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Kemp vs. Biden PLUS, REDISTRICTING, A LEAF BLOWER BAN AND MORE LOCAL NEWS By Blake Aued and Jessica Luton news@flagpole.com Gov. Brian Kemp has chosen his opponent, and it’s not Stacey Abrams, nor is it Vernon Jones or David Perdue. Kemp wants to make his 2022 re-election bid about President Joe Biden. He made that abundantly clear in a speech to a crowd of over 200 people at an Oconee County Republicans meeting Nov. 29. Kemp never mentioned Abrams, who lost to him by a slim margin in 2018 and was his presumptive 2022 opponent even before she officially announced her campaign last week. He never mentioned Jones, who switched parties and embraced Donald Trump last year. And he never mentioned Perdue, the former senator said Monday he would challenge Kemp in the Republican primary, and whose cousin Sonny has been Kemp’s political benefactor for more than a decade. Kemp blamed Biden for “30-year high inflation,” “the disgraceful exit from Afghanistan” and “a mass migration crisis.” Furor over Georgia’s new voting law, he said, is Biden “trying to distract from the disastrous record they have.” SB 202, Kemp said, “makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat.” (It does make it somewhat easier to vote early in person, but harder to vote by mail.) Critics “simply

got their talking points before they saw the final version of the bill,” he said. Even the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for federal employees, federal contractors and large companies are merely a distraction, according to Kemp. “It’s a federal overreach mandate,” he said. “I don’t think the president even wants this enacted. It’s a distraction.” Kemp—who was unmasked, like almost everyone else at the indoor gathering—also claimed he was vindicated in his decision to lift stay-at-home orders early on in the pandemic, even though “everyone said I was an idiot,” pointing to a 46% increase in private investment, resulting in 32,000 new jobs, and the lowest unemployment rate in 20 years. Attacking Biden makes sense from a political standpoint—his approval rating is down to 42%. But another opponent is lurking in the background of the governor’s race: Former President Donald Trump, who has vilified Kemp for refusing to overturn the results of Georgia’s 2020 election. The Republican base remains in thrall to Trump’s big lie. After Kemp’s stump speech, during a question-and-answer session with state Reps. Houston Gaines (R-Athens) and Mar-

State Reps. Houston Gaines (left) and Marcus Wiedower speak at an Oconee County Republicans meeting Nov. 29.

cus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville), a woman asked, “Why has no one done a forensic audit of the November election when there has been so much evidence of fraud?” Before Gaines or Wiedower could answer, Kemp strode to the front of the room and took the microphone. “What evidence do you have?” he said, urging the woman to take it to a judge, or to the GBI or the secretary of state’s office. Only a Superior Court judge can order a forensic audit, Kemp said. “I don’t have the

constitutional authority or legal authority to do that,” he said. “Anyone who tells you that [I do], they’re lying to you.” Trump has alleged fraud in Georgia’s elections, even though two recounts and a partial audit found no major issues, and a half-dozen lawsuits Trump supporters filed in state and federal courts in Atlanta and Savannah have been dropped or dismissed. Trump also called Brad Raffensperger to ask the secretary of state to find enough votes to declare him the winner, and pres-





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sured Republican officials in Georgia and other swing states to ignore the results and appoint their own slates of Trump electors to send to Washington, D.C. Kemp received some applause for his response—but not as much as the original questioner. Jones received an enthusiastic response from the same group when he called for further investigation into the 2020 election during a speech in September. [Blake Aued]

Redistricting Squeezed North Georgia During a presentation on redistricting at the same Oconee County GOP meeting, Wiedower and Gaines said that politics had nothing to do with the process—it was purely about resizing districts to account for growth over the past decade. “It’s about population, period,” Wiedower said. In a sense, they’re right. Both districts 117 and 119—soon to be 120 and 121— were about 3,000 or 4,000 people over the optimal size, so they had to shrink geographically. Wiedower’s district is losing territory in Clarke County and taking the Athens Academy precinct in Oconee County from Gaines, whose district is shifting toward Jackson County. Georgia has added 1 million people since 2010, most of them in the northern part of the state, so districts in South Georgia are getting bigger, squeezing ones to the north. “When you start pushing on Walton County, when you start pushing on Henry County, it’s got to go somewhere. It affects everything upstate,” Wiedower said. Surely it was just coincidence, then, that both swing districts are now once again solidly Republican, and that a third Republican state representative, Trey Rhodes of Union Point, will represent a chunk of eastern Clarke County. Despite three out of four voters in Athens being Democrats, only one out of its four state representatives, Spencer Frye, will be a Democrat come 2023. Lawmakers also ignored calls to reunite Clarke County in one state Senate district. Clarke will remain divided between Republicans Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn, except now the line will run east-west

