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Decision Looming on West Broad School PLUS, COVID ON CAMPUS AND COSTCO ON THE CONNECTOR By Blake Aued The Clarke County Board of Education is scheduled to decide next week whether to knock down a historic Jim Crow-era school building off West Broad Street to make way for a new early learning center, or scrap the project once again and start over from scratch. “What we’re asking is to move forward in one way or another,” Superintendent Xernona Thomas said at a Sept. 1 work session. Administrators presented two plans for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the long-vacant West Broad School. Both would save the oldest building, built in 1938 facing Minor Street, and demolish a dilapidated cafeteria facing Broad Street that was built in the 1950s. At issue is a building facing Campbell Lane that was built around the same time, and is significant as one of the few remaining schools from the “equalization era,” when Southern school districts built better facilities for Black students in hopes of staving off integration. While administrators and architects presented options to include or demolish the Campbell Lane building, it was clear which way they’re leaning—toward tearing it down. The Campbell Lane building’s classrooms are too small for anyone but infants, they said. Tearing it down would create space for an outdoor classroom and an easier-to-navigate bus loop and eliminate the need for ramps that might be difficult to push a stroller up or for toddlers to walk on. “We can’t put a monetary value on history, on heritage,” Thomas said, but it has a price tag anyway. That price tag is $3.6 million to save the Campbell Lane building, in addition to $10 million already budgeted for a new building on the cafeteria site and renovating Minor Street. That number is an estimate from Grail Construction, based on a report by Roswell historic preservation architect Jacqueline Bass, according to SPLOST Director John Gilbreath. A federal grant might be available, Thomas said, but right now the only identified source of funds is SPLOST money set aside for a fieldhouse at Cedar Shoals High School, which would be pushed back into E-SPLOST 6, scheduled for a vote this November. In addition to discussion of the Campbell Lane building, some neighborhood residents wondered whether the renovations to Minor Street and the loss of the campus’ courtyard would threaten the potential for official historic status. “Collectively, [the property] has a history, but Minor Street has its own history” and could be considered for designation by itself, Bass said. The renovation project seems as though it has a history almost as long as the property itself. Former superintendent Philip Lanoue eyed the site for administrative offices, but that plan became controversial because it involved paving over a community garden for a parking lot. Later, Lanoue’s replacement, Demond Means, determined that the site was too small for the central office and pushed through the early learning plan, citing a waiting list of parents wanting to get their children into


Head Start and pre-K. Thomas, who took the reins in 2019, fast-tracked the early learning center in April after receiving a $3.9 million federal grant that carried a March deadline to finish construction. However, the preservation group Historic Athens organized opposition to tearing down the Campbell Lane building, and Head Start granted CCSD an extension. Later, Barbara Black, the historic preservation consultant hired by architectural firm Lindsey Pope Brayfield, quit because she said neither the architects nor Gilbreath were listening to her advice. Bass was then hired, but the public has not seen her report. Historic Athens filed an open records request for documents related to historic preservation, but were told it would cost $400 to redact. Gilbreath told Flagpole he didn’t want to give a school shooter a map of the building, but that’s not an exemption listed in the Georgia Open Records Act, and building blueprints are readily available from other sources. If the school board votes Sept. 9 to move forward, the development will include 16 classrooms for 112 infants through 3-yearolds, as well as two playgrounds, an activity room, a media center and a “heritage room” with information about the history of the campus. In the evenings, the facilities would be available for use by the community. While the fate of the Campbell Lane building is the main issue to be resolved, residents had other concerns as well, like whether the property could one day be sold to developers and who would repair damage done to the streets by construction equipment. Gilbreath said he would raise that issue with the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department.

COVID Cases Double on Campus COVID-19 cases at the University of Georgia doubled again last week, from 231 to 457, as pressure ramps up from faculty to implement mask and vaccine mandates. The seven-day rolling average of new cases showed a slight decline early last week, falling to 93 cases as of Sept. 2. But hospitals remained full, with 96% of inpatient beds occupied. Of those patients, 301, or 43%, had COVID-19. When that number breaks the record of 319 set last January, UGA mathematics professor Joe Fu said, he plans to move his classes online in defiance of University System of Georgia rules. Fu, who has been a vocal critic of the administration throughout the pandemic, made the pronouncement at an August faculty senate meeting, and it caught Franklin College Dean Alan Dorsey’s attention. Dorsey wrote to Fu to tell him that requiring his students to wear masks and switching his in-person classes to online “violate USG rules and constitute grounds for disciplinary action.” Fu responded that he is prepared to “step away” after 36 years if need be, but that due to the public health emergency facing Athens, he is obligated to act and hopes that others follow suit. “Just as I ultimately


decide how to run my classes, so do you all [administrators] actually control your own responses to the directives of the BOR,” he wrote. “It is well past time to defy them, and to put the needs of the many thousands of people who depend on you ahead of your own careers.” At the aforementioned faculty senate meeting, faculty debated a resolution urging UGA and USG to mandate COVID-19 vaccines and masks indoors but ultimately decided to rewrite it to make it stronger, said Faculty Senate President Cindy Hahamovitch, a history professor. The resolution read: “Resolved, the faculty of Franklin College strongly condemn the University System of Georgia’s decision not to mandate masks in public buildings on USG campuses and to ban faculty from requiring masks in their classroom and labs. These policies run counter to CDC guidance and are needlessly putting staff, students, faculty members, their family members, and community members at risk, as well as overburdening our already overburdened hospitals. Further, we urge USG to mandate COVID19 vaccinations, as USG policies allow. Finally, we express our support for faculty members and graduate students who refuse to teach in person unless all students in the classroom are wearing masks.” Younger people are driving this current wave of the Delta variant, including not only college students but children as well. Cases among children ages 11-17 have quadrupled in the past few weeks, and more than half of new cases can be traced back to K-12 schools, Department of Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey said last week. “What’s happening is children are getting infected and are transmitting it, and it’s being transmitted to other family mem-

bers,” Toomey said. Clarke County high schools are on “pause” this week in an effort to break the cycle of rising cases. Superintendent Xernona Thomas said she took the opportunity of a four-day weekend to get 10 days off while only missing four days of in-person instruction. “We don’t want to have to close,” Thomas said. “We really don’t want to have to close.” The ultimate answer is getting more people vaccinated, and UGA and AthensClarke County are upping their incentives. ACC now offers $100 gift cards for people to get the shot at the Clarke County Health Department or Northeast Health District-sponsored community events. UGA students, faculty and staff who’ve been vaccinated can enter to win one of 100 $1,000 prizes.

Costco Comes to Oconee Oconee County had been recruiting a Costco for years, and the retailer finally agreed to open a store there after the county promised $16 million in incentives. As first reported by Lee Becker at his blog Oconee County Observations, the Oconee County Commission approved the sale of $16 million in bonds to finance the purchase of 23 acres off the Oconee Connector from developer Frank Bishop and make site improvements. In a complicated deal, the county will essentially pay back the bonds using sales taxes generated by the store over 16 years. With an anticipated $100 million in sales, Costco is expected to generate $1 million in general-fund sales taxes, $1 million in SPLOST and $1 million in education taxes, as well as $1 million in transportation taxes if Oconee voters approve the levy this fall. Property taxes will also be waived for 15 years. Costco is a warehouse club where, for an annual fee, members can buy groceries and household items at a discount. It is expected to employ 250-275 people, and the company is known for paying higher wages than other big-box retailers. The 155,000 square-foot building and 700 parking spaces are expected to be completed in mid-2022. f


others, the new trees will include Chinese ironwood, endangered in its home range; European hornbeam, which can be shaped like topiary; and brilliant Japanese maple, popular with bonsai practitioners. None of them will have the vomit smell gingko seeds are known for. A worker for one contractor working By Lee Shearer downtown said they had found a tunnel not marked on any maps as they dug deep owntown Athens’ Clayton Street could come soon after. “New trees better under Clayton’s concrete and asphalt streetscape project could be mostly suited to an urban environment will be between Lumpkin Street and College completed by April, according to a planted in spaces that are better designed Avenue—not the first time workers have revised timeline posted on Athens-Clarke to handle their root systems,” according to found relics of downtown Athens that could County’s website. When it’s finished, an ACC summary of the project. be a century old or more. a stretch of Clayton from Planners had hoped to have Lumpkin Street to Thomas the project completed by now, Street will have two traffic in time for the crowds that lanes instead of three, but flood downtown Athens on wider sidewalks with room football weekends, but warned for more pedestrians and at the beginning that schedules more outdoor seating for might have to be changed. restaurants. “I understand everybody’s Voters approved a bigger deep frustration with it not version of the project in 2004, being done,” Mayor Kelly Girtz but even after Athens-Clarke told Flagpole. “But the good officials put the project up for news is, the hard part is done, bids twice, the government got which is the underground stuff.” just one bid, at three times the Though sidewalks and traffic allocated budget. Planners cut lanes are construction zones Clayton Street is tore up right now, but it’ll look better in the spring. out some elements of the orignow, businesses remain open, inal plan, and voters approved as a large sign at the Lumpkinadding $6.9 million in T-SPLOST salesThe new trees will be more modest in Clayton intersection proclaims. The Athens tax pennies to the 2004 SPLOST’s $6.8 size but more decorative and better suited Downtown Development Authority has million. ACC also took some of the work to an urban environment than the oaks posted sandwich boards at intersections to in-house, such as storm water drainage and gingko trees workers began cutting show passers-by what the street will look reconstruction. down last year. They won’t give much shade like when the project is finished. The last steps—tree planting and repavanytime soon, though. The plan calls for UGA began its football season last weeking the street—should come next April, and stringing festoon lighting among the new end with a game against traditional rival public art, budgeted at $53,650 in 2018, trees when they get tall enough. Among Clemson in Charlotte. Then Georgia plays in




