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UGA’s annual homecoming parade wound through downtown Athens on Friday, Oct. 15 after a week of celebrations, and before the Bulldogs claimed a 30-13 victory.

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By Blake Aued and Jessica Luton About $500 million flows out of Athens every year to pay for the fossil fuels that power our vehicles and buildings, according to environmental consultants who are working on a clean energy plan. “A clean energy transition can really help benefit the local economy by keeping those resources in Athens-Clarke County for local jobs in energy efficiency and solar and other opportunities,” Megan O’Neil, a program manager with Southface Institute, told ACC commissioners at an Oct. 12 work session. Almost 10,000 new jobs could be created, including HVAC professionals, electricians, scientists, engineers, solar installers and factory workers making products like electric vehicles. The ACC Commission approved a resolution in 2019 setting a goal of 100% sustainable energy for the local government by 2035 and for the entire community by 2050. The commission also included $15.8 million for renewable energy in SPLOST 2020, a package of sales tax projects approved by voters. Sustainable energy is defined as sources that do not produce greenhouse gas emissions and are renewable within a human timescale, such as wind, solar and hydroelectricity. Nuclear, natural gas, biomass and coal are not considered sustainable. The plan will primarily focus on the 60% of energy that is consumed by buildings. (The other 40% is transportation.) Much of the savings can come from energy efficiency, which could reduce energy consumption by 40%. Solar could provide 20% of the energy consumed locally by 2035. Transitioning to clean energy could also save residents money. Athens residents pay an average of 7.1% of their income for energy, which is the highest in Georgia, according to O’Neil. “This is a result of a whole host of issues, including housing quality and energy inefficiency,” she said. O’Neil said the plan will be ready for commission approval in early 2022. Commissioner Jesse Houle said he wants weatherization to be part of the plan, as well as local carbon credits, transit and transportation infrastructure. “We were just talking about a parking deck,” Houle said. “I hate to see us building parking decks, period, right now, but I’d certainly like to see us equipping them for a future where more things run on electricity.” Other SPLOST projects are moving forward, too. The commission is expected to vote next month to put a new courthouse on a site near the Multimodal Transportation Center, pending due diligence on the property. The site has several advantages, according to county officials: It’s already owned by Athens-Clarke County. Putting the judicial center there would allow it to share a parking deck and stormwater facilities with the new Classic Center arena nearby. And it would allow the county to fast-track the judicial center, avoiding further increases in construction costs. The approximately $24 million, fourstory deck at the corner of Hickory and East


get another $30 million next February. The money must be allocated by the end of 2024 and spent by the end of 2026. Eligible uses include water and sewer infrastructure, broadband internet, hazard pay for frontline workers and any costs or loss of revenue associated with the pandemic. [Blake Aued]

While new COVID-19 cases in Clarke Broad streets would include 800 spaces, County and around the state continue to adding to the parking already available at trend in the right direction, data continues the existing Classic Center and courthouse to show that Athens residents are still being decks within a quarter mile. It would be completed around October 2023, coinciding hospitalized and dying from the virus. For Clarke County, the seven-day moving with the new 5,500-seat arena. average was down to 13 new cases per day The $70 million judicial center was included in SPLOST 2020 because the exist- as of Oct. 15, from a high of 100 in August, and there were a total of 100 confirmed posing courthouse is severely overcrowded and itive PCR tests and antigen tests this week. can’t be expanded. Building it somewhere To date, there have been 17,222 confirmed else would decimate the downtown econcases and 2,641 positive antigen cases for omy, with law offices likely to leave downthe county. Wastewater data from Erin town for wherever the courthouse is built, Lipp’s lab at UGA shows that the viral load which would hurt downtown restaurants as has declined at all three wastewater treatwell, Commissioner Melissa Link said. “It needs to be easily accessible to people ment plants for the third consecutive week. Hospital data shows one Athens resident using all forms of transportation, not just died of COVID-19, and 13 Clarke County cars, and you really can’t get closer to the residents were hospitalized last week. multimodal transit station,” Commissioner Further, as the Red & Black and the AJC Tim Denson said. “You also can’t get closer reported, 21-year-old to multiple walking UGA student Shawn and biking trails, as A clean energy transition Kuhns died from the Firefly and the COVID-19 last week, greenway go right by can really help benefit despite being fully this area.” vaccinated. His death Another concern is the local economy. is not listed in the cost. The commission Georgia Department of Public Health data trimmed the budget for the judicial center for Clarke County to date, but deaths are twice before the referendum on SPLOST attributed to the county listed on a driver’s 2020, removing funding for land acquisilicense and not where the death occurred. tion and the deck in an effort to free up Fewer patients were hospitalized for money for other projects. “If we go someCOVID-19 last week, with 92 patients, or where else, we’d have to find another reve16% of all hospitalized patients for Region nue source somehow,” Denson said. E, which includes Clarke County hospitals Once the judicial center is built, ACC that serve surrounding county residents. will renovate the existing courthouse. Then Intensive care beds, however, are still at a county departments located outside of premium, with 74 patients occupying all the downtown will move in and those properavailable ICU beds as of Oct. 15. ties will be sold. While vaccination rates have slowed, Despite the advantages, however, some there is still steady progress being made. commissioners want to let the usual site Last week, 271 Clarke County residents selection process play out, even if they’re received a first dose and 454 residents were leaning toward choosing the downtown parcel. County officials also discussed plans for SPLOST-funded park improvements. Public Utilities is upgrading a sewer line underneath Memorial Park and will be working with Leisure Services to regrade and terrace the dog park. At Bishop Park, old water fountains will be replaced, the barbecue pavilion will be upgraded and two shade structures near the softball fields replaced. The basketball courts at Sandy Creek Park, which date back to the 1980s, will be resurfaced, and a rotting bridge on Lakeside Trail will be replaced. Two underused baseball fields at Southeast Clarke Park will be converted into multi-use fields for activities like football and soccer. In addition, maintenance will be done at the skate park and a street course added, with a $16,000 contribution from the Athens Skateboard Alliance. Leisure Services is also planning on installing wayfinding signs along the North Oconee Greenway. All told, the subprojects will cost $615,000 and are scheduled to be completed next June. Commissioners also received a briefing on American Rescue Plan funds at the work session. ACC has already received $30 million from the federal government through the $2 trillion COVID relief bill and will


fully vaccinated. To date, 49%, or 61,263 Clarke County residents, have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 45%, or 56,497 residents, are now fully vaccinated. At UGA, weekly vaccination rates have increased in the last few weeks, with 471 doses administered for the week of Oct. 4-10 and 530 administered the previous week. Positive cases self-reported through UGA’s DawgCheck app decreased to just 28 for the week, but there were only 695 surveillance tests administered. In other vaccine news, the Clarke County Board of Education rejected a policy requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or get tested once a week. A vote on whether to put the policy up for public comment was deadlocked, with Greg Davis, Patricia Yager, Kara Dyckman and Tawana Mattox voting for it, and Kirrena Gallagher, Linda Davis, LaKeisha Gantt and Nicole Hull voting against it. Mumbi Anderson abstained, saying she didn’t have enough information, although as Yager pointed out, board policy says that school board members should only abstain if they have a conflict of interest. With only four votes in favor, the policy failed to move forward. At an Oct. 5 work session, some board members raised concerns about the policy, such as inconveniencing teachers, objected to the cost of the $52 tests and said that COVID is no longer a threat to the community. The Clarke County School District has reported 54 cases so far in October. According to Superintendent Xernona Thomas, about 1,800 of CCSD’s 2,400 employees are vaccinated. The district offers a $500 bonus to vaccinated employees. CCSD will host several vaccine drives this week. The district is partnering with Family Connection/Communities in Schools and Innovative Health Care Institute to provide free shots to eligible students at Clarke Central High School on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Cedar Shoals High School on Thursday, Oct. 21. Eligible staff can receive a booster shot at Clarke Central from 8–11 a.m. or Cedar Shoals from 1–4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Vaccine drives at elementary schools will be scheduled soon, once the Food and Drug Administration approves a vaccine for ages 5–11. [Jessica Luton] f


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he Georgia Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted last week to make significant changes to tenure for college professors. The changes will directly affect 7,500 tenured professors in Georgia. Some of them have been protesting in person at regents meetings and over social media, arguing the move could curtail academic freedom and encourage professors to seek work outside of the state. Tenure is a status granted to some professors that gives them job protection. It is intended to preserve their academic freedom to pursue research that could raise hackles with administrators, politicians or donors. The regents said Georgia’s system had not been updated since its creation in 1996 and did not do enough to ensure professors were being held accountable for the quality of their work.