instead of north-south. The pair of legislators were also asked about efforts to create a new judicial circuit for Oconee County in response to the election of progressive Deborah Gonzalez in the Western Circuit, which includes Clarke and Oconee. Earlier this year they asked the Georgia Judicial Council to do a boundary study, which found that Oconee County’s caseload is too small to have its own circuit. But Gaines said he hopes other surrounding counties will agree to form a new circuit with Oconee. “Our district attorney is choosing which laws to prosecute and which laws not to, and that is not the role of the district attorney,” said Gaines, who defeated Gonzalez when she was a state representative in 2018. “The role of the district attorney is to follow the law and prosecute criminals. She has chosen not to do that. She has chosen a whole class of crimes she does not want to prosecute.” (Gonzalez has pledged not to prosecute minor drug offenses.) The legislature could act next year to reign in progressive DAs like Gonzalez, Gaines said. “That’s something that I believe the state must look at across the board, and I believe we will, and we will do it very soon, because it is putting communities at risk,” he said. [BA]

ACC Considers Leaf-Blower Regs There is one issue that can unite liberal Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Russell Edwards and conservative talk jock Tim Bryant: their hatred of leaf blowers. A group of commissioners is considering banning gas-powered leaf blowers for the noise they make and their environmental impact. It’s been one of Edwards’ long-standing goals, though he no longer serves on the Legislative Review Committee. Mayor Kelly Girtz assigned it to the LRC because complaints rose while people were working from home during the pandemic, LRC chair Allison Wright said at a Dec. 2 committee meeting. The county noise ordinance already prohibits using leaf blowers, lawn mowers and chainsaws between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. in res-

