarios not actually declined in Athens, in Georgia and so long ago. “It does feel like it,” UGA agriin the U.S. in the mid-20th century. It’s not cultural climatologist Pam Knox said when clear why. The dip was once thought to be asked if climate change is speeding up. the effect of mid-century reforestation as Athens is far from alone in rapidly rising millions of acres of used-up farmland and temperatures. “In Florida, the last decade logged-over mountainsides and swamps has just been off the charts,” Knox said. regenerated as best they could. Calculations Atlanta and other Georgia cities are don’t support that theory, however, accordalso getting hotter, in patterns similar ing to University of Georgia engineering to Athens. Atlanta’s new normal average

temperature is now 63.7 degrees, up 1.8 degrees since the 1990 normals. The 2010s in Hotlanta were 2.6 degrees warmer than the 1990 normal average. Savannah, which also faces accelerating sea level rise from global warming, was 2.7 degrees hotter in the past decade than the 1990 normals, according to the numbers in the High Plains database. Models predict sea levels will rise by 10 feet or more, even if carbon emissions stopped immediately. Scientific debate is now more about whether that will happen in the next few decades or in the next couple of centuries. In Athens and the other cities, winter temperatures have changed the most. The normal January temperature in Athens is now 2.7 degrees higher than in 1990, and February is up by 2.5 degrees. Over the past decade, Athens averaged 49.1 degrees in December, nearly 5 degrees higher than the 1990 December normal. It’s not just the numbers that are changing now, but the very meaning of climate normals, said Knox, the former Wisconsin state climatologist and assistant state climatologist in Georgia. “Normals were designed with the expectation that the

climate is stable,” she said. But with rapidly increasing warming, those normals are no longer the reliable tool they were for farmers and others when the first normals came out in 1931. Athens’ average rainfall changed only slightly in the new normals; 48.95 inches per year, up from the 2010 normal of 46.33 inches. Over the past several decades, rainfall has been increasing significantly in the Northeast and declining sharply in the West, but averaging about the same in the Southeast. But there’s growing evidence that rainfall patterns, if not the averages, are changing as people pump more carbon into the atmosphere, Stooksbury said. Rain is coming in more intense bursts, with longer dry periods in between, like last month in Athens. Athens received 3.86 inches of rain on four days in early May, followed by 15 days of no rain at all. Georgia and the Southeast are also trending drier in the fall, according to NOAA statistics. Meanwhile, the trend of rising temperatures is continuing. So far this year Athens has been nearly 2 degrees warmer than normal—2 degrees warmer than the new normal, that is. f

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slavery were never central to American values, but were mere “deviations from, betrayals of, or failures to live up to, the authentic founding principles of the United States, which include liberty and equality.” That is simply false. Racism and slavery were indeed central to our founding, to the point that those supposed “deviations” and “betrayals” were enshrined in the Constitution, our nation’s founding document. Here in Georgia, slavery may have been banned for the first 15 years of the colony’s existence, but by 1750 that ban was lifted because white settlers complained it was impossible to make money here without Black slaves to work and die in the brutal heat and humidity. If we are to take justified pride in those good things that our ancestors accomplished, in the nation that they built—if we erect statues to them and name schools and buildings and cities after them, if we warm ourselves Dustin Chambers painted this mural of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick. a bit in their reflected glory, as the heirs to their greatness—is it that cause in state law. Look at the lawns not then dishonest to pretend that their of the state Capitol, dominated by an mistakes do not also echo down into our equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. John own times? What wonderful magic is it that Brown Gordon, who founded the original only the good they did lives on after them, KKK here in Georgia. and in us, while their evil somehow died Many older Georgia adults were taught with them, without leaving a trace? in school that it was tariffs, not slavery, There is no such magic. There is only that drove the creation of the Confederacy, blindness—willful blindness. Heritage and because the admission that the cause was history are not a buffet line, where you can slavery was deemed “divisive” and might pick and choose the things you like while reflect poorly on the dominant white power ignoring the distasteful. structure. It was only 50 years ago that COURTESY: GEORGIA RECORDER

rodded by Gov. Brian Kemp, the state board of education last week waded into the controversy over “critical race theory,” or more accurately, into a cartoon version of the theory that has been ginned up by Fox News and the conservative entertainment industry to keep its viewers in a state of racial panic. “The United States of America is not a racist country, and… the state of Georgia is not a racist state,” the board informed us in a resolution passed in a specially called meeting. Furthermore, the board instructed Georgia educators not to teach that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex,” or that “an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment solely or partly because of the individual’s race.” These are not, ordinarily, the kind of controversial sentiments that require hastily called meetings to endorse, but the context here is important. Kemp and the board of education are following the example of other conservatives all around the country who are rushing to pass similar laws and resolutions. They have convinced themselves that white is the new Black, that schools and universities are engaged in a conspiracy to discriminate on the basis of race, and that this time the target of that discrimination is white people. I know, I know: It’s a ridiculous claim. But if you can convince millions of people that non-existent voting fraud cost Donald Trump the election, in contradiction to every piece of available evidence, then you can convince them of almost anything if they want to believe it hard enough. In its resolution, the board also attempted to downplay the roles that slavery and racism have played in our nation’s history. As it views things, Georgia’s schoolchildren should be taught that racism and