Other groups, including the American Sociological Association, have spoken out against the proposal. Public universities must soon begin updating their post-tenure review policies, which will spell out how tenured professors will be judged by their superiors. Under the new process, professors who score below the standard two years in a row could face consequences ranging from a pay cut to termination. The changes also specify that the regents have the power to take over the role of granting tenure from institutions that it determines are not rigorous enough in their reviews. Cas Mudde, a professor of international affairs at the University of Georgia, said the move will put more pressure on researchers to avoid topics that could displease the people who donate to schools. “As public financing of academia has plummeted in the last decades, universities (also public ones) have become more and more dependent upon private donors,” Mudde said in a tweet. “And financial dependence creates power inequalities, which threaten ‘problematic’ academics.” In recent months, some conservative politicians have sought to put an end to the teaching of critical race theory in college classrooms. Protesters line the back of the Georgia Board of Regents meeting Oct. 12, In January, state demonstrating against changes to the state’s tenure policy. Rep. Emory Dunahoo (R-Gillsville) sent At committee hearings Oct. 12, they a letter to University System of Georgia sought to reassure professors that they had administrators asking a series of questions addressed their concerns, including worries including whether students are taught that faculty would have no say in the rules about the concepts of privilege and oppresand that professors accused of not meeting sion, that some races are inherently privexpectations could be let go without due ileged, or that white, male, heterosexual process. “We have added explicit language Christians are intrinsically oppressive. you can see in the item for review today, Mudde said researchers in the hard sciexplicit language to make it clear that that ences could be targeted for research that is our intent that a shared faculty role will upsets the powerful as well, giving the be part and parcel of the creation of this example of those studying climate change. work, and of course, the appeal mechanisms The issue could become another political will be part and parcel,” said Executive Vice lightning rod as lawmakers look ahead to Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief January, when they will begin legislatAcademic Officer Tristan Denley. ing ahead of a pivotal election. Former The American Association of University Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Professors has threatened to censure the Abrams weighed in on Twitter, comparUniversity System of Georgia over the ing the debate to the ongoing fight over changes, according to Georgia chapter presCOVID-19 protections on college campuses. ident Matthew Boedy, a University of North “Academic freedom guaranteed by tenure Georgia rhetoric professor. “What this is, to is more than a hiring gimmick,” she said. me and the AAUP, is the death of tenure,” “Georgia cannot compete for talent or prohe said. “We’ll have tenure in name only.” duce innovation if we undermine our public According to the association’s website, it universities. @BORUSG has already abancensures institutions where “conditions for doned the physical health of our schools. academic freedom and tenure are unsatisLet’s not destroy intellectual capacity as factory at a college or university.” well.” f A petition asking the regents to reconThis article originally appeared in the Georgia sider has gained more than 1,500 signaRecorder. tures from Georgia faculty and students.

A thousand generations ago, our human other rockets that von Braun conceived, ancestors left footprints that remained including the Redstone rocket that was hidden from modern eyes until present-day originally designed to carry a nuclear warscientists discovered them in New Mexico’s head. Instead, the Redstone became the White Sands National Park in 2009. first rocket to lift an American satellite After years of study, scientists reported in 1958, and the first rocket to carry an last month that the fossilized footprints are American astronaut into space when Alan about 23,000 years old and date back to the Shepard rode a Redstone on a suborbital Ice Age. Ancient animals like mammoths, flight in 1961. giant sloths, direwolves and camels also left their prints at the New Mexico site, but it is the thousands of human footprints from the distant past that have captured the imaginations of scientists and laypeople across America and around the world. Scientist Matthew Stewart called the Ice Age footprints “snapshots in time” from days thousands of years ago when our early ancestors walked and their children played on the shores of what was then a primordial lake. Today the footprints that were left behind during the Pleistocene Epoch have a cosmic connection with footprints that modern Americans left on the surface of the moon during lunar visits beginning in 1969. White Sands, NM was home to humans who lived, loved, hunted and foraged Walt Disney (left) and ex-Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun with for food long, long ago. Those a model of the Redstone rocket, originally designed as a nuclear early humans probably gazed missile. with wonder at the moon and stars above their world. Thousands of years after they lived and Rockets like the V-2 and Redstone died, unmarked and unknown, their White were originally designed as weapons, but Sands homeland would be the place where they became instruments of Cold War modern Americans would make the first competition and scientific discovery when steps on the pathway to space. they were launched from White Sands in After World War II, German rocket scien- the years before Florida’s Cape Canaveral tists who had developed the deadly Nazi V-2 became the sprawling spaceport where missiles were brought to America to work astronauts, including Shepard, ventured to on this nation’s fledgling space program. the moon aboard rockets that were direct White Sands was picked as the launch site descendents of the V-2s and Redstones that for captured V-2 rockets bearing cameras flew from White Sands nearly two dozen and scientific instruments instead of the millennia after ancient Americans had explosive warheads that had rained death walked there during the Ice Age. Americans on London, Antwerp and other European from planet Earth left behind footprints on targets during the war. Thousands died the stark and airless surface of the moon, from wartime V-2 attacks, but even and the technology that powered their more people died during construction of journeys began at White Sands after World the weapons, when concentration camp War II. Ancient Americans left footprints at inmates and other slave laborers worked White Sands that people of today view with under barbaric conditions in an underawe and wonder a thousand generations ground missile factory run by Nazis, includ- later. Today our precious planet Earth is ing rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. in peril. Babies born in America today may The charismatic von Braun escaped still be alive in the year 2100, a future less prosecution as a war criminal, because the than 80 years away—just a brief interval postwar American government wanted his in time compared to the age of the ancient expertise in the Cold War space race with White Sands footprints. The kind of Earth Russia. The former Nazi rocket designer that future children will inherit depends on became an American citizen and a national our actions or omissions today. Poet Henry celebrity in the early days of television, Wadsworth Longfellow’s words from the when he narrated a series of space-themed 19th century carry a reminder for us in episodes for a Disney TV show. the 21st century: “We can make our lives His V-2 rockets, launched from White sublime,/ And, departing, leave behind us/ Sands beginning in 1946, were followed by Footprints on the sands of time.” f




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By Cy Brown And, oh yes: Carey Williams, our newspaper publisher, who did not drive and could be seen walking home from long days at the Linotype machine, disheveled and ink-stained. Men and some women smoked cigarettes and ate fatty foods and never heard of hydration and subsided into whatever shape heredity and environment conspired

We’re more than halfway through the 2021 college football season and so far, so good. Georgia defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 30-13 last Saturday in Athens to bring the Dawgs to 7-0 on the season with five games left on the slate. But before the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party kicks off the tail end of the schedule, the bye week comes on Oct. 23, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. There are a multitude of injuries throughout the roster, with receivers and defensive backs being hit particularly hard, as well as quarterback JT Daniels. But the bye presents an opportunity to get a number of those players back and get healthy before making the drive for the SEC Championship Game and 12-0. It also presents me with an opportunity to sit back and reflect on what’s happened so far this season, and what we can expect to happen the rest of the way. So here is a smattering of midseason awards I’m calling The Bye-Weekies. (I know, the name needs work.)

extra point, respectively, against the Cats. Godspeed to any tailback unlucky enough to face these dudes. WHO THE HELL IS THAT GUY? AWARD: Dan Jackson

and Ladd McConkey. Jackson, a walk-on safety, garnered playing time because of depth issues in the secondary and has started the last two games because of Christopher Smith’s injury. He’s responded with 13 tackles in the last two weeks. McConkey also received early playing time because of injury, and he’s made it count. The freshman is second on the team in receptions (17) and receiving yards (295). Even when the team gets healthier, expect to continue seeing healthy doses of both these guys.


Zamir White. In a different era of Georgia football—one not too long ago—White would be the best player on our offense and considered one of the best running backs in the country. But between the recent shift TONY WALSH

As a 98-pound weakling, small and thin, I was constantly reminded of my condition by the big ads on the back of practically every comic book I read—the Charles Atlas ads in which the big guy at the beach kicks sand on the skinny kid and his girlfriend, who, though she feels sorry for her little man, can’t resist being impressed by the muscular bully.

Charles Atlas promised that his exerto award them—shall we say stocky. cises would make you strong enough to And it is sobering to look back further fight back. At that time, you couldn’t just into the past and see photos of people, say Google exercises and get a set instantly, at the beach, during the 1930s, where every and I don’t think I ever actually did send one of them is slender—no pot bellies, no off for the Atlas exercises, but I did order a obesity. Sure, most people couldn’t afford book on jiu jitsu and learned how to use my enough food to get fat at that time, so the opponent’s strength against him—by pracgeneral populace was lean and hungry, and ticing on my sisters. The practice paid off when the challenge of World War II came one day downtown (we called it uptown) along, we had a fighting force ready to go when I encountered the bully who had teragainst the Axis bullies. It was the ’50s rorized me since first grade and found out when we began to go slack. that he was even easier to throw around Fast forward all these years, and people than my sisters. are much more health-conscious, much In retrospect, it is interesting to recall more likely to incorporate better diets and that there was no such thing as health more exercise and adequate water into and fitness in our small town, no physical their daily lives. And running: I am always education except for athamazed at all the people letes. When we started jogging, and I am It was the ’50s when out playing high school flabbergasted at those we began to go slack. who enjoy running so football and basketball and running track, we much that they pay exercised until we dropped, which caused money to run in a half marathon or a 5K. most of us to give up cigarettes and beer or Happily, they turn that obsession into an anything else that might interfere with our annual party here that involves the neighability to survive practice. borhoods and raises large sums of money But adults didn’t exercise, or if they to benefit AthFest Educates, which uses did, they didn’t call it that. They worked in the proceeds to support music and arts their yards and gardens. Many did physical education. labor at their jobs. Women did all that and Personally, I have hated running ever housework, too. But nobody who could since it was forced on me in high school. afford a car walked anywhere—except Fortunately, I enjoy walking and try to emuElizabeth Monfort, who came striding the late Floyd Freeman regularly and hope to three blocks from her home to school every get back to the gym soon. And I do find, as I morning to teach sixth grade, and Floyd age gracefully (insert emoji), that whatever Freeman, the retired tax collector, whose exercise I have engaged in over the years doctor, because of some malady perhaps has a cumulative effect. In other words, having to do with circulation, had ordered whatever running, walking, exercises or Freeman to walk daily, which he did, and martial arts you do strengthens your body at any given moment in any place Freeman for the long haul. I must add, though, that might come strolling by, gaining not only if I tried to throw you over my shoulder, I exercise but constant social interaction. would only throw my shoulder out. f



Jalen Carter, come pick up your trophy. I CAN’T QUIT YOU, BABY AWARD: Stetson Bennett IV. No matter how hard we may try, we can’t get rid of the Mailman. And who would want to at this point? He’s started four games this season and won them all, passing for a total of 996 yards and 11 touchdowns to two interceptions. I’m not sold on him as the starter the rest of the way—particularly because Daniels is much better on third downs—but Bennett is the best No. 2 quarterback in the country and would be a starter for dozens of programs. BEST DEFENSIVE LINEMAN IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARD: Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt and