Athens-Clarke County announces a virtual public meeting for the update of the Northeast Georgia Regional Solid Waste Management Plan on behalf of the Northeast Georgia Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (NEGRSWMA). This plan serves all municipalities within Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, and Walton Counties. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about the contents of the plan update and the process by which it will be adopted. The virtual meeting will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm via WebEx. All information, including a public comment survey, can be found at



Athens two straight Saturdays—against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 11 and against South Carolina Sept. 18 in UGA’s first 2021 Southeastern Conference game. Workers completed a first phase of the Clayton streetscape in 2014, from Lumpkin Street down the hill to Pulaski Street. Now orange traffic barriers line the street as crews work on the stretch from Lumpkin Street to Thomas Street, ripping up sidewalk and pavement as electrical workers install new wiring in underground conduits, then rebuilding the sidewalk and roadbed. Other changes already underway are the installation of “eco-stations” to collect trash and recyclables—not technically part of the streetscape project, but integrated into it so that downtown bars and restaurants no longer simply put leaky and dangerous plastic bags of breakable glass and trash out on the sidewalk. College Street from Broad Street to Clayton is now permanently closed to auto traffic, but a redesign of that plaza lies sometime in the future, as does a decision on whether to make permanent the COVIDinduced practice of converting parking spaces and traffic lanes into extensions of bar and restaurant outdoor seating. Reducing Clayton to two lanes also means beer and food trucks can no longer use that middle lane to park while they unload beer and food for the dozens of downtown bars and restaurants. But they’ve gotten new loading zones on some side streets. The project has kept most of the street parking on Clayton—a loss of about two dozen spaces—but COVID has claimed more. f

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No one wants our public schools to close again. High schools have already gone virtual this week, and as concerned CCSD parents and guardians, we warn our community that if conditions remain as they are, our other schools will likely close due to the pandemic, and soon. Bureaucratic shortsightedness has led to the absence of mechanisms to ensure that COVID-safe protocols are followed consistently across the district. A scattershot approach—with each principal and their staff fending for themselves—is not working. A Board of Education official with whom we consulted agrees with this assessment and repeatedly assured us there are ample CARES funds. We propose the immediate creation of a centralized COVID Safety Office. The year started off well enough, with most parents relieved and pleased that CCSD’s officials, unlike UGA’s, had the moxie to put a mask mandate in place. CCSD’s guidance for schools (C19P) was reassuring, with the CDC and departments of health and education cited. The health care style graphic on page one promised that: “the district has implemented safety measures including: Evaluation and Increased Maintenance of HVAC systems, PPE for Staff/ Students, Limited Student Transitions, Social Distancing Expectations.” But as the numbers of positives rose with each passing day, so did the dismay. As of this writing, there have been 511 cases in schools, with 5.3% of students and staff currently in quarantine. As parents and teachers suffered traumatic flashbacks at the specter of a return to virtual learning, they turned to their keyboards, swapping horror stories and frustrations. As information flowed, it became apparent that there were significant differences among our 22 schools in terms of C19P compliance. For instance, maskless lunchtime is a recipe for transmission. Schools were given guidance that eating outdoors when feasible was favored, and that spacing students 3 feet or more while indoors was necessary. Yet lunch conditions vary wildly among schools: Clarke Central kids eat outside, while Cedar Shoals has not opened the door inside their cafeteria that leads outside, even though pre-pandemic students ate outside frequently. If CCSD had centrally coordinated oversight, perhaps proctors would have been hired to keep an eye on lunchtime distancing; PTOs would have been contacted for lunchtime volunteers; half of the cafete-

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ria chairs moved elsewhere, or half the places at tables been X-ed off; large-capacity air scrubbers been procured to run between lunch periods; or arrangements made for outside snack breaks at elementary schools. Cries for child-sized masks are a recurring refrain on social media; we live in a high-poverty county making free PPE a health priority, which the C19P promised. Without CCSD watch dogs, we have Charles Hardy of the Athens

Alliance Coalition stepping up to deliver donated PPE to needy classrooms, even though there are ample funds. Superintendent Xernona Thomas was surprised to learn of the shortage at the recent BOE meeting, leading many to wonder where the missing link was in the chain of command, or if there was a chain at all. Classrooms with subpar HVAC and no fresh air prompt wealthier parents to procure air purifiers for their children’s classrooms. One handy parent built an $80 DIY air-scrubbing unit for a desperate teacher. Some rooms are finally being fixed, a month into schools opening, but as there is no transparency or accountability, teachers and parents have no idea what the status is of the air-flow in their classrooms—and anecdotally, schools with wealthier populations seem to have better air circulation. CCSD conducted an audit of our entire district’s HVAC systems last spring, but never released it or provided updates on the status of repairs, again belying the C19P claims. We urgently need a COVID Safety Office to inspect schools regularly, give guidance and report noncompliance directly to Superintendent Thomas. It could also help speed along essential programs, such as mandatory weekly testing of unvaccinated and biweekly testing of vaccinated people, for speedier detection of asymptomatic positives. It could host in-school vaccination and assist contact tracing—providing much-needed relief to our overburdened nurses. Its staff would work with the CCSD Transportation Department to solve the COVID-friendly nightmare that is our overcrowded buses, inhumane both to our bus drivers and their riders. CCSD, we ask you, why even issue the C19P if you had no plans for ensuring its fulfillment? The stakes are just too high. CCSD, live up to your slogan, “Better Every Day,” and create a COVID Safety Office today, so we have a shot at keeping all of our schools in-person. f This column was written in consultation with Clarke Central High School parent Alex Harvey and cosigned by the following CCSD parents, guardians and other community members: Tiffany Appling-Smith (Gaines Elementary), Maryanna Axson (Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary), Bonnie Bartles (Clarke Central), Carrie Bishop (Clarke Middle), Ty Brooks and Anna Belle Wood (Barrow Elementary), Amanda Dillard (Whit Davis Elementary), Rebecca Espana (Oglethorpe), Kathleen and Dave Falke (Oglethorpe), Janet Frick (Cedar Shoals High), Thea Grindeland Hanson (Cedar Shoals), Charles Hardy (Athens Alliance Coalition), Serra Jagger (Chase Street Elementary), Nicole Jozwiak (Oglethorpe), Jennifer Killen (Barnett Shoals Elementary), Erin Lipp (Cedar Shoals), Ginny Rutledge Maddox (Clarke Middle), Jami Mays (Oglethorpe; Parents for Safe Schools), Christina Opel (Oglethorpe), Tory Porcelli (Clarke Middle), Heather Matherly (Chase), Allie Miller and Nick Robbins (Oglethorpe), Jenny Rushing (Oglethorpe), Amanda Sacchitello, Rich and Tai Sherman (Whitehead Road Elementary), Stephine Smith (Clarke Middle), Antwon Stephens (former District 2 school board member), Tarin Tripp (Clarke Central and Clarke Middle) and Autumn Weaver (Clarke Central).


