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Eviction Prevention Passes PLUS, CLEAN ENERGY, COVID AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted last week to give an inexperienced nonprofit a potentially multi-million dollar contract to start an eviction prevention program. The commission voted at a called meeting Oct. 19 to award a contract to Athenian First Development Corp., against the recommendation of the ACC Housing and Community Development Department. After a vote to table the contract earlier this month, a risk assessment raised concerns about the nonprofit’s lack of experience, according to ACC Manager Blaine Williams. But a majority of commissioners said they were comfortable with AFDC after meeting with them, and wanted to move forward rather than delay the program further. “It’s definitely a dire situation for us to move forward, to be preventing evictions that are happening in this community,” Commissioner Tim Denson said. Putting the contract out for bid again would delay the start of the program until February. “To me, we just can’t wait that long, and there are a number of families that can’t wait that long,” Denson said. The timeline was rushed, and there were barriers to submitting proposals, said Commissioner Allison Wright, who made a failed motion to issue a revised request for proposals and was the only commissioner to vote against the contract. But there is no guarantee another RFP would turn up additional applicants, other commissioners said. “We really needed to act on this months ago, and while it might not be the ideal way to get here, I feel good enough about AFDC’s application,” Commissioner Jesse Houle said. The eviction program will be based on Project Reset in Gwinnett County. For tenants unable to pay rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic and facing eviction, the program will pay up to 95% of their back rent in exchange for the landlord allowing them to stay in their homes. Funding for the program will come from the federal American Rescue Plan. The original proposal called for $3.85 million—$3.5 million for rent relief and $350,000 for administration—but the commission also voted to authorize staff to renegotiate the scope and budget. A revised contract is scheduled to come up for a vote at the commission’s Nov. 2 meeting. Also at the Nov. 2 meeting, the commission is expected to waive some fees at downtown parking decks in an effort to keep Clayton Street businesses afloat during a construction project that won’t wrap up until next spring. Instead of 30 minutes, parking will be free for two hours at the West Washington Street, College Avenue and courthouse parking decks through Christmas Eve, and for one hour from Dec. 26 until the project is completed. That will cost the county an estimated $15,000 in parking revenue. The item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning it is likely to pass unanimously with no discussion. Two new boards that have been under


discussion for several years are also on next week’s voting agenda. One is a Human Relations Commission that will advise the mayor and commission on policies involving diversity and inclusion, and work with residents and the county attorney’s office to file and investigate complaints about violations of the newly passed discrimination ordinance. The other is a Public Safety Civilian Oversight Board with the power to investigate complaints of police misconduct, as well as recommending policy reforms and sanctions against individual officers. In addition, the commission will vote on changes to plans for the Southern Mill development off Oneta Street to include a larger hotel and a theater in the development. The changes were unanimously recommended for approval by the planning commission.

ACC Named One of ‘Clean 13’ A statewide environmental group recognized Athens-Clarke County last week for its commitment to clean and renewable energy. The Georgia Water Coalition included the ACC government among its “Clean 13” for passing a resolution in 2019 committing to 100% clean and renewable energy for the local government by 2035 and for the entire community by 2050. Currently, 85% of ACC’s energy consumption comes from dirty sources like coal, but renewables like solar show promise. For example, ACC installed a solar array that partially powers a wastewater treatment plant. Water and wastewater account for three-quarters of the ACC government’s energy consumption. Other initiatives include rechargeable batteries to run diesel fire trucks while they idle, transitioning the county fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles, and a partnership with the Athens Land Trust’s Young Urban Builders to make low-income homes more energy and water efficient. These programs are funded by a variety of sources, including $2.7 million in grants, $16 million earmarked in the current SPLOST package of sales tax-funded projects and revenue from utilities for allowing them to lay power lines in the right-of-way. “Athens is not afraid to try a lot of pilots and scale it up from there,” Sustainability Officer Mike Wharton said in the report. “We’re learning this is a viable option that can reap benefits beyond the environment.” Converting to 100% clean and renewable energy would keep $500 million in the local economy and create more than 6,000 jobs, consultants told ACC commissioners during a work session earlier this month. The Clean 13 report also recognizes the Madison County Clean Energy Coalition, a citizen group that organized to stop two biomass-fueled power plants near Athens polluting the air and water by burning railroad ties soaked in the carcinogen creosote. In one instance, runoff from a wood stockpile killed 2,500 fish in a Franklin County creek, according to the report. Complaints from coalition members

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resulted in the Georgia Environmental Protection Division fining the company Georgia Renewable Power $81,000 and led state Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartswell) to push through a bill banning burning creosote-soaked wood. Now, the group is fighting GRP’s efforts to obtain a discharge permit for a Broad River tributary.

UGA Charges Nonsmokers Tobacco Fee The United Campus Workers of Georgia union is warning UGA employees to check their pay stubs to see if they’re being erroneously charged for tobacco use. The university’s benefits enrollment system automatically levies a $100 surcharge on employees and their dependents for tobacco use unless they opt out. Some workers who mistakenly did not opt out have recently discovered they’re being charged the fee despite not using tobacco. One person lost $800 and another lost $2,000, according to Cindy Hahamovitch, a history professor and union member. “I read the UCWGA newsletter this month and followed their advice. Looking into my pay records, I found that UGA has been charging me $200 per month for a tobacco surcharge, despite the fact that neither I nor my spouse are smokers,” said Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link, who works part-time editing a UGA-published journal. “This means that UGA has stolen $1,200 from me the first half of this year alone—over 10% of my salary.” Worst of all, employees can’t get that money back. There is an appeals process, but UCWGA said that the people they’re aware of who pursued received only a partial refund or none at all. The union is calling on UGA to switch to an opt-in system and fix a glitch that apparently switched several employees to tobacco-user status without their knowledge. The Franklin College Faculty Senate made similar demands in a recently passed resolution. “Some problems are straightforward and have easy solutions. This appears to be one of those,” said Joseph Kellner, a faculty member who sits on the UCWGA budget committee.