Since 1926, a statue of Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy, has sat in the U.S. Capitol as one of two Georgia heroes designated by the state. In celebrating Georgia’s secession from the Union, Stephens had explained that the cornerstone of the Confederacy “rests upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition.” Stephens’ statue is in Washington because of, not despite, that kind of rhetoric. How is that not institutionalized racism? Look at Stone Mountain, a state park at the site of the rebirth of the KKK, a park that was created to celebrate the Confederacy and that is still dedicated to

we desegregated our schools. It was only 20 years ago that we managed to strip the Confederate battle emblem from the Georgia flag, and the man who led that fight, Gov. Roy Barnes, was then defeated for re-election in large part because of backlash against his leadership. And it was barely a year ago that two separate Georgia prosecutors’ offices decided that the murder of an unarmed Black jogger by a group of armed white men in broad daylight, on a public street, was not a crime worthy of prosecution. You’ve probably seen the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s last moments. Those prosecutors had seen it too, yet somehow they decided that no crime had been committed and no arrests should be made. That decision was driven by governmental, institutional racism. It is alive and thriving in our time, and Fox News notwithstanding, white people are not its target. We have made enormous progress in this country against racism, and it is essential that we teach that too, both because it is true and because by telling it we create hope for still further progress. But that progress has never come easy, and at every step of the way, we have had to battle those who claim that it is not racism and bigotry that divide us, but those who dare to point out the continued existence of racism and bigotry. It’s what was said about the abolitionists before the Civil War, about Reconstruction after the war, about those who fought lynching in the 1920s and segregation in the 1950s and 1960s. The current hysteria over “critical race theory,” and the actions of Kemp and the board of education, are merely the latest manifestations of that long and unfortunate tradition. f This column appears online in Georgia Recorder.



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A Revival of the Drive-In CINÉ AND QUEER ABOLITIONIST SERIES PRESENT SUMMER FLICKS By Jessica Smith arts@flagpole.com


ing down. Audio, meanwhile, is transmitted directly into everyone’s car speakers through an FM radio channel. “The drive-in experience is very different from an in-theater experience, both being wonderful,” says Kohn. “There is a certain energy and excitement to being under the stars watching a movie on a giant screen. The drive-in brings a festive communal atmosphere, and gives people the opportunity to enjoy a great movie experience while being in the privacy of their own vehicle or sitting by their car on deck chairs.” The Ciné Drive-in is supported by a grant from the Athens Downtown Development Authority as well as several other grants and sponsorships from members of the community. The series debuted on June 1 with a sold-out screening of Mad Max: Fury Road, followed by Jurassic Park and Do The Right Thing. Upcoming films are announced one week at a time and are determined by a programming committee that consists of both staff and board members. Technical


he impact of the COVID-19 panviewed from “cubicles” (pandemic pods) demic on the film industry has been under the 440 Foundry Pavilion, and Beasts crushing: box office figures plumof the Southern Wild at the State Botanical meted, production schedules screeched to Garden of Georgia through Films in the a halt, award ceremonies lost their dazzle, Flower Garden, a new series co-presented festivals were upended and many theatrical by the Georgia Museum of Art that hopes releases were postponed or sent straight to to resume in the fall. All the while, Flicker streaming platforms. While indoor movie Theatre & Bar has continued to churn out theaters remained closed due to restrictions a fairly steady stream of Japanese cult, on large gatherings, drive-in theaters expemartial arts and horror films on the patio rienced an unexpected surge in interest as a between Pachinko Pop Cinema, Showdown socially distanced alternative. at the Equator and the Flicker Film Society. Drive-ins hit the pinnacle of their Finally, Athens has its own consistent popularity in the mid-1950s with over drive-in theater experience again thanks 4,000 locations across the U.S., but this number has steadily dwindled to around a mere 300. Though the simplicity of their setup now holds a nostalgic charm, most drive-ins shuttered due to a combination of factors: improvements to home entertainment systems, urban sprawl and rising property values, and competition with the convenience, technological advancements and other luxuries offered by multiplexes. Athens was hip to follow the mid-century trend, but all of its traditional drive-in theaters vanished decades ago. The Alps Drive-In (1952–1980), Athens Drive-In (1952– 1984) and Prince Avenue Drive-In (1954–1957) once existed in open fields where shopping centers now stand. The last nearby holdout was the Commerce Drive-In, which closed in 2001 after nearly 50 years in operation. Today, of an Ciné board president Richard Neupert gets ready for a night at the drive-in. estimated 130 drive-ins that operated in Georgia during its prime, only five remain scattered to the nonprofit art house theater Ciné. operations director Nicholas Gould and across the state: Tiger Drive-In in Tiger, Held every Tuesday evening throughout the board member Todd Kelly have been parSwan Drive-In in Blue Ridge, Starlight summer and possibly into fall, the pop-up ticularly integral to planning and executing Drive-In in Atlanta, Jesus Drive-In in Jesus Ciné Drive-In takes place in the parking the series. and Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in lot of General Time Athens, an upcoming “I really enjoy the excitement of the Trenton. mixed-use development located at 100 drive-in as a pop-up event,” says Kohn. “It Pop-ups in parking lots have become a Newton Bridge Road where the General is an enormous amount of work and a very nationwide trend, inspired by the relics of Time/Westclox factory once operated. long workday, but there is real satisfaction a mostly bygone era. The pandemic forced “During the pandemic, drive-in theaters seeing an empty parking lot transform into nearly every event to become virtual, move experienced a big resurgence in interest,” a highly professional drive-in movie setup. outdoors or surrender to postponement says Pamela Kohn, executive director of And then seeing it all disappear again at the altogether, and socially distanced, open-air Ciné. “As such, I started to explore how end of the night.” film screenings became a rare and treaCiné could add an outdoor experience to In true movie-going fashion, a concessured opportunity to feel connected to the our cinema offerings. Ciné was pretty much sion stand offers popcorn, candy and other community. The Athens-Clarke County closed for 15 months, and like other movie snacks, along with both non-alcoholic and Leisure Services Department was swift to theaters, we experienced the massive effect alcoholic beverages. Food trucks are also reformat its “Movies by Moonlight” series, of being shut with not many options.” invited to set up each week. Ticket prices originally envisioned as a picnic-style event, In addition to applying for grants and run $30 for a vehicle carrying up to three into a drive-in experience that has bounced loans, theater staff used the window to passengers or $50 for groups of four or around among the Georgia Square Mall, find a suitable screen, the correct promore, and cyclists are welcome to make it Sandy Creek Park and Southeast Clarke jection equipment and a sizable location a bike-in for $12. Ciné reopened its brickPark. with minimal light and sound pollution. A and-mortar theater to the public on May 27 There has also been an uptick in creative 40-foot-wide inflatable screen was selected and plans to continue offering streaming outdoor film screenings, such as Office Space for its relative ease of setting up and breakrentals. Visit athenscine.com for showtimes