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make up just 5.9% of all patients in Athens hospitals, with 34 hospitalized patients from Athens and surrounding counties, idential areas, or between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. according to the Georgia Medical Facility in agricultural areas that are near homes. Patient Census. With 65 patients in ICU Doug Hansford, director of the Building beds, the region is at 92.9% of ICU bed Permits and Inspections Department, said capacity. Hospitals also saw an increase in he wasn’t sure whether landscaping companon-COVID patients in recent weeks, with nies fall under a commercial exemption in 591 inpatient beds, or 86%, in use. the ordinance. However, another clause in With the emergence of the new Omicron the noise ordinance regulates construction variant and the holiday season in full swing, noise late at night and early in the morning. public health officials are encouraging In addition, “smoke or fumes in sufficient everyone to get vaccinated, if they haven’t amounts to cause odor or annoyance” are already, and to seek out a booster dose to prohibited by the ordinance. help ward off potential spread in the weeks In any case, complaints are rare, said ahead. While much is still unknown about Hansford, whose department includes code this new variant that has caused a wave of enforcement. “We’ve only had one official infections in South Africa, the variant has complaint about a leaf blower in the past already been found in 20 countries, includfew years on this ordinance,” he said. “It ing Europe and the United States. Early was in the Five Points area, and we got com- data from South Africa suggests increased pliance on it.” transmissibility, but the data is not yet While commissioners had questions sufficient enough to tell us if it’s more viruabout the environmental impact and the lent. The variant, which has as many as 32 impact on local businesses, they didn’t mutations to the spike protein, has worried seem enthusiastic about spending too much researchers and health experts because we time on leaf blowers. “I can easily list off don’t yet know if current vaccines are as 473 things that I’d rather be talking about effective against this variant, especially if and rather be tasking a community or area staff with than this,” already has low vaccinaI can easily list off Commissioner Jesse tion rates. Houle said, citing issues On Friday, GDPH 473 things that I’d like tenant’s rights and announced the first recrather be talking about affordable housing. ognized case in Georgia. An ordinance banand rather be tasking staff A Georgia resident, ning gas-powered leaf currently in New Jersey with than [leaf blowers]. blowers would be very after spending two days difficult to enforce, ACC in Georgia, tested posassistant manager Niki Jones said. He sugitive for the variant after traveling from gested a better path might be to look at a South Africa. The individual was fully vacpolicy banning their use by the ACC govern- cinated and is isolating in New Jersey. As ment. A total ban could also open up ACC of Dec. 3, no additional Omicron cases in to a lawsuit, according to assistant county Georgia had been identified. attorney Lisa Pappas. It would be easier to “Vaccination and boosters are key to preextend the existing restrictions on hours venting further transmission of COVID-19 to the downtown area, which isn’t zoned and help prevent new variants like Omicron residential but has seen a huge population from emerging,” DPH Commissioner growth since the ordinance was written, Kathleen Toomey said in a news release. Pappas and Jones said. That’s where most “Only 51% of Georgians are fully vaccicomplaints have come from. The committee nated, and of those individuals, less than will take up the issue again next month. 20% have received booster doses.” Beyond [BA] boosters and vaccination, the public is encouraged to continue a layered approach, with masks and social distancing, in an effort to keep the virus from spreading. As the focus turned to the new Omicron As of Dec. 3, 63,402, or 50%, of Clarke variant last week, COVID-19 data for Clarke County residents have received at least one County from the Georgia Department of dose of a vaccine, with an increase of 674 Public Health continued to show a steady in the last two weeks. Just 57,732 Clarke seven-day running average of approxiCounty residents, or 46%, have been fully mately seven new cases a day, with no new vaccinated, with 800 fully vaccinated since deaths and just seven new hospitalizations Nov. 19. in the last two weeks. Georgia DPH’s data for pediatric vaccinaData often lags behind real time tions, children ages 5-11, continues to strattransmission, however, and does not yet ify the data in a way that doesn’t give a full show any potential impacts from the picture. As of Dec. 3, 1,018 Clarke County Thanksgiving holiday, but UGA professor children ages 5-9, or 17.6%, had received Erin Lipp’s wastewater data, which provides at least one dose of the vaccine, with 241 a snapshot of viral shedding closer to real new pediatric vaccines added in the last time, suggested that community transmistwo weeks. In the 10-14 age category, 2,376 sion is once again on the rise. The lab’s Dec. children, or 39.5%, had received at least one 3 update said that the “viral load this week dose, with 141 new vaccinations in the last continued in an upward trend” and “the two weeks, but the data is skewed because continued increase in wastewater loads sug- children ages 12-14, who were eligible for gests that transmission is likely increasing the vaccine months ago, were also included. in our area.” Two requests for data that only includes To date, there have been 17,689 conchildren ages 5-11, via the DPH Data Portal, firmed COVID-19 cases in Clarke County, have gone unanswered to date. Further with 108 new cases added in the last two attempts at clarification about data for weeks. In total, 798 Athens residents have additional doses and booster doses, which been hospitalized for COVID-19, and 178 is thus far not reflected on the DPH vaccine residents have died from the virus. dashboard, have gone unanswered. 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Give the Gift of Knowledge BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE POLITICALLY MINDED By Ed Tant news@flagpole.com “Books are your friends, my friends,” sang Jiminy Cricket on 1950s television. The Walt Disney cartoon character was right, and there is no time like the holidays for reading books and giving them as gifts. Irish writer Richard Steele said, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” and his words are as true today as they were when he wrote them more than two centuries ago. Here are some books that I recommend for mental exercise during the holiday season or any time of the year. Civil rights icon John Lewis died last year, but his posthumously published Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation continues his legacy. This small volume is packed with advice and anecdotes from the life of Lewis, including his battle against cancer, memories of working alongside Martin Luther King Jr., and his thoughts on the present-day pandemic, contemporary activism, the joy of friendship and the value of a loving marriage. Carry On is the last testament of John Lewis, but readers can also enjoy his autobiography, Walking With the Wind. I treasure my signed copy. Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa takes readers inside President Donald Trump’s desperate bid to hold on to the White House after losing the 2020 election. Its publication earlier this year came not long after the MAGA mob of Trump cultists stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Both authors are longtime contributors to The Washington Post, where Woodward’s reporting on the Watergate scandal helped to topple the Nixon regime in 1974. Peril is an ominous but appropriate title for this book that follows Woodward’s two other books about Trump’s trumpery, Fear: Trump in the White House (2018) and Rage (2020). Katharine Graham was publisher of The Washington Post when that paper exposed criminality in the Nixon administration and defied the government by publishing the Pentagon Papers that showed the secret and seamy side of the Vietnam War. She loved journalism, she loved America, and she loved the nation’s capital. Katharine Graham’s Washington is an absorbing compendium of writers and writing about the city from 1917, the year of her birth, until 2001, the year of her death. Included in the volume are views of the city by such observers as Will Rogers, Art Buchwald, Rosalyn Carter, Harry Truman and Perle Mesta. Lovers of Washington will enjoy this book