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Treasure Hunting THRIFT STORES AND YARD SALES YIELD GREAT FINDS By Ed Tant Thrift stores and yard sales are part of the crazy quilt fabric of America. Even in these times of pandemic and political polarization, people enjoy the bargain hunting and community camaraderie that can be had in the aisles of thrift stores or at the display tables of yard sales. In these times of angst and anger, millions of Americans can take solace in the delightful disorder of places where “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” The eccentricity and serendipity of thrift stores and yard sales are soothing antidotes to the craziness and uncertainty of our troubled world. Whether they are searching for clothing, housewares, books, tools or Halloween costumes, customers seek out thrift stores and yard sales all across America and right here in Athens. Yard sales go on during most of the year here in Athens, and thrift stores are an institution in this community. Though the Salvation Army’s thrift store on Hawthorne Avenue closed recently, Athens still has several thrift stores for those seeking bargains and hoping for some semblance of normality in abnormal times. Among the thrift stores in Athens are the Atlanta Mission Athens Thrift Store, Emmanuel Episcopal Thrift House, Project Safe Thrift Store, J&J


Flea Market, St. Mary’s Hospice House Thrift Store, America’s Thrift Stores, two Habitat for Humanity ReStores and two Goodwill Thrift Store and Donation Center facilities. University students and Athens residents who visit any or all of those stores will find anything from household necessities to whimsical kitsch at cut-rate prices, and they also will find memories that are free. In Athens and around this nation, Goodwill Hunting is not just the title of a movie. I have been frequenting yard sales and thrift stores for decades, but I always enjoy the fun of finding something that once was part of someone’s life and that will become a part of mine. The desk I’m using while writing this column was a yard-sale find from more than 40 years ago. It’s a sturdy but decorative wooden desk that has served me well over the years as I have used it to write hundreds of articles. I paid ten bucks for my desk long ago, but I’ve used it to compose tens of thousands of words with typewriters or computers. The writing instruments have changed over the decades, but my $10 yard-sale desk is a relic that combines simplicity and service along with memories of past stories I have written and

anticipation of more stories to come. Thomas Jefferson said that he could not live without books. I know the feeling. Some of the best books that I have are fortuitous finds from thrift stores and yard sales. Just recently, I found a copy of The American President at a local thrift store. The stunningly illustrated large-format coffee table book was published in conjunction with the PBS television series of the same name. The book had a retail price of $50. I got it for a couple of bucks, thanks to good luck at a thrift store. Another book bargain I found several years back at a thrift store was a National Geographic Society volume of color photographs of the universe taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. That thrift store book is a treasure, but the price was a pittance. Awe and inspiration

have no price tags. Not long ago at a thrift store, I found a signed copy of Personal History, the autobiography of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. It went onto my bookshelf along with a signed copy of A Good Life by Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee that I had found in a different thrift store some years ago. Both those journalists led their paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and I felt lucky indeed to find signed copies of their autobiographies by being in the right place at the right time in a thrift store. I have found anything from books to bicycles to Sardi’s nightclub ashtrays to a Route 66 souvenir plate while prowling yard sales and thrift stores over the years. Finding surprise treasures is a balm for the spirit during these perilous times. f




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NEDZA’S: This little business started as a pop-up just about five years ago, making fancy puffle waffles stuffed with fruit, Nutella and ice cream, and retailing them from a table at farmers’ markets and the like around Athens. Each waffle had a handwritten, personalized compliment written on its sleeve in Sharpie, in a kind of relentless positivity. Nedza’s started doing catering, then expanded into donuts from a truck, and finally moved into a space with four walls and a roof last year, at 1591 S. Lumpkin St., in the same strip as Mediterranean Grill. The menu is bigger now, with donuts and waffles still a big part of things, but biscuits and grits and so on are in the picture, too. KAYLEY LORRAINE PHOTOGRAPHY


Here is my beef with the restaurant: If you’re going to base your brand on love (“love is served” appears in a mural on the wall by the register), maybe you shouldn’t have your entire staff maskless together in a very open kitchen, especially when you haven’t even bothered with the opt-out sign on your door. If you care about love, it seems like you should demonstrate it to your community through your actions to keep them safe. If you are a cautious person, I would, at the very least, stick to take-out here, but also know there is a patio in the back and some outdoor seating out front. Here’s hoping that changes. The food approach is maximalist: huge biscuits piled high with toppings, cookies that require two hands to eat, grits that incorporate not only pimento cheese but also sausage/bacon, egg and cheese. Sometimes that works. Sometimes it’s less successful. The biscuits tend to wilt under the weight and moisture of so much stuff, and the lower half crumbles into nothing-


ness. The hot chicken biscuit, with a wellfried and somewhat spicy hunk of bird, also includes a huge amount of coleslaw, which essentially dissolves the biscuit. You need a fork to eat it. Nedza’s knows how to fry things well. Not only is the hot chicken decent, but so are the fried green tomatoes, the fried chicken that comes atop a waffle and the donuts, all of which are impressively crisp. The chicken and waffle combo also includes a cream cheese syrup that is better than regular syrup, whereas the sausage, egg and cheese waffle combo is too sweet. The grits are good: flavorful, salted enough, thick and creamy. The donuts are still well made, too, although the baddie (a cronut minus the ™, made from layered croissant dough and stuffed with one cream or another, depending on the week) is really too heavy. Nedza’s is open from 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday– Sunday and serves beer and wine.

Bonita, I’m stuck in a cliché rom-com “in love with two people” situation, except there’s nothing funny here. I thought I was too old for this to happen, and I’ve thought about every option and all my feelings a thousand times until my head is spinning. The problem is each person makes me feel something entirely different. I don’t know what the right choice is, but I know I have to choose. Person A feels like home in a comforting way, and they’re my best friend. Communication is on point; being around them is effortless. Person B feels like magic, and we’re also really in tune with each other. The chemistry is out of this world, being around them makes everything else disappear. Together, I couldn’t possibly ask for more, but that’s not how this works. Whatever the decision is, I’m planning on a long-term commitment with them. How do you choose between comfort and passion? Stuck in the Middle

CAFE RACER: By every tenet I hold in my heart, Cafe Racer (3 Arnoldsville Road in Crawford, 706-899-0210) should not be a restaurant I love. It keeps short, variable hours. It’s way out of town. Its social media is jammed with emojis and its own kind of slang. Like Nedza’s, it is apt to pile on toppings. It’s not very fast with bringing out orders. Whatever. I forgive it all because the food is reliably delicious, like drive out to Oglethorpe County delicious. Thursday nights now bring a pop-up burger offering from 5–8 p.m. that is just as worth the drive as the biscuits, donuts and coffee are in the a.m. The burgers are good, smashed and double-stacked, then topped with things like jalapeno cream cheese, a fried egg, racer sauce (a little spicier than the usual ketchup/mayo mix), fried onion strings and more. You can get them on a brioche roll (sweeter, soggier) or a sesame potato bun (equally good, a little more resilient). But what really sings are the fries. I didn’t drive that far looking for what might be the best fries in the Athens metro area, but that’s what I found. Double fried, long, classically square cut, appropriately salted, they somehow balance a soft interior with an incredibly crisp exterior that will maintain its bite the entire way back to Athens. They are platonically ideal fries. There is magic happening to make them what they are. The restaurant is drive-through only, open Thursday–Sunday, but the staff is still masked and asks that you do the same by the window. Check specials and ever-variable hours on Instagram at @caferacerhwy78, and order ahead at caferacer78. com. f

putting all of that onto a singular person is not fair to them or to yourself. I know plenty of people here in Athens who practice ethical non-monogamy, and they are some of the most liberated and self-actualizing people I know. Open communication is key in non-monogamy, and these folks will tell you what’s up. Their faith lies in themselves, and they put real intention towards having the most fulfilling relationships they can with the people to whom they feel drawn. I wanted to put this concept in your brain in case you hadn’t thought about it yet. The key part of ethical non-monogamy is that word ethical, and that means being honest with your partners about your non-monogamous relationship style. Polyamory is not a synonym for cheating in any way, shape or form. So, if these two dreamboats are monogamous people, it would not be ethical to mislead them so that you can date them both.

Hey there Stuck, Let me share my layman’s understanding of ethical non-monogamy: The most common form of this relationship model that we’re all familiar with is polyamory, but essentially, it’s the concept of being respectful and responsible to more than one intimate partner, and respecting those same partners’ rights to have other lovers as well. We’re all very acquainted with monogamy, so much so that I don’t feel the need to describe it further than just being committed to a single intimate partner. It’s what most of us were raised to strive towards, and it’s certainly what has been modeled for us all through the media and social norms. You may fully believe in the value and power of monogamy, or maybe you feel the need to choose because that’s what society tells you that you must do. We’re all told that it’s trashy, slutty and/ or selfish to have more than one love in your life, but non-monogamists tend to believe that feeling ownership over another person’s body or time is the actual selfish move here. We are all responsible for our own happiness and feelings of worth, and

That’s not polyamory. Your statement “that’s not how this works” tells me that you are probably a monogamous person right now, and that means you’re just going to have to make a tough decision. Are you already casually dating them both, commitment-free, or are these crushes that you are having a tough time choosing between? If it’s the latter, then you’re in a good spot—just take a few deep breaths and be honest with yourself, then make your decision and go shoot your shot. And actually, I’d recommend the same for the former, too. Personally, I tend toward being monogamous, and that turmoil of choosing between excellent people before cuffing season is not fun. But it’s your life, and it’s up to you, and only you are able to make the best choices for yourself. But maybe also go pick up Opening Up by Tristan Taormino or The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton and Janet Hardy. f


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Rainbow Forest and Phyllotaxis ACAC DEBUTS TWO NEW PUBLIC ART SCULPTURES By Jessica Smith Existing at the intersection of nature, art and architecture, “Rainbow Forest” rises out of the landscape of the North Oconee River Greenway to serve as a new interactive space. Resembling a cluster of technicolor Space Odyssey-esque monoliths, the installation consists of a grid of 36 slender, candy-colored columns that tower at 12 feet tall. The new public artwork by Los Angeles-based architectural designer and educator Andrew Kovacs aims to spark wonder, imagination and playfulness. Visible from both the Greenway trail and roadside on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near Ruth Drive, “Rainbow Forest” was partly designed in response to its physical location. Resting on a slightly elevated plateau, the installation is eye-catching due to its bold color palette, yet successfully circumvents feeling disruptive or jarring because the columns visually complement the dimensions of neighboring trees. “The concept of ‘Rainbow Forest’ is certainly influenced by the site and context of the Greenway. ‘Rainbow Forest’ can be thought of as a forest inside another forest—a human-made forest of columns, or human-made trees, that are arranged in a grid and painted bright colors with a backdrop of the real trees of the Greenway,” says Kovacs. Kovacs’ design was selected from a pool of 34 proposals by 32 artists (two of whom were local) that were submitted to a national call in early 2021. His project was funded by the Athens-Clarke County special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST). The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission additionally funded two positions for Eli Saragoussi and Patrick Sprague to work as assistants during installation as part of a continuing initiative to engage and educate local artists on public art processes. As an architectural designer, Kovacs’ body of work is anchored by a pursuit to reimagine the bounds of what architecture and art can be. His design studio, Office Kovacs, produces projects that span in scale and medium, ranging from exhibitions, installations, publications, interiors, speculative architectural proposals and public architecture competitions. He is additionally the founder and curator of “Archive of Affinities,” a long-running and popular website dedicated to aggregating an image bank of “architectural b-sides”—the aberrant, the odd and the overlooked. One of his most popular installations, “Colossal Cacti,” was designed for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts

Festival in 2019 and consisted of seven ginormous cacti arranged in a spiraling ring formation. Like “Rainbow Forest,” the multi-colored “Colossal Cacti” was integrated into its unique desert landscape to offer a distinct destination for visitors to socialize, people-watch or take a breather. Prior to arriving in Athens, Kovacs fabricated a mockup to troubleshoot and fine tune the design. Preparation also involved a lot of effort to source and order materials and equipment in advance. After arriving in Athens, alongside additional assistant artists Max Harden and Kyle May, Kovacs led his team in working roughly from sunrise to sunset for two weeks straight. Each column, or tree, of the installation was created using standard concrete block masonry units that were stacked vertically, filled with grout and reinforced with rebar. While relying on common construction materials is practical for enduring the variety of weather conditions experienced by most rainbows, this choice also invites “Phyllotaxis” by Joni Younkins-Herzog visitors to reconsider their own personal relationship to the otherwise mundane materials that comprise the Younkins-Herzog, was also recently debuted by the ACAC. architectural and built environments that surround them. Located at a roundabout at the intersection of Whitehall “The choice of materials relates to my interest in the Road and S. Milledge Avenue, the 12-foot-tall sculpture everyday, the vernacular and reimagining these architecwas inspired by the tendency of plants to naturally arrange tural materials for a new purpose,” says Kovacs. “In a way, their leaves in fibonacci-like spirals to best capture sunlight. in a strict architectural sense, it is counterintuitive to make “The piece is in a beautiful location, a gateway to Athens, a column in this particular way out of standard concrete and I love the moving viewpoint the drivers get as they masonry units. At the same time, the standard concrete make their way through the traffic circle,” says Younkinsmasonry unit is so ubiquitous in the built environment Herzog. “The pose is intended to transition from the fern— that shapes the world around us. The choice of materials representing the Botanical Garden and the Warnell School for ‘Rainbow Forest’ aims to celebrate and re-think the use of Forestry—to the spiral, which becomes more like a of standard concrete masonry units. This notion is further water turbine, paying homage to the prior power source of amplified when the columns are repeated in a grid and the historic textile mill that is now the Historic Whitehall painted bright colors. In a way, it is like a building with no Lofts.” purpose other than fun and pleasure.” Created from COR-ten steel, a material with a natural “Rainbow Forest” elevates the humble block to be rust patina that won’t cause glare for drivers, the sculpextraordinary in its durable, reliable and utilitarian form. ture was designed using cad programming, cut using a Meanwhile, the columns carry the torch for a centuries-old water jet and plasma cutter, and welded with stainless legacy as an architectural staple. gussets for stability. Younkins-Herzog is also the creator of Similarly mindful of its unique location, a second pubAthens’ beloved blue pillbug bus shelter, converted from a lic artwork named “Phyllotaxis,” by local sculptor Joni Volkswagen Beetle, located on Lexington Road. f

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By Gordon Lamb Although you can’t argue with the final result, the offensive performance left a lot to be desired—especially following an offseason where the main talking point was how much better we should be on that side of the ball. JT Daniels had a Jake Fromm-esque stat line, completing 22 of 30 pass attempts for 135 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was tidy, if unspectacular, and did enough to keep the sticks moving at some crucial moments. Ditto the running game. When it was time to put up or shut up, Zamir White carried the load, grabbing a handful of important first downs late in the fourth and finishing with 13 carries for 74 yards. In total, the Georgia offense rushed for 121 yards on 3.9 yards per carry. We won’t face another defense as good as Clemson’s this regular season, but ending the game with no offensive touchdowns


Jordan Davis (99) and the rest of the Bulldogs’ front seven sacked Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei seven times.

But while there’s much to be excited about as the early season rolls on, there’s also plenty of reason for concern, specifically on offense. There are no concerns about this Georgia defense, however. In my season preview last week, I barely mentioned the defense because I—along with plenty of other Dawg fans—have taken our defense for granted. Under Kirby Smart, we know we’re going to have a good defense. But I wasn’t expecting the utter dominance on display against Clemson. Those seven sacks came from six different players. Uiagalelei was under pressure from the jump, and it rattled him. As soon as he got off a snap, one or two or three Bulldogs were on top of him, ready to bring him down. The Dawgs also have the best run defense in the nation once again, holding the Tigers to a whopping two net rushing yards. This, in turn, allowed the secondary to press on receivers and take away Clemson’s opportunities through the air, which gave the defensive front more time to bring down Uiagalelei. It was a perfect storm and fitting that Christopher Smith’s 74-yard interception return was the final margin of victory.

isn’t good enough. That doesn’t fall on any of the players, though. That falls on Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who seemed far too content to play sideline-to-sideline instead of opening the game up vertically with downfield passing. Yes, the receiving corps is quite banged up, but I would’ve liked to see more of an effort to be explosive. While I was disappointed in how the offensive game was called, I wasn’t surprised. Smart wants an offense that is reactive to what the defense gives. A defense with a secondary and defensive front like Clemson’s does not give you much time to find a downfield pass, and it seems Smart and Monken drew up a game plan to accommodate for that. For now, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they may open up the playbook against weaker defenses. If they were in fact being reactive, though, that doesn’t augur well for future big games. We’ve lost big games in the past because we got too conservative. But at this point, going conservative against good teams seems to be Smart’s modus operandi, and he seems willing to die on that hill. This time it worked out. We’ll have to wait and see about next time. f

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CHANGE UP: Singer-songwriter Cortez Garza is on the cusp of releasing a new single under the name of Niño Brown. The song, “Summer Rain,” is a marked departure for Garza, who for years has been recognized for his acoustic guitar-based folk leanings. Simply put, this new track is a possible pop hit waiting to happen. Some might recognize his new nom de plume from the 1991 film New Jack City, and he’s not confirmed its origin with me, but there’s a distinct street-level personality here. Garza raps and sings throughout the song, which is carried by a punchy synth-based beat that maintains a constant position in the minor key except for isolated and select moments. Overall, it’s catchy as hell and eminently memorable. Be on the lookout for this to hit major streaming services on or around Friday, Sept. 10.