and selections. Held this summer over at Rabbit Hole Studios, a new Queer Abolitionist Drive-In Film Series offers a thoughtful lineup exploring the history and nuance of queer abolition of systems of policing, incarceration, state-driven debilitation and oppression. Organizer Alden DiCamillo approached Ronika McClain to curate the series after participating in GAYREADS, McClain’s reading group that included an additional list of film recommendations within its curriculum. “I remember crying during United in Anger because they kept subtitling the birth and death dates of ACT UP members,” says DiCamillo. “Most of the people in that documentary died around the time I was born. And I realized those were supposed to be queer grandparents and fathers and mothers and siblings. For me, abolition expanded broadly at that point: it was more than basic tag lines, it was about abolishing every system that kept us from each other, be that prisons, binary gender/sex schemes, purity cultures, medical industrial complexes that kept important, life-giving medicines from people we could have loved, misogyny, homophobia and so on.” Each night focuses on a different theme: “Desire” on June 25 features Shakedown and The Living End; “History” on July 16 shares United in Anger, Disclosure and Paris is Burning; “Camp” on July 30 screens But I’m a Cheerleader, Hairspray and Bound; and “(Black) Future” concludes the series with Watermelon Woman and Moonlight. Collectively, these films can be used to consider abolition from a queer perspective and imagine a future in which all people are truly free. “I am a cinephile, and my personal artistic work centers on the power of pop culture and media to both reflect ourselves and influence our identities,” says McClain. “Films in particular have a way of expanding our ideas of what we know is possible aesthetically and politically. Obviously, there’s a sense of recognition, like, ‘Oh my God, that’s me,’ but there’s another layer to it. The moving image helps us physically sense the possibilities of other worlds, be it an apocalypse, a fantasy world or a gay bar. In my experience, people wanting to commit to an abolitionist ideology have the hardest time with, ‘But what will actually happen when we get free?’ And the answer lies within our imaginations, and our imaginations are most easily sparked by things like films, or TV.” Double features will begin at 8 p.m., and audio is played through a PA system. Bikes, blankets, chairs and snacks are all welcome. Funded by an Arts in Community Resilience Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and a Staycation/Gaycation Grant from Southerners on New Ground, the series is provided free of charge by RSVPing at bit.ly/QueerAbolitionist. Visit athensmutualaid.net for more details. f








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Noel Holston Records Better Late After Hearing Loss PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com SHINE ON: Rabbit Hole Studios (1001 Winterville Road)

will host a Summer Solstice Celebration Sunday, June 20 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The event is free to attend and will feature an outdoor, rotating, open-mic style jam of local bands hosted by White Rabbit Collective. As of press time, the confirmed acts include Peyton Covefefe and Cath & Embreis, who are described as “the (sometimes reluctant) public faces of Athens Area Pagans, [who] bring you Pagan chants and songs, old folk songs and occasionally repurposed pop music.” If you’d like your band to participate or are interested in setting up an artist’s booth or even bringing your food truck, please get in touch with them via facebook.com/whiterabbitproductionsllc. For more information on all Rabbit Hole things, please see rabbitholestudios.org.

GOOD STUFF: Songwriter Noel Holston just released his new album Better Late, and it almost didn’t happen at all. Although he’d begun the project in 2009, he experienced sudden and total hearing loss in 2010, which was only somewhat restored via multiple treatments and two cochlear implants. After several years, during which he wrote and published his book Life After Deaf, he reached out to his friends for help, and this album is the result. And, wow, y’all, what a group of friends he has! Those present on this include such heavy stock as Davis Causey, Rick Fowler, M. Lee Davis, Andy Carlson, Tim White and many, many more. Several folks take on the task of lead vocals here, in addition to Holston handling three of them on his own, and the song styles all fit somewhere in what we might refer to colloquially as the Great American Songbook. Guest vocalists include Seth Hendershot, Adam McKnight, Athens Jazz great Marty Winkler, The Georgia Sirens, the aforementioned Fowler and Michael C. Steele. Honestly, the list of credits to go around here is longer than my arm, so if you need more information please see noelholston.bandcamp.com, give this a few listens and never take your hearing for granted. PUSH IT ALONG: The Hip-Hop Pit Stop month-long residency, promoted and coordinated by ATHFactor-Liberty Entertainment and hosted at Live Wire, is trucking right along, and the next show is Wednesday, June 16 from 8–11