Jalen Carter. I’m almost certainly wearing rose-tinted glasses, but I think Davis, Wyatt and Carter are the top three linemen in the country. The way they’ve dominated offenses this year has been astounding. Kentucky averaged more than 200 rushing yards a game coming into last weekend and only managed 51 against the Dawgs, thanks in large part to this trio’s dominance. Wyatt and Carter also blocked a field goal and

in offensive philosophy and the ridiculous amount of talent we have at tailback, it doesn’t make sense to run a player like White 20 times a game. Zeus is our leading rusher this year, though, with 400 yards and seven touchdowns. He may not put up the numbers of a Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb, but don’t be fooled into thinking he’s not every bit as talented. REDEMPTION STORY I DIDN’T KNOW I NEEDED AWARD:

Will Muschamp. Although he was hired as a defensive analyst, he moved to an on-field coaching special teams when Scott Cochran took a leave of absence. But there’s no way you get a coach like Muschamp on the field and only have him coach special teams. Say what you will about Boom as a head coach, the man knows how to coach a defense. The exceptional caliber of our players is what has made our defense the best in the country. But we shouldn’t dismiss the effect of adding Muschamp’s mind to the Kirby Smart-Dan Lanning brain trust. Will Muschamp, DGD? f





tion of a North Carolina Joro for the first time, in Chimney Rock. This year, the Joro invasion appears to have entered a new phase. It’s not so much another big expansion of the Joro’s New World range—that expansion seems to have possibly slowed, Hoebeke said—but an explosion in the sheer density of the Joro population. “This year, I have answered hundreds of emails,” Hoebeke said. “They’re not seeing just a few. They’ll say they’ve got literally hundreds of them.” Almost all this year’s reports have been from places where the Joro is already confirmed to be, Hoebeke said. Now, right at


ot Joro spiders in your yard or the woods behind your house? Richard Hoebeke doesn’t want to hear about it anymore—unless maybe your yard happens to be in Alabama, North Carolina, South Georgia or somewhere else outside the North Georgia counties the Asian spider has now colonized by the millions. Seven years ago, Hoebeke, an entomologist with the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, asked an Athens newspaper reporter to publish an article about the brightly colored arachnids, common in eastern Asian countries, but never until then identified in North America. A Madison County man had found one near Colbert in 2014, knew he’d never seen one before, and brought it to the Natural History Museum for identification. Hoebeke and museum director Byron Freeman hoped people reading the article would contact them with photos if they’d seen any of the new arrivals. Emails and photos began trickling in after the article was published—enough to establish that the spider had set up housekeeping first in the Braselton area in about 2013 and possibly earlier. Trichonephila clavata likely arrived in Georgia in a shipping container or truck traveling along I-85, Hoebeke said—another one of the dozens of foreign spider species that have hitched rides on ships and begun spreading in America, along with thousands of new insect species. Some seem to have almost no impact. Some are devastating, like the hemlock wooly adelgid that’s wiping out hemlock trees. In the years since that first Georgia Joro sighting, Hoebeke and Freeman have been tracking the spider species’ spread. They also established that the spider’s genetic makeup most closely resembled that of Joros from Japan and China, and discovered that the new American Joros come in more than one color pattern. Most have yellow and black legs, but some have entirely black legs. The big spider is now established in about 30 North Georgia counties, including Clarke. It has reached the western Atlanta suburbs, north nearly to Tennessee and east into South Carolina, with sightings south to about Interstate 16. Just a couple weeks ago, Hoebeke got photographic confirma-

Halloween, is the peak time of year for the Joros, which will die off as the weather gets cold in November, leaving behind egg sacs with hundreds of future Joro babies inside. For now, they seem to be everywhere in Clarke and other Northeast Georgia counties—millions of them in their sprawling three-dimensional, gold-colored, bug-trapping webs, each harboring a big female and one or more of the much smaller males, who seem to move from web to web. They’ve been a big topic of discussion on backyard gardening and hummingbird Facebook pages lately, in debates on whether they pose an ecological threat

or advice on how to get rid of them. One Facebook poster said he’d rid his yard of Joros by sucking them and their webs up with a portable vacuum cleaner. “I don’t usually kill spiders (or any bugs)…” wrote a Clarke County man, “but I’m about to get a flamethrower for these new mf’ers taking over my porch and yard.” Even flamethrowers won’t stop the spread of Joros, though. They are already too entrenched, according to Hoebeke and other UGA entomologists. One Gainesville woman reported seeing hummingbirds entangled in a Joro web, and social media reports that Joros kill hummingbirds are now widespread. Joro females can be big enough to cover the palm of a person’s hand, but they aren’t really a threat to eat hummingbirds, said Hoebeke. He has not found any actual reports of a Joro devouring a hummingbird. Hummers may get snared by a Joro’s golden web, but are strong enough to escape, he said. Though Joros can inflict a painful bite to a person, they’re too small to inflict serious damage. They don’t attack, but will flee from people given the chance, Hoebeke said. Bites seem to occur only when someone accidentally brushes up against one of the big females, according to the entomologist. The jury’s still out on Joros’ ecological impact, but they don’t seem to be particularly harmful, he said. Anecdotally, some gardeners are reporting that the native garden orb weavers that once built webs in the gardens have disappeared as Joros move in, but Hoebeke and Freeman have observed native spiders co-existing with the Joros. “I see no evidence of that [displacement],” Hoebeke said. Native mud dauber wasps have found the Joro to be a good prey, and other predators may also discover them as a food source, he said. Some entomologists hope the Joros can actually be helpful for agriculture. Their prey includes brown marmorated stink bugs, a foreign invasive insect pest other orb-weaving spiders seem to disdain. But like other spiders, the Joros eat what they can get, including the kinds of insects gardeners and farmers like to see. “There are hundreds of these beasties all over the place around our hives, and every single web is loaded with dessicated bee carcasses,” wrote a Canton honey producer on Facebook. Good or evil, the Joros are here to stay and will keep expanding their territory. Joros can move by hitching rides on vehicles, or by “ballooning,” or launching themselves into the air by ejecting triangular silk structures that act as wind sails, perhaps powered by static electricity more than wind. “I don’t see any restrictions to this trend of expanding their range,” Hoebeke said. f

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SOUTHERN CULTURE FISH AND GRITS (810 Hawthorne Ave., 706-850-1360): There aren’t a ton of Black-owned restaurants in Athens, so it’s a bummer every time one closes. Even if JR Crickets was a franchise, it was a friendly one that had a loyal audience and made some very solid wings, and it was a shame to see it go. Thankfully, Delia and Bernard Anderson took over the space with this new, nonchain restaurant. SARAH ANN WHITE

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The name could have easily connoted a rickrack-and-monograms-type lowcountry eatery, but what we got is more of a classic meat and three with a few extras, including a full bar—a rare and welcome combination. The interior has barely changed since the previous tenants, still painted in red and black throughout, with some UGAfocused decorations and a couple of TVs behind the bar. If you arrive during the early part of lunch, it’s likely to be quiet, and take-out or dining on the uncovered patio is an option I’d recommend if you’re taking public health recommendations into consideration. Although the original menu seems to have included more seafood (e.g., crab boil), the surf options seem mostly limited to fried fish at the moment: whiting, tilapia or catfish. Plates come with tea or lemonade, two vegetable sides and your choice of bread, unless you get the veggie plate of four sides. Pricing is a little higher than I’d generally expect ($12.99 for the standard meat and two; $13.99 or higher for specialty plates), and the portions aren’t huge, but food is expensive right now, and costs keep going up. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend more to keep a small business operating and paying its rent. Some of the sides are very good: soft and flavorful cabbage, green beans that remind me of the ones my husband’s Georgia-born grandmother used to make. The titular grits are pretty good, too. They’re not fancy (no Red Mule here), but the texture is good (not too runny), the cheese version doesn’t skimp on the cheddar, and there is no sugar to be found. The fried chicken is nicely done, with a salty, crisp batter and a tender interior. The ribs, an occasional rather than a regular item, are a little overbaked, but they taste good, with a pleasantly smoky


flavor; the kitchen doesn’t douse them with sauce, either, a frequent device to camouflage an inferior product. The coleslaw has too much mayo, and even though Samin Nosrat says it’s impossible to overcook beans, I found the lima beans too mushy for my taste. One piece of decor that definitely dates from the previous tenant is a sign that promises wings, but the new folks are happy to oblige. They even make a lemon pepper flavor that is copiously sauced. There are big slices of sugary cake (Key lime and red velvet) for dessert. Folks who live nearby are delighted to have the restaurant as an option, and Sundays in particular seem like a big deal. It also offers catering and some fried appetizers that could go with a football game. Southern Culture is open for lunch Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and its bar is open Wednesday and Friday– Sunday from 8 p.m.–2 a.m. MOLLY’S COFFEE COMPANY (8830 Macon Highway, 762-499-2002): This shiny new coffee shop that opened in July 2020 near the second location of Mama’s Boy (on the other side of the street) has been excellent on its public safety measures from the beginning, shifting to drive-through only when it’s warranted, limiting in-person hanging out when numbers are high but less terrifying, requiring its customers to behave like decent humans toward each other and masking up reliably. The coffee, you’ll be happy to hear, is also quite good. Owner Molly Stokes worked at various coffee shops in town before starting her own, and she uses 1000 Faces beans here. The basic drip coffee isn’t mind-blowing, which it can be at 1000 Faces itself when it’s filtered slowly from beans literally roasted in the next room, but it’s a very nice cup of coffee. The cafe also offers a small but meticulously crafted selection of specialty coffee drinks, including particularly good mochas accented with mint, caramel and the like. They’re not designed for Instagram, they’re not too sugary, and they’re much better for it. The drive-through works smoothly and doesn’t seem to get backed up the way Dunkin or Starbucks does, although if you’re heading to Molly’s from the center of Athens, you could get a little tripped up by the bend Macon Highway takes just before the shop comes up on your left. If you need more than just a drink, there are pastries from Kiki’s Bakeshop, and Athens Bagel Company provided bagels when it wasn’t in the middle of a big renovation. Molly’s is open from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends. f



hard to imagine now, but 20 years ago most Athens beer drinkers would have preferred a PBR over an IPA—if they even knew what an IPA was. That was the situation back in 2002, when Terrapin co-founder Brian “Spike” Buckowski had first started the brewery with John Cochran. They were attempting to market their flagship beer Terrapin Rye pale ale in cans that read “RyePA,” a play on IPA. People asked if they were from Rye, Pennsylvania, according to Buckowski. At the time, Georgia law prohibited beers over 6% alcohol, and breweries were not allowed to sell directly to consumers, explaining why Terrapin was one of just three craft breweries in the state. Then the laws changed, and craft brewing exploded. Athens boasts half a dozen: Terrapin (now owned by international conglomerate Molson Coors), Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing Co., Akademia and, most recently, Athentic and Normaltown Brewing Co. As a result, local breweries are teaming up with the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau on a marketing campaign aimed