that. A few months ago, the new album Golden was released. Even way back when, Bellhouse balanced its pop whimsy with substantial depth, and this new album does the same. Written entirely during the 2020 lockdowns, it’s just stunning to me that they could so easily pick this all up again. Kimberly Paglia is the writer of these songs and, as is proper, the true star here. Her ability to deliver these songs with exactly what each needs in terms of musical arrangement and vocals lends both credibility and relatability. She excels at both finding hidden beauty and recognizing the magnificence, both sublime and tragic, of everyday life. Significantly, Bellhouse does not amplify these things but engages them at exactly the size they are. Don’t get the wrong idea, though, this isn’t mournful but robustly observant, thoughtful and creatively matterof-fact, especially on songs like “Weekend,” “Apart” and “Enough.” I could easily write several hundred more words about this, but suffice it to say I’m completely floored by it. Golden is available as both a CD and digital download. Please enjoy as soon as possible over at f

Time Travel, the long-running solo project of composer Rachel Evans, continues its prolific march through the modern world. To wit, there’s a new full-length album just out titled If We Were Landscapes, and, while containing a mere two tracks, its total running time is just under 40 minutes. The first, “Self-Portrait in Decay,” is introduced by short cello drones peppered with what could be wind but effectively sounds like breath. It slowly opens up via its multi-instrumentation (cello, synthesizers, guitar, wind chimes, xylophone, concertina, piano, voice, violin, drum machine and snare drum) into something more comforting than was perhaps intended. Unexpectedly, Evans’ voice begins softly and reassuringly at about the seven-minute mark. This section, which increases in clarity and volume as it progresses and lasts approximately 5 minutes, ends as it began, i.e. barely audible. The music itself loses some steam after this section, and there’s a distinct sense of longing after her voice fades. The album’s second half, “Your Layered Silhouette, Unwinding,” is much darker in its delivery and mood. It slowly gathers this aspect bit by bit until it relents at about 13 minutes in. Except for a very brief, few-second coda-style reprise of this mood, it opens up slightly and gently Rachel Evans slips away. This is available on lathe-cut vinyl, cassette tape and digital download via As a neat bonus, one of the collages used for the album’s cover is featured in ATHICA’s “Light: 2021 Juried Exhibition,” which runs until Oct. 3.

ago, the then-Athens band Bellhouse released an emotional whopper of an album named Evolution O’ The Lemon, which still resides at the top of my shelf of compact discs. For a very long time, the principles in Bellhouse, Tony and Kimberly Paglia, have been based in Virginia. It’s basically impossible for any songwriting unit to take such a long time off from activity and return with anything as compelling as earlier releases. But Bellhouse has done exactly ELIZABETH ELLIOT

These Dawgs didn’t learn any new tricks, but they still have some old ones up their sleeve. On the back of a shutdown performance by the defense, Georgia defeated Clemson 10-3 Saturday night in Charlotte. Tigers signal-caller D.J. Uiagalelei received a baptism by fire courtesy of the Bulldogs. The Georgia defense sacked him seven (!) times and nabbed a pick-six that ended up being the final margin of victory. And all God’s people said, “Amen.” The performance wasn’t enough for the Dawgs to lay down their markers as national title contenders, especially offensively, but the result was. Now Georgia controls its own destiny the rest of the season against a manageable schedule. With a win over Clemson under our belt, running the table in the regular season puts us in a College Football Playoff spot regardless of the result in the SEC Championship Game.



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from funk to freeform and rock to reggae. GRANDVILLE Rock band performing originals as well as covers from the ‘70s to today. Georgia Theatre Rooftop Outdoors. 10:30 p.m. FREE! www. THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR Psychedelic rock band from Austin, TX.

Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7–9 p.m. FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 5 p.m. FREE! RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $25–30. BRENT COBB Folk and rock-influenced country singer-songwriter from South Georgia. NIKKI LANE South Carolina native, Nashville-based outlaw country singer-songwriter. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday night over dinner. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 7-9 p.m. www.sobrewco. com BRIT JONES Country singer from Commerce. The Warehouse Athens FvCK! It’s A Party. 8 p.m. $22.50– 34.50. www.thewarehouseathens. com YUNG PINCH Rising rapper with a chill, laid-back surfer vibe reminiscent of his beachy hometown of Huntington Beach, CA. GABRIEL AVRETT Emerging Atlanta artist influenced by hip-hop, punk and alternative pop.

Thursday 9 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show) $10–12. ACTUS REUS Heavy metal from Gwinett. SHAMELESS JAMES Local psychedelic rock. OPEN Punk band from Atlanta. Athentic Brewing Co. Liquid Vinyl DJ Series. Outdoors. 6 p.m. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta faves. Flicker Theatre & Bar 10 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DJ DE LA LUNA Danceable electro pop. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $10–12. UNDERGROUND SPRINGHOUSE Local group drawing inspiration


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cascades of noise. PURE JOY Pop rock from Seattle. COMA THERAPY Darkwave postpunk newly relocated to Athens from Greenville, SC. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. $15. SUSTO Led by songwriter Justin Osborne, this Charleston, SC-born group blends alt Americana with indie Southern rock.

Yola, “The British Queen of Country Soul,” performs at Terrapin Beer Co. on Sunday, Sept. 12. LO TALKER Lush, intricate folk rock augmented by the psychedelic whirr of fractured tape loops. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 7 p.m. $7. www. GETAWAY COMPANY Four-piece local band inspired by ‘90s and 2000s alt-rock. KADILLAK Four-piece rock band fronted by singer Kadi Bortle. A.D. BLANCO Young alternative rock band with an ambitious sound.

Friday 10 Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 5 p.m. SUNNY SOUTH BLUES BAND Local band combining a blues and soul spirit with riffy rock and roll. Butt Hutt 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.scottbrantley. com SCOTT BRANTLEY Original songs and country music covers. Buvez Outdoors. 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. buvezathens NICHOLAS MALLIS Local pop songwriter with classic melodies and clever lyrics. DREW BESKIN Local power-pop singer-songwriter known for fronting the bands Purses and The District Attorneys. LEA LEA Dreamy local indie-folk artist. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. JOCK GANG Harsh art-rock burying subtle pop melodies in

Hotel Indigo Outdoors on the Patio. 6–8:30 p.m. FREE! AVERY DEAKINS Soulful local pop-rock singer-songwriter. Innovation Amphitheater Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). INTERSTELLAR ECHOES Pink Floyd tribute band. THE MAD HATTERS A tribute to Tommy Petty and the Heartbreakers. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA ASHLEY TATARSKY & GARY STONE Acoustic singer-songwriters. Iron Factory Garden Portal Presents. Outdoors. 7:30 p.m. $10. gardenportaltapes TOM CARTER Guitarist of Texas psych rock band Charalambides, performing a solo guitar set. FRANK HURRICANE Experimental artist that describes his music as “spiritual mountain psych gangsta folk.” FIELD PATTERNS New local ambient project performs a collaborative set with Michael Potter. JOKERJOKER Gallery 8 p.m. Donations accepted. GODDESS COMPLEX Avant-garde project led by composer Cloud Powers. SPACE BROTHER Electronic and hip-hop-influenced sounds from local musician Donald Whitehead. MUX BLANK Local experimental performer.

KIRAN FERNANDES Local experimental guitarist influenced by American Primitive and other styles. No. 3 Railroad Street Outdoors. 7:30 p.m. www.3railroad. org DOOLEY AND BALDWIN With deep roots to Athens history, Ashton Dooley and Norman Baldwin are a fairly new duo whose influences range from ‘60s British Invasion groups to more recent alternative rock. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www. DJ OSMOSE Spinning vinyl selections that range from funk, soul and disco to AOR rock and blue-eyed soul. Records and Brews is held every second Friday. Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $12. DEPARTURE Journey tribute band. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe Outdoors. 7:30 p.m. www. MICHAEL PEZENT Solo acoustic cover act who sticks to his roots by performing mostly “pre-millenial classic country.” The Warehouse Athens 7 p.m. $5. JAMES MASON Singer-songwriter performing tonight with a full band. BRIAN FULLER Nashville country singer-songwriter.

Saturday 11 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $16–18. BRISTON MARONEY Tennessee singer-songwriter who got an early start as a quarter-finalist on "American Idol." Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. PAUL LOMBARD Local blues singer and guitarist. (8 a.m.) DESOTO Local band playing everything from gunfighter ballads to indie rock and originals. (10 a.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. $8. WEAPONIZED FLESH Furious and unapologetic weirdo thrash. BIG OAF Atlanta-based heavy doom metal. DEAD VIBES ENSEMBLE Twopiece local sludge-metal band. Front Porch Bookstore Outdoors. 6 p.m. FREE! jmazzucc@ FIVE EIGHT Legendary Athens band known for its boisterous, thoughtful rock and roll. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA SPECTRE OF SURF Local instrumental surf rock band rooted in the late ’50s and early ’60s, but occasionally visits the later decades through instrumental versions of ’70s new wave and ’80s alt rock. JIM WILLINGHAM AND THE DIM WATTS Local songwriter of Old Smokey and Harry Carey is backed by friends. The Warehouse Athens 8 p.m. $5. www.thewarehousea- THE VELCRO PYGMIES Rock group influenced by Van Halen, Poison, Bon Jovi and Air Supply. 10 p.m. FREE! MASKED BEATZ Mixing hot new music for a game day after party. White Tiger Gourmet Song Supper: A Benefit for We Rock Athens. 6–8 p.m. Donations encouraged. AUSTIN DARNELL Local blues singer-songwriter and Darnell Boys member. ANNIE LEETH Local experimental violinist and multi-instrumentalist composer. SETH MARTIN Raucous and rootsy local songwriter. LILY DABBS Local acoustic folk singer-songwriter.

Sunday 12 Terrapin Beer Co. Outdoors. 5 p.m. (doors), 6:30 p.m. (show). $60–100. JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT Four-time Grammy winner, former member of Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell fronts this southern rock band. YOLA British country soul musician, singer and songwriter who received four Grammy nominations. MORGAN WADE Virginia-based rock singer-songwriter.

Tuesday 14 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. FREE! CONSEC Debut performance by new local hardcore band. Followed by a screening of David Cronenberg’s Scanners. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $30–34. MAYDAY PARADE Tallahassee-based pop-punk band who made their debut in the mid-aughts. MICROWAVE Ex-Mormon gone

rogue with unbridled, cathartic rock. Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe.

Wednesday 15 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $10. EVERYDAY DOGS High-octane alt-rock band from Athens. A.D. BLANCO Alternative rock band with an ambitious sound akin to The Strokes or Modest Mouse. ROOSTER College rock band. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 5 p.m. PAUL LOMBARD Local blues singer and guitarist. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic Dr. Fred and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Every other Wednesday. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday night over dinner. The Warehouse Athens FvCK! It’s A Party. 8 p.m. (doors). $22.50–28.50. NITTI GRITTI Miami-based DJ known for collaborations with Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Shaquille O’Neal, Tiesto, Diplo and more. BHASKER Grammy Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist. The World Famous 7 p.m. RARE FORM The Hibbs Brothers, Tyler Key and Rodney Sanders combine forces. For fans of Bloodkin and Drive-By Truckers. JONATHAN COODY Divine Feed’s frontman performs an acoustic set.

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors Athentic Brewing Co.: masks indoors Butt Hutt: masks encouraged Buvez: masks indoors Creature Comforts Brewery: masks indoors Flicker Theatre & Bar: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors Front Porch Bookstore: masks indoors Georgia Theatre/Rooftop: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours; masks indoors Hotel Indigo: masks indoors Innovation Amphitheater: masks encouraged International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged Iron Factory: masks indoors JOKERJOKER Gallery: masks encouraged No. 3 Railroad Street: proof of vaccination indoors; masks indoors Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors Terrapin Beer Co.: masks indoors The Warehouse Athens: no protocol White Tiger Gourmet: masks indoors The World Famous: masks indoors



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Art ATHICA’S BUY THE BUILDING CAMPAIGN (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) In celebration of its 20th anniversary, ATHICA is hoping to purchase its current facility. Donations are tax-deductible and offer incentives. www. 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. JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is open to ideas and actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual/musical/video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. submit OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. nicholas. 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 Sept. 15, Dec. 15 and Mar. 15.

Classes ACTING FOR CAMERA AND STAGE (Work.Shop) Learn how to act with professional actor and coach Jayson Warner Smith (“The Walking Dead,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Outer Banks”). Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $400/12 sessions., CHAIR YOGA AND MINDFULNESS (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Nicole Bechill teaches a well-rounded, gentle and accessible chair yoga class to promote breathing, mindfulness and inward listening. Every Monday, 9 a.m. $10. CLAY CLASSES (Good Dirt) Registration opens on the 15th of every month for the following month’s classes and workshop. Classes range from wheel, unique handles, hand building sculpture and more. Studio membership is included in class price. COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a guided meditation suitable for all levels that incorporates music, gentle movement and silence. Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. jaseyjones@gmail. com CREATIVE DRAWING WITH WATERCOLOR (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) In this workshop, students will explore the unique use

art around town ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Local artist Matt Brewster presents “Radiance,” a collection of landscape, interior and aerial/drone photographs. Through October. THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) “Trevor Paglen: Vision After Seeing” explores the limits of human vision and the rise of automated vision technologies such as surveillance cameras and high powered telescopes. Opening reception Sept. 9, 6–9 p.m. Through Dec. 1. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200) Juried by Matt Porter, curator at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, “Light: 2021 Juried Exhibition” presents contemporary art in all media that explores or references light. Through Oct. 3. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) ATHICA celebrates the life of local artist Chatham Murray through an exhibition of her paintings. Through Oct. 25. DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) “Time at the Table” is a collaborative exhibition of performance, installation, ceramics and photographs created by Dodd undergraduate Alan Barret and Athens-based artists Massie Herlihy and Alex Barret. • Temporary Investments, the collaborative duo of MFA candidate Rachel Seburn and Canadian artist Sarah Seburn, presents “Flexi-ble Architecture.” • MFA candidate Mickey Boyd and Albuquerque-based artist Max Yardbird present “Waste Creation,” a series of images and sculptures that explore how exponential growth equals exponential waste. • Dawn William Boyd’s “Woe” features large-scale cloth paintings critiquing social injustice, racial violence and other abuses of power. • The Wall Works series presents a new large-scale mural by Atlanta-based artist Stacie Rose. Through Oct. 2. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Musician and artist Emileigh Ireland presents “Prismatic Ambiguity.” Through September. GALLERY@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Rebecca Kreisler presents a collection of nine works that investigate geometry, pattern and color. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection” represents three generations of


of watercolor combined with drawing elements like lines, texture and perspective. Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 6–8 p.m. $100–135. DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP FOR MUSICIANS (Innovation gateway) This multi-week program for UGA students, faculty, staff and community musicians explores innovation and entrepreneurship in the music industry. Topics include making a record, social media, legal and accounting, licensing and pitching. Application deadline Sept. 15. FREE! gateway/innovation-bootcamp LAND ART WITH CHRIS TAYLOR (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Local artist Chris Taylor is teaming up with Sandy Creek Nature Center to offer a nature land art class. Participants will hike a trail and use their imagination to create land art. Register online to attend. $8–15. Sept. 25 (adults), Oct. 2 (ages 5–7) or Nov. 13 (ages 8–12). Workshops held 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $8–12. www. LINE DANCE (Bogart Community Center) For beginners and beyond. Every Thursday, 6:30–8 p.m. $7. 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!

PAINTING CLASSES (Private Studio on Athens Eastside) One-on-one or small group adult classes are offered in acrylic and watercolor painting. Choose day workshops, ongoing weekly classes or feedback sessions. laurenpaintspaintings@ POTTERY WHEEL-THROWING (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) During the wheel throwing classes, Gard teaches the basic techniques of throwing to make cups, bowls, bottles and vases, as well as surface techniques like brushing on slip, stencils, sgraffito and mishima/inlay. Thursdays, Oct. 14–Nov. 18, 5:30–8:30 p.m. $215–245. SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, marina, YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) In-person classes include outdoor yoga with Kate Morrissey Stahl (Mondays at 5:30 p.m.), Miles Brunch (Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.) and Nicole Bechill (Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.). Online classes include “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal” Thursdays at 6 p.m. and “Yoga for Wellbeing with Nicole Bechill” on Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. “Outdoor Yoga and Qigong with Paul Brooks” is held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Visit website to register. www.revolutiontherapy 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,

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. • “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. • “Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art” pays homage to the objects stolen during the Gardner Museum heist in 1990 through light boxes, color-blocked graphics and video animation. Through Dec. 5. • “Neo-Abstraction: Celebrating a Gift of Contemporary Art from John and Sara Shlesinger.” Through Dec. 5. • “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. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) Amanda Corbett of Salvage Sparrow Photo presents a collection of tintypes, a 1850s technique called wet plate collodion. On view through Nov. 1. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) AJ Aremu presents a largescale installation for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. • “Collections from our Community: Oscar’s Godzillas” shares Godzilla memorabilia collected by Oscar Justus. Through Sept. 18. • “Inside Out: Expressing the Inner World” presents abstract paintings by a group of women artists working in the Southeast. Through Oct. 23. • “Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You” presents works by Brian Hitselberger and Julie Willis. Through Oct. 16. • “Modernist Sculptures from the Legacy of Loyd Florence.” Through Oct. 23. • “i vs me” features paintings by Andy Cherewick and Jeffrey Whittle. Artist talk Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. On view through Oct. 15. • “A Lot More Than It Seems: David Froetschel” spotlights the recipient of an Arts Center Choice Award at the most recent Juried Exhibition. Through Oct. 15. • Guest curated by Abraham Tesser, “Willow Oak Tree Exhibit” features works created by local artists using the reclaimed wood of a willow oak tree that lived on the lawn of the historic Ware-Lyndon House for over a century. Gallery talk with Duane Paxson, Jim Talley and Tom Wenzka on Sept. 9 at 6


Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Tour at Two” is held Sept. 8 and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. “Family Day To-Go: The Crime of Art” runs Sept. 9–12. “Sketching in the Sculpture Garden” is held Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. “Morning Mindfulness” is held Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. “Artful Conversation: Daniel Garber” is held Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” is held Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. “Film Series: The Crime of Art: Stolen” is held Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. “Art + Wellness Studio” is held Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday: Faces and Places” is held Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. “Gallery Lab: Nick Cave’s ‘Soundsuit’” is held Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. “American Indian Returnings Lecture: Phillip Carroll Morgan” is held Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. “Teen Studio: Art Heist” is held Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. “Film Series: The Crime of Art: How to Steal a Million” is held Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. “Sunday Spotlight Tour” is held Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. “Film Series: The Crime of Art: Topkapi” is held Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. www. ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Multiple Locations) Saturday markets are held at Bishop Park from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Wednesday markets are held at Creature Comforts Brewery from 5–7 p.m. Both markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods, a variety of arts and crafts, and live music. Additionally, AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. www. ATHENS TOASTMASTERS (Online) Athens Toastmasters Club presents a virtual open house (via Zoom) featuring a “night and day” theme. This event presents attendees with the opportunity to improve their public speaking skills. Call for more information. Sept. 12, 2–3 p.m. FREE! 706-202-7566, www. ATHENS WATER FESTIVAL (Sandy Creek Park) Participants of all ages are invited to enjoy open-ended Water Olympics themed activities.

Make sure to bring a bathing suit and water bottle. Sept. 11, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $2. www.athenswater BIKE NIGHT (Akademia Brewing Co.) Grab a beer with the Athens Litas Women’s Motorcycle Collective. All bikes and people are welcome. First Thursday of every month, 6–9 p.m. BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) KnitLits Knitting Group is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. “Basic Excel” is held Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. “Bogart Bookies Adult Book Club” explores The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. CINÉ DRIVE-IN (General Time Athens) Ciné will host weekly drive-in movies on Tuesdays with food trucks and concessions. Check website for weekly announcements of films. CONVERSATION WITH EDITORIAL CARTOONIST MIKE LUCKOVICH (Special Collections Library) The Russell Library hosts Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons.” Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. FREE! FALL BOOK SALE (Madison Co. Library) Friends of the Madison County Library host a sale of thousands of fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, mysteries, westerns and other genres, plus books on tape and CD and musical CDs and cassettes. Most items $1–2. Preview sale for Friends of the Library members Sept. 9, 5 p.m. ($10 membership). Sale runs Sept. 10–18. madison GRACELAND, AT LAST (Online) Avid Bookshop presents Margaret Renkl in celebration of her newest book, Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South with author Wiley Cash as host. This event is a part of the Reader Meet Writer author series hosted by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and will take place via Zoom. Sept. 16, 7 p.m.

p.m. Through Nov. 18. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational” presents over 4000 pieces of handmade pottery by 50 top artists from across the state. “Aurora’s Flora and Fauna” is a solo show of works by Aurora Alva. Through Sept. 12. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave.) In the Athens Art Association’s exhibition, “New Art for a New Century,” 26 artists present watercolor, acrylic, color pencil, multimedia and fused glassworks. Through Oct. 16. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Davy Gibbs shares eerie, nostalgic photographs of Southern towns in “Empires.” Opening reception Sept. 12. Open for Third Thursday on Sept. 16. Open by appointment through September. 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.) 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. • “Drinkable Water in Georgia” is an interactive exhibit tracing the geographic, environmental and political factors that surround the natural resource and how those issues have impacted Georgians. Through December. • “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons” displays 51 original editorial cartoons from the nation’s metropolitan newspapers during the Golden Age of print journalism. Virtual tour held via Facebook Live on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. Conversation with Mike Luckovich held Sept. 28. Currently on view through Oct. 5. WHEN IN ATHENS (Multiple Locations) Organized by The Humid with support from an Arts in Community Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, “When In Athens” is a city-wide public art exhibition of images by over 100 photographers made in every Athens. Photographs are installed in the windows of street-facing businesses. Participating locations include Creature Comforts, Georgia Theatre, The Grit, Hi-Lo Lounge, Trappeze Pub and many others. Visit the for a full list of participating venues.

Regional Solid Waste Management Plan on behalf of the Northeast Georgia Regional Solid Waste Management Authority (NEGRSWMA). This plan serves all municipalities within Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton Counties. To review the draft plan document, please go online or contact Mark Beatty. Sept. 13, 4–5 p.m. FREE! 706-369-5650,, www.accgov. com/solidwaste RABBIT BOX (VFW) Rabbit Box is live storytelling for and by adults aimed at building a sense of community in the Athens area. The theme for this show will be “Lost and Found.” Storytellers include the Reverend Joseph Nunnally; singer-song writer Caroline Akin; hip-hop impresario Montu Miller and his fiancé Ymmilia Frazier, who works for Advantage Behavioral; retired IT professional Charles Wilmoth; rapper Ishues; advocate for the unhoused Tom Kenyon; and the Pink Flamingo of Athens. Sept. 21, 6 p.m. $7–10. REALLY, REALLY FREE MARKET (Reese & Pope Park) Just like a yard sale, but everything is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. Second Saturday of every month, 12–2 p.m. reallyreallyfree SHOWDOWN AT THE EQUATOR (Flicker Theatre & Bar) The late, great Sonny Chiba is back to take down both the mob and the police in the crazy violent Return of the Street Fighter. Sept 13, 7 p.m. FREE! downattheequator 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 SUNDAY FUNDAY (Rabbit Hole Studios) Every Sunday from 5-7 p.m., join the White Rabbit Collective for a free drum circle outside of Ben and Jerry’s on College Avenue. Some instruments are provided but guests are encouraged to bring their own drums and rattles! An afterparty at Rabbit Hole Studios from 7:30 p.m.–12 a.m. offers space for playing drums, singing songs, playing ping pong and board games, reading books, doing yoga, making art and more. Donations accepted. Memberships offering access to the musical museum and private lounge are also available for $16/ month. WASHINGTON FARMS FALL SEASON (Washington Farms, Bogart) Activities and attractions include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, sunflower field, jumping pillows, cow train, petting zoo, zip lines, grain train, inflatables, bounce house, human foosball, jump pad, vortex tunnel, ropes course and more. Every weekend Sept. 25–Nov. 7. 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. $16. 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.

Kidstuff BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Monday Funday: Nursery Rhyme Olympics” is held Sept. 13

at 10 a.m. bogart FALL CLASSES (Treehouse Kid and Craft) In-person fall classes offer Spanish for ages 7–12, advanced art techniques for ages 9–12, homeschool art for ages 4–6 or 7–12, art school jr. for ages 4–6, art school for ages 7–10 and tiny things Fridays for ages 8 & up. Check website for dates and to register. www.treehousekidandcraft. com FAMILY NATURE PROGRAMS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Critter Tales” are scheduled for Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. “Pirate Day” is scheduled for Sept. 18 from 2-4 p.m. “Naturalist’s Walks” are held Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 from 10–11 a.m. “Nature’s Trading Post” is hosted Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. www.accgov. com/sandycreeknaturecenter

Night” is held Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. “Classic Movie Monday” is held Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. “Dungeons & Dragons” for grades 6–12 is held Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. “Karaoke” is held Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. “Storytime in the Park” is held Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Harris Shoals Park. “Anime Club” for grades 6–12 is held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. “Prism” for grades 6–12 is held Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. 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. myrec

the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. welcoming-congregation RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for details. Thursdays, 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.

Word on the Street ART FOR ATHENS (Online) The Red & Black hosts Art for Athens to support Nuçi’s Space. Donated work by artists is sold and shipped through the publication’s online store. Participating artists include R. Wood, Maria Dondero, Jamie Calkin, James Burns and Chris Robinson.


THE GUYS (Multiple Locations) UGA Theatre commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a performance of The Guys by Anne Nelson. This two-character play revolves around a New York City fire department captain and a woman journalist who helps him compose the eulogies he must deliver for his fallen comrades. This production will be a script-in-hand reading featuring recent MFA Acting graduate Robyn Accetta and UGA faculty member Ray Paolino from the Department of Theatre & Film Studies. Preview night Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building. Final performance Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the UGA Chapel FREE! HENDERSHOT EVENTS (Hendershot’s Coffee) “The Office” Trivia Night held Sept. 8. Hendershot’s Comedy held Sept. 15. Athens Showgirl Cabaret performs Sept. 18. New Faces Night for local musicians is held Sept. 22. Old Skool presents Aretha Franklin Tribute on Sept. 23. www.hendershotscoffee. com HERO’S PATH DEDICATION (ACC Fire Station #2) “Hero’s Path” is a new public art sculpture created by Aaron Hussey. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will double as a memorial for ACC firefighters who gave their lives in service. Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. www. MARIGOLD MARKET (Pittard Park, Winterville) Vendors 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 A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (UGA Fine Arts Building, Room 400) UGA Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come out for an evening filled with spirits, goblins, kings, queens, “lunatics, lovers and poets.” Sept. 13–14, 7:30 p.m. FREE! MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT (Sandy Creek Park) Watch Remember the Titans on the big screen at this drive-in theater experience. RSVP by Sept. 8. Movie held Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.accgov. com/myrec 9/11: TWENTY YEARS AFTER VISIT (ACC Library) The library commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a week-long schedule of events. All week, visitors are invited to create unity flags which will be displayed as part of a commemorative exhibit. On Sept. 8, local artist Bob Hart will speak on the 9/11 Memorial Trail he constructed at 430 Morton Farm Lane. On Sept. 8–9 from 1–5 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m., visitors are invited to share memories and thoughts on film, which will be compiled into a video to be shared at a later date. On Sept. 10–11, the library will host a poster exhibition by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. On Sept. 11 at 3 p.m., the library will screen an award-winning 2008 documentary. OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Trek & Connect” is an all-ages light trek at a local park. The group meets Sept. 13 at Watkinsville Woods and Oct. 11 at Oconee Veteran’s Park. “Oconee County Library Friends Fall Book Sale” is held Sept. 16–19 at the Oconee County Civic Center. PUBLIC INPUT MEETING (Online) ACC Solid Waste Department presents a public input session to discuss the Northeast Georgia

Currently on view at the Dodd Galleries through Nov. 18, Dawn Williams Boyd’s exhibition, “Woe,” shares a collection of large-scale “cloth paintings” contemplating social injustice, racial violence, misogyny and other abuses of power. HOMESCHOOL ART THURSDAYS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Classes are designed to stimulate interest, improve concentration, improve creative expression and introduce students to a variety of art styles. Sessions run Thursdays, Sept. 28–Nov. 4. Classes are held 10 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–3 p.m. $230–250. MAKING DANCES (Work.Shop) This alternative dance class teaches improvisation and choreography techniques. For ages 10–14. Taught by Lisa Yaconelli. Tuesdays, 6:15– 7:30 p.m. $60/month, $210/14 weeks., OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Storytime with Miss Rebecca” is held live on Facebook every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. “Bob Ross Paint Night” is held Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. “Book Sale Craft

TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org

Support Groups FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP (ACC Library, Classroom A) Alzheimer’s Association Georgia presents a support group conducted by trained facilitators that is a safe place for those living with dementia and their caregiver to develop a support system. First Wednesday of every month, 6–7:30 p.m. 706206-6163, LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on

ATHENS, GEORGIA AREA COVID19 RESPONSE (ACC Library Heritage Room) This new collection provides web archived material pertaining to local responses to the global pandemic. collections/13711 ATHENS TO SAVANNAH RIDE (Begins at Jittery Joe’s Roaster) Participate in a three-day, 285-mile road ride from Athens to Savannah to raise awareness for the proposed Georgia Hi-Lo Trail. The route runs Athens to Tennille (106 miles) on Oct. 22, Sandersville to Statesboro (102 miles) on Oct. 23 and Statesboro to Savannah (77 miles) on Oct. 24. $95. www.athensto THE CLOCKED IN CREATIVE PODCAST (Athens, GA) Hosted by Seth Hendershot, a new podcast called “The Clocked In Creative” will touch on entrepreneurship,

business models, IP rights, branding, etc. for creatives. Episodes will feature Serra Jagger of Indie South, Sanni Baumgartner of Community, Michelle Davis, Bertis Downs, Shil Patel of Tiger Bomb Promo, Rashe Malcolm of Rashe’s Cuisine and Nick Canada of Satisfactory. Check it out at @theclockedincreative on Instagram FALL LEISURE ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will offer a diverse selection of activities highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events for adults and children. Programs include tai chi, baton, youth cooking classes, gymnastics, nature programs, theater and more. Now registering. myrec FREE COVID-19 VACCINES (Clarke County Health Department) Vaccines are available by appointment or walk-in. No insurance or ID required. GET LIBRARY CAREDED (Multiple Locations) In support of Library Card Sign Up Month this September, 30 local businesses are offering discounts and promotions to customers who present their library card at checkout. Visit the website for a list of participating locations. HEALTH CLINICS (Nuçi’s Space) Free health clinics are available for uninsured musicians and their friends and family. Doctors can diagnose, treat and refer. Call to make an appointment. Oct. 4, 11 & 25; Nov. 1, 15 & 29. 706-227-1515 LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE RAFFLE (Online) Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful hosts a raffle of gift baskets filled with certificates and goodies. Proceeds benefit ACC Green Schools Programs and daffodil and tree planting projects. Sales end Sept. 11 at midnight. Tickets are $1 each. KACCBRaffle 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. POP-UP PARK (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services has a new bus, decorated by Eli Saragoussi, that serves as a mobile recreation unit to take free activities and equipment to public community events, festivals and school programs. Request the bus using an online form. www. SUPPORT FOR SENIORS WITH PETS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Humane Society and Athens Community Council on Aging have partnered to offer support services to seniors enrolled in ACCA programs. This includes emergency pet fostering, affordable wellness care, pet health workshops and pet training. TOUR DE COOP, CHICKEN COOP TOUR OF HOMES (Online) Sweet Olive Farm hosts a virtual selfguided tour of eight local chicken coops. Now available through summer. $15. products/tdc VIRTUAL INK WRITERS GROUP (Online) This creative writing group is open for adults to share work, give suggestions and support each other. Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. via Google Meets. Register by email. jmitchell WILD RUMPUS BOARD (Athens, GA) The Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle is seeking new members for its volunteer board of directors. Apply online. f



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JOBS FULL-TIME Clocked! is looking for kitchen help. No experience necessary. Will train. Must be fully vaccinated with card. Apply at 259 W. Washington St. Downtown Athens.

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Sabor Latino is NOW HIRING for all part-time and full-time positions at new location! Apply in person 1550 Oglethorpe Ave.

Line cooks needed! Big City Bread Cafe & Little City Diner are now hiring line cooks for daytime hours. Experienced preferred but not required. Stop by after lunch to fill out an application or drop off a resume. No phone calls, please.

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Briscoe’s a camera-friendly cutie! He knows how to sit, shake and play fetch (his favorite!) With such a cute face, why not go ahead and schedule a visit with Briscoe?

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Viva Argentine is looking for a few nice hardworking folks to be part of the team! Competitive hourly wages for all positions. $10/hr. training, $12/ hr. hosting and kitchen, $5/ hr. + tips servers (must be 18+). Please email resumes to vivaargentinecuisine@ Weaver D’s is seeking an order filler and dishwasher! Open Tues.–Sat., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fill out an application after 2 p.m. Restaurant experience preferred.

NOTICES MESSAGES All Georgians over the age of 12 are eligible to be vaccinated! Call 888-457-0186 or go to www. for more information. COVID testing in Athens available at 3500 Atlanta Hwy. Athens, GA 30606. (Old Fire Station in the corner of Atlanta Hwy. & Mitchell Bridge Rd. near Aldi and Publix.) Mon–Fri. 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. To register, call 844-625-6522 or go to www. Get Flagpole delivered straight to your mailbox! It’s convenient for you or it can be the perfect present for that buddy who just moved out of town. $50 for six months or $90 for one year. Call 706-549-0301 or email frontdesk@flagpole. 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.


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