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p.m. Each of these shows has a theme, and this particular night is the MMR (“Music.Motive.Respect.”) Slickspot Revival. This night features Athens’ own DJ Sean Swift, Anime Zayy, Ant da Ripper (ex-Wildkard), HMO Sambo, Young Gutta, 3FT and Big Zaa. MMR is the company owned by Ant da Ripper and producer Rockieb4real. (Thanks to Montu Miller for the heads up!) The way these nights are structured is as follows: Segment I (8–9 p.m.) is an open mic session with artists performing pre-submitted tracks, Segment II (9–9:30 p.m.) features guest DJs, and Segment III (9:30–11 p.m.) are the featured performances. Songs for the open mic session should be submitted by Sunday evening, which makes it too late for this round but super early for the next one. I’ll keep y’all informed about these shows for the duration of the residency. For all other information please see facebook.com/athfactor. GO AROUND BACK: A cool show hits Iron Factory on Friday, June 18 from 8–11:30 p.m. Headlined by the acclaimed Americana songwriter Eric Bolander, who counts Apples In Stereo member John Ferguson as his bandmate, the night also features Spaceflyte, which is Apples’ Robert Schneider, also joined by Ferguson. Opening the show is Jim Willingham & the Dim Watts. HIT THE HIGHWAY: Just up the road in Winder is the Inno-

vation Amphitheater (1005 Austin Road), and it’s announced some upcoming shows. On June 26 you can catch Chicago tribute band Chi-town Transit Authority, who will perform with The Gold Standard Band, which plays Motown hits, classic soul and Carolina beach music. On July 3 is the Marshall Tucker Band, featuring original member and lead singer Doug Gray. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Athens-area show by the band since about 2007, but I could also be wrong. After this, there is a series of tribute shows, including ones dedicated to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd and others. For those unfamiliar with this facility, it’s a very tastefully sized 1,500 capacity venue that came to life through the joined efforts of the Barrow County government and school system in 2017. For more information, tickets and whatnot, please see innovationamphitheater.com. f

A Juneteenth Celebration at West Broad Farmers Market

Juneteenth Celebrations (Saturday, June 19) An annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S., Juneteenth is a day of reflection and celebration of African-American freedom, history and culture. The West Broad Farmers Market’s annual Juneteenth tradition returns with performances by The Golden Beets, DK, Miriam Robinson and BlackNerdNinja. In addition to the market’s typical array of vendors selling fresh produce, bath and body products, prepared foods and crafts, St. Mary’s Hospital will offer free health screenings, and the Clarke County Health Department will host a mobile clinic to distribute Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The market will be held 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and is located at 300 S. Rocksprings Street. A few miles away in East Athens, Juneteenth on the Block will feature more vendors, food, a Stop the Violence March and other family-friendly activities. Headlined by Cassie Chantel, the lineup includes Pastor Eric Burgess, The Arsonist, Ashlyn Mundell, Mokah & Foreign, Nony1, TechDaDon and DJ Yemani. Held from 4–8 p.m. at 585 Vine St., the block party is presented by Farm to Neighborhood, a nonprofit launched by Rashe Malcolm of Rashe’s Cuisine that works to distribute nutritious and affordable meals to limited-income Athenians. Over at the Rolling Ridge Apartments from 6–10 p.m., a second annual celebration will feature multiple vendors, DJs Tony Bradford and Andy Clark, music by Jasmine Desiree, spoken word by Shad Barnett and a keynote speech by former NFL star Dunta Robinson. Fireworks will light up the sky after sundown. [Jessica Smith]


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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 ENTRIES (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) The gallery’s 2021 juried exhibition will be “Light,” juried by Matt Porter, curator at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta. Seeking contemporary art in all media that explores or references light. Prizes awarded. Exhibition runs Aug. 28–Oct. 3. Submission deadline July 5 at 11:59 p.m. www.athica.org/ updates/light-call CALL FOR PHOTOS (Athens, GA) Submit photos of water or nature scenes for the fifth edition of a stormwater calendar organized by ACC Stormwater. Email images with a description of when, where and why it was taken. Deadline Sept. 30. stormwater@accgov.com JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is seeking artist submitted videos, short films, skits, performances, interviews and more to share with a weekly livestream audience. Open to ideas, collaborations and artist residencies. www. jokerjokertv.com/submit

BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Comer) “Build a Throwing Tomahawk” is held June 26, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $175. “Forge Grilling Forks” is held July 10 or Aug. 28, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $150. “Basic Blacksmithing: First Time at the Forge” is held July 31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $150. “Forge a Fire Poker with Decorative Handle” is held Aug. 14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $150. “Forge a Bottle Opener” is held Aug. 21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $150. greenhowhandmade@gmail.com, www.greenhowhandmade.com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. jaseyjones@gmail.com HOW TO HUMAN: IMPROV COMEDY WORKSHOP (Nimbl, 160 Winston Dr. #9) Take this fun weekly improv workshop to reboot your hard drive. All skill levels welcome. Learn or practice the exercises and games that turn everyday interactions into funny scenes. Every Sunday through June, 6 p.m. Donations accepted. kelly.petronis@gmail.com, www. flyingsquidcomedy.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your rela-