No Trick: COVID Cases Still Falling Trick-or-treating outdoors is safe this year, according to the CDC, although the health agency does recommend masking up at indoor gatherings and keeping the windows down if you’re riding in the car with members of another family. While COVID-19 numbers continue to trend downward, young people remain susceptible to the new Delta variant and are still ineligible for vaccination. There were 984 cases reported in Georgia among the 5-10 age group for the week of Oct. 11, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Fortunately, the caseload remains well below the threshold Athens-Clarke County considers safe for outdoor events like the Wild Rumpus. As of Oct. 22, Clarke County had 135 cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks, well below the 300 mark ACC requires to issue a permit. The seven-day moving average of new cases was down to 11 per day as of Oct. 22, down from a high of about 100 at the beginning of September. Wastewater surveillance from Erin Lipp’s lab at the UGA Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases was consistent with the trend. Cumulatively, Clarke County has had 17,301 confirmed cases, along with 2,655 positive antigen tests, 761 hospitalizations, 166 confirmed deaths and eight probable deaths, according to DPH records. Hospital crowding is easing, with 61 of 72 intensive care unit beds occupied in Region E, which includes Clarke and surrounding counties. 71 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 at local hospitals, making up 12% of all patients, down from about 40% at the peak of the Delta surge. At UGA, weekly vaccination rates have fallen the past few weeks, with 422 doses administered for the week of Oct. 11–18, and 471 administered the previous week. Positive cases self-reported through UGA’s DawgCheck app rose slightly to 34 for the week. Only 630 surveillance tests were administered. In Clarke County as a whole, 45% of residents are fully vaccinated, and 49% have received at least one dose. f

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Other Elections While ESPLOST will be the only thing on the ballot for most Flagpole readers, there are a few other elections happening in this off year. In Oconee County, voters will decide on a 1% sales tax for transportation, which would raise the total sales tax to 8% and bring in $56 million over an estimated five years for road repaving, intersection improvements and multi-use paths. A number of small cities in the Athens area—including Winterville, Bogart, Watkinsville and North High Shoals—also have municipal elections. (AthensClarke County’s elections are on an even-year schedule.) Watkinsville Mayor Brian Brodrick, who just won a special election in June to replace Bob Smith, faces a challenge from Rebecca Billings. In addition, Carolyn Maultsby is challenging Post 2 incumbent Connie Massey. There is one contested race in North High Shoals, where Megan Cundiff and Jared Strickland are seeking Post 5 on the city council. In Bogart, Jenny Bridges, Greg Maddox and David Kilpatrick are vying for two at-large seats currently held by Bridges and Kilpatrick. In Winterville, Mark Farmer and Melissa Metzger are competing to fill Mary Quinn’s unexpired term. Early voting continues through Friday, and polls will be open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Nov. 2. [Blake Aued]


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completely new Clarke Middle soccer field next to the ACC Library, and the School, an expansion and soccer/football field will be moved to the upgrades to Cedar Shoals High baseball field in the back. A gymnasium— School and improvements in HVAC and with a roof high enough for playing volother systems for aging elementary schools leyball—will face Baxter Street. The HVAC top the list of projects that would be funded system will allow more air changes per by the upcoming ESPLOST. hour. The local building committee will have If voters approve the measure Nov. 2, the further concerns and suggestions. sixth such ESPLOST benefitting the Clarke Another $25 million is earmarked to County School District, officials expect it to renovate and expand Cedar Shoals High generate $120 million over five years. The fifth penny sales tax has funded big capital projects that include, among other things, a new Hilsman Middle School, a new Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, renovations at Coile Middle School and Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, industrial and cosClarke Middle School will be completely rebuilt if voters approve an metology labs at the upcoming sales tax referendum. Athens Community Career Academy and improved athletic facilities at both Clarke School, which was built in 2000 and renCentral and Cedar Shoals high schools. ovated in 2004. The school needs a comIt is also paying for renovating the forpletely new HVAC, a new elevator and mer Prince Avenue campus of Piedmont furniture. The building committee is lookCollege into school district headquarters, ing at whether more space is necessary in which will consolidate employees under the cafeteria and the media center. one roof—except for operations. Officials Built in 2004, Gaines Elementary is old said the new headquarters, which provides enough to need a complete system upgrade, 70,000 square feet of office space, is schedofficials said. There are several trailers being uled to open in December. used as classrooms, so the campus could be At $35 million, the biggest ticket item expanded to accommodate those students, in ESPLOST 6 is a new Clarke Middle Gilbreath said. School. The current building has numerous, A future elementary school off Jefferson well-known problems, including bug infesRiver Road, known as School C, which has tations, plumbing and HVAC problems, been discussed for years, could be delayed leaking pipes and stained carpet. Students further when district officials vacate the will continue using the existing building Whitehead Road Annex. Eight classrooms while a new one is being constructed behind will open up when those employees move it. Although the local building committee at to Prince Avenue. To justify building School Clarke Middle hasn’t yet finalized a design C, there needs to be 400 combined “extra” for the new school, facilities manager John students at Whitehead Road, Oglethorpe Gilbreath did share a few details: An educaAvenue and Cleveland Road elementary tion wing will be built on what is now the schools. f


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By Ed Tant Halloween! Just the word conjures up magic and memories for children and for the child inside all of us. Here in Athens this year, Halloween events will appeal to all ages. Among the many Athens events during the Halloween season, “Flagpole’s Cruise Down Spooky Street” is a driving tour that showcases Halloween-decorated homes in our city’s historic Boulevard neighborhood from now through Oct. 30—the eve of AllHallow’s Eve. See for more details. This year’s Wild Rumpus Halloween Celebration will kick off with a rally downtown at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and a costume parade through downtown at 8 p.m. For more information, see p. 10 or go to wild

memories better than Ray Bradbury, the fantasy and science fiction author who died in 2012 at the age of 91. Best remembered for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and his space saga The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury also wrote two books that should be on everyone’s Halloween reading list, The Halloween Tree (1972) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962). In The Halloween Tree, Bradbury captured perfectly the raucous revelry of costumed kids out on the town: “They banged doors, they shouted Trick or Treat and their brown paper bags began to fill with incredible sweets. They galloped with their teeth glued shut with pink gum. They ran with red wax lips bedazzling their faces.”

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Today’s real scares like plague, terrorism and a jackbooted march toward fascism are more frightening than any ghosts and goblins on Halloween. Still, ‘tis the season for some harmless frightful fun when autumn breezes blow and jack-o-lanterns grin in Athens and across America on Halloween. I was a small town kid in the postwar 1950s, and like so many other kids back then, I looked forward to Halloween almost as much as I anticipated Christmas. Coming up with a Halloween costume was always the high point of the holiday. I still remember a Dracula costume my mom made for me back around 1957. Kids like me got ideas for costumes from the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and from classic Hollywood horror movies that were shown on television’s “Shock Theater” in the 1950s. With my Dracula outfit, I felt suitably sinister and thought that I could fit right in during any monster mash. I did. My young friends and I wore masks with our costumes, but they were rubber Halloween masks, not COVID masks. There was always an autumn chill in the air by Halloween back then, but our faces sweated under our masks as we ran, ran, ran to the next house and the next, filling our trick-or-treat bags with all manner of sugary goodies that any dentist or doctor would decry. Perhaps no writer brings back Halloween

Something Wicked This Way Comes takes its title from a line spoken by a witch in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Bradbury called it the best of all the many books and stories that he created. He may have been right. The novel tells the story of the chilling experiences of two young boys when a haunted carnival comes to their small Illinois town just a week before Halloween. Bradbury called his tale of the two teenage friends a story of “the October week when they grew up overnight, and were never so young anymore.” It was appropriate that I found the book in a small town library when I was a teenager because “the library is always an adventure,” says the novel. “What a fine place the library was, the many rooms, the books. With luck, no one found you.” Bradbury wrote tales of Halloween horror that are fictional, but the old author could have found frights that are factual in today’s America. The spreading viruses of pandemic, white supremacy, conspiracy mongering and an anti-intellectual, anti-science attitude shared by benighted millions are all specters more frightening than any fictional villains or vampires. Ray Bradbury’s words of warning apply more than ever on Halloween and every day: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” f

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And I Fewl Fine By Lucy K. Ralston

The automatic doors to the emergency room slide open. I have already struggled three heavy hops inside before it dawns on me that the waiting room is empty. There’s only me. Only the wet slap of my body—more cube than human—heaving itself across the floor. I throw myself, gasping, up to the front counter. Everything about me sinks and wobbles, no longer human. The woman behind the counter sits in a rolling office chair, with her back to the empty room. “Pwease,” I gasp out, high-pitched. “Hewp me.” The woman turns slowly towards me. She is smiling. It is such a kind smile. She has such a kind smile. “Aw!” She says. “Look! One finally made it.” She’s holding something in her lap. A cat? No. It is… It is small and square and pale. Its mouth is a void cut straight into its face. It stares at me, fixedly, with dark, liquid eyes.