along with Graham’s 1997 autobiography, Personal History. The turbulent decade of the 1960s has been the subject of movies and television shows like this year’s film The Trial of the Chicago 7 and the new incarnation of TV’s “The Wonder Years.” Journalist Nora Sayre lived through that era, and her 1973 book Sixties Going On Seventies is an inside look back at those tempestuous times. Whether you are an aging Baby Boomer like me or a young person wanting to take a trip back in time through the pages of a book, Sayre’s words written nearly 50 years ago are some

of the best reporting about a decade that is forever seared into the psyche of this nation. Longtime Athens journalists Al and Conoly Hester have passed away, but they live on in their works like Athens Memories: The WPA Federal Writers Project Interviews and Athens, Georgia: Celebrating 200 Years at the Millennium. In 2010, Al Hester published Enduring Legacy: Clarke County, Georgia’s Ex-Slave Legislators Madison Davis and Alfred Richardson. The book, which he dedicated to his wife Conoly, tells the dramatic story of two African-American men who endured rampant racism after they were elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1868 during the postbellum Reconstruction Era. Enduring Legacy is a book title that sums up the contributions made to journalism and the Athens community by Al and Conoly Hester. These are only a few books that I have found to be exercise for the mind and friends for the soul. Happy reading, and happy holidays. f



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Art ARTIST MARKETS (Athens, GA) Over 40 artist markets and studio sales will showcase handcrafted items by local and regional artists and makers throughout the month of December. For a full list of locations, dates and descriptions, check out Flagpole‘s annual Holiday Market Roundup online at flagpole.com ARTS IN COMMUNITY (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission invites local organizations, groups and artists to apply for the fall 2021 Arts in Community Awards. Two awards of $2,000 each will be issued to fund public art projects, events or activities that interpret the theme “Athens in Color.” Deadline Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Projects must be completed by June 30. athensculturalaffairs.org 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 fundme.com/f/athica-20th-birthday CALL FOR ART (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: OCAF) “Reinvented & Reclaimed: A Recycled Art Exhibition” seeks wearable art made from “trash” and recycled materials such as plastic bags, newspaper, soda cans, bottle tops and foil. Deadline Feb. 28. Fashion showcase held on Global Recycling Day, Mar. 18. www.ocaf.com

CALL FOR MUSIC (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: OCAF) “Rhythm & Movement: The Art of Music” will showcase musicians from Northeast Georgia performing in jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, classical, rock and roll, and experimental. Selected applicants will be featured in the exhibition and perform live at Rocket Field in downtown Watkinsville. Deadline Jan. 3. $15. buff.ly/ 3nC3RW2 COMMERCE FOLK TO FINE ARTS FESTIVAL (Commerce Civic Center) Seeking regional artists for the 10th annual festival. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Event held Mar. 4, 3–8 p.m. Mar. 5, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. 706-335-6417, folktofinearts@ commercega.org, www.folk-fine arts.com 47TH JURIED EXHIBITION (Lyndon House Arts Center) The 2022 exhibition will accept online submissions Jan. 6–21. The exhibition opens Mar. 3 and is juried by Miranda Lash of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. www. accgov.com/lyndonhouse 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. www.jokerjokertv.com/ submit MATERIAL ALCHEMY (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Seeking applications for “Material

art around town ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Lisa Freeman brings to light the mystery of the forgotten through “Furthermore,” an exhibition of assemblage art constructed from found objects and photographs. Through Jan. 2. 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. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Floridian artist Eddie Lohmeyer’s exhibition, “Entropic/Cinema: Selections for Eye Noise,” is a series of experimental video works that explore the relationship among the entropy of digital media and the birth of novel and unexpected landscapes through modes of spiritual abstraction. Through Dec. 25. BARBAR VINTAGE TEXTILES AND HOME (1354 S. Milledge Ave.) “Michael Ross: Gardens and Forests” features lush oil paintings of forests, fields, wetlands, birds and humans in relation to natural spaces. His subject matter results from his sense of wonder at the world, and evokes the meditative and healing qualities of nature. Through Dec. 11. 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. A Sip ‘n’ See Gallery Opening will be held Dec. 13, 5:30–7 p.m. COMMUNITY (260 N. Jackson St.) A collection of paintings by Andy Cherewick. Through December. CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO. (271 W. Hancock Ave.) René Shoemaker presents “The Doors of Athens,” a series of paintings on silk identifying local businesses by their main entrances. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition poster featuring 16 unique Athens businesses. Dec. 10–Feb. 28.