art around town ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) On view in the Quiet Gallery, “My Aging Face: A Conversation on Aging, Beauty and Refining Norms for Women Over 40” features photos of women who posted close-ups of their faces on Instagram along with short descriptions of what they saw and how they felt. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) The Artist-in-ATHICA residency series presents Gabrielle Sinclair of the Storyhound Theatrical Detective Agency. Open studio hours are June 16 and 23 from 4–6 p.m. “This Little Light” for ages 3 and under will be held June 19 at 11 a.m. An online artist talk will be held June 23 at 7 p.m. On view through July 26. • “Postcards from the Future” is an online exhibition and fundraiser of postcards designed by emerging artists. Visit athica.org. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Photographer Cindy Karp presents “Pandemic Portraits.” Through June 25. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) “Respite” presents abstract paintings by Abby Kacen, a cartoonist, illustrator, muralist, chalk artist and founder of Keep It Weird Art Collective. A Meet the Artist event will be held June 17 from 6–7:30 p.m. On view through June 20. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Tom Hancock presents a collection of mixed media acrylic paintings that incorporate found objects. Through July 1. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Lisa Lecorchik. Through June. GALLERY AT HOTEL INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “Athens Facades” presents Mike Landers’ photographs of buildings downtown and in Five Points at dark between 2000–2002. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of artists dating from the 1940s. Through Sept. 26. • “Modernism Foretold: The Nadler Collection of Late Antique Art from Egypt.” Through Sept. 26. • “Power and Piety in 17th-Century Spanish Art.” Through Nov. 28. • “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. • “Rediscovering the Art of Victoria Hutson Huntley” shares approximately 30 lithographs inspired by landscape, human figures and the natural world. Through Aug. 15. • “Echoes from Abroad: American Art from the Collection of Barbara Guillaume.” Through Aug. 15. • “Hands and Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics”


tionship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net 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 AAL JUNE MUNCH (Eastside Loco’s) This is a casual social gathering for adults involved or interested in BDSM or alternative relationship dynamics. June 24, 7-10 p.m. athensalt@yahoo.com ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (Athens-Clarke County Library) “Book Us! One-on-One Computer Tutorials” are held Thursdays at 9 a.m. In-Person Computer Classes at 10 a.m. cover Google Photos (June 22) and Google Maps (June 29). “Talking About Books” discusses The Spy Wore Red by Aline, Countess of Romanones on June 16 at 10:30 a.m. American Red Cross Blood Drive is held June 16 at 12:30 p.m. After the End Post-Apocalyptic Book Discussion Group discusses Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

by Roz Chast on June 17 at 7 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/virtual -events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Artful Conversation: Saint Catherine of Alexandria” is held June 16 at 1 p.m. “Third Thursday” is held June 17 from 6–9 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” is held June 17 at 6 p.m. “Outdoor Film” at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is held June 17 at 8:15 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Past and Present” is held June 22. www.georgia museum.org ATHENS CHAUTAUQUA (Online) “Princes of the World: An Evening with the Pirate Captain Samuel Bellamy” is a live virtual performance by actor and historical education specialist Joey Madia. June 21, 7 p.m. $15. www.athenschq.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Bishop Park) The 2021 season will run Saturdays through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) The cabaret celebrates National Pride Month all weekend long with nightly performances. Friday’s theme is “Gay Icon” and Saturday’s theme is “PRIDE.” June 25–26, 8:30 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (performance). FREE! athensshowgirlcabaret.com ATHENTIC’S BIRTHDAY BASH (Athentic Brewing Company) DJ Osmose spins vinyl on the patio on June 25 at 7 p.m. An early bird VIP tasting event will offer access to special release anniversary beers on June 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $30 (Tickets required), followed by

includes works by some of 20th- and 21st-century Japan’s most important artists. Through Aug. 15. • “In Dialogue: Artists, Mentors, Friends: Ronald Lockett and Thornton Dial Sr.” focuses on one work by each artist to examine their friendship and compare their creative approaches. Through Nov. 28. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) A recipient of an Arts in Community Resilience Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, local fashion designer Tabitha Fielteau presents “Nouveau Bridal,” a collection of handmade dresses. Through June. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) “Summer Dream” features paintings by Susie Burch. Through Aug. 23. LAMAR DODD SCHOOL OF ART (270 River Rd.) To create the project “Lenses,” disposable cameras were distributed to 21 random participants along with a set of 27 open-ended photo prompts: words such as “hoax” and “trust.” An opening reception will be held June 18, 6–8 p.m. Through July 11. 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. 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. A virtual artist talk with Marsh Hatcher, EuGene V. Byrd III and Gason Ayisyin will be held June 22. A virtual artist talk with Rodrecas Davis, Courage Ogie, Sachi Rome and Tokie Rome-Taylor will be held July 13. 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. The show includes to-go maps for a scavenger hunt at Bear Hollow Zoo and Memorial Park. Through July 24. • AJ Aremu presents a large-scale installation for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. 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. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia Street, Demorest) “Michael Ross: Foothills” features lush depictions of forests, fields, wetlands, birds and people. Closing reception Aug. 19 from 5–7 p.m.


performances by Jay Memory (5:30 p.m.) and The Modern Pin-Ups (8:30 p.m.). Anniversary festivities also include a performance by The Orange Constant and a release of a special collaboration beer on June 27, 5:30–10 p.m. $10. www.athenticbrewing.com BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) KnitLits Knitting Group is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. Virtual Booktalks are held June 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. “Midsummer Lanterns” is an adult workshop for turning Mason jars into multi-colored hanging lanterns. June 22 at 1 p.m. “Lunch & Learn: Birth of the U.S. Constitution” is held June 25 at 12 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org CINÉ DRIVE-IN (Former General Time/Westclox Lot, 100 Newton Bridge Rd.) Ciné will host weekly drive-in movies on Tuesdays with food trucks and concessions. Check website for weekly announcements of films. www.athenscine.com JUNETEENTH AT ROLLING RIDGE (Rolling Ridge Apartments) Celebrate with live music, keynote speaker and former NFL star Dunta Robinson, vendors and fireworks. June 19, 6–10 p.m. JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION (West Broad Farmers Market and Garden) Celebrate Juneteenth with performances by The Golden Beets, DK, Miriam Robinson and BlackNerdNinja. June 19, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.athenslandtrust.org JUNETEENTH ON THE BLOCK (585 Vine St.) Farm to Neighborhood presents a Juneteenth celebration with food, vendors and family-friendly fun. The lineup includes Cassie Chantel, DJ Yemani, TechDaDon, Nony1, Mokah & Foreign, Ashlyn Mundell, The Arsonist and Pastor Eric Burgess. June 19, 4–8 p.m. www.farmtoneighborhood.com MARIGOLD MARKET (Pittard Park, Winterville) 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 MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS (Elbert Theatre, Elberton) The documentary film Motherless Daughters: When Covid Kills shares the stories of women who lost their mothers during the pandemic. Followed by a Q&A with Elberton native Bridgett Ladd. July 24, 7 p.m. $7. bridget tladd@hotmail.com QUEER ABOLITIONIST DRIVE-IN FILM SERIES (Rabbit Hole Studios) “Desire” on June 25 includes Shakedown and The Living End. “History” on July 16 presents United in Anger, Disclosure and Paris is Burning. “Camp” on July 30 presents But I’m a Cheerleader, Hairspray and Bound. “(Black) Future” on Aug. 20 presents Watermelon Woman and Moonlight. Films begin at 8 p.m. Free, but registration required. athensmutualaid.net SHOWDOWN AT THE EQUATOR (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A disillusioned lawyer uses his bone-crushing kung-fu to punish evil-doers to the dismay of a righteous cop in the thrilling Hong Kong actioner Righting Wrongs. June 21, 8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.om/showdown attheequator SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) Southern Star Studio is a working, collective ceramics studio, established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work, primarily pottery. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southern starstudioathens.com STAR SPANGLED CLASSIC (Ben Epps Airport) Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display. Fireworks will be viewable from Lexington, Cherokee and Gaines School Roads. Parking at Satterfield Park opens at 7 p.m. July 3, 9:30 p.m. www.accgov.com/fireworks SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Bands

OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd., Watkinsville) Paintings by Broderick Flanigan. Through August. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The 27th annual Members’ Exhibition showcases original artwork from the foundation’s supporters. • “TOO: An Orientation of Spirit” is a solo exhibition by painter Melody Croft, who explores the psychological, sociological and emotional complexities of race, gender, age and culture. • In “Behold. Become. Beyond,” Margaret Warfield shares images reminiscent of her childhood and portraits of women engaged in daily activities. An opening reception for all exhibitions will be held June 18, 6–8 p.m. On view through July 16. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) “Art From the Garden” shares acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite, color pencil and pastel works created on-site at the garden by the Athens Area Plein Air Painters. Through July 16. • 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 Painters. Through June 20. 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. TIF SIGFRIDS (83 E. North Ave., Comer) “LA Pictures 78/79” is an exhibition of photographs by George Porcari taken in various neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Often depicting cars or taken from within a car, the images offer a roaming portrait of the city. Through July. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) In “Transforming,” Penny Noah presents a collection of self-portraits, paintings and drawings that document and explore her gender transition. Virtual artist talk on Instagram Live (@ tinyathgallery) on June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Open 3Thurs June 17 from 6–9 p.m. Email tinyathgallery@gmail.com for a private viewing appointment. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “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’ in-depth 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. • “New Again: Selections from the Rare Book Vault” includes examples of handmade tomes dating back centuries, as well as contemporary books that combine centuries-old techniques with a modern aesthetic. Through Aug. 27.

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Melody Croft’s solo exhibition, “TOO: An Orientation of Spirit,” opens with a reception on June 18 from 6–8 p.m. Pictured above is “A Symphony of Brotherhood.” are invited to play two songs in an open mic format (PA provided). Full sets by White Rabbit Collective, Peyton Covfefe, Cath & Embreis and more. Artists can also set up booths to sell art. June 20, 5 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www.rabbit holestudios.org SUNDAY FUNDAY (Rabbit Hole Studios) This community gathering is for playing drums, singing songs, playing ping pong and board games, reading books, doing yoga, making art and more. Every Sunday, 6 p.m.–12 a.m. Acoustic song/drum circle runs 6–9 p.m. followed by games in the grand hall. Donations accepted. Memberships offering access to the musical museum and private lounge are also available for $16/month. www. rabbitholestudios.org TOMATOES AT TERRAPIN (Terrapin Brewery) The 11th annual event features live music by the Green Flag Band and fresh tomato sandwiches. Proceeds benefit the Athens Nurses Clinic. July 17, 4–7 p.m. simrankm 2001@gmail.com TREASURE MAPS: THE GEORGIA STORYTELLING ROADSHOW (Terrapin Beer Co.) The Georgia Council of Development Disabilities hosts a screening of the short film GA Storytelling: Treasure Maps,

plus a market including differently able vendors such as Jamie’s Beads by Design, Jack’s Cheesecake and Love.Craft Athens. The Love.Craft Band will perform at 7 p.m. Screenings are held at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 7. www. lovecraftathens.org TRIVIA AT ATHENTIC (Athentic Brewing Co.) Win beer tabs and other prizes. Every second Monday of the month, 7 p.m. www.athentic brewing.com VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: SEEN/UNSEEN (Online) Written and edited by Christopher R. Lawton, Laura E. Nelson and Randy L. Reid, Seen/Unseen documents the people enslaved by the Cobb-Lamar family. Email for link. July 27, 6 p.m. annan@uga.edu 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 CENTER EVENTS (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Guest speaker Liz Schulz from Athens Community Council on Aging presents “Becoming a Dementia Friend” on

ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (Athens-Clarke County Library) Virtual storytimes are offered via Facebook weekdays at 10:30 a.m. “Balloon Animal Adventures” is held June 16 at 3 p.m. “You Are a Lion: A Yoga Parade of Animals” is held June 29 at 3 p.m. “Chu’s Day at the Beach” is held June 30 at 3 p.m. www. facebook.com/athenschildrens ART CAMPS FOR PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS (KA Artist Shop) One week, in-person camps are offered for ages 12–15. Camps run through July. www.kaartist.com BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Furry Farm Friends” for ages 2–8 is held at the library on June 16 at 11 a.m. “Virtual Storytime with Ms. Donna” is held June 17 at 10:30 a.m. “Dungeons and Dragons Club” meets June 24 at 6 p.m. “Cooking Basics” for grades 6–12 is held June 29 at 6 p.m. “Star Spangled Crafts” is held June 30 at 3 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org 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 through July 16, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. foxfire woodsandfarm@gmail.com, www. foxfirewoodsandfarm.com CROSSOVER SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE (2501 Hebron Church Rd., Winder) For ages 9-15. League held June 21–26, 4–6 p.m. and June 26, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $100. 678-622-0705, stevesevers@ mac.com DECONSTRUCT TO RECONSTRUCT (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) The class will entail collage cut and paste assemblage by deconstructing ephemera in order to reconstruct a new narrative by the students following a theme each week. For ages 12–18. Thursdays, July 1–22, 1-4 p.m. $85–100. www.ocaf.com/learn GRAND SLAM SUMMER PROGRAM (Lay Park) Evenings include

games, giveaways, guest speakers, life enrichment activities, music, refreshments, sports and more. For ages 11–17. Fridays through July, 7–10 p.m. www.accgov.com/ grandslam NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Naturalist’s Walks” are held July 3 and Aug. 7 from 10–11 a.m. “Creek Walk” is held July 31 from 10–11 a.m. “Nature’s Trading Post” is held July 3 and Aug. 7 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. www.accgov.com/myrec OCAF SUMMER ART CAMP (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Themes include STEM (June 21–25), around the world in five days (July 6–9), working stronger together (July 12–16), rainforest discoveries (July 19–23) and mosaic madness (July 26–30). www.ocaf.com OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Online) “Tails & Tales! Summer Reading Program” runs through Aug. 4. “Storytime with Miss Rebecca” is held live on Facebook every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. “Dungeons & Dragons” meets virtually the first and third Monday from 6–8 p.m. “Family Music Jam” is held live on Facebook June 16 at 3 p.m. “Let’s Play: Animal Crossing” is held June 16 at 6 p.m. www. facebook.com/OCLCS, www.athens library.org/virtual-events TEEN CLUBS (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Teen Media Arts Club” covers how to make and edit videos. Tuesdays, 5–7 p.m. “Teen Fashion Design/Sewing Club” is led by local designer Tabitha Fielteau. Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. “Teen Cartoon/Illustrator’s Club” covers drawing techniques, storytelling, anime and more. Thursdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. www.accgov.com/ myrec TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. 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

Live Music FRONT PORCH BOOK STORE (102 Marigold Lane, Winterville) Enjoy free concerts on the lawn. The lineup includes Making Strange and Janet and the Blue Dogs (June 19) and Adam Klein featuring Adam Poulin (June 26). Shows held at 6 p.m. jmazzucc@uga.edu GEORGIA LEGENDS CONCERT (John W. Swails Center Auditorium, Royston) Glen Templeton performs. Aug. 28, 7–10 p.m., $25–35. www. legendsconcert.org HIP-HOP PIT STOP (Live Wire Athens) This month-long residency features DJs, featured performances and open mics (submit song by prior Sunday) every Wednesday from 8–11 p.m. MMR Night features DJ Sean Swift and Ant Da Ripper on June 16. Volumes Night features DJ Bob Fish and Trvy on June 23. ALE Night features DJ Chief Rocka on June 30. www.livewireathens.com INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT AND PICNIC (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Enjoy a free concert of traditional patriotic music by the Classic City Band. Bring picnic baskets and chairs. July 3, 7 p.m. www.mmcc-arts.org INNOVATION AMPHITHEATER (Winder) Chi-town Transit Authority and Gold Standard Band play June 26. Marshall Tucker Band plays July 3. www.innovation amphitheater.com INTERNATIONAL GRILL & BAR (1155 Mitchell bridge Rd.) The Splitz Band performs June 25 at 7 p.m. All ages. www.facebook.com/ IGNAthensGA THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BILLIE HOLIDAY (Festival Hall, Greensboro) The Jazz Legacy Project performs Billie Holiday’s songs. June 24, 7:30 p.m. www.festival hallga.com NOWHERE BAR (240 N. Lumpkin St.) Blues Jam is held June 17. Sunny South Blues Band and Magnolia Moon play June 25. www. nowherebarlive.com PICKIN’ ON THE GREENE (Downtown Greensboro) This free summer concert features sets by John Dunn and the Jazzmen, Pullin’ Strings, and Tim Cadiere and Washboard Road Band. June 18, 6–10 p.m. www.facebook.com/downtown greensboroga