“911, what’s your emergency?” The operator’s familiar intonation should be a comfort—a constant in a world inverted, a stark truth within an impossible reality. “H-hewwo?” Oh god, no— First Place My own voice emerges so twisted, Kate Hinger so altered, that any hope of normalcy is smothered beneath my abrupt lisp. “911 is not a joke, ma’am,” the operator snaps. I fumble with the phone, cool plastic sliding as I try to hang up. My hand is—is—! Soft. Not romance novel soft. It’s squishy. Almost…Damp? There is no time to lose. I struggle into my sweatshirt and jeans. They stick and cling and sag around me. My body is yielding and porous. Condensation, not sweat, beads upon my pale flesh. I scramble at the doorknob. Desperation builds in my throat, but my eyes do not water. They do not seem capable of it. I do not bother trying to lock it behind me. In the dark void of my car’s window, I see a stranger reflected. Too pale. Too uniform. Too…Square. I cannot open the car door. I do not have hands anymore. They crumbled against the doorknob and melded into nothing. I start to walk. It is more of a slog. My feet leave damp marks behind me. Spongy. Soggy. Soft. The latest Flagpole lies abandoned on the sidewalk. It is wet, almost dripping, despite the crisp fall day. The familiar comics page bleeds and runs together. I read it earlier and shook my head. I read it earlier, while I could still shake my head. The rhythmic words echo in the back of my mind. Tofu Baby’s feeling sad Because she’s small and lonely. “I woke up fwom concewning dweams, now I’m a monstwous vewmin!” I stagger. I fall. I should skin my knee. The sidewalk should skin my knee. My knee has no skin. There is a small chunk of my body left on the ground. It looks like— There are downsides to living on King Avenue, but I’ve never been more grateful. Walking distance to the hospital. When my legs stop being legs, I don’t have to hop far.


It does not speak. The woman with the kind smile slides her hand over what must be its head, smoothing its natural condensation across the porous surface. “Tofu baby’s feeling glad,” her voice is low and pacing, like a chant. “She didn’t know she’d missed her.” “Pwease,” I repeat. She smiles at me. She holds out a

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hand. I am almost small enough to fit in her palm. As if called by the woman’s chant, a voice rises from the pale cube in her lap. The words are almost a song, high as a violin and sweet as a button. She is like me. I am like her. “Just when I fewt awl awone,” Tofu Baby smiles and bounces, “I got a baby sistew!” Second Place

Doing the Skink and Toad By John Gaither One day I went over to see my friends Andrew and Sophie. They were into Nature and herbs and stuff. They had a new terrarium, a plastic box with a lid to keep the cat out. Inside was a big toad and a glossy striped skink, as thick as your finger. We’d smoke and watch television, especially “Gunsmoke,” the old 30-minute black-and-white western from the 1950s. It had something for everybody— the death-dealing Marshal Dillon, the earnest but goofy sidekick Chester and the beautiful prostitute Miss Kitty. They were going to do Halloween and the Wild Rumpus as Chester and Miss Kitty. Andrew was more excited than usual. He said he had a video that proved something or other. “Just like each of us has a bioelectric field, like the chi from tai chi, so does all life on the planet. We’re a part of that, people and animals and everything. When it changes, we change. “Take a look at this video,” he said. “We did it a couple of days ago.” There was Andrew on the floor, scooting around on all fours, chasing the cockroaches from the cat food bowl. There was a close-up of him slurping up a couple of big ones. I thought he was crazy. “What were you doing?” “I was in the skink body, and the skink was in mine. See?” The video showed the skink with a marker in its mouth, writing “HELLO” on a notepad. “That was me. We switched bodies. We changed the flow of the global chi, made a little loop that switched us back and forth.” He pulled out a glass jar with brown powder in it. “This isn’t a drug, it’s a catalyst for the global chi. “The local bioenergy field is unstable because so many plants and animals are gone. That’s why we can do this kind of transfer. People carry other animals and plants and viruses all over the world. That’s like stirring the pot—it messes up the local energy flow. “Nature has to stretch to fill in the gaps. That’s why in Athens we’ve got fire ants, armadillos, Joro spiders and COVID. In a couple of years, it’ll be Burmese pythons.” He put a little brown powder on a brass tray and held a match under it until it started to bubble and smoke. “Now,

you look at the cat. It only lasts a few seconds. This is a microdose. Keep looking at the cat.” “We’re going to do the skink and toad,” Sophie said. They were holding hands. She smiled. “It’s stronger if you’re linked together.” I inhaled the smoke. There was a flash, and I was inside the cat, looking at three humans sitting on the sofa. I had wide-angle vision, and I could smell everything in the room. I could feel my furry belly against the floor. The skink and toad were moving in the terrarium. I knew what I had to do. I jumped up and pushed it off the table. The lid popped off, and they tumbled out. I caught the skink and bit through its neck. There was a scream behind me. I could taste its skink blood. I got in a few more crunches, but there was another flash and I was back on the sofa in my own body. It had only been a few seconds. Sophie was dead at my feet, her face frozen in a mask of horror, like someone being eaten alive. Andrew was squatting with his hands on the floor. When I stood up, he hopped over to a dark corner behind the sofa. The toad was a few inches from Sophie, staring at her empty eyes. I never saw the cat again. I went outside. Hot vomit surged through my clenched teeth. They had been linked together, and her death had broken the flow. I felt bad about what happened, but I couldn’t help myself. You can’t tame what was meant to be wild. Nature had taken over. I buried the powder in the yard. I told the police that I’d found them like that. No sense in making things more complicated. Andrew went to an institution, or at least his body did. I took the toad home with me. I built a ramp up to a footstool so he can hop up and watch television. He likes it when he sees Miss Kitty. Third Place

Invasive Species By Ben Credle It was stifling out here in the forest, and it stunk like compost. He looked back up toward Bear Hollow Zoo, where he’d parked his Jeep, and thought about leaving.

“Thank y’all so much for coming out to help this morning,” the girl said. “It’s so important that we not let these invasive species get a foothold down here, because they threaten the local species.” She had shortish blonde hair, and her voice rose at the end of sentences, making them sound like questions. She’d been cuter last night. More makeup. But he had been drunker, too. Annie? Amy. It was Amy. When she’d told him she volunteered at Memorial Park, he’d nodded

she continued. “The way you’ll find them is by their big erratic webs. They’re not pretty concentric circles like in Charlotte’s Web. These are 3D and irregular and the thread is yellowish, and really strong.” An older woman, who looked way too alert for this time of the morning, asked what they should do when they found one. “The best way to kill them is to get you a stick, and poke it into the web above the spider. Then wind it up like cotton candy and pull it down on the ground and step on the spider. I hope y’all didn’t wear nice shoes.” He had. They were his favorSecond Place ite loafers, and they cost a hundred and Georgie Herb twenty dollars. But if this got him alone time with Amy, it would be worth it. Allie. “Ok, let’s spread out.” He stuck close to Allie as the group left the trail and fanned out into the dank woods, serenaded by cicadas. “There’s one,” she pointed. She reached up with her stick and flung a spider down. He dutifully stepped on it, getting brownish-red spider goo on the side of his shoe. A hundred and twenty dollars, he thought. “There’s probably more down there.” She pointed to a large depression where an enormous oak tree was uprooted. It lay there, roots reaching up above his head, and trailing down into the shadows ten feet below them. He scanned around for the others. They were alone at last. No one would be able to see them down there. Or hear them. She put her hand on the small of his back and urged him ahead as they scrambled down the sandy red slope, dislodged as if interested, while he struggled to maintain eye contact pebbles bouncing ahead of them. and ignore her cleavage. She’d made it sound like it would “What part of New Jersey did you say you’re from?” she be an intimate time in the forest for the two of them. Not asked. eight people standing on a trail, sweat running down their The part where girls like you know better than to be alone in buttcracks. And 9 a.m. hadn’t sounded so impossibly early. the woods with guys like me, he thought. “Newark,” he said. “My name is Allie, and this is one of the invaders we’re There was definitely something in the shadows under on the lookout for today.” She held aloft an actual mason the roots. When he shined his phone flashlight on it, somejar. These southern girls were almost too hokey to believe. thing skittered back. He bent low and craned his neck to see But they were cute. And gullible, just like all his brothers better. God! It was a spider the size of a dog. A big dog. had told him. He jerked back and started scrabbling backwards up the The group leaned closer to her, and he angled for a better crumbling embankment, but his feet couldn’t find grip, the view down her tank top. He recoiled when he registered smooth leather soles skidding out from under him. He felt movement in the jar, inches from his face. Inside was a her hand on his shoulder, and he reached for it. She shoved mass of writhing spiders, using their long amber-striped him forward. The spider lunged to meet him, and its shiny legs to crawl over each other. Their yellow and gray bodies mandibles closed on his ankle like hedge clippers, while the were as big as his thumb, and the sight almost made him long hairy legs tore at his face. gag. This was unadulterated nightmare fuel. “That’s what I thought you said,” she replied. “We can’t “These are Joro spiders, and they come from east Asia,” be letting invasive species get a foothold down here.” f



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together very last minute. A lot of the fundraising got stalled out.” In order to keep the event as COVID-safe and comfortable as possible for attendees, all Wild Rumpus affiliated festivities will be held outdoors. The last in-person event in 2019 included many sponsored events at indoor locations and venues around the downtown area in an effort to expand beyond the parade element and into a music festival. Due to keeping things outdoors, this year’s dance party will end later than usual at 11 p.m. Another COVIDinspired addition this year is the inclusion of an open container festival zone from 5 p.m.–1 a.m., spanning four blocks of downtown. “We did this at great expense and great effort to make it safe and cool

Dialectic Flowers, DK, El ChupaSKAbra, Father Werewolf, Fishbug, Kxng Blanco and Caulfield featuring DJ Kountry Boy, OHMU, SHVKTi, Spectre of Surf and White Rabbit Collective. At the end of the parade route outside of the 40 Watt Club, all “freaks, beasts and creatures of the night” will gather for a massive dance party featuring The Booty Boyz and DJ ChiefRocka. “My favorite part about Wild Rumpus is that it brings out the weird in everyone and features the best of Athens’ artists and musicians,” says Nick Bradfield, member of White Rabbit Collective and owner of platinum level sponsor Rabbit Hole Studios. In July, the Wild Rumpus held its first Gala Fundraiser Benefit at Live Wire Athens, with musical support from Cindy Wilson, Nolan Bennett and Cassie Chantel. The soldout event raised 10% of the needed budget. However, once COVID numbers began spiking in August, things did not look promising for in-person festivals—Wild Rumpus founder and director Timi Conley was reluctant to host a virtual event again this year. “At a certain point, I was like either we have to commit to doing it knowing it could get canceled, or I have to pivot and do another online thing or something virtual, and nobody’s going to want that this year,” says Conley. “So, there was a lot that was very hung up. Some things are coming

for Athens. We put a lot of hard work into this open container thing, so people should know they can come out and not have to go in anywhere,” says Conley. Wristbands are required for those 21 and up indulging in the open container zone, which can be purchased for $5 at Creature Comforts, Paloma Park, Ted’s Most Best, Rook & Pawn and Trapeze Pub. Creature Comforts will have three outdoor bars for those who want to avoid going indoors altogether. But that’s not where the Wild Rumpus “firsts” end. You may have noticed the unmistakable style of artist David Hale adorning the Wild Rumpus flyer. “It’s the first time I’ve ever asked anyone else to be a part of that. I’ve always done it myself,” says Conley, who was inspired by the imagery of the phoenix as a symbol of rising from the ashes of the pandemic and fitting the astrological profile he goes by. Being the 13th year, the festival finally cycled out of the 12 zodiacs and back to Aries—a fire symbol. Looking into phoenix myths brough Conley to the origin of a heron called Bennu in Egypt, and the bird imagery naturally brough Hale to mind as a collaborator. “He texted me back in disbelief, because he had this whole recent fascination with the Bennu, and he and his wife… they couldn’t believe it. It was just like Rumpus magic,” says Conley. f


that time of year when all of Athens is encouraged to haunt and frolic through the streets of downtown in their quirkiest, funniest, spookiest attire. The 13th annual Wild Rumpus Hallow­ een Celebration received the necessary permit from Athens-Clarke County, after a decrease in COVID cases, to carry on the festivities Saturday, Oct. 30. Activities will begin with the Rumpus Rally at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. from 5–8 p.m. with music by Monsoon, Luxury Vehicle and Bichos Vivos on the Rabbit Hole Stage. From there, the Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle will take place at 8 p.m. starting on West Hancock Avenue adjacent to the brewery. The parade route will be speckled with more music and entertainment by


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ew Orleans has Mardi Gras, Washington, D.C. has Independence Day and New York City has New Year’s Eve—Athens, GA meanwhile is well on its way to becoming one of the best destinations for Halloween. In addition to the Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle (p. 10) and Flagpole’s Cruise Down Spooky Street (p. 12), here are a handful of ways to celebrate the season.

petting zoo, vortex tunnel, hay bale mountain, climbing wall and so on. The farm has extended weekend hours through Nov. 7. Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services host a variety of children’s activities for Halloween, but by far the cutest option is Boo at the Zoo. Offering trick-or-treating, a scavenger hunt, animal encounters and decorations, the event is held daily at Memorial Park’s Bear Hollow Zoo through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

BUMP IN THE NIGHT: Halloween has traditionCHILLING THRILLS: Above and beyond a typally been a time for cover bands to shine, with many often assembling for rare one-off ical haunted attraction, Zombie Farms is a freaky 3/4 mile long trail that winds performances. The pandemic undoubtedly through the woods diminished some of this passing intricate horror activity, but there are sets and roughly 50 still a few acts to catch. costumed actors. There’s Funk Brotherhood will also a new rope maze perform a tribute to this year. Storytelling Kool & The Gang at the is always a focal point Halloween Getdown, of the experience, with which also features Zombie Farms origiThe Forefathers and a nating as a place where dance party with DJ zombies could peacefully Mahogany, at Southern exist away from society Brewing Co. on Oct. in exchange for manual 29 at 7 p.m. Over at labor. Each season feaNowhere Bar on Oct. tures a new storyline 30 at 11 p.m., Gimme with accompanying sets, Hendrix will transform and this time the plot into Gimme Sabbath. thickens with “Shadows For original music, Zombie Farms presents a haunted trail of Neverland” in which head to the Monster full of unique sets and costumed actors. a portal leads to the Mash Fashion Bash at dimension of shadows Paloma Park on Oct. where a malevolent character has been 29, a night featuring a fashion show and stealing the souls of children. Zombie live music by DJ Chiefrocka, Montu, Trvy, Farms closes out its season on Oct. 29 and Caulfield, Hollowbody and other special Oct. 30. Visit for tickets. guests. On Oct. 30, head to Flicker Theatre and Bar for music by Tears for the Dying SPOOKY ART: Currently at tiny ATH gallery and Vision Video, plus sets by DJs Crowe, through October, James Greer’s exhibition Astro Zom-B, Twin Powers and Wardaddy. “Toward the Crooked and the Dim” presents Additional spirited dance parties include a collection of meticulously drawn pen-andDJs Booty Boyz, War Daddy and Twin ink illustrations that pull inspiration from Powers at the 40 Watt Club on Oct. 29 and dark dreams and the subconscious mind. DJ Mahogany at Athentic Brewing Co. on Email tinyathgallery@gmail to make a viewOct. 30. ing appointment. FREAKY FILMS: The Athens Flicker Film Adorning the orange wall of Flicker, the Society finishes its 13 Days of Darkness annual Halloween show presents artwork by double feature series at Flicker Theatre over a dozen artists, including Dan Smith, and Bar with a handful of creepy classics Lenny Sandvick, Rachel Blair, Jeremy Long, starting at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The schedule Joe Dakin, Charley Ferlito, Klon Waldrip, includes Candyman (1992) and Tales from Jeff Rapier and Amanda Jane Burk. the Crypt: Demon Knight on Tuesday, Oct. HAUNTED HISTORY: Hosted by Jeff Clark, 26, plus Empty Man and Burial Ground on Athens Haunted History Walking Tours Wednesday, Oct. 27. stroll through the streets to uncover local Going with a tried and true cult classic, folklore, mysteries, strange occurrences and Ciné will offer showings of The Rocky Horror ghostly sightings. Tours are available nearPicture Show on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. daily through November and cover roughly and Sunday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The Ciné two miles in two hours. Visit athenshauntDrive-In, meanwhile, will close out its own to register. series, Revenge of Schlocktoberfest, with Through the end of the month, the parHalloween and Halloween 2 at General Time lor and dining room of the Church-Waddelon Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Brumby House will be decorated in Regency GOOD CLEAN FUN: Washington Farms is the Era mourning decor. On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., place to be for fall harvest festivities. In the Historic Athens Welcome Center will addition to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch host a special candlelight tour to educate and flower fields, the farm hosts a 6.5-acre visitors on death and mourning in early corn maze and all sorts of children’s activ19th-Century Athens. Visit athenswelcome ities: pig races, zip lines, wagon rides, a for reservations. f

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Documentary Athens Inside-2 Premieres PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP By Gordon Lamb GRRR GRRR: Rising to meet a deep void in the dance, elec-

bit during this time. Significantly, though, the original film relished the overall mood of the scene as one that was primarily driven by restless young people largely outside the purview of the local establishment. The limited scenes I’ve seen of the new film appear to show the exact opposite: a scene largely vocalized by folks well into adulthood, scene legends, politicians, etc. If anything, it feels exceedingly establishment. There also seems to be a heaviness here to


tronic and experimental landscape, Rabbit Hole Studios is quickly becoming the go-to place for promoters of such to book events and shows. To wit, Cool Kid Booking has a totally ace show on deck for Thursday, Oct. 28. Featured performers are DJ Nate Crime spinning an all-vinyl set of ‘80s and ‘90s goth and industrial; the debut of DJ Xitt, which is Xander Witt (Muuy Biien), who will play industrial, Electronic Body Music (EBM) and dark electro; and Atlanta’s DJ Daddy Rock playing industrial and EBM. With respect to the aforementioned, the real treat tonight is the return of late ‘80s-early ’90s Athens industrial pioneers Nerve Clinic. This won’t be akin to a fully live show. Honcho Monty Greene (Damage Report) has clarified that “it will be presented like a DJ set, but with his original music and a few songs will have him doing live vocals.” Even so, for those who have waited so long, this proximity is pretty damn special. By my best estimation, it’s been close to four years since Greene has opened the clinic in Athens, so jump on this. Music begins at 8 p.m., and there is no official charge, but donations are graciously accepted. Rabbit Hole Studios is located at 1001 Winterville Road.

ALXNDR, Ripparachie, Blimpee, Internet Boyfriend (ft. Gracie Grace), Caughy, Klypi, Flesh Eater, Bacon Grease, The Queendom and Ivy Hollivana. Everything here can be loosely categorized under a big electro-pop umbrella but with important distinctions between each. I personally lean hard toward the slouchy moodiness of Morgan Bosman, the futuristic Kate Bush-isms of Ivy Hollivana, Taylor ALXNDR’s indie synth-pop, and the almost happy hardcore of Bacon Grease. This comes out Oct. 29 on all streaming services, as well as cassette tape. The tapes were funded by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, and donations for such are earmarked to be donated to Atlanta’s Clutch Community Center. If you want tapes, head to, and for more information on all this in general, please see BACK IN THE SADDLE: Hunter Morris & Blue Blood have a

new single out on Oct. 28 named “Give Me Back The Days,” which will appear on the band’s new album Give In To Livin coming out Nov. 19 via Super Canoe. Also on Oct. 30, Blue Blood will play the 40 Watt with Heffner, Blunt Bangs and Convict Julie. In the spirit of full disclosure, I recently assisted Blue Blood in writing a new bio for the album and, as a long-time unabashed fan of Morris’ songwriting, was happy to do so. Even so, it should be mentioned. This new track features Morris’ welcoming vocals right up front, and the tune itself is an upbeat tale of reminiscence. Find this on all streaming services, and gather more info over at bluebloodtheband.

MAMA, WE’RE ALL KWAZY NOW: It’s been a long time between Kwazymoto albums, but that’s going to change on Oct. 29. That’s when the YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN: It would be incredibly band releases the new seven-song Sketches of difficult to overstate the personal influence the Separation. The band’s last full-length release Pylon Reenactment Society is featured in Athens/Inside-Out 2: Red Turns Into Blue. 1987 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out has was 2018’s My American Family. The band has had on my life, and I’m far from alone in this long excelled as one of our town’s preeminent sentiment. Now, the years-in-production sequel, Athens heavy groups but, across the course of several years, has be borne by its audience. Production-wise, too, this film Inside-2: Red Turns Into Blue will make its Athens premier become increasingly conceptual. Opening track “A Knight was shot over a span of three years, whereas the first film Friday, Oct. 29 at The Morton Theater—with an after in Bleeding Armor,” recently premiered at, was made in a few months. Because I’ve not seen the whole party at Creature Comforts—in advance of its online and is an unsettling meditation featuring samples of Glenn thing, I’ll reserve final judgement, but everything about DVD release on Nov. 5. While the new film still features Miller’s big band. This mood is revisited in closing track this feels so remarkably different that to call it a sequel in music—notably Pylon Reenactment Society, Drive-By “Charon and The River Styx.” In between these songs, the any way feels like attempted coattail riding, but I hope I’m Truckers, Linqua Franqa, Oh-OK and more—the film band pummels its audience with a body of work that shakes wrong. For more information, please see appears to focus heavily on the Athens politico-social hands across the metal-industrial landscape. While it’s athensgainsideout. landscape. Because a screener was not made available to certainly the artists’ intention that this be listened to in DANCE THIS MESS AROUND: AC Carter, who currently presents Flagpole, my initial reactions are based solely on the availits original sequence, if you need a relatively recognizable professionally under the name Klypi, has assembled a com- point to jump in, head for track six, “Across The Acheron.” able trailer which, to any fan of the original film, presents pilation based on the spirit of the dearly missed Ad·Verse an Athens in the 21st century that bears little resemblance That’ll get you where you’re going. Find this via kwazymoto. Fest. It’s titled Ad·Verse Mix·Tape and compiles tracks from to that of the late 20th century. And, to be fair, both the, and smash that button over at facebook. Freak Daddy, Daisha McBride, Morgan Bosman, Taylor music scene and political landscape have changed quite a com/kwazymot0. f


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Art ART AUCTION (Online) The Lyndon House Arts Foundation hosts a silent online auction fundraising event. Participating artists include John D’Azzo, Andy Cherewick, Terri Jarrett, Todd Stockham, Jacob Wenzka, Erik Patten, Munroe d’Antignac, Leah Mantini and Phillip Adams. Artworks were originally purchased by the LHAF as a Purchase Award at the LHAC’s Juried Exhibitions from 2002-2007. Items will be on view in-person at the LHAC and online through Nov. 17. www.lyndonhouseartsfoundation. com 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 OPEN CALL FOR ART (Athentic Brewing) Artists are invited to submit up to five reference images of any medium for Athentic’s first group exhibition. Submit work by email with the subject line “Submission.” Deadline Nov. 1. info@ OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. nicholas. QUARTERLY ARTIST GRANTS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers quarterly grants of $500 to local organizations, artists and events that connect the arts to the community in meaningful and

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. Streaming Curators Talk on Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. In-person 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. Through Nov. 21. 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. Through Dec. 17. 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. COMMUNITY (260 N. Jackson St.) A collection of paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through December. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Get Artistic’s Artist-in-Residence Noraa James presents on-site creations. Through Nov. 1. 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 Nov. 18. • “8.19%” exhibits the work of undergraduate and graduate mem-


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. Taylor DiFonzo teaches a course on handmade books and coptic binding. Nov. 14, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $125. ATHENS CPR CLASSES (Athens CPR & Safety) American Red Cross Instructors Course trains candidates on first aid, CPR and AED courses. Must possess a current basic level ARC Adult CPR/AED certification or equivalent. $415. Nov. 6–7, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. registration@athens, 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. 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 rela-

bers 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. • 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. 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. 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

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tionship 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 at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class

or $18/month. 706-612-8077,

Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Tour at Two” is held Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. “Artist Talk: Daniel Hesidence” is held Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. ATHENS FARMERS NOT-SOSPOOKY 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, arts and crafts, and live music. Additionally, AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Oct. 30 features trick-or-treating, activities and a costume parade. ATHENS HERITAGE WALKS (Multiple Locations) Historic Athens announces a series of guided tours through neighborhoods and places of interest. “Mill Village in the Boulevard National Register District” is held Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. “A Driving Tour of the Oconee Hill Cemetery National Register District” is held Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Tours are $12–15 each. www. ATHENS INSIDE-2 (Morton Theatre) Bill Cody presents Athens Inside-2: Red Turns Into Blue, the sequel to the 1987 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out. athensgainsideout ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) ASC presents a Halloween show. Oct. 29, 8:30 p.m.–1 a.m. FREE! www.athens ATHENS SWING NIGHT (The Studio Athens) Vaccinated and masked

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. 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 WINTERVILLE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY AND CULTURE (371 N. Church St., Winterville) The “Student Art Exhibit” features works by current art students at the Winterville Center. Through December.

dancers are invited to dance. Oct. 28 (Halloween themed), 8 p.m. (beginner lesson), 9–11 p.m. (social dancing). $5. 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” 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. “Basic Word” is held Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. “Hitchcock for Halloween” is held Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. “Bogart Bookies Adult Book Club” will discuss Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. www. CINÉ FILMS (Ciné & General Time Athens) Ciné’s brick-and-mortar location screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 29 and Oct. 31. Ciné’s Drive-In closes out Revenge of Schlocktoberfest with Halloween and Halloween 2 on Oct. 30. 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, 7p.m. fakezappa. com/2021/10/01/cowboy DEATH CAFE (Griffin-Duboise Healing Lodge) The Institute of Gerontology at the College of Public Health hosts Athens’ first DeATH Café with tea, cake and a conversation about death and dying. RSVP. Nov. 7, 3–5 p.m. 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. 29 at 6 p.m. $15. www.athens GONZORIFFIC UNDERGROUND MOVIE SHOW (Ciné) Gonzoriffic celebrates its 20th anniversary with a program of its latest homemade b-movies. Nov. 12–13, 10 p.m. (reception), 11:15 p.m. (underground movie show). Nov. 14 live stream at HALLOWEEN EVENTS (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services hosts Boo at the Zoo (Through Oct. 31), 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 HENDERSHOT’S EVENTS (Hendershot’s Coffee) New Faces Night is held Oct. 27. Louis Ramanos Trio performs Oct. 28. Can’t Sell Culture Comedy Show with host Lanny Farmer is held Oct. 29. Lunar Vacation performs Oct. 30. www. hendershots MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS (Margo Healing Space) “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. 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. RENT (Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical following a group of poort artists during an unforgettable year as they struggle with their careers, relationships and the pervading reality of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Nov. 4–5 & 10–14, 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 2:30 p.m. $12-16. 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 SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS (Various Locations) UGA presents its 10th annual festival with over 60 events and exhibitions in the literary, performing and visual arts. Check website for full calendar. Nov. 1–30. 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. 13 DAYS OF DARKNESS (Flicker Theatre and Bar) The Athens Flicker Film Society presents Candyman (1992) and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight on Oct. 26, plus Empty Man and Burial Ground on Oct. 27. Films begin at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 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. 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. WILD RUMPUS PARADE & SPECTACLE XIII (Downtown Athens) The Rumpus Rally, featuring music by Monsoon, Luxury Vehicle and Bichos Vivos, will be held at Creature Comforts on Oct. 30 from 5–8 p.m. The parade starts marching at

8 p.m., and an open container festival zone will be held from 5 p.m.–1 a.m. WILLSON CENTER EVENTS (Various Locations) 11/4 “Conversation: Creature Comforts Artist in Residence Noraa James” is held Nov. 4. “Cinema Roundtable: French Women Filmmakers and Global Perspectives” is held Nov. 5. “a2ru Conference Closing Event: Athens Hip Hop Harmonic” is held Nov. 5. “Nicholas Allen at the Dublin Book Festival on Archipelago: A Reader” is held Nov. 11. “Prints and Poetry: Native American Art and Literature at the Georgia Museum of Art” is held Nov. 11. Visit for locations and details. ZOMBIE FARMS (568 Smithonia Rd., Winterville) Walk through dark and spooky woods filled with creepy

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) “Outdoor Halloween Storytime” is held Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.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.,

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. AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings held throughout the week. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a

The Dodd Galleries present “Pinky Promise,” an exhibition of works by Jacob Wan and Lila Villalobos, through Nov. 18. 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) “Hallow-teen” for grades 6–12 is a night of spooky games and creepy-crawly snacks on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. “Trick, Trunk or Treat in bogart” is held Oct. 30 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. “Monday Funday: Fabulous Fall” for ages 2–6 is held Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. “Zenteen” is held Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. “Monday Funday: Happy Birthday, Lois Ehlert” is held Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. “Anime Club” is held Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. www.athens 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

OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) Zombie Prom is held Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. www. ONE SPOOKY WEEK (ACC Library) Drop into the children’s department for haunting family crafts and activities. Trick-or-treating will be held Wednesday. Costumes encouraged. Oct. 25–29. ROCK HOUSE CREAMERY FARM & GARDEN TOUR (Rock House Creamery and Garden) Meet dairy cows, learn about the creamline milk process from cow to bottle, and sample milk and cheese curds. Nov. 8, 10 a.m. www.rock 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 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

problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP (ACC Library, Classroom A) Alzheimer’s Association Georgia presents a support group conducted by trained facilitators that is a safe place for those living with dementia and their caregiver to develop a support system. First Wednesday of every month, 6–7:30 p.m. 706206-6163, LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. welcoming-congregation 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 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 five-week 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 ART FOR ATHENS (Online) The Red & Black hosts Art for Athens to support Nuçi’s Space. Donated work by artists is sold and shipped through the publication’s online store. Participating artists include R. Wood, Maria Dondero and Chris Robinson. THE CLOCKED IN CREATIVE PODCAST (Athens, GA) Hosted by Seth Hendershot, a new podcast called “The Clocked In Creative” will touch on entrepreneurship, business models, IP rights, branding, etc. for creatives. Episodes will feature Serra Jagger of Indie South, Sanni Baumgartner of Community, Michelle Davis, Bertis Downs, Shil Patel of Tiger Bomb Promo, Rashe Malcolm of Rashe’s Cuisine and Nick Canada of Satisfactory. Check it out at @theclockedincreative on Instagram FREE COVID-19 VACCINES (Clarke County Health Department) Vaccines are available by appointment or walk-in. No insurance or ID required. www.publichealthisfor 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. 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. www. PARADE OF LIGHTS (Downtown Athens) This year’s theme is “A Super Hero Holiday.” Prizes awarded for best use of theme, best use of lights and most original float. $40 registration fee. Deadline to apply Nov. 8. Parade held Dec. 2. SUPPORT FOR SENIORS WITH PETS (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Humane Society and Athens Community Council on Aging have partnered to offer support services to seniors enrolled in ACCA programs. This includes emergency pet fostering, affordable wellness care, pet health workshops and pet training. 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, youth cooking classes, gymnastics, nature programs, theater and more. Registration begins Nov. 6. www. f

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HEART OF PINE Roots-rocking local four-piece. THE PINX Heavy, hard-swaggering rock band from Atlanta. JOE CAT Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash.

Friday 29 40 Watt Club 9 p.m. BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. DJ WARDADDY Spinning darkwave, classic goth, death rock,


Georgia Theatre Rooftop Outdoors. 8:30 p.m. www.georgia 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. www.lewis 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! www.rabbithole OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe.

Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. (doors). $25–30. YACHT ROCK REVUE Georgia’s favorite ‘70s light-rock tribute band. Hendershot’s Coffee 7 p.m. LOUIS ROMANOS TRIO Local jazz combo led by percussionist Louis Romanos. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. ARCO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ARCO was originally founded in Russia in 1989 at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory by Levon Ambartsumian, who joined UGA’s School of Music faculty in 1995.

Wednesday 27 Creature Comforts Brewery Outdoors. Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers GOURDHEAD No info available. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. FRANK TURNER Compelling and confessional folk-punk. AUSTIN MEADE Austin, TX black sheep alt-country artist. Hendershot’s Coffee 7 p.m. NEW FACES NIGHT Discover new Athens musical talent. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday night over dinner.

Thursday 28 Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 6 p.m. www.athentic JACK MILLER & JIM GREENE An evening of live blues. The Classic Center 7 p.m. $29.50–49.50. www.classic CASTING CROWNS Contemporary Christian and Christian rock band started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker VINCAS Local maniacal post-punk deathrock band featuring snarling guitars and haunted flourishes. WAILIN STORMS Southern doom punk from Durham, NC. COMA THERAPY Darkwave postpunk newly relocated to Athens from Greenville, SC.


Vision Video performs at Athens Goth Night at Flicker Theatre and Bar on Oct. 30. Iron Factory Outdoors. 8 p.m. $10. www.face ART CONTEST Local math-rock group with propulsive rhythms and intricate melodies. NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local pop-punk band with a jaggedly melodic sound. THICK PAINT (SOLO) Nebraska-based band playing “ageless skronk.” DJ LATE NIGHT CRAIG Italian disco DJ featuring video projections with pizazz. Rabbit Hole Studios 8 p.m. All ages. Spooky attire encouraged. Donations accepted. DJ NATE CRIME All vinyl ‘80s and ‘90s goth and industrial DJ set. NERVECLINIC Monty Greene from the Athens ‘80s industrial band Damage Report is back in town with new original songs. DJ XITT Xander Witt from Muuy Biien plays their first-ever DJ set of industrial, EBM and dark electro music. DJ DADDY ROCK Atlanta-based DJ playing industrial and EBM darkness. Rialto Room 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.milonga MILONGA TROPICAL Athens Tangueros presents Milonga Tropical, tango intertwined with latin rhythm dancing. Live music by Athens Tango Project, plus live dance performances. Sponsored by the UGA Tango Club and Athens Cultural Affairs Commission. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (music). $7.

witch house and everything in between. DJ TWIN POWERS Dan Geller presents dance party jams. Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 5–8 p.m. www.athentic SARAH MOOTZ Indie pop-rock artist with a lot of soul. Bishop Park Outdoors. Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athens FREQUENCY=432 Formerly known as Random Acts, this local acoustic band plays rock, pop, country and more. Today will be a special Halloween set. Chase Park Warehouses Chase Fest Halloween. 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $10–13. WIEUCA Local experimental outfit that fuses indie rock, psychedelia and trip hop. FORTEZZA Avant-garage punk trio from Asheville, NC. INCEST TWINS New Athens-based two-piece outfit. MESHEM Featuring participants of Nuçi’s Space’s Camp Amped. LOVECRAFT BAND Resident potters of Love.Craft Athens perform a special set. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand DONZII Theatrical and fun postpunk from Miami. IMMATERIAL POSSESSION Haunted psychedelic pop. OUTERSEA Athens-based psychedelic surf-rock five-piece. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. FREE! www.face

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THE SPLITZ BAND This band’s wide range encompasses Motown, funk, disco and both old-school and contemporary R&B. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. $10–12. www.facebook. com/NowhereBarAthens MOVERS local new wave-inspired rock band. NOMAN CHUMPSKY No info available. Paloma Park Halloween-themed fashion show featuring live music. 10 p.m. FREE! Athens TRVY Versatile artist bringing both contemplation and high energy to hip-hop. CAULFIELD Athens rapper that pushes the confines of modern hip-hop with forward-thinking, edgy music. HOLLOWBODY New local punk rock band. DJ CHIEF ROCKA Local DJ spins Top 40, hip hop, funk, soul and more. Southern Brewing Co. Halloween Getdown. Outdoors. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (music). $10 (w/ costume), $15. Getdown FUNK BROTHERHOOD Performing a tribute to Kool & The Gang. FOUR FATHERS Funky soul organ quartet. DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta faves.

Saturday 30 40 Watt Club 7:30 p.m. (doors), 8:30 p.m. (show). $10–12. HEFFNER Guitar-driven power pop led by the Heffner twins. BLUNT BANGS Local indie-pop band featuring Black Kids frontman Reggie Youngblood. HUNTER MORRIS & BLUE BLOOD Melodic local psychedelic pop project. CONVICT JULIE Alternative R&B artist and producer who uses her platform to raise awareness against racism and police brutality. Athens, GA The Wild Rumpus Parade. Outdoors. 8 p.m. THE WILD RUMPUS PARADE As the Halloween parade winds through downtown, artists will perform along the route. Acts include SHVKTi, El ChupaSKAbra, Kxng Blanco + Caulfield ft. DJ Kountry Boy, Fishbug, Dialectic Flowers, Father Werewolf, OHMU, Spectre of Surf, DK and White Rabbit Collective. The parade ends at West Washington and Pulaski Streets for a massive DJ party featuring DJ Booty Boyz and DJ ChiefRocka. Athentic Brewing Co. Outdoors. 6–9 p.m. www.athentic DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves. Halloween party! Costumes encouraged. Creature Comforts Brewery The Rumpus Rally. Outdoors. 5–8 p.m. MONSOON Athens-based band informed by punk, anime culture and new wave.

LUXURY VEHICLE High-energy duo featuring DJ Reindeer Games with John Swint on drums. BICHOS VIVOS Local band playing forró—accordion and triangle-driven country music from Brazil. Flicker Theatre & Bar Athens Goth Night. 9 p.m. (doors). $10. VISION VIDEO Local post-punk goth-pop band making dance music for the end-times. TEARS FOR THE DYING Local death-rock group fronted by songwriter Adria Stembridge. LATE NIGHT DANCE PARTY Get weird on the dance floor with DJs Crowe & Astro Zom-B (11 p.m.– 12:30 a.m.) and DJs Twin Powers & Wardaddy (12:30–2 a.m.). Hendershot's Coffee 7 p.m. LUNAR VACATION Up-and-coming Atlanta band with dream-pop and surf-rock influences. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. AthensGA TRACY & JEFF Vocalist Tracy Brown and guitarist/harmonica player Jeff Lustig play jazz and blues standards. No. 3 Railroad Street Outdoors. 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. CHECK THE SIGNS Uplifting local family band with a talent for melody, harmony and hooks. Nowhere Bar 11 p.m. NowhereBarAthens GIMME SABBATH Black Sabbath tribute band. 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.

Sunday 31 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flicker THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock band displaying influences from classic to indie rock. NUCLEAR TOURISM Local college-rock band playing surf-punk originals. TELEMARKET Driving, angular indie-rock band featuring singer and guitarist Adam Wayton.

Monday 1 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com TEENAGE HALLOWEEN DIY poppunk on Don Giovanni Records from Asbury, NJ. DOLLAR SIGNS Punk quintet self-described as "gothic anime rock," "student loan core" and "pop songs for the dead." Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $35–99. www.pac.uga. edu LEONIDAS KAVAKOS is recognized as a violinist of rare quality, known for his virtuosity, superb musicianship and “balance of pyrotechnics and lyricism." YUJA WANG is hailed as “quite simply the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” due to her charisma, artistry, and captivating stage presence.

Tuesday 2 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker TC SUPERSTAR TC is a collaborative performance group using music and dance to give audience members an energetic, cathartic and meaningful experience. NIGHT PALACE Ethereal indie-pop group fronted by Avery Draut. HONEYPUPPY Breeders influenced pop band featuring members of local bands Telemarket and The Pinkstones.

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: masks indoors; proof of full vaccination required Athentic Brewing Co.: masks indoors Bishop Park: outdoors; masks encouraged Chase Park Warehouses: outdoors Classic Center: masks indoors Creature Comforts Brewery: masks indoors Flicker Theatre & Bar: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors 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 International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged Iron Factory: outdoors The Lewis Room at Tweed Recording: masks required; proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required Normal Bar: masks indoors Nowhere Bar: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours No. 3 Railroad Street: proof of vaccination indoors; masks indoors Paloma Park: masks indoors Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Rialto Room: masks indoors Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors Trappeze Pub: masks indoors


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