Alchemy: Metal and Color,” an exhibition of works informed by metal and its collaboration with color. Deadline Jan. 15. Pay-whatyou-will entry fee. Exhibition runs April–May. athica.org 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 arts.org/grants

Auditions TITANIC THE MUSICAL (Athens, GA) Athens Creative Theatre seeks instrumentalists and vocalists for a concert production. Seats are available with no audition required, or participants can audition for leading roles and prominent vocal solos. Rehearsals take place starting in January, with performances following in March. act@accgov.com, accgovga.myrec.com

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. jwsclassinquiry@jaysonsmith.com, www.jaysonsmith.com/teacher

ART WORKSHOPS (K.A. Artist Shop) René Shoemaker teaches a class on the business of art. Dec. 18–19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $200. admin@ka artist.com CHAIR YOGA (Sangha Yoga Studio) This class is helpful for flexibility, strength, balance and increasing circulation and energy. All levels welcome. Every Thursday, 12–1 p.m. $16 (drop-in), $72 (six weeks). 706-613-1143 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. www.wintervillecenter.com 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. www.gooddirt.net COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a guided meditation 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. richardshoe@gmail.com HOLIDAY MAKERS WORKSHOPS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Get into the spirit with workshops on jewelry, printmaking and ceramics. Saturdays in December, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.accgov.com/myrec LINE DANCE (Bogart Community Center) For beginners and beyond. Every Thursday, 6:30–8 p.m. $7. ljoyner1722@att.net

FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Jay Domingo. Through December. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “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. • “In Dialogue: Views of Empire: Grand and Humble” displays two print collections that create a conversation about what it meant to be a working-class citizen in mid-19th-century Russia. Through Aug. 21. 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.) Multimedia artist Lois Songster renders plants and animals in combinations of gouache, color pencils, wood, watercolors, paper, pen and ink, digital art and more. Through Jan. 3. JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Tom Hancock’s mixed media works combine acrylic painting, drawing and found objects. Through December. 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. • George Davison presents “Chants/Chance: Tincture, Totem & Charms,” a collection of whimsical assemblages. Through Jan. 1. • “Figure Ground” explores positive space versus negative space, or figure versus ground, through the artworks of Kevin Cole, William Downs, Phil Jasen, Susan Nees, Terry Rowlett, Kate Windley and Sunkoo Yuh. Through Jan. 15. • Curated by Kendall Rogers, “Curation of Self Image” includes works by Parawita Stamm, Anjali Howlett, Lauren Schuster, Monsie Troncosco, Emmie Harvard and Alan Barrett. Through Jan. 15. • “Follow Like Friend” investigates issues surrounding social media through the works of Alyssa Davis, Kimberly Riner and Stephanie Sutton. Through Jan. 15. • Collections From Our Community presents Bill Raines’ collection of antique toy pond boats. Through Jan. 16. MADISON ARTISTS GUILD (125 W. Jefferson St., Madison) Folk artist Peter Loose presents “When Birds Gather.” Through Dec. 24.


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! mfhealy@bellsouth.net SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, marina bilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina-spain-2020.squarespace.com YOGA CLASSES (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) “Bhakti Yoga and Mantra with Kelsey Wishik” includes mantra music, sound meditation and gentle asana on Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. (suggested donation $5–20). “Yoga Flow and Restore with Nicole Bechill” is held 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. Visit website to register. www.revolution therapyandyoga.com ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class or $18/month. 706-612-8077, ommmever@yahoo.com

Events ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of Art) “Tour at Two” is held Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. “Family Day: Inside Look II” is held Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. “Art + Wellness” is held Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. “Sunday Spotlight Tour” is held Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. “Toddler Tuesday: Art Gifts” is held Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. “Artful Conversation: Arthur Tress” is held Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. “Yoga in the Galleries” is held Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. “Tour at Two” is held Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org ATHENS FