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She attended four out of currently in crisis,” Frick said. “It shouldn’t tion requirement, with weekly testing for five of the rallies because the USG’s lenient be controversial at all.” [Violet Calkin] those exempted. COVID-19 guidelines have left her embarDemonstrations began Sept. 13 at 10 rassed and confused. a.m. and were held an hour later each “I always felt so loved here. Wherever day of the week near the Tate Student you go in Georgia, people are like ‘Oh, you Center. Organized by the Georgia chapter work at the university, I love Athens,’ and Athens-Clarke County officials may of the American Association of University then they say something really nice about decide to put a planned new courthouse Professors, protests were held at public uni- Athens and UGA. But now my friends from between the Multimodal Transportation versities across the state in solidarity. all over the world, quite frankly, and other Center and the Classic Indignant of her workCenter to take advantage place’s public health poliof a parking deck for the cies, psychology professor new Classic Center arena. Janet Frick served as point Classic Center Executive person for UGA’s protests Director Paul Cramer in partnership with the offered to partner with United Campus Workers ACC on an 800-space parkUnion. ing deck. The deck could “This is having such a be used by the courthouse negative impact on UGA’s during the day and the reputation, both locally arena at night, he and ACC and nationally. It’s an Manager Blaine Williams anti-scientific approach, said at a Sept. 14 work so it’s embarrassing to me session. as a faculty member. It’s “I think there’s an upsetting to me on behalf opportunity for us to come of students and staff who together and do someare immunocompromised,” thing great on this site, Frick said. “It would be Protesters at UGA demand mask and vaccine mandates on campus Sept. 14. and hopefully we’ll all save so easy to have policies in some money while doing place that make campus it,” Cramer said. The approximately $24 milsafer. But just to throw your hands up in U.S. universities are calling me and saying, lion project would be financed by parking the air and say there’s nothing we can do— ‘What is going on in Georgia?’” Ross said. revenue, upper-story office leases and posthere’s always something we can do. We can “We’re national news in a bad way. Not sibly revenue from a tax allocation district use our voice to speak out on behalf of polibecause our football team is doing well, but on the property. cies that we should have.” because our COVID numbers and our leadCommissioner Melissa Link called The rallies were just approximately 30 ership are astounding.” minutes long to ensure that classes weren’t COVID-19 cases at UGA are difficult to disrupted and had about 60–100 attendees accurately track. Though positive cases are per day. Their aim, Frick says, was for each required to be reported, the initial test is rally to include a speaker of each cateoptional. In addition, the lack of an online gory: faculty or staff, student, community option for those sick or in quarantine adds member and medical expert, which they incentive to refrain from getting tested. achieved almost every time. Self-reported DawgCheck results recorded Notable speakers included Athens1,494 positive cases between Aug. 9 and Clarke County mayor Kelly Girtz. “I am Sept. 12. Cases in Athens-Clarke County calling at the Board of Regents, now is the are on the decline as of Sept. 17, but both time to use your positions to keep us safe, hospitals are at 100% ICU capacity, forcing to make these great institutions strong and patients to wait for a bed to open up or go enduring,” Girtz said. “Because all of our elsewhere. children and all of our grandchildren are “UGA is a community inside of another going to look back on this time and they’re community: Athens-Clarke County,” said going to ask, ‘Which side were you on? UGA student Jesse Donck-Rains. “A mask Were you on the side of taking care of one mandate is not only the obvious choice, it is another, or were you on the side of throwthe needed choice right now. It should not ing caution to the wind?’” be a radical idea for a professor to feel safe Athens-Clarke County has a mask manin their own classroom. It should not be a date, as does Clarke County School District. radical idea for a student to feel safe visiting The USG, along with public Texas univerfamily after attending a required class.” sities and the State University System of The hypocrisy of USG’s refusal to manFlorida, are outliers among other promdate COVID-19 vaccination frustrates Frick. inent public universities in their lack of For reasons of public health, USG requires COVID-19 mandates. all incoming students to be immunized Vaccines are conveniently administered against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken at the UGA Health Center, and those getpox, tetanus and hepatitis B, along with ting vaccinated receive a T-shirt and $20 completion of a tuberculosis screening. In gift card, as well as a chance to win $1,000 addition, UGA requires students to wear

Commissioners Eye New Courthouse Downtown


the eastern side of downtown a “student ghetto” and said that “grown-up activity” would diversify the area. The arena and a new courthouse could unlock the potential of what’s known as the “River District,” Commissioner Tim Denson said. “If the law offices leave downtown, those law offices will become bars, guaranteed,” Denson said. But not all commissioners agree. Commissioner Mike Hamby said the Classic Center should build its own deck or find a corporate partner. And Commissioner Ovita Thornton opposed tossing out the usual site selection process and wanted to look outside of downtown. One reason to move forward quickly, though, is that construction costs are going up, Williams said. Another advantage of the Hickory Street property is that ACC already owns it, so there would be no land acquisition costs, he said. As several commissioners noted, the central location is convenient to transit. “I don’t want a courthouse everyone drives their cars to,” Commissioner Carol Myers said. Commissioner Russell Edwards compared it to Jackson County moving its courthouse away from Jefferson. “They made a big mistake, moving it out to where some cheap land was,” Edwards said. “It detrimentally affected the businesses downtown, and it’s just inconvenient for everybody.” The $77 million judicial center was approved by voters as part of SPLOST 2020, a slate of projects funded by a 1% sales tax, to relieve overcrowding at the existing courthouse. Once completed, ACC will consolidate city offices in the current courthouse and sell off far-flung properties like buildings on Dougherty Street and Satula Avenue. At the work session, commissioners also received an update on public restrooms downtown and discussed hiring a consulting firm for a study on racial disparities, the process for choosing sales tax-funded transportation projects to put on the ballot next May and a trail providing access to the Rainbow Forest public art installation off the greenway near MLK Jr. Drive. [Blake Aued] f



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means that it’s nearly impossible to control who enters and where. ACC law prohibits events held on city streets to charge admission. Even without tickets, restricting entry would have required fencing off the festival area and hiring additional security that, again, it could not afford.