Athentic co-founder Mark Johnson. Each brewery has a different style, so they don’t view each other as competitors, he added. At the premier and announcement last week at Ciné, a panel of brewers recounted the history of the beer scene and how tastes have changed over the years. Owen Ogletree, who has organized Classic City Brew Fest for the past 25 years, recalled trying to put on a craft beer festival at the Globe in the mid-1990s. “You had to drag people and make them do it, and once you did, they were like, ‘Oh, beer comes in more flavors than yellow and fizzy,’” Ogletree said. When the state started allowing high-gravity beers in 2004, more types of beer became available, and curious imbibers became homebrewers. The scene was centered around Sachin Patel’s Five Points Bottle Shop, which also sold growlers of draft beer to go and homebrewing supplies. Prior to 2016, breweries weren’t allowed to sell beer directly to the public, instead having to go through a middleman—a rule they got around by offering free samples

Spike Buckowski in a still from Beer: the Athens Way.

at helping Athens take its rightful place among notable beer towns like Boulder, CO and Burlington, VT, Terrapin President Dustin Watts said. The Athens Beer Trail, launched last week, will “put beers in hands at breweries and put heads in beds” at hotels, CVB Executive Director Katie Williams said at the Oct. 8 launch event. Williams and brewers said that beer dovetails perfectly with the music, arts and football that put Athens on the map. Visitors can tour various breweries before a concert or after a game, or come just to check out the breweries and discover what else Athens has to offer. “Beer tourism is huge, it’s a huge part of our culture here and what brings people to Athens,” Williams said. A map for the self-guided tour is available at, along with an event calendar, suggestions for other activities, hotel booking and a short documentary, Beer: the Athens Way, produced by BED Productions and directed by Bryan Redding. “It’s an interesting and quite clever way to get people to visit all the breweries,” said

with tours and selling glasses. The legislature loosened up the post-Prohibition three-tier system, and that’s when craft brewing really exploded in Georgia. Despite the growth, the craft beer explosion isn’t over, Patel predicted. In Asheville, NC, which has more than 30 breweries, almost all the beer that’s sold is local, and that’s not the case yet in Athens. “The opportunity here is just unbelievable for additional breweries,” Patel said. MORE BEER NEWS: Athentic is among a number of breweries nationwide selling a special IPA to benefit mental health organizations. $1 of each sale of Things We Don’t Say goes to Nuçi’s Space, the Athens rehearsal space and mental health resource center for musicians. Another $1 goes to Hope for the Day, a suicide prevention and mental health nonprofit. Creature Comforts has released its first variety 12-pack, including IPA Tropicalia, Automatic pale ale, pilsner Bibo and Athena, a tart Berliner weisse. The Tailgate Survivor Kit 12-pack from Terrapin includes a new beer, Pregame Lager. f

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Franny’s Farmacy 2361 W. Broad St. · 706-244-9505 · Franny’s Farmacy is a Cannabis Dispensary with a premium line of CBD and Hemp oils, CBD Topicals, Hemp Flower, CBD & Delta-8 vape products and more. Franny’s branded products are locally grown, processed and retailed in the heart of Western North Carolina. Their educated bud tenders are experts, so you don’t have to be, and are eager to help!

5 Points Acupuncture 500 N. Milledge Ave. · 706-549-3176 · Ancient Medicine, Modern Times! Offering Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to the greater Athens community to help local residents live a more active, pain free life through non-drug, non-surgical, and natural pain relieving interventions. Acupuncture effectively treats migraines, chronic pain, IBS and seasonal allergies plus much, much more! Call to schedule a consultation to see how they can help!

Anthony Chiropractic

Oglethorpe County Health Department 305 Union Point Rd. Lexington, GA · 706-743-8181

The Oglethorpe County Health Department offers affordable health and wellness services to persons living in Athens and surrounding counties. These entail birth control options, adult and child immunizations – including HPV, Flu and COVID-19, WIC supplemental nutrition program, and STD testing and treatment. They also protect the public’s health by inspecting restaurants and other food service outlets and issuing septic tank permits.

335 Hawthorne Lane · 706-543-5901 · Anthony Chiropractic has provided exceptional chiropractic care to the Athens area for 41 years. They offer in house digital x-ray, spinal decompression, structural correction and scoliosis care. They specialize in prenatal and postpartum care, pediatrics, and personal injury/trauma. Dr. Mackenzie Puckett is certified in Webster’s technique to properly care for expectant mothers. Call to schedule a free consultation with the 2021 OnlineAthens winner!

Hodgson’s Pharmacy 1260 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-543-7386 ·

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Hodgson’s Pharmacy is a locally owned pharmacy serving Athens since 1956 providing fast, friendly, and unique service. Services include free local deliveries Monday through Friday, vaccinations for COVID-19 & influenza, simple prescription refills & bubble packing, walk-in consultations, and more. They also have a wide selection of gifts, free in-store gift wrapping, and hand scooped ice cream for only $1 a scoop!

810 N. Chase St. · 706-613-3947 · Urban Sanctuary is a boutique spa nestled in the heart of Athens’ historic Boulevard district. Enjoy award winning spa services in a beautiful atmosphere. They specialize in facials, deep tissue, couples, headache, lymphatic drainage, sports, and prenatal massage. Call today to book a service at Athens’ Best Day Spa.


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Dr. Meg Ann Lawson has over 25 years of experience in the chiropractic field and can help you with a variety of health issues. Lawson Family Chiropractic offers chiropractic care, DOT exams for CDL drivers (trucks, commercial licenses), brain training, functional medicine and nutrition counseling, massage therapy, and even animal adjustments. Call or visit their website to arrange a free consultation.



Whether you want to stretch, sweat, relax, strengthen, unwind, align, or flow, M3Yoga offers a class for you. 40+ weekly classes of yoga (hot and not hot) and Inferno Hot Pilates. Discounts for UGA employees, educators, students, healthcare workers & more. Intro Offer: 2 Weeks Unlimited for $30. See why M3Yoga has been voted Athens’ favorite 4 years in a row!

FITNESS & HEALTH DIRECTORY NUTRITION Journey Juice 1428 Prince Ave. Suite B · 706-850-0707 · Journey Juice is Athens’ premium locally-owned, raw, cold-pressed juice store. They offer 10 oz and 16 oz bottles of fresh fruit and vegetable juice and three flavors of almond milk. Each bottle contains between two and three pounds of fresh produce with no water or sugar added. All of their produce is locally sourced and Certified Naturally Grown when possible and is never frozen.

EXERCISE YWCO 562 Research Dr. · 706-354-7880 · For 100+ years, the YWCO has helped men, women and children learn to swim, get in shape, and take control of their health. The YWCO offers children fun quality afterschool and summer day camp programs. By offering a variety of fitness and aquatics classes, swim lessons, lap swim, adult soccer and after school and camp experiences, the YWCO encourages friendships and positive physical and mental health.

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Fitness @ Five 1260 S. Milledge Ave. · 706-353-6030 · Fitness @ Five strives to provide the Athens area with the best fitness experience possible with all access, 24 hours a day, month-to-month, no long term memberships and none of the hassle typically associated with “gyms”. They offer a clean, professional, and welcoming environment, top of the line fitness equipment from Life Fitness and Hammer Strength. They’re committed to doing fitness right!


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Shakti Power Yoga 940 Prince Ave. · 706-850-7792 · Shakti is on a mission: to be up to something bigger than ourselves. The studio shows up with yoga that empowers you to discover yourself and join an authentic community doing the same. With the most accessible pricing in Athens, Shakti values your presence. Their practice is invigorating, clearing, and always evolving. Start now in the studio or online!

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On Your Mark ATHHALF IS READY TO GO FOR 2021 By Sam Lipkin


ahead and start stretching—after 2020’s virtual break, the AthHalf half marathon and 5K is hitting the streets Oct. 23–24. AthHalf has included a virtual option since 2015, and this year’s number of virtual registrants is squarely in the middle of past years’ average of 40–50 runners. Although the pandemic continues on, this further proves people are ready to return to events as normal. The race has not seen a COVID drop-off in participants, including those traveling more than 70 miles to compete who make up 15% of this year’s runners. The half marathon is mostly back to usual, with a few COVID precautions in place to note. Runners will be required to wear masks at the starting line while in the corral, and masks are encouraged at the finish line celebration; however, masks will not be required while running. Throughout the course, each water station will have tables more spread out to avoid congestion. As runners cross the finish line, snacks and refreshments will be pre-packaged for those who want to grab-and-go, but everyone is welcome to stay, enjoy the band and attend the award ceremony. Masks will be included

in the snack bags for participants. The Health and Fitness Expo held at The Classic Center pavilion on Saturday from 12–6 p.m. follows the protocols and requirements set by The Classic Center. In order to attend the event, everyone will be required to either show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test or complete a health waiver on site documenting that they have not been exposed to anyone sick. Temperature checks will also be conducted. Other non-COVID related additions this year include a DJ on Agriculture Drive, termed “Ag-ony Hill” for being the steepest rise in elevation not-so-conveniently near the end of the course. The music was added to help motivate the runners, in addition to the flocks of residents that line the streets to cheer them on. “It’s one of the things I hear from runners—the amount of community support they receive is their all time favorite thing about the AthHalf,” says AthFest Educates Executive Director Jill Helme. “It doesn’t matter that you don’t know them, just to have people out there cheering for you makes a huge difference in your performance.” Produced annually by the nonprofit organization AthFest Educates, all race proceeds support its mission of funding music and arts education programs for K–12 youth. Helme explains fundraising for nonprofits is heavily event driven, and in order for the events to be profitable, they have to rely on volunteer labor. Surprisingly, while attendance is high, volunteer recruitment struggles are a new challenge presented since the pandemic started. “Where volunteer recruitment has never been an issue, sud-


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denly it’s a colossal challenge for people,” says Helme. “I think I can safely speak for all events in town that recruit volunteers:

We need you.” AthHalf volunteer registration remains open on through Friday, Oct. 22. f

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A Willow Oak Preserved Through Art WOODWORKERS MEMORIALIZE WARE-LYNDON HOUSE TREE By Jessica Smith For over a century, a willow oak tree graced the lawn of the historic Ware-Lyndon House, towering above the garden as a loyal sentinel. Ever since the Lyndon House Arts Center’s establishment in 1973, the magnificent plant has served as a muse and model for artists practicing their crafts. After reaching the end of its estimated 150-year lifespan—120, if you’re counting by its rings—the tree was removed from the property in 2016. Fittingly, the “Willow Oak Tree Exhibition” now pays its respects through the talents of 14 local artists who were tasked with the challenge of repurposing reclaimed wood from the tree into works that reflect the tree’s connection to the arts center and larger arts community. “Wood is beautiful. It presents itself in different colors, grain patterns and character generating ‘flaws,’” says guest curator Abraham Tesser. “Wood is hard enough to stand up for centuries, but plastic enough to be easily shaped with hand tools and affordable machines. It can be brought to a silky smooth finish and has a warmth that few other materials manifest. I love the feel of it and the smell of it… shall I go on?” Regrettably, the wood had not been stored properly; the logs were left uncovered in a field for several years, and much of what was initially harvested was poached. Damaged by weather and fungi, the wood was considerably rotten and unusable for many traditional applications. Though a few invited artists chose to step away at that revelation, others reframed the damage as flourishes of character, texture and color that could be worked around or incorporated into their designs. What distinguishes this exhibition from others similarly spotlighting woodworkers is how diverse the artists’ approaches are for transforming compromised material. On one side of the spectrum, there’s Jim Talley, a woodturner who found the most perfect 2-inch cubes possible to create a set of miniature vessels turned on the scale of 1/12 inches. Representing the other side of the spectrum, Martijn van Wagtendonk simply converted his wood into charcoal that he then used to draw a wall-spanning mural depicting the willow oak tree. Most fall somewhere in between, responding to natural blemishes and finding solutions to preserve the integrity of the wood however they can. Richard Shrader’s sleek “Willow Oak Coffee Table,” for example, uses an epoxy finish to stabilize the book match

table top, which is supported by metal oak trees for legs. While the physical quality (and resulting limitations) of the wood was ultimately the most significant influence over each artist’s design, the artists also demonstrate a wide range of ideas for how to visually convey meaning through their work. By memorializing the willow oak with its own wood, the willow tree effectively survives and lives on—shifting from organism to object, yet remaining present in the everyday. Holding a deep respect for the trees, some artists present works that feel more spiritual in nature. “Duane Paxson simply assumes that the tree we worked on should be venerated, and he has built a reliquary to do so,” says Tesser. Patterning his design after the ancient tradition of containers used to display and protect the sacred remains of a holy person, “Tinker Man” by Leonard Piha Paxson’s hanging sculpture, “Willow Tree Reliquary,” encases an unaltered slab of wood within an ornate welded steel which the artist points out was marked by “the first electric cocoon. Teaser says, “Larry Millard’s piece with the gilded lights and trolley, two World Wars, the Voting Rights Act, interior makes us very much aware of the tree’s inner glow.” the establishment of Lay Park and the formation of the Millard’s sculpture, “ROUGH,” invites viewers to search for Lyndon House Arts Center.” the inherent beauty within; rugged and flawed on the outThe “Willow Oak Tree Exhibit,” which is accompanied by side, the log swings open to reveal a golden center. a publication full of interviews and biographical details, will Other artists reflect on the passage of time and allude remain on view through Nov. 18. While at the arts center, to how the willow oak acted as a constant throughout the be sure to also visit Shannon Williams’ portrait series of the decades. Tad Gloeckler’s “Tribute to Willow Oak Tree (circa willow oak photographed throughout the seasons. As part 1900–2016)” is an intricate alternative architectural project of 3Thurs, the gallery will host a virtual gallery talk with that maps a historical timeline using miniature artifacts artists Cal Logue, McCallister, Leonard Piha and Shrader and fictional narratives of six generations of families who on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Tesser will lead a virtual Willow Oak interacted with the tree. Jim Underwood’s “Turning Time” Tree Symposium on Oct. 30 from 1–3:30 p.m. during which is a classic, utilitarian and beautifully turned hourglass. Peter Bull will discuss timber preparation, Gloeckler will Reid McCallister’s wall-bound assemblage, “Time Machine,” explore narrative in sculpture, and Millard will speak on the juxtaposes various artifacts to symbolize the tree’s lifetime, creation and consumption of public art. f


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CORRECTION: A couple of weeks ago, local band Wet Meadows was misidentified here as Wet Garden, which is another thing entirely. Specifically, I was leading you to check out the new EP Lotta Glocken, which was definitely done by Wet Meadows and not anyone else, no matter what you may have read. So, check it out here at wetmeadows. GOTTA GET IT: Nicholas Mallis will release his newest pop jingle, “8K,” next Monday, Oct. 25. The song is from his upcoming album Product Placement, which is due out next spring. The album is based on the concept of the songs being ostensible advertisements for products but, as Mallis puts it, with “dark and twisted vignettes that interject.” With that in mind, “8K” is one such song, based around the idea of Apple promoting a phone camera that can capture 8,000 frames per second and through such lead folks to

enlightenment. Musically speaking, it’s a hummable and danceable track with a solid guitar rhythm that stays in place very nicely—think ‘80s-era R&B. It was recorded at Mallis’ studio The Pringle Lodge and mastered by Jesse Mangum of The Glow Recording Studio. This’ll land on all major streaming services as well as nicholasmallis., so look for it wherever you generally find such things.


There’s a special all-ages event happening at Southern Brewing Co. Friday, Oct. 22. Courtesy of Aubrey Entertainment, the Pylon Reenactment Society and Elf Power will play a nicely booked double bill. Tickets are $10 in advance (possibly more at the door, but I’m unsure of that). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Now, chances are very good you’ve seen Elf Power perform its magic at least a few times over its

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Michael Potter will play with Shane Parish at Normal Bar (on the patio) Thursday, Oct. 21. Also on the bill this night are Mary Margaret Cozart and Kiran Fernandes. It’ll run ya eight bucks and starts at 7 p.m., so arrive early. In related news, one of Potter’s labels—specifically Garden Portal—is planning on hosting a festival-type event next spring and is actively searching for artists that fall under the freak folk (or similar) banner. For more information on the Garden Portal Folk Fest, please write to gardenportal and be sure to check out gardenportal. in the event you have no idea what I’m talking about. f


Rowe (Bliss, The Glands, et al.) plowed through his archives recently and unearthed a set of recordings he made, now newly released under his Fourth Mansions moniker, way back in 1995. Titled Sequined And Stoned, the set contains 11 songs recorded on Rowe’s four-track Tascam Portastudio. As a time capsule, this is a nice way to get a glimpse into, as Rowe put it to me, “an Athens far away.” The songs range from shambolic demo-style tracks to well-constructed and crafted tunes like “Black Stars,” “This Is My Life” and the Guided By Voices-ish “I Am The Rebound.” One thing I like so much about this is that this is from a time when, for the overwhelming Joe Rowe majority of artists, there was basically zero hope of anyone outside of one’s closest friends ever hearing this kind of stuff. While some people had stars in their eyes, sure, the reality was that local art and music was nearly guaranteed to stay only local and, more often than not, at a micro-level. So, tune in and turn on. Check this out at

eight-billion-show existence, but you might not yet have seen Pylon Reenactment Society. Let me tell you, and this is coming from someone who generally has a very jaundiced eye toward things like tributes, PRS is a real treat. Composed of Pylon vocalist Vanessa Hay along with Jason NeSmith, Kay Stanton and returning original PRS drummer Gregory Sanders, the band does indeed play Pylon material but does so with such panache and personality that it hardly fits the tribute mold. In a very real way, PRS makes these songs their own while negating none of the respect due to the originals. For this show, their first since February 2020, they’ll be performing the entirety of Pylon’s 1980 debut album Gyrate as well as some select other material. There will be a new Gyrate-themed shirt available at this show, courtesy of New West Records, as well as all available Pylon merchandise. Catch ‘em! For more information and ticket links, please see, and for a deep dive regarding everything else, please see

Peepa Show | One of Athens’ most visually stunning and cleverly creative groups, Peepa Show, emerges for three nights of avant-garde theater, puppetry and handmade details. “The show will involve costumes, sets and masks we have been working on mostly from scratch,” says performer Cooper Holmes. “And as usual, will be a blend of puppetry, mime, movement, clown, general silliness and moderate spookiness—accompanied by live music.” Peepa Show is anchored by Holmes, Madeline Polites and Kiran Fernandes, who also perform together as Immaterial Possession. S. Bedford, whose large-scale puppet head appeared in the band’s short film “Phases” last year, will collaborate again by building a seesaw and spinning wheel into the set design. The performances will be held outdoors at the Jittery Joe’s Roaster on Oct. 22–24 at 7:30 p.m. Some tofu bucket seats will be available, but attendees may also bring their own chairs or cushions. All ages are welcome, and the show is free, though donations are encouraged. The production is supported by an Arts in Community Resilience Award from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. [Jessica Smith]

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Wednesday 20 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors). $26 (adv.), $31. TURNOVER Hook-rich indie pop from Virginia Beach, VA. WIDOWSPEAK Brooklyn indie rock duo. TEMPLE OF ANGELS Austin, TX-based post-punk quintet. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. Outdoors. 5 p.m. DESOTO Local band playing everything from gunfighter ballads to indie rock and originals. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $12–15. FUNK YOU Augusta band playing high-energy, get-your-dancingshoes-on jams. MISNOMER Local improvisational fusion group with a funky, jazzy sound. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. FREE! RICK FOWLER BAND Athens blues rock band. 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.

Thursday 21 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $5. JOE CAT AND THE GUIDESTONES Local roots-rock band led by Americana troubadour Joe Cat. JIM WILLINGHAM Local songwriter known for fronting the bands Old Smokey and Harry Carey. ROSE & JOE No info available. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $26–176. CROWDER Christian-based “folktronica” artist, previously the singer of David Crowder*Band. Hendershot’s Coffee 7 p.m. (sign-ups), 8–11 p.m. www. JAZZ JAM Seth Hendershot and the house band Unstarched host an


HOOVERIII Psychedelic garage rock from Los Angeles. NULL Newer post-punk group featuring members of Telemarket and Sacred Bull. Genesis 7 p.m. $40, $70 (VIP). POKEY BEAR Southern blues player renowned for R&B-mixed soul songs with larger-than-life swagger. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $39.50. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY American heavy metal band making a name for itself since 1998.

act covering classic country, rock and Southern rock.

Saturday 23 Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 6 p.m. www.athentic TERRAPLANE BLUE Local bluesrock band featuring Doug Peters, John Straw and Dean Johnson. Front Porch Bookstore Outdoors. 6 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Book Store on Facebook BORDERHOP TRIO Americana group not afraid to push the boundaries of bluegrass music and good taste.


Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! 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. pac. MATTHEW SHIPES Shipes is an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at UGA ad tubist with the Georgia Brass Quintet. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7–9 p.m. FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

open jazz jam. Bring an instrument or your voice. Every Third Thursday. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $12. UGA WIND ENSEMBLE The ensemble performs chamber works as well as large-scale compositions, both new works and old classics, and music from around the world. Innovation Amphitheater 7:30 p.m. $5 (students), $10. www. AH SURELY A wee bit of the Emerald Isle through Irish step dance, fiddle, Irish pipes and songs in both

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The Red Line Outdoors. 6 p.m. $5. GOING POSTAL NYC-based hardcore punk rock band. TRIANGLE FIRE Long-running local crust-punk band. WEAPONIZED FLESH Furious and unapologetic weirdo thrash. BEAT UP Local anarcho-punk group. Rialto Room 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $15. THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR WXAG radio DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz, featuring John Dunn & The Jazzman Band. The World Famous 9 p.m. T. HARDY MORRIS Local singer-songwriter and guitarist plays twangy, reflective folk-rock. THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN A Dallas-based collective of young studio musicians and sidemen.

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Bedroom pop artist Hannah Jadagu performs at the Georgia Theatre on Oct. 23. English and Irish gaelic. Normal Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. $8. SHANE PARISH & MICHAEL POTTER Experimental guitar duo. MARY MARGARET COZART Local songstress of Common Currents shares songs off her new solo EP, Emerald City. KIRAN FERNANDES Local experimental guitarist influenced by American Primitive and other styles. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 7 p.m. $10. THE ORANGE CONSTANT Athens-based jam band with prog, pop and funk influences. SHAMELESS JAMES Local trio blending jammy rock with alternative influences. ALIEN FUNK ACADEMY Funky, shreddy jams made by and for extraterrestrials.

Friday 22 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $5. ATHENS HIP-HOP NIGHT Performances by Wix Patton, Kxng Blanco, KP the Wolf, Ohshxt, Lobo Talbian, Nuddonna, K.O.A. and JBO. Athentic Brewing Co. 7 p.m. JOE KEELEY Alt-country Americana singer-songwriter. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $10. CALICO VISION Athens-based melodic psychedelic pop group.

OBITUARY Florida-based death metal band known for heavily groove-based riffs and drumming, fundamental in the development of the genre. PRONG Emerging from the New York hardcore scene, heavy metal band known for combining elements of thrash and groove metal. Georgia Theatre Rooftop Outdoors. 11:30 p.m. 49 WINCHESTER “Appalachian country soul” band from Castlewood, VA. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. CHECK THE SIGNS Uplifting local family band with a talent for melody, harmony and hooks. COMMON CURRENTS Folk duo of Mary Margaret Cozart and Lizzy Farrell. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. FREE! THE LUCKY JONES Athens-based band playing rockin’ rhythm and blues. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY Vanessa Briscoe Hay and an all-star cast of locals play the music of Pylon, plus new originals. ELF POWER Longtime fixture on the Athens scene playing crisp, melodic psych-pop. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7:30 p.m. MICHAEL PEZENT Solo acoustic


Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. WILD NOTHING Dream-pop band fronted by singer-songwriter Jack Tatum. BEACH FOSSILS Indie rock band from Brooklyn led by songwriter Dustin Payseur. HANNAH JADAGU Young singer, songwriter and producer from Mesquite, TX, who is signed to Sub Pop Records. Hendershot's Coffee 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com BLACKNERDNINJA Rapper Eugene Willis delivers explosive rhymes over organic, high-energy beats. TRVY Local hip-hop artist and member of rap collective The YOD. THAT'S RAD Local pop punk band covering iconic hits. DJ KOUNTRY BOY Athens-based hip-hop DJ. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www. KARAOKE NIGHT Hosted by DJ Lynn. No. 3 Railroad Street Outdoors. 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. JANET AND THE BLUE DOGS Featuring members of The Original ScrewTops playing blues and vintage classic rock. Trappeze Pub 11:30 p.m.–2 a.m. $5. SILENT DISCO Grab a pair of headphones and enjoy a silent disco with your pals. Every Saturday.

Georgia Theatre Rooftop Outdoors. 8:30 p.m. MEDIUM BUILD Indie pop from Anchorage, AK. CECE COAKLEY Tennessee-based singer-songwriter. The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording 7–10 p.m. $12–14. GRADY SPENCER & THE WORK Four-piece blues and classic country band out of Fort Worth, TX. HAUNTED SHED Local indie rock band led by Etienne de Rocher and featuring members of Kenosha Kid and The Glands. Normal Bar 8 p.m. $8. SUNSET HONOR UNIT Upstart turbopop cooperative from Atlanta.

WINSTON BARBE Guitarist playing original pop rock songs. 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 27 Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. FRANK TURNER Compelling and confessional folk-punk. AUSTIN MEADE Austin, TX black sheep alt-country artist. 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.

Down the Line 10/29 Monster Mash Fashion Bash (Paloma Park) 10/29 The Splitz Band (International Grill & Bar) 11/1 Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang (Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall) 11/4 Old Skool Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin (Hendershot’s Coffee) 11/6 Belly Dance Show (International Grill & Bar) 11/7 Athens Symphony Fall Concert (The Classic Center) 11/7 Garrison Starr, Matthew Mayfield (The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording) 11/13 Classical Revolution (Hendershot's Coffee) 11/30 Jason Mraz with Toca Rivera (The Classic Center) 12/3 Caleb Caudle, Spencer Thomas (The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording) 12/17 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert (Madison-Morgan Culture Center) 12/18 Classical Revolution (Hendershot’s Coffee)

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: masks indoors; proof of full vaccination required Athentic Brewing Co.: 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 Genesis: no protocols Georgia Theatre/Rooftop: masks indoors; proof of full vaccination required Hendershot’s Coffee: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall: masks encouraged Innovation Ampitheater: masks indoors International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording: masks required; proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required Normal Bar: masks indoors No. 3 Railroad Street: proof of vaccination indoors; masks indoors Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Ramsey Hall: masks encouraged The Red Line: outdoors. masks encouraged Rialto Room: masks indoors Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors Trappeze Pub: masks indoors


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I’m Insecure About My Life Path ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ LOOSE AND LOVELORN By Bonita Applebum I’m in my early 30s, and admittedly was pretty lazy and did a lot of screwing around in my 20s. A lot of people around me feel levels ahead in life, and I’m just starting to get things together. When I make some progress or achieve what I’d consider a life milestone, instead of celebrating with me, everyone just kind of treats it as if it’s about time. It’s really hard to be proud of myself for something positive, and their reactions have me doubting myself, regretting my decisions and feeling like I can’t catch up. How do I get on track and feel good about myself? Late Bloomer Hey there LB, Before we go further, I want to enthusiastically encourage you to dump those friends who don’t want to celebrate your milestones. I’m not saying that you need sycophants in your life, but I think you’d greatly benefit from friendships with people who want to see you

ing with high school classmates who own either sprawling ranch-style homes or McMansions with yards overrun with dogs and children. I have a friend who had a giant wedding last year that was actually too small for them, so now they’re having another giant ceremony only a year later. My high school crush just toured the Southwest with their spouse and two kids in a camper, while also towing their giant pickup truck behind them. My dad bought my current car for me over a decade ago, and this morning I glued the heel back onto a pair of boots. I had to take off my $30 Zenni frames so that I could see my shoe-mending job because I couldn’t afford to upgrade to bifocals, and today I chose to buy KN95 masks instead of a pair of reading glasses. There are definitely days when I feel like a tremendous failure for these reasons, but I can’t lie: I love my life, and I do not regret a thing.


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succeed in a way that makes sense for you. Your friends should be meeting you where you’re at instead of judging you against their own standards. Find people whose standards align with your own, and be friends with them instead of those other assholes. I once had a college classmate who would find me on social media every few years and rub her “achievements” in my face, but it turned out that the “magazine” at which she was “editor-in-chief” was just a poorly designed website that she both started and abandoned in the same year. After college, she moved back to the Midwest and lived with her affluent parents (I think she still does, and I don’t care enough to go check), and she works in a field that has nothing to do with our undergraduate program. Simply put, she is not doing any better than me when you peel away the braggadocious facade of social media. At least I never moved back in with my parents. I’m full of fun stories about my twenties on the East Coast, but I’m still renting. My social media timelines are overflow-

Most people aren’t even happy with what they’ve got anyway, and sometimes the normies are even envious of the freedom and whimsy of skidmarks like us, people who dared to live a life without so many commitments. Work sucks, you know? Being a parent is stressful and scary as hell. Owning a business is expensive and rarely as fulfilling as “entrepreneurs” on the internet would have you think. How many times have you been propositioned by a married person? Personally, I’ve lost count, but I bet that it’s higher than the number of those people who were also ethically non-monogamous. People are generally unhappy and unethical, and life is rarely as fun as others would have you believe. You’ve probably lived your life with a degree of brashness that stirs jealousy in those who can’t afford to relax and let go the way you or I can. Simply put, people are haters, and your life has most likely been way cooler than you think. So what if you’re just now applying for a home loan or whatever? It’s all relative, so be easy on yourself, and get new friends. You’ll thank me. f



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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.go CALL FOR ART (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Artists can submit up to three artworks to the 27th annual “SouthWorks National Juried Art Exhibition,” which will be juried by Atlanta gallery owner Marcia Wood. All media and sizes welcome. Deadline Nov. 5. Exhibition runs Jan. 14–Feb. 25. $30–40. ocaf. com/call-for-art 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 LINNENTOWN MOSAIC DESIGN WORKSHOP (Lay Park) The mosaic is an upcoming public art project designed to honor and celebrate Linnentown. The mosaic is one element of a Walk of Recognition planned by the Athens Justice and Memory Project to be installed on South Finley Street. Contribute ideas and learn more at the workshop. Oct. 23, 1–3 p.m. linnentownmosaic 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 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., ART WORKSHOPS (K.A. Artist Shop) Lauren Adams teaches a workshop on color mixing in acrylic on Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $150. Lauren Adams teaches a series on abstract exploration on Tuesdays, Oct. 19–Nov. 9, 4:30–6 p.m. (teens) or 6:30–8 p.m. (adults). $150. Taylor DiFonzo teaches a course on handmade books and coptic binding. Nov. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $125. 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 DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. GROW YOUR BUSINESS WORKSHOP SERIES (Athens Land Trust) Athens Land Trust hosts a workshop series designed to help budding entrepreneurs. In-person and online options available. Classes held Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & Dec. 1. FREE! 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@ 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

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Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Artful Conversation: Femfolio” is held Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. “Artist Talk: Barbara Rogers” is held Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. “Morning Mindfulness” is held Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. “Tour at Two” is held Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.

present the premier production of playwright Roshuanda Breeden’s Athens Vignettes: A Dialogue with the African American Community. Scenes cover the Baldwin Hall burial site, loss of Linnentown and fraught relationship with UGA. Oct. 22-24. www.townandgownplayers. org ATHHALF 5K & HALF MARATHON (Athens, GA) AthFest Educates presents a half marathon that runs through historic districts, downtown and UGA campus, with local bands performing live throughout the course. 5K is held Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m. Half marathon is held Oct. 24, 7:30 a.m. BAD MOVIE NIGHT (Ciné) When a black-gloved sex weirdo starts dismembering nubile college coeds with a chainsaw, the police enlist the help of the campus “hunk”

CRAZY COWBOY NITE (Rabbit Hole Studios) Fake Zappa hosts a night of redneck fashion, outlaw country and poor taste with live music, comedy and more. First and third Thursdays, 9–10 p.m. fakezappa. com/2021/10/01/cowboy DEATH & MOURNING: CANDLELIGHT TOUR (Historic Athens Welcome Center) For the month of October, the parlor and dining room inside the Church-Waddel-Brumby House will be adorned in Regency Era mourning decor to show how families mourned the loss of their loved ones during this time period. Guided candlelight tours are held Oct. 22 & 29 at 6 p.m. $15. www. FALL SALE AND JACK-O-LANTERN LIGHT-UP (Trial Garden at UGA) Shop for locally grown pumpkins, houseplants, tropicals, succulents, cacti and other rarities. Stick around to watch the garden light up with a magical jack-o-lantern display at 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. HALLOWEEN EVENTS (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services hosts Boo at the Zoo (through Oct. 31), Walk Thru Boo at Lay Park (Oct. 22),

AJ Aremu is featured in “8.19%,” an exhibition of works by members of the newly formed Black Artists Alliance at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. “8.19%” is currently on view at the Dodd Galleries through Nov. 18. 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 HERITAGE WALKS (Multiple Locations) Historic Athens announces a series of guided tours through neighborhoods and places of interest. “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. Tours are $12–15 each. athens ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) Spooky drag performances in celebration of Halloween. Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! www.athensshowgirlcabaret. com ATHENS SWING NIGHT (The Studio Athens) Vaccinated and masked dancers are invited to dance. Oct. 21 & Oct. 28 (Halloween themed), 8 p.m. (beginner lesson), 9–11 p.m. (social dancing). $5. athens ATHENS VIGNETTES (Town & Gown Players) Town & Gown Players


and a tennis champion to hunt him down in the delightfully sleazy and blood-soaked whodunit Pieces. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. FREE! www.instagram. com/BadMovieNight 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. “Hitchcock for Halloween” is held Oct. 22 & 29 at 1 p.m. www.athens BOOBUTANTE (40 Watt Club) Boybutante AIDS Foundation is back with a Halloween-themed ball. The return of this fan-favorite night will feature special guest Detox, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.” Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. $25–30, $75 (VIP). 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. COMMUNITY CRAFT (Love.Craft Athens) Check out the studio and make a handmade luminary with the Love.Craft’s crew. The afternoon is BYOB and features bites from local restaurants. Oct. 21, 6 p.m. $25.

Scary Movie Cinema Therapeutic Recreation Program at Rocksprings Park (Oct. 22), Scary Oozy Slimy Day at Sandy Creek Nature Center (Oct. 23), Halloween Carnival at East Athens Community Center (Oct. 26), Trunk or Treat at Rocksprings Park (Oct. 27), Pumpkin Carving and Crafts at East Athens Community Center (Oct. 28) and Spooky Science Day Off School Camp (Oct. 29). HALLOWEEN HIP HOP MASTER CLASS (The Studio Athens) Open level hip hop dance class taught by Louis Zimmermann. Costumes encouraged. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. $15. HENDERSHOT’S EVENTS (Hendershot’s Coffee) Comedy night hosted by Noell Appling is held Oct. 20. Jazz Jam hosted by Seth Hendershot is held Oct. 21. Check the Signs and Common Currents play Oct. 22. BlackNerdNinja performs Oct. 23. www.hendershotsathens. com IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER (Jittery Joe’s Roaster) Learn about the value of water over a cup of coffee. Oct. 21, 8:30–10 a.m. MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS (Margo Healing Space) “Sound Healing on the Full Moon” is led by Reiki master Joseph Miceli on Oct. 20, 6 p.m. $35. “Introduction for Art of Healing” uses meditation and art creation to express your subconscious mind. Oct. 23, 5–7

p.m. $35. “Individual Tarot Readings with Funkcula” are offered on Thursdays, 3–6 p.m. “Astrological Readings with Maria Pascual” are offered by appointment or walk in on Fridays through October. $20/20 minute or $75/hr. “Kidsana Yoga” is for yogis ages 3–6 is offered Nov. 13 from 10–11 a.m. $15/ child, $25/two children. michellevw 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 MILONGA TROPICAL (Rialto Club) Athens Tangueros present Milonga Tropical, Tango intertwined with Latin rhythm dancing. Live music by Athens Tango Project and live dance performances by various groups. Tango lessons run 6–6:45 p.m. Oct. 28, 6–9 p.m. FREE! www. RABBIT BOX STORYTELLING (VFW, 835 Sunset Dr.) In Partnership with One Book Athens and other local non-profits, Rabbit Box will present Stamped: Stories of Racism and Antiracism. Oct. 19, 7 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 RIVERS ALIVE (Multiple Locations) Wade into local rivers, lakes and streams as part of the statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s waterways. Register online. Oct. 23, 9–11 a.m. FREE! riversalive 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 SVW PRO WRESTLING (Southern Brewing Co.) SVW Wrestling presents its annual Halloween supershow. Oct. 23, 7 p.m. $5–10. www. andwrestling 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 through Nov. 7. 10 a.m.–10:30 p.m. $16. WEDDING CRASHERS FUNDRAISER (Madison-Morgan Cultural Center) Make up for all the weddings you couldn’t attend due to COVID. This wedding-themed night

includes heavy hor d’oeuvres, open beer, wine and champagne bar, and live music by Atlanta Rhythm and Groove. Oct. 21, 7–10 p.m. $100. 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. ZOMBIE FARMS (568 Smithonia Rd., Winterville) Walk through dark and spooky woods filled with creepy characters. Fridays and Saturdays through October, 8–10:45 p.m. $20–25.

Kidstuff ART CARD CLUB (K.A. Artist Shop) Katy Lipscomb and Tyler Fisher lead weekly gatherings to create, trade and exhibit miniature masterpieces the size of playing cards. Some materials provided, but participants can bring their own as well. The club meets on Fridays, 4:30–6 p.m. (ages 10–12) and 6:30–8 p.m. (ages 13–17). www. BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Monday Funday: Spooky, Ooky Pumpkin Fun” for ages 2–6 is held Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. “Dungeons and Dragons” for grades 6–12 is held Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. www.athens FALL FESTIVAL (St. Joseph Catholic Parish School) Attractions include games, a bouncy house, hayrides, dunking booth, food trucks, UGA Hairy Dawg, music and more.

Oct. 22, 2–6 p.m. $7.50. www.sjs FAMILY NATURE PROGRAMS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Naturalist’s Walk” is held Nov. 6 from 10–11 a.m. “Nature’s Trading Post” is held Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. “Critter Tales” is scheduled for Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m. www.accgov. com/sandycreeknaturecenter JOURNEY THROUGH THE STARS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) “Planetary Fun” celebrates animals and mythical creatures in the sky. Nov. 20, 10 a.m. $2–3. 706-613-3615 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. Ages 8–12. Nov. 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $8–12. MADISON CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Madison Co. Library) “All About Ada Lovelace” is a virtual storytime held Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. “Outdoor Halloween Storytime” is held Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. “Trick-or-Treat” is held Oct. 31 from 2–6 p.m. www. 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) “Special FX and Fake Wound Makeup” is held Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Anime Club is held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Zombie Prom

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. ARTWALL@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) “All of Nothing” considers the intersection of natural and industrial beauty through the works of Alexa Rivera, Christina Matacotta and Zahria Cook. 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.) Curatorial team Derek Faust and Lauren Peterson present “Remote Residue by Doppler Projects,” a collection of objects, photographs, sounds and videos that are residual, remnant or peripheral within an artist’s studio practice. On view Oct. 21–Nov. 21. Streaming Curators Talk on Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. In-person closing reception on Nov. 6 from 6–8 p.m. Family Day on Nov. 13 from 12–5 p.m. Virtual Third Thursday Music Night on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. 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. A remembrance reception for Chatham Murray will be held Oct. 23 from 4–7 p.m. On view through Oct. 25. CIRCLE GALLERY AT THE UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (285 S. Jackson St.) “Oh, The Places We’ll Go!” features photographs by Brad Davis and David Nichols from their new book, Plants in Design, which depicts landscapes of the Southeast, the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and Europe. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Hello, Welcome!” presents abstract worlds by Maggie Davis, Jonah Cordy, Carol MacAllister and Jason Matherly. • “Classic City” interprets the city of Athens, GA through the works of James Burns, Sydney Shores, Thompson Sewell and Allison Ward. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Get Artistic’s Artist-in-Residence Noraa James completes his on-site residency with an artist talk on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. His painting-in-progress will remain on view through Nov. 1. Get Artistic hosts a community event with live art, a panel discussion and networking happy hour on Oct. 24, 1–6 p.m. DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) The Wall Works series presents a new large-scale mural by Atlanta-based artist Stacie Rose. Through Nov. 12. • Dawn William Boyd’s “Woe” features large-scale cloth paintings critiquing social injustice, racial violence and other abuses of power. Artist talk Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Through Nov. 18. • “Flat Earth: A Visitation” features paintings by Atlanta-based artist Pam Longobardi. Artist talk Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Through Nov. 18. • In “Pinky Promise,” Jacob Wan and MFA candidate Lila Villalobos create parallel narratives in their work to examine humanness and how love and experience shapes one’s understanding of the world. Through

is held Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. www. 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. 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. 15, 10:30–11:30 a.m. $3–4.50. 706-613-3580 TRUNK OR TREAT (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Stop by decorated and themed cars to receive candy and other prizes. Oct. 24, 4–6 p.m. TRUNK OR TREAT (Athens YMCA parking lot) Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living’s Disabled Veteran’s Division hosts a safe and family-friendly Halloween event. Costumes encouraged. Oct. 21, 5–7 p.m. TRUNK-OR-TREATING (Omni Allstars Elite Cheer & Tumbling) Bring your best costume and a bag for treats to this family-friendly event. Oct. 21, 6–8 p.m. FREE! 706-4310113, 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 ADHD THERAPY GROUP (Counseling with Melissa) A pychotherapy group for mastering your ADHD through a cognitive-behavioral treatment program targeting executive dysfunction. Nov. 10, 4 p.m. 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 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. Second Friday of

Nov. 18. • “8.19%” exhibits the work of undergraduate and graduate members of the newly formed Black Artists Alliance at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Through Nov. 18. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Susan Pelham’s handmade collages are inspired by Magic Realism, fairy tales, Surrealism and fables. Through October. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Flicker presents its annual tradition of a Halloween-themed art show. Through October. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “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. • “Collective Impressions: Modern Native American Printmakers.” 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 FIVE POINTS (1230 S. Milledge Ave.) Tom Hancock presents recent mixed-media abstract works. Through October. 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. • “Inside Out: Expressing the Inner World” presents abstract paintings by a group of women artists working in the Southeast. Closing day event and conversation with the artists on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. • “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. Gallery talk with Cal Logue, Reid McCallister, Leonard Piha and Richard Shrader on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Heritage Tree Symposium: Peter Bull, Tad Gloeckler and Larry Millard held Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.Through Nov. 18. • Collections From Our Community presents Bil Raines’ collection of antique toy pond boats. MARY ANN COX STUDIO (249 Dupree St., Lexington) The Women’s Fine Art Guild presents a sale of works by Beatrice Brown, Mary Ann Cox, Nan Demsky, Monica Jones, Cynzia Sanchez, Jean Westmacott, and invited artists. Oct. 23, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

every month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ POSTPARTUM THERAPY GROUP (Counseling with Melissa) A non-judgemental and safe space for moms with babies under two years old to process and learn to better manage postpartum symptoms. Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m. 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 & MINDFUL LIVING (Heart Stone) “Restoring Resilience” is a fiveweek resource building psychotherapy group for trauma survivors. Mondays, Nov. 22–Dec. 20, 6 p.m. (RSVP by Nov. 15) or Tuesdays, Jan. 11-Feb. 8, 10 a.m. (RSVP by Jan. 4). $35 per group session. “Mindful Living” is a five-week psychotherapy group to build selfcare and mindfulness practices. Thursdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. $35/session. (RSVP by Jan. 6).

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 FREE COVID-19 VACCINES (Clarke County Health Department) Vaccines are available by appointment or walk-in. No insurance or ID required. www.publichealthisfor GAMECHANGERS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce is organizing an initiative to raise the profile of 10 young community leaders under the age of 40. Nomination deadline is Oct. 22. www. 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. 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. TRICK OR TRASHERCISE (Athens, GA) Share a photo of yourself doing a litter cleanup in costume at #TrickorTrasherciseAthens and report your cleanup online at to receive a treat. Ages K-12. Through October. WINTER 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, gymnastics, nature programs, theater and more. Registration begins Nov. 6. f

OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Kate Windley’s art focuses on the connections between the expressive qualities of drawing along with the repetition and use of a matrix in screen printing. Through October. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) Chris Greer’s photography exhibition, “Georgia Discovered,” captures the beauty of landscapes across the state. • “Emojis & Tea: Studio Dialogue Between Friends During Isolation” is a collaborative exhibition by Isabell Daniel and Kate Windley. • “Cut & Paste: The Art of Collage and Assemblage” is a group exhibition celebrating artists who reinvent and reassemble materials, mediums and found objects. Through Nov. 19. 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. On view through Nov. 6. Visit to watch a live stream of the mural painting. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Local artist James Greer presents “Towards the Crooked and the Dim,” a collection of pen and ink illustrations inspired by dreams. Open on Third Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-9 p.m. On view by appointment through October. 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. • “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



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Each row must contain the numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of 3 by 3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 to 9. Week of 10/18/21 - 10/24/21

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21 Solution to Sudoku:

3 4 6 30 9 37 8 42 2 1 51 5 55 7

7 8 9 5 1 4 3 52 6 2 27

1 5 2 7 6 3 4 53 9 8

5 6 4 8 38 9 1 47 2 7 3

8 9 731 2 343 5 6 1 4

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6 9 4 7 328 2 29 132 5 8 3 6 1 444 2 5 8 7 9 5 8 7 54 2 4 3 956 157 6

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ACROSS 1 Cut drastically, as prices 6 In the thick of 10 Shrill barks 14 Ski trail 15 Walk the floor 16 Opposed to, hillbilly-style 17 Thing taken for granted 19 Guitar accessory 20 SWAT operation 21 Intense cram session 23 Ms. Spacek 25 Take back to the lab 26 Extinguish, as a fire 28 Garlicky sauce 30 "Ugly Betty" actress Ortiz 31 Slightly wet 33 Type of drum 37 Drink garnish 39 Thorny blooms 41 Tickled pink 42 Lofty space? 44 Entice 46 Sequel's sequel 47 Young pig





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Giving off light Winter warmer Nashville NFLer Harry Potter actress Indian royal Oration station Nonstop talker Main point Campsite sight Prove otherwise "Anything ___?" Flock members Mixer setting

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DOWN 1 Sail support 2 Actress Kudrow 3 Helper 4 Small apartment 5 ___ and haw 6 In a fitting way 7 Daily delivery 8 Marilyn Monroe, e.g. 9 "Taxi Driver" actor 10 America's Cup sport 11 Quartz variety 12 Water conduits

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Bull's sound Sunday speaker Firms up Addition total Legal prefix Part of BTU Strong suit Anagram for "time" Teeny bit Able to be transferred Drought ender Get to work on Time? Aversion Aid for a fracture Scold, with "out" King in a Steve Martin song Prophetic shrine Study nook Type of fund Contact, in a way Not right Hauls around Sign of spring "For Pete's ___!" Enroll in Gave the boot Kind of tide

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