PORTERHOUSE GRILL (459 E. Broad St.) Enjoy dinner and some smooth jazz. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens.com RABBIT HOUSE (Rabbit Hole Studios) Cool Kid Productions presents a local electronica showcase with Space Brother, Mr. E., Neardnoize, DJ Other Voices Other Rooms and DJ Jiig. Visuals by DR_GS B_NNY. June 25, 8 p.m. Donations accepted. All ages. RC COWBOY (Amici, Madison) RC Cowboy performs a set of originals and cover songs. June 19, 7–9 p.m. anglinsteven62@gmail.com SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR (Rialto Room) Two shows of live smooth jazz. June 20, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $15. www.facebook.com/rialtoroom SOUTHERN BREWING CO. (231 Collins Industrial Blvd.) Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment Sundays at 5 p.m. Hayride, Shehehe and Larry’s Homework play June 19. Funk Brotherhood and The Four Fathers play June 25. Lo Talker, T. Hardy Morris, Night Palace and Cowboy Curtys play June 26. www. sobrewco.com

Support Groups 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

Word on the Street FREE COVID-19 VACCINES (Multiple Locations) Vaccines will be offered at First AME Church on June 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. the ACC Community Celebration of Juneteenth at 550 Fourth St. on June 18, 6–8 p.m. as well as the West Broad Farmers Market at 300 Rocksprings St. on June 19, 11 a.m. –2 p.m. Walk-ups welcome. No insurance or ID required.www.publicheathisforeveryone.com OLLI MEMBERSHIP (Athens, GA) Join OLLI@UGA, a dynamic learning and social community for adults 50 and up that offers classes, shared interest groups, social activities and events. www.olli.uga.edu f



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NOTICES MESSAGES Happy Birthday Laura Grace Conroy! We recall how you’d laugh while tripping down the stairs and exclaim, “Guess I don’t fit my middle name!” But when you soared so gracefully overhead on the trapeze or silks at Canopy Studios, your middle name was perfect. After the show was over, members of the audience would often tell us, “Your daughter seems to know how to defy gravity.” Now Earth’s gravity no longer holds you. So we’ll send all of our birthday wishes and hugs to you on moonbeams and starlight. (The moon will be a waxing crescent on June 15.) We love you and miss you every day. Happy 30th Birthday to our graceful girl! All Georgians over the age of 16 are eligible to be vaccinated! Call 888457-0186 or go to www.publichealthathens.com for info. 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


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58 Cell terminal 59 Harmon of "NCIS" fame 61 Icy precipitation 62 Great Plains grazer 63 Malarial fever 64 Molecule part 65 Monetary unit 66 Must have 67 Reply to "Shall we?" DOWN 1 Like some pigeons 2 Solitary 3 Type of firearm 4 1996 Richard Gere film, "____ Fear" 5 Sports complex 6 Stayed out of sight 7 "The Man", for Stan Musial 8 Celestial streaker 9 Playbill listing 10 "The Untouchables" gangster 11 Greek philosopher

12 Recital pieces 16 "While You ___ Sleeping" 21 Recliner part 23 Whine 25 Crime-fighting quartet led by Leo 27 Sweat source 28 Read 30 SPCA concern 33 Discomfort 35 Make very angry 36 Kind of rock 37 Orpheus's instrument 39 Ice Age mammal 40 Santa Anita event 42 Car buyer's concern 45 Scarecrow's pal 47 1987 film, "___ Weapon" 48 Wound cover 49 Freak out 50 Popped up 52 Ready to skinny-dip 54 It may be pitched 56 Free-for-all 57 Shade trees 60 Wish undone

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CURB YOUR APPETITE Here are restaurants that are open and waiting for your order!


take-out delivery through bulldawg delivery and uber eats

3 locations • open 7 days till 10pm blindpigtavern.com


401 e. broad st • 706-354-6966 1965 barnett shoals • 706-369-0085


420 MACON HIGHWAY 706-548-3359

2080 timothy rd • 706-552-1237

delivery through bulldawg foods & cosmic delivery

– depalmasitaliancafe.com –

OUTDOOR SEATING curbside pickup • delivery*

Offering Outdoor Dining and Contact free Pick-up for Lunch Tues-Fri 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Dinner Wed-Sat 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Brunch Sat & Sun 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

(*via bulldAWg delivery - 706-850-7999)

10:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. 7 DAYS A WEEK


(cedar shoals location closed mondays)

706-227-9979 lumpkin st.

Lunch, Dinner & Weekend Brunch

Corner of Chase and Boulevard

706-355-7087 cedar shoals dr.




front of house and food service. Mon – Fri • 7:30 am– 3:00pm Curb-side pick-up!

Online Ordering • Covid safe box catering

Dining room now open with Covid protocols in place!

Monthly Subscription Service with curated items from local faves like Hendershot’s, The Plate Sale, Creature Comforts, Indie South, and many more! Includes a 7” single from Athens Resonates. Benefits Heart Music, Nuçi’s Space, and Boys and Girls Club

975 Hawthorne Ave • 706-206-9322 emskitchenathawthorne.com

237 prince ave. • 706.353.3050

Homemade Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, and Desserts

call to make an appointment:

706-255-4393 or email resume to cnt@lapuertadelsol.net










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Mon – Fri 11am – 10 pm Sun Noon – 10 pm





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Take out & delivery through bulldawg food only. follow us on facebook & instagram for

daily updates

706.583.9600 The Leathers bldg. • 675 pulaski st, ste . 100

254 W. Washington St. 706.543.1523




OPEN WED-THUR 4:30- 8PM FRI 12- 9PM, SAT 12-8PM



Try the new Provoleta Empanada and Tasty Cupcakes!

Call us or Order online at VIVAARGENTINE.COM

Delivery through Bulldawg Food





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FREE COVID-19 VACCINES NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED! WALK-UPS WELCOME Friday, June 18th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM ACC Community Celebration of Juneteenth

August 2 0 -21

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Gambler Bike Ride by Georgia Cycle Sport

SPARC 5k Run by Fleet Feet Athens


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