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Fencing also would have prevented concert-goers from enjoying the music on a bar or restaurant patio or otherwise patronizing downtown businesses. “You wouldn’t want to restrict access that way,” Helme said. Although the emphasis has shifted to raising money for local music and arts education, the original purpose of AthFest when it was founded in 1997 was to give downtown a boost in the lean summer months when students are gone, and it still fulfills that function. According to the


hen AthFest Educates Executive Oct. 23 and 24—the Athens to Atlanta Director Jill Helme and the 10K Rollerblade, Athens Pagan Pride Day nonprofit’s board of directors and Athens to Atlanta Road Skate—were decided to put off the June music and arts canceled by the organizers due to COVID festival, Clarke County’s COVID-19 numconcerns, according to records provided bers were still sky-high, but vaccines offered by Andrew Saunders, director of the ACC hope for a normal late summer and fall. Central Services Department. In addition, Ironically, by the time June rolled LatinxFest, scheduled for Oct. 9 has been around, Clarke County was seeing just a postponed indefinitely, and the Northeast couple of COVID cases per day. By then, the Georgia Folk Fest on the same day was candecision had been made to hold AthFest celed. This fall’s Wildwood Revival festival, Sept. 24–26. As cases of the new Delta vari- held on a farm in Oglethorpe County, was ant crept up through July and spiked in August, though, local hospitals started to overflow with COVID patients, and it became clear that AthFest would not meet the Athens-Clarke County government’s health and safety criteria. ACC officials decided on Sept. 9 not to issue a final permit for the event. “It’s hard to make the decision when the numbers are low, and then cross your fingers hoping the numbers stay low,” Helme said. The announcement came as no surprise to AthFest’s organizers, who’d been monitoring the statistics, but it was a blow to the music scene nonetheless. “The lineup this year represents the best of Athens’ past, present and future. We were excited to share this diverse lineup and celebrate with our city,” said Drew Beskin, who AthFest in happier times. formerly managed the Georgia Theatre and serves on AthFest’s canceled as well. And the Boulevard cosbooking committee. “We weren’t able to tumed-dog parade Boo-le-Bark, scheduled have our club crawl out of COVID concerns, for Oct. 10, is making alternative plans for a but we moved forward with planning the outside portion hoping we would be permit- smaller event at Jittery Joe’s Roasting Co. Even though these events are held outted to have the festival. We had over 50 artdoors, and outside gatherings are considerists booked. After a year-plus of no shows ably safer than indoor ones, other factors for most of these acts, having to take this are involved, said Mark Ebell, a family away from them was the most devastating physician and professor of epidemiology at part of this ordeal.” UGA. “It also depends on distancing, which is easier at an outdoor market, but not if ACC officials set a policy in April for how people are crowded around a stage,” Ebell to proceed with permits for special events said. “It also depends on how long people that require the use of public spaces like are together—a longer period, especially in streets or parks. (Activities like protests a crowded setting, is going to be less safe— that are covered by the First Amendment and what they’re doing. If they’re singing are exempt, and so are activities on private and shouting, like at a concert or football property or at UGA, because as state propgame, I’d be more concerned about transerty, local laws don’t apply on campus.) mission via droplets and aerosols.” For an event like AthFest, a final permit is Helme said that AthFest looked at movissued 7–14 days before the event if COVID ing to a site on private property, but “when cases are below 300 per 100,000 people you look at the locations we have, you start over a 14-day period. On Sept. 9, Clarke weeding things out pretty quickly.” No local County exceeded that threshold by three site could meet AthFest’s parking and electimes. trical needs, and the nonprofit also could A permit was issued for the Twilight not afford to pay thousands of dollars in Criterium on Aug. 20. But the pandemic rent, she said. was growing worse by then after the Likewise, requiring attendees to be vacsummer lull. The Race to Beat Cancer on cinated, as many local venues and major Aug. 28 went virtual, and an application festivals like Lollapalooza have done, simply for the 5K for Kappie on Sept. 12 was wasn’t feasible, Helme said. Its location on withdrawn. Three events scheduled for Washington and Hull streets downtown

Festivals Claimed by COVID

Georgia Council for the Arts, AthFest had a $370,000 economic impact in 2018. “AthFest in the summer was always a necessary injection of business to downtown venues and restaurants/bars,” Beskin said. “With students in town, one could only imagine how much fun a late September AthFest would have been.” It’s hard to quantify the precise economic impact of festivals on downtown businesses, said David Lynn, co-director of the Athens Downtown Development Authority, but one measure is parking revenue, and turnover is always significant on those days. Events like LatinxFest also draw diverse crowds from demographics that might not ordinarily go downtown, Lynn said. “When we lose those, it’s a hit, and it’s a hit to the community,” he said. “We like to have a visibility that’s not just football-related or student-related.” But he also added that risking the health of attendees isn’t worth it. Artists, too, lost an opportunity to promote themselves in front of an audience of thousands at the local music scene’s biggest event of the year. “Luckily, having multiple revenues coming through music, like my graphic design commissions and engineering, make things like festival cancellations a little less painful, but it still hurts when your ultimate goal is getting a constant

stream of revenue coming in from shows,” said hip-hop artist Kxng Blanco. “I guess that’s why it’s best to have multiple shows.”

What Comes Next When AthFest was canceled, other venues filled the breach by scheduling their own mini-festivals or club crawl-style events, which could help recoup some revenue. They reached out to AthFest, Helme said, and she gave them their blessing. “Thankfully, a lot of venues around town have decided to put on their own events that weekend,” she said. (See p. 13 for more on who’s playing where.) Troy Aubrey, a booker for both AthFest and Southern Brewing Co., quickly started to organize a concert on SBC’s lawn when he heard the news. “We are currently working on the lineups over there,” he told Flagpole last week. “I know that there are a few other folks also putting outdoor shows together as well. Hopefully, some of the displaced AthFest acts will find a home soon so they still get to play somewhere that weekend.” In the long run, of course, no one knows how long the pandemic will last, whether a new variant will spark another surge, or whether COVID settles into becoming another endemic seasonal illness like the flu. For now, it looks like the Delta surge is starting to subside. As Ebell noted, cases have been slowly declining since Sept. 1, although Clarke County’s caseload was still nearly four times what the CDC defines as “high transmission”—100 cases per 100,000 people over seven days. “My best-case estimate is that it will be four weeks or more before we are no longer in that ‘high transmission’ category,” he said. For most of this surge, the majority of COVID-19 cases locally have been among UGA students. However, as Ebell noted, positive tests among asymptomatic students dropped from 6% in early August to 4.4% in early September to 2.9% in mid-September. “So it does appear to be declining, but we still have a ways to go,” Ebell said. As for AthFest, the organization will survive despite losing its marquee event—and tens of thousands of dollars—two years in a row. “Fortunately, we have been able to weather that because of good financial planning for the past decade,” Helme said. ACC’s pandemic rules for permitting races are different than for concerts, and Helme said she is confident that the AthHalf half-marathon and 5K will proceed as planned on Oct. 23–24, with precautions like a mask requirement at the start- and finish-line areas, staggered starts for runners and socially distanced water stations. Those who wish to help AthFest Educates financially can sign up for AthHalf as a volunteer or a runner, or make a donation at, she said. While the plan continues to be to return AthFest to its traditional June dates, the fate of next year’s festival is still up in the air. “We have not made any decisions on how to move forward in 2022,” Helme said. f Editorial coordinator Sam Lipkin contributed to this report.





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Throughout the last year, UGA leadership all full-time women employees is $57,363, frequently told its community members compared to $75,153 for men, amounting that “we are in this together.” However, “we” to a $17,790 pay gap for women employees. were not in “this” together during the panPeople of color and women are thus concendemic, nor were we prior to the pandemic. trated in lower-paying positions at UGA. The demographic disparities in COVIDThe racial disparities in UGA’s pay reflect 19 contraction and death revealed that not the perpetuation of a racial hierarchy. This everyone was in the same situation, and hierarchy has been maintained over centunot everyone was subject to the same risks. ries through slavery, segregation and forced Essential workers, who stayed on campus displacement and property theft under the throughout the closures and online learning, guise of urban renewal, such as in the Black were frequently the employees facing the neighborhood of Linnentown in the 1960s highest risks and making the lowest wages. (for which UGA still refuses to officially In order to ensure the continuation of acknowledge or participate in redress). In academic services, UGA forced its employ1785, UGA was built using enslaved labor ees to pitch in extra. Workers in UGA’s on stolen Creek lands. In 2021, UGA is still Facilities Management stealing from its workDivision installed ers of color by not fairly Not only do people plastic shields and compensating them, hand-sanitizing staand UGA’s poverty of color and women tions; building services wages are another form disproportionately make workers performed of white supremacy. additional cleaning UGA must do its less money in the same daily to sanitize classpart to end this hieroccupations as white men, rooms; and adjunct archy, and put its purlecturers developed and but they also are segregated ported commitment to implemented new eduand gender incluinto the lowest-paying jobs. racial cational instructional sivity, diversity and models. All of this addijustice into action. The tional labor, which was often conducted in university must correct the oppressive ecohazardous conditions, went uncompensated nomic disparities it is helping to reproduce. by UGA. We are calling on UGA to pay more A minimum wage of $15 per hour and costthan lip service to gratitude for workers. of-living adjustments are necessary steps It is past time for UGA to increase its mintoward economic equity and combating imum wage to $15 per hour and institute structural racism, which prevents people of annual cost-of-living adjustments. color from building generational wealth. UGA pays 1,888 full-time workers, or The cost of living in Athens has contin18% of its full-time workforce, less than ued to rise due to skyrocketing rents—up $31,200 (the salary equivalent of $15 per 33% in the past four years—and increashour). According to MIT’s Living Wage caling property taxes, among other factors. culator, for one adult with no children or Consequently, without cost-of-living other dependents, a living wage is $14.40. adjustments (which USG employees have This living wage changes drastically with the not received since 1990), employees are addition of just one child: One adult needs essentially making less money, since their $28.03 an hour to provide for one child. bills increase while wages stagnate. In addiThis unnecessary financial reality position to compensating long-term employees, tions people to make unfair choices. A a cost-of-living adjustment would address person should not have to choose between wage stagnation and offset wage comprespaying for their utility bills or medicine. sion caused by an increased minimum wage. Due to UGA’s refusal to pay employees what Universities around the nation, includthey are worth, many workers have second ing Clarke University, John Hopkins, the and even third jobs to make ends meet. University of Rochester and the University UGA and the University System of Georgia of Kentucky, have all recently committed to are ultimately responsible for this ethical increase their minimum wage to $15. UGA and political failure, and must correct this would do well to follow suit. injustice. “Thank you” does not put food on Moreover, UGA is behind on wages the table. locally; Target now pays $15 per hour, and This is not simply an economic issue, the Athens-Clarke County Commission but a racial justice and gender equity issue. voted in June to increase the minimum Not only do people of color and women wage of public employees to $15 per hour. disproportionately make less money in the As the county’s largest employer, UGA same occupations as white men, but they has a particular responsibility to support also are segregated into the lowest-paying the wellbeing of the Athens community jobs. Approximately 12% of full-time UGA through dignified wages. It is time for UGA employees are Black, yet 46% of full-time to take steps towards making “we are in Black employees make under $31,200 annu- this together” a reality. UGA must take ally. Additionally, only about 2% of full-time steps toward a living wage by increasing its employees are Hispanic/Latinx, but 23% of minimum wage to $15 per hour and implefull-time Hispanic/Latinx UGA employees menting cost-of-living adjustments. This is make under $31,200 annually. In contrast, not a matter of charity or generosity, but 69% of full-time UGA employees are white, a responsibility. UGA is great because its but only 14% make under $31,200 annuemployees make UGA great. It is time for ally. Moreover, the average annual pay for UGA to act like it. f

We’re only three weeks into the season, but following a 40-16 win over South Carolina, Georgia has established itself as one of the top two teams in college football. And it’s not particularly close. That’s as much an indictment of the competition as it is praise for the Dawgs. A quarter of the way through the season, some of the teams expected to compete with Georgia for College Football Playoff spots have lost some shine. Clemson not only lost to us to open the season but has since eked out a 14-8 win over Georgia Tech. Ohio State lost to Oregon. Oklahoma, despite being undefeated, scraped past Nebraska and Tulane. Even the mighty Crimson Tide of Alabama went to the wire with a Florida team few expected to challenge for titles this year.




what fans have clamored for, and what many were afraid we still lacked after a lackluster offensive display against Clemson. Against the Gamecocks, we were a passfirst team, throwing 35 times and running the ball 31 times. And we were explosive when passing. JT Daniels returned as the starter and racked up 303 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Two of those passing touchdowns came on plays of 43 yards, to Jermaine Burton in the first quarter, and 38 yards, to Adonai Mitchell in the second. In total, nine different receivers caught passes against South Carolina. Because of the focus on improving through the air, Georgia’s vaunted tailbacks have taken something of a backseat in the early going of the season. But it was still a good day for the unit as a whole, as the

Georgia did a lot of this on Saturday.

With some of Alabama’s weaknesses exposed in that nail-biter in the Swamp, a case could even be made for Georgia as the No. 1 team, if we’re basing it solely on performance in 2021. I won’t make it, but the fact it can be made augurs well and shows we’re finally improving in the areas needed to win championships, not games. I don’t think there is any debate over whether we have the best defense in college football. And if there is, I wanna meet the guy taking the con position, because I have some oceanfront property in Bogart I want to sell him. This defense is filled with DUDES, top to bottom. Against the Gamecocks, the Dawgs recorded two turnovers—an interception from Derion Kendrick and a fumble recovery by Quay Walker—and three sacks, one of which was a safety by Jordan Davis and Nolan Smith. South Carolina did find some success in the air, passing for 214 yards, much of which came on chunk plays. South Carolina also scored the first offensive touchdown on the Dawgs this season. That’s a minor blip on a near-impeccable record through three games, though. Despite the strength of the defense, it’s the improvement of the offense that catches the eye. Beating UAB and South Carolina was expected. But the manner in which the offense went about it is exactly

Dawgs offense racked up 184 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 31 total carries. James Cooks’ 23-yard touchdown scamper in the first showed it still has plenty of explosiveness, too. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken seems to have the green light from Kirby to play aggressively, and it’s paying off in the final scoreline. It’s easy to imagine this same game happening a year or two ago and Georgia scoring in the twenties winning by a touchdown or so because Kirby got conservative. But we’re finally winning by the kind of margins we should win by. We didn’t quite cover, but the offense did enough to make this win emphatic. We may finally benefit from some of those style points we’ve heard so much about through the years. We look like a top team, we’re playing like a top team, and we’re beating opponents like a top team. If it’s a tight race to get in the College Football Playoff, we may get the benefit of the doubt. The Dawgs have a lot of confidence in themselves, and rightfully so. This is the most talented group of players ever assembled in Athens, and it seems like they know it. And they know that presents an opportunity to do something special. With Alabama looking like a more manageable challenge than in years past, there may never come a better time than now to win it all. f

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Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.rabbithole 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.

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Thursday 23 Akademia Brewing Company 7 p.m. SARAH MOOTZ Indie pop-rock artist with a lot of soul. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $13–15. www.georgia MO LOWDA & THE HUMBLE Alt-


Friday 24 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $20 (adv.). CRACKER Acclaimed alt-rock group that has explored many genres and sounds over its two-decade career. Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 2–4 p.m. SARAH MOOTZ Indie pop-rock artist with a lot of soul.

Flicker Theatre & Bar After Fest. 10 p.m. (doors). $10. CALICO VISION Athens-based melodic psychedelic pop group. WESDARULER FEATURING LOUIE LARCENY Athens-based hip-hop producer WesdaRuler combines his laid-back, throwback style with Louie Larceny, an MC with a fiery delivery and dark, moody beats. NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local pop-punk band with a jaggedly melodic sound. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $17.50–22. www.georgia

DK Athens-based artist weaving lyrically driven truths together with Lo-fi beats. HMO SAMBO Fresh, Hull-based trap rapper sharing real life perspectives. KPTHEWOLF Upbeat singer with a hip-hop club sound. KXNG BLANCO Local hip hop upstart delivering high-energy raps and R&B vibes. SELINE HAZE Soulful and lyrical rapper sharing messages of selflove and growth. TRVY Versatile artist bringing both contemplation and high energy to hip-hop. UNIQE Chicago-born rapper with fast flows.

Brown and guitarist/harmonica player Jeff Lustig play jazz and blues standards. (10 a.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar After Fest. 10 p.m. $15. www.flicker NEIGHBOR LADY Twangy, melodic rock group led by local singer-songwriter Emily Braden. PINKEST Garage-y power-pop from Atlanta. KARAOKE Atlanta-based indie-pop band. HONEYPUPPY Breeders influenced pop band featuring members of Telemarket and The Pinkstones. Front Porch Bookstore 6 p.m. Find Front Porch Book Store on Facebook


Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers HIBBS FAMILY BAND Folk/bluegrass quartet of family members led by Rob and Garrett Hibbs. Georgia Theatre 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $12–15. www.georgia CHRIS RENZEMA Christian singer-songwriter from Nashville. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. AthensGA RICK FOWLER BAND Original, guitar-driven local blues-rock group. 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. Rabbit Hole Studios Fall Equinox Festival. 4 p.m.–1 a.m. Donations accepted. whiterabbitproductionsllc FALL EQUINOX FESTIVAL An opening ceremony and meditation led by Mynawa features live music, art demos, food vendors, comedians, yoga workshops, a bouncy house and games. DIALECTIC FLOWERS Instrumental meditative music from Jason Ingram. (6 p.m.) PEYTON COVFEFE Sean T. Conlon leads his gang of mystical elves. (8 p.m.) INDEE Classical harmony and a folksy soulful indie, art and dream pop sound combine to create captivating songs. (9 p.m.) WHITE RABBIT COLLECTIVE Indie folk music featuring studio members and friends of Rabbit Hole Studios. (10 p.m.) CONVICT JULIE Rising R&B performer with socially and politically conscious lyrics. (11 p.m.) JIGG DJ set to close out the night. (12 a.m.)

rock band from Philadelphia. OKEY DOKEY Nashville group mixing Motown influences with psychedelic storytelling. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. $10–12. www.hendershots A TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN Old Skool presents a tribute featuring Jason Fuller on keys, Nick Johnson on guitar, Aaron Trubic on bass, Seth Hendershot on drums and Ansley Stewart on vocals. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $12. UGA WIND ENSEMBLE this program features the world premiere of Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Kevin Day ’21 MM, a new work co-commissioned by UGA Wind Ensemble. Leonard Bernstein’s exciting Overture to Candide opens the concert, followed by Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Iron Factory Outdoors. 10 p.m. ironfactoryathens INFORMATIONAL TAPE ANNOUNCEMENTS First-ever live performance of trio made up of Thomas Bauer (Sad Dads), Joe Hpper (DJ JoFi) and Lloyd Handy (DJ Boring). COOMBSBOT Athens-based robot-in-disguise regenerates live electronic covers of looped pop classics from the ‘80s, ‘90s and today! MR. E Experimental project by musician Ethan Lapaquette. SOCIAL CIRCLE Local lo-fi experimental lounge singer that aims “to turn the support group into a party.” PUSSYHAULER Performance artist Catherine Rush. Nowhere Bar 8:30 p.m. $15. www.nowherebar BLOODKIN Following the recent death of frontman Daniel Hutchens, Bloodkin’s line-up will include Eric Carter, John Neff, Aaron Phillips and David Nickel with guests Betsy Franck and Tori Pater. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7:30–9:30 p.m. www.sobrewco. com NICH WRIGHT With influences of country, gospel, bluegrass and Southern rock, Nich has recently relocated from Georgia to Nashville. The Warehouse Athens 7 p.m. $20. DRAKE WHITE Nashville singer-songwriter whose tunes are equal parts Baptist tent revival and amped-up Southern rock. KASEY TYNDALL Nashville country musician on the River House Artists record label.

Cracker performs at the 40 Watt Club on Friday, Sept. 24. CHARLEY CROCKETT Blues and country artist based in Austin, TX playing music influenced by the Deep South. LUCAS HUDGINS Original stonecold tear in your beer country music from Austin, TX. Innovation Amphitheater 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. $20. www. VINTAGE VIXENS Groovy, funky set covering '60s-'70s hits from Motown, The Mamas & The Papas, Turtles, Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Sly & the Family Stone. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. FREE! THE SPLITZ BAND This band's wide range encompasses Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B. Iron Factory Volumes Presents Local Friends Fest. Outdoors. 9 p.m. $10. www. ANIME ZAYY Anime-aesthetic inspired rapper with a blend of trap, R&B and Lo-fi sounds. BAYBAY Siloam, GA hip-hop artist. BYV_TRUBB Atlanta-based rapper with local roots blending punk rock and trap. CASSIE CHANTEL Athens native hip-hop artist and recent Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award winner. CONVICT JULIE Alternative R&B artist and producer who uses her platform to raise awareness against racism and police brutality.


Nowhere Bar 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. THE FOUR FATHERS Funky soulful organ jazz quartet. Southern Brewing Co. September Days Fest. Outdoors. 6 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20. $35 (threeday pass). AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA FISHBUG Up-and-coming local punk rock band. (7 p.m.) HEFFNER Local five-piece indie rock band. (8 p.m.) HOTEL FICTION Undefined, multigenre duo inspired by nostalgia and personal stories. (9 p.m.) MODERN SKIRTS Melodic Britrock-inspired indie pop quartet. (10 p.m.)

Saturday 25 40 Watt Club 9:30 p.m. (doors). $5. www.40watt. com STROKIN’ Local Strokes cover band. PALACE DOCTOR Dynamic local garage-pop trio fronted by guitarist and songwriter Phillip Brantley. DREW BESKIN Local power-pop singer-songwriter known for fronting the bands Purses and The District Attorneys. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athens CHRIS PADGETT Local guitar virtuoso and songwriter. (8 a.m.) JEFF & TRACY Vocalist Tracy

CLAIRE CAMPBELL Singer of Hope for Agoldensummer plays a set of soft, mesmerizing folk tunes. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $15–18. AFTM Local Southern rock sixpiece pulling from blues, funk and more. CHAMPAGNE LANE Atlanta duo of multi-instrumentalists Jake Rogers and Jackson Welch. Hendershot’s Coffee 6 p.m. CLASSICAL REVOLUTION Classical music performed by Athens musicians. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. www. STEVE COUGHLIN WITH PROBABLE CAUSE Smooth Americana group from Hartwell. Live Wire Ath Live. 9 p.m. (industry mixer), 10 p.m. (show). $5. www.facebook. com/athfactor DJ CHIEF ROCKA Local DJ spins Top 40, hip hop, funk, soul and more. MOTORHEAD2X Up-and-coming local rapper with creative, consistent flows and an energetic stage presence. ISHUES Legendary local underground hip-hop artist. FRANK THE EAGLE High-energy act on Tribe House Records. CAULFIELD Athens rapper that pushes the confines of modern hip-hop with forward-thinking, edgy music. SQUALLE FEATURING UNIQ.

VIBES Athens-based hip-hop artist with a thoughtful, throwback sound. Normal Bar Dog Days Presents Totally Still Happening Fest. Outdoors. 4 p.m. FREE! Athens DJ LATE NIGHT CRAIG Italian disco DJ featuring video projections with pizazz. BLANKO Quirky, comedic local rock band. KADILLAK Four-piece rock band fronted by singer Kadi Bortle. CANNONANDTHEBOXES Up-andcoming local folk-rock group. TURTLE GRENADE Athens-based “folk-ish” singer-songwriter. PUREJOY New singing duo accompanied by guitar. MAXUMA Young band from Athens. LIBRA Atlanta-based hard rock band. INCEST TWINS New Athens-based 2 piece outfit. JOHN FERNANDES Local musician playing ambient looped clarinet inspired by birdsong and Brian Eno. Southern Brewing Co. September Days Fest. Outdoors. 2 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20. $35 (threeday pass). AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA LIGHTHEARTED Alt trio based in Athens. (2:30 p.m.) GRAND VAPIDS Local alt-rock band with a dense, dreamy, slowcore-inspired sound. (3:30 p.m.) WELL KEPT Emo-influenced alt-rock group led by songwriter Tommy Trautwein. (4:20 p.m.) CLOUDLAND Athens-based fourpiece rock band. (5:10 p.m.) WANDERWILD Intricate, intimate local indie-rock project led by songwriter Matt Martin. (6 p.m.) HAZEL VIRTUE Back together alt band formed in Athens, once named top 5 unsigned Southeastern bands by Billboard magazine. (7 p.m.) FIVE EIGHT Legendary Athens band known for its boisterous, thoughtful rock and roll. (8 p.m.) WIEUCA Local four-piece experimental outfit that fuses indie rock, psychedelia and trip hop. (9 p.m.) MONSOON Athens-based band informed by punk, anime culture and new wave. (10 p.m.)

Sunday 26 Buvez Dog Days Presents Totally Still Happening Fest. Outdoors. 4 p.m. FREE! Athens DAVID BARBE Local luminary and studio engineer performs solo. BAIN MATTOX Local singer-songwriter and Shot From Guns frontman plays a solo set of his dark, melodic tunes. THE HOWDIES A half shot of country with members of the Darnell Boys. HAUNTED SHED Local band led by Etienne de Rocher and featuring members of Kenosha Kid and The Glands. HUNTER MORRIS & BLUE BLOOD Melodic local psychedelic pop project. Hendershot's Coffee 8 p.m. KLEZMER LOCAL 42 The traditional Jewish music group cele-

Monday 27 Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $12–15. JORDY SEARCY Singer-songwriter who stole hearts with his musical debut on “The Voice.” WILLIAM HINSON Indie pop singer-songwriter from Winston-Salem, NC.

Tuesday 28 40 Watt Club 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $9 (adv.), $12. CONVINCE THE KID Local alternative rock band. KADILLAK Four-piece rock band fronted by singer Kadi Bortle. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $30–34. www.georgia MAYDAY PARADE Tallahassee-based pop-punk band who made their debut in the mid-aughts.

Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.rabbithole OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe. Ramsey Hall Faculty Artist Series. 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $12. BRANDON QUARLES Quarles is a new lecturer of saxophone and allied areas who believes in the power of interdisciplinary and cross-genre collaborations.

Wednesday 29 Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers RED OAK SOUTHERN STRING BAND This Watkinsville-based band plays rootsy Americana tunes. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker HEFNER Guitar-driven power pop led by the Hefner twins. TWEN Nashville-based psych-rock group. COMA THERAPY Darkwave postpunk newly relocated to Athens from Greenville, SC. Georgia Theatre 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. $14–17. FAYE WEBSTER Rising indie folk musician from Atlanta on Secretly Canadian. DANGER INCORPORATED Atlanta-based rap duo and lifelong friends Boothlord and Louie Duffelbags are storytellers and world builders. Georgia Theatre Rooftop Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors). FREE! MATTHEW ROWLER No info available. Hendershot's Coffee 7 p.m. NEW FACES NIGHT Discover new Athens musical talent. 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.

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors Athentic Brewing Co.: masks indoors Bishop Park: outdoors; masks encouraged Buvez: masks required 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 Hendershot’s Coffee: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall: masks encouraged Innovation Amphitheater: outdoors; masks encouraged indoors International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged Iron Factory: outdoors, masks encouraged Live Wire: masks encouraged Normal Bar: masks required indoors Nowhere Bar: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Ramsey Hall: masks encouraged Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors The Warehouse Athens: no protocol The World Famous: masks indoors


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Hazel Virtue Returns with Full Circle PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb GATHER TOGETHER: The AthFest Music & Arts Festival may

have been denied a permit this year, but anyone super interested in still getting together in a huge crowd to rock out can calm down. Aubrey Entertainment has stepped into the breach and scheduled the September Days Festival to take place at Southern Brewing Sept. 24–26. Fully 20 acts will play including Elf Power, Monsoon, Modern Skirts, Grassland String Band, Grand Vapids, Wanderwild, Fishbug, Heffner, Five Eight, Wieuca and more. Organizing this so quickly was a huge undertaking that should be recognized. Tickets for the whole weekend are $35, and individual day tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For tickets and all relevant info, please see AND THEN THERE’S THIS: Not mentioned in the above

announcement is a return, of sorts, for old Athens band Hazel Virtue. Band leader and primary songwriter Eric Britt has made a solid name for himself as a now-Savannah-based artist. The band came back together recently and recorded a new album named Full Circle. Hazel Virtue was one of a handful of Athens bands during the heyday of alt-rock that was just on the cusp of this thing we call “making it,” and when you think of formerly regional bands and artists who did—Collective Soul, John Hazel Virtue Mayer, et al.—it’s a serious head scratcher why they didn’t. That said, they did way more than tons of other bands and played many big stages. They’ll play September Days Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. For more information on Britt and the band, please see CHAZ KEMP

brates the release of its new album, The Mohel of Trenchtown. Southern Brewing Co. September Days Fest. Outdoors. 2 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20. $35 (threeday pass). AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA GRASSLAND Local traditional and progressive bluegrass group formerly known as Grassland String Band. (3 p.m.) NICHOLAS MALLIS Local pop songwriter with classic melodies and clever lyrics. (4 p.m.) ELIJAH JOHNSTON Local indiefolk singer-songwriter. (5 p.m.) CAULFIELD Athens rapper that pushes the confines of modern hip-hop with forward-thinking, edgy music. (6 p.m.) SONDERLUSTER Side project of K Ishibashi (Kishi Bashi). (7 p.m.) ELF POWER Longtime fixture on the Athens scene playing crisp, melodic psych-pop. (8 p.m.) THE PINK STONES Rootsy local country-rock group led by songwriter Hunter Pinkston. (9 p.m.) The World Famous 10 p.m. worldfamousathens FLOYD JABRIEL WEAVER An electrifying night of rhythm and soul featuring the guitarist of The Splitz Band.

SWEET OBLIVIOUS ANTIDOTE: Perpetual Groove is among the

notable and high-profile Athens-based artists getting back out there, re-digging in their heels and trying to make a go of things. They’ll be back on tour basically continually between Sept. 23 and Jan. 1, 2022. You can find the full list, but the ones most important locally are the ones happening Dec. 30–31 at the Georgia Theatre. In other news, that New Year’s Eve show will be the last with drummer Albert Suttle, whose seat will henceforth be occupied by Darren Stanley, who is already a known quantity in the loosely-described jam band scene. Earlier this year, the group recorded an EP of covers and named it self-deprecatingly C’mon. Covers? which is a move I can appreciate. On it, they take on The Go-Go’s, The Cars, Johnny Cash and Peter Gabriel. I spun it a few times, and it’s nothing too mind-blowing, but does a pretty good job of making these fairly unique versions whereas a lot of bands would have done consciously whacked out versions or been way too faithful to the originals. This was released a couple of weeks back, but it felt more timely to mention it while I was busy already mentioning the tour, so there ya go. For all other information and to purchase tickets, please see

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT: If you’re still itching to get up and go out

SMOOTH GROOVES: Athens visual artist and vocalist Trvy just released his new single, “Arm’s Length,” and it’s a really nice, introspective tune supported by a solid beat from 24o1 Beats, who also has several projects under his belt. “Arm’s Length” is pretty short, clocking in at a mere 2:27, but gets its point across just fine. If this single does it for ya, then you’d probably do well to check out the rest of his stuff over at trvyf. Trvy will also perform at Local Friends Fest at Iron Factory on Sept. 24.

later on Saturday night, Sept. 25, you can head on over to the 40 Watt for Strokin’. That’s The Strokes tribute band that plays the entirety of the band’s 2001 album Is This it?. Band members include Phillip Brantley, Matt Martin, Taylor Cotton, Reagan Byrd and Jesse Lafian. The whole show is kind of a family affair, with Brantley’s band Palace Doctor playing second and friend to all and tireless coordinator Drew Beskin opening the show with his band. The show is also being presented by Philthrottle (@philthrottle on Instagram), which is Brantley’s hyperlocal meme account. Doors are at 9:30 p.m. and music starts at 10:30 p.m. Visit for tickets.

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: While it’s still a little while away, and occurring during a flurry of cancellations, it feels relevant to mention that the wildly popular Porchfest, presented by Tweed Recording and coordinated by Historic Athens, is still a go. The event is all-outdoors but safety protocols are still in place concerning masking, distancing, etc. This year’s Porchfest, featuring 105 performances, happens Sunday Oct. 10th, 1–8 p.m. in the neighborhoods of Pulaski Heights, Newtown, Boulevard, Buena Vista, Normaltown and Cobbham. For more information, please see historic f

calendar pick LIGHT: 2021 Juried Exhibition Currently on view at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA), “LIGHT: 2021 Juried Exhibition” presents contemporary works in all media that explore or reference light. Guest juried by Matt Porter, curator at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, the exhibition features a total of 18 contributing artists, including Paula Reynaldi, Rachel Evans, Claire Clements, Diane Speight, Marty Winkler and Allie Jackson, as well as award winners Didi Dunphy, Henry McEachern and Mac Balentine. While some artists utilize light as a critical element in their creative process, others emphasize “Wishful Thinking,” a video by Didi Dunphy light as a concept or source of inspiration. A virtual juror and artist roundtable discussion will be held on Zoom Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and the exhibition will remain on view through Oct. 3. Coinciding with its 20th anniversary, ATHICA recently launched a $10,000 fundraising campaign to purchase its current facility located in the historic Leathers Building. Donations are tax-deductible, come with incentives and will be matched by the Huffer Foundation. Visit to register for the roundtable, and go to athica-20th-birthday to donate. [Jessica Smith]



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isappointing but inevitable news arrived a short two weeks ahead of this year’s AthFest Music & Arts Festival. With local COVID-19 cases well above the threshold for the Athens-Clarke County government to issue permits for special events, AthFest Educates had to cancel its downtown anchor event. Fortunately for music fans, all was not lost—when AthFest was nixed, multiple smaller-scale festivals sprung forth like Hydra. Below, check out Flagpole’s guide to alternatives happening this weekend.

SEPTEMBER DAYS FEST: Following the official

word that AthFest was canceled, talent buyer Troy Aubrey—who books not only

Modern Skirts

the festival, but at a handful of venues around town as Aubrey Entertainment— quickly pivoted by inviting as many of the scheduled artists as possible over to fiveacre Southern Brewing Co. The three-day, all-ages September Days Fest takes its name from a track by Modern Skirts, who headline on Friday, Sept. 24 alongside Fishbug, Heffner and Hotel Fiction. Saturday, Sept. 25 is a doozy with Lighthearted, Grand Vapids, Well Kept, Cloudland, Wanderwild, Hazel Virtue (see “Threats and Promises” on p. 11), Five Eight, Wieuca and Monsoon. Sunday, Sept. 26 ends on a high note with Grassland String Band, Nicholas Mallis, Elijah Johnson, Caulfield, Sonderluster, Elf Power and The Pink Stones. AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA

name—After Fest at Flicker Theatre and Bar presents two nights of heavy hitters. Nihilist Cheerleader, WesdaRuler featuring Louie Larceny, and Calico Vision are slated for Sept. 24, while Neighbor Lady, Karaoke, Honeypuppy and Pinkest take over on Sept. 25. Though this is the only festival not occurring outdoors this weekend, proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for entry, and masks must be worn indoors. TOTALLY STILL HAPPENING FEST: Swiftly assembled following AthFest’s cancellation, the self-explanatory Totally Still Happening Fest offers two days of free, all-ages, outdoor music. DJ Late Night Craig, Blanko, Kadillak, Cannon and the Boxes, Turtle Grenade, Purejoy, Maxima, Libra, Incest Twins (do not Google) and John Fernandes will pack out the Normal Bar parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 25. The party then moves over to Buvez on Sunday, Sept. 26 for sets by David Barbe, Bain Mattox, The Howdies, Haunted Shed and Hunter Morris & Blue Blood. This shindig is presented by Dog Days Athens, a fairly new booking and event promotion endeavor by Jared Collins of Jock Gang. DogDaysAthens ATH LIVE: Hot off the heels of releasing the

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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 Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. www.athens

Classes ABLETON LIVE 11 WORKSHOP (The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording) DJ BurnOne leads a workshop on how to create samples at home and in the studio. RSVP and vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. www. 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”). Mondays, 10 a.m.–1 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

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. 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. Curator and Artist Roundtable held on Zoom Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Online Juror Portfolio Review Sessions held Oct. 2. Currently on view through Oct. 3. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) ATHICA celebrates the life of local artist Chatham Murray through a retrospective exhibition of her paintings spanning six decades. Through Oct. 25. BARBAR VINTAGE TEXTILES AND HOME (1354 S. Milledge Ave.) Selftaught painter Helen Kuykendall presents “Uncaged,” a selection of works in oil and watercolor. Reflecting her background in landscape architecture, her artwork often depict birds in seemingly natural settings that hint at elements of Magic Realism. Through Oct. 10. 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


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 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. 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! PAGANS, WITCHES, HEATHENS AND OTHER CRITTERS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Embreis23 of Athens Area Pagans Inc. presents an introductory course about modern Pagan religions and practices. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Donations encouraged., www. 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,

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. • “Inside Look: Selected Acquisitions from the Georgia Museum of Art” features previously unseen works from the museum’s collection of over 18,000 objects. Through Jan. 30. 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. Through Nov. 1. JITTERY JOE’S EASTSIDE (1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.) Susan Pelham’s handmade collages are inspired by Magic Realism, fairy tales, Surrealism and fables. Through September. 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. • “i vs me” features paintings by Andy Cherewick and Jeffrey Whittle. 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. • “Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You” presents works by Brian Hitselberger and Julie Willis. Through Oct. 16. • “Inside Out: Expressing the Inner World” presents abstract paintings by a group of women artists working in the Southeast. Through Oct. 23. • “Modernist Sculptures from the Legacy of Loyd Florence.” Through Oct. 23. • 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. Small Box Series: Again and Again, featuring dancing music and poetry, will be held Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. Through Nov. 18. 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.


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,

Events ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (ACC Library) “Mouse & Keyboard Skills” is held Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. “Café au Libris: Stewert James” is held virtually Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. “In-Person Computer Class: Windows 10 for Beginners” is held Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. “Using Newspapers for Research: Discover Georgia Historic Newspapers” is held Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. “Overbooked Book Club” discusses The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell at Hendershot’s Coffee on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. “Intellectual Freedom:

A Panel Discussion” is held Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. “Forms of Black Power in Stamped: From the March on Washington to the National Juneteenth Holiday and Beyond” is held Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. www. ALCESTIS (MLC Outdoor Amphitheater) Through the trickery of the god Apollo, King Admetus is spared the fate of death—but with a catch: someone must take his place. With no one willing to accept the sacrifice, his loyal wife Alcestis answers the call. What follows is a satirical tragicomedy that questions our relationship with life, death and love from a uniquely modern perspective. Utilizing digital masks and actor-driven technology, this original adaptation aims to breathe new life into Euripides’ irreverent tale. Oct. 7-9, 12-15, 17 at 6 p.m. $12–16. ANNUAL FALL CLEANUP FLOAT (Begins at Roy Woods Rd.) Broad River Watershed Association hosts a campaign to clean Georgia’s rivers and streams. Bring your own canoe or kayak. Float lasts approximately 3–4 hours. Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m. ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “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. “Morning Mindfulness” is held Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. “Sunday Spotlight Tour” is held Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. “Tour at Two” is held Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. “Film Series: The Crime of Art: Topkapi” is held Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Multiple Locations) Saturday markets are held at Bishop Park from 8

Through Oct. 16. • Judy Bolton Jarrett presents “Art and Attitude,” a collection of landscape and botanical paintings. Closing reception Oct. 17 from 2–4 p.m. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Large Art Dreaming” is a collaborative exhibition between the museum and Athens artist Broderick Flanigan, who worked with a group of students to create large-scale paintings and a mural design, based of Thomas’ “Brotherhood of Mankind” philosophy, which will be painted live in the gallery Sept. 27–Oct. 9. Exhibition currently on view through Nov. 6. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Davy Gibbs’ photographic series, “Empires,” bears witness to reveal the inherent dignity of small towns in the Deep South, who experience both glory and decay, rise and fall, like most empires. 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. • “Not Only for Ourselves: The Integration of UGA Athletics” celebrates the 50th anniversary of integration of the Georgia Bulldogs football team. Tours are offered at 3 p.m. on Fridays before each home football game. On view through Spring 2022. 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 for a full list of participating venues. WILLSON CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES AND ARTS (Online) As part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts, the Willson Center presents “Shelter Projects,” a virtual exhibition of over 30 projects created by graduate students or community practitioners who reflect pandemic experiences through the arts. Visit

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 (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Friends of Oglethorpe Co. Library host a sale of books and vinyl albums. Most items are $2 or less. Oct. 7, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Oct. 8–9, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. www.athens EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANT WALK (Register for Location) Sound of Nature School and Wolf Lily Apothecary host an exploration of natural areas to learn about the medicinal and edible qualities of common and abundant plants. Oct. 10, 9–11 a.m. wolflilypsm@gmail. com, www.midsouthwomenherbal HISTORIC ATHENS PORCHFEST 2021 (Multiple Locations) This year’s Porchfest features over 100 performances held at porches across Pulaski Heights, Newtown, Boulevard, Buena Vista, Normaltown and Cobbham. Check website for schedule. Oct. 10. 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 OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Trek & Connect” is an all-ages light trek at a local park. The group meets Oct. 11 at Oconee Veteran’s Park. www. THE ODD COUPLE (FEMALE VERSION) (The Elbert Theatre) This twist on Neil Simon’s classic comedy follows a pair of unlikely roommates who couldn’t be more opposite in temperament and character. Oct. 1–2 & Oct. 8–9, 7 p.m. Oct. 3 & Oct. 10, 2 p.m. $9-16. 706-283-1049, tking@cityof 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; retired reforestation contractor Chris Young; 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. A VIP (Vaccinated Immunized Person) section will be offered. 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 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

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. “Critter Tales” are scheduled for Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. naturecenter 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. JOURNEY THROUGH THE STARS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Fall Sky: Spooky Skies” discusses blood moons and monsters in the sky. Oct. 16, 10 a.m. “Planetary Fun” celebrates animals and mythical creatures in the sky. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. $2–3. 706-613-3615

15, 10:30–11:30 a.m. $3–4.50. 706-613-3580 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 VIDEO GAME NIGHT (Lay Park) Play the latest video games during tournament style play and free play. For ages 11–17. Registration required. Mondays through Dec. 13, 6–7:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3596

Support Groups AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings held throughout the week.


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 HERITAGE WALKS (Multiple Locations) Historic Athens announces a series of guided tours through neighborhoods and places of interest. “Queer Space: Athens, Georgia” is held Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. “Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Morristown” is held Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. “Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Newtown” is held Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. “Mill Village in the Boulevard National Register District” is held Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. “A Driving Tour of the Oconee Hill Cemetery National Register District” is held Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Tours are $12–15 each. www.facebook. com/historicathens ATHENS PARENT WELLBEING YARD SALE (ReBlossom Mama Baby Shop) Accepting donations for a community fundraiser for Athens Parent Wellbeing, which offers parents therapy, a peer support program, a monthly maternal mental health online group and doula scholarships. Bring home goods, small furnishings and children’s items during shop hours. Sale held Sept. 25, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www. ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) “Fabulous Fridays” features local drag stars. Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (show). FREE! www.athens BAD MOVIE NIGHT (Ciné) Striker, Kiki, Bandana and other super spies with ridiculous nicknames make an insane amount of phone calls before heading to the desert to fight terrorists with random explosions in the utterly perplexing Rescue Force. Sept. 23, 8 p.m. FREE! 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. “Virtual Booktalk” is held Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. “basic Word” is held Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. “Journaling 101: Create!” is held Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. www. BOO-LE-BARK ON THE BOULEVARD (Boulevard Neighborhood) Costumed pups parade down the neighborhood streets. This year’s theme is “The Dogs Go Marching On!” Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m. (registration), 3:30 p.m. (costume contest), 4 p.m. (parade). barkonboulevard, www.barkon 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. CONNECT TO PROTECT NATIVE PLANT SALE (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Add native plants of Georgia to your garden, porch or patio to support local bees, birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. Oct. 7–8 & Oct. 14–15, 4–6 p.m. Oct. 9 & Oct. 16, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. CONVERSATION WITH EDITORIAL CARTOONIST MIKE LUCKOVICH (Special Collections Library) The

Kaylynn Washnock Stooksbury, outreach archivist for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, straightens early 20th century editorial cartoons on display in the exhibition “Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons.” A virtual tour will be held on Facebook Live Sept. 23 at 2 p.m., and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich will speak on Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. 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 ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (ACC Library) “Outdoor Storytime” for ages 2–5 is held Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. “Super Smash Bros Tournament for Teens” is held Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Monday Funday: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bathtime!” is held Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. “Dungeons and Dragons” is held Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. 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 FALL NATURE CAMP (Sound of Nature School) Explore the wilds of Piedmont Preserve in Athens by playing in the creeks, meadows and forests. Homeschool nature enrichment for ages 6–9. Fridays, Oct. 1–Nov. 19, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. soundofnatureschool@gmail. com, FAMILY NATURE PROGRAMS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Naturalist’s Walks” are held Oct.

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. “Karaoke” is held Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. “Anime Club” for grades 6–12 is held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. “Storytime in the Park” is held Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Harris Shoals Park. “Prism” for grades 6–12 is held Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. www.athens OMNI ALLSTARS (Omni Allstars Elite Cheer & Tumbling) Tryout for the half year season and learn the basics of cheerleading. Oct. 23, 6 p.m. $25. omniallstars@gmail. com, 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 TINY TALES AT THE ZOO (Bear Hollow Zoo, Memorial Park) In-person stories, crafts and animal encounters for ages 0–6 years. Registration required. Mondays through Nov.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. 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 the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. welcoming-congregation MINDFUL LIVING (Heart Stone Therapeutic Healing) A five-week, in-person psychotherapy group to build self-care and mindfulness practices. RSVP by Oct 7. Thursdays, Oct. 14–Nov. 11, 10:30– 11:30 a.m. $35/session. brianna@ PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP (First Baptist Church) This group is to encourage, support and share information with fellow sojourners who manage the challenges of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Oct. 8, 1 p.m. gpnoblet 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. RESTORING RESILIENCE (Heart Stone Therapeutic Healing) A fiveweek, in-person resource building psychoeducational support group for trauma survivors. RSVP by Oct. 5. Tuesdays, Oct. 12–Nov. 9, 10–10:50 a.m. $35/group session. SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. Contact for location.

Word on the Street 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. www.publichealthisfor 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 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. 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. f



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JOBS FULL-TIME Five Points Bottle Shop is now hiring! Apply at about/careers/

Join the nation’s leading mobile dictation service and learn to be a transcriptionist! No customer interaction! Work independently, set your own weekday schedule (16–40 hours weekly). We have a relaxed, casual, safe space environment. Compensation automatically increases as you gain proficiency. Extremely flexible time-off arrangements with advance notice. Experience our eight-tiered training program with bonuses after each tier. So your starting compensation will range from $9.25 to $10.80 hourly based on individual performance. After approx. threemonth training, your compensation should exceed training pay and you’ll receive automatic increases for tenure with the company, efficiency, etc. Show proof of vaccination at hire. www. 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. Find employees by advertising in the Flagpole Classifieds!

Northside & Westside Bottle Shops are now hiring! Apply at bottle Sabor Latino is NOW HIRING for all part-time and full-time positions at new location! Apply in person 1550 Oglethorpe Ave. UberPrints is now hiring for multiple positions! Both full and part-time positions available. For more information and applications, go to uber White Tiger is now hiring kitchen staff! No experience necessary, proof of vaccination required. Email resume to catering@

PART-TIME Experienced kitchen help needed. Bring resume or fill out an application at George’s Lowcountry Table. No phone calls please. 420 Macon Hwy. Athens, GA 30606 Mike Wheeler Landscape. Landscaping/gardening positions available. Good pay w/ experience. Part-time. Flexible hours. Call Mike Wheeler: 706-202-0585,


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Cory (56200) Cory is a handsome pup with a huge heart! He’s well behaved, knows how to sit for treats and loves ear and back scratches. Cory’s the perfect fit for any loving home.

Gotti (55904) Gotti is another big sweetheart looking for his furever home! This sweet boy loves making friends, he’s easy-going and soaks up all the scratches and pets thrown his way.

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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. www.terrapinbeer. com Need old newspapers for your garden? An art project? Your new puppy? Well, they’re free at the Flagpole office! Call ahead, then come grab an armful. Please leave current issues on stands. 706-549-0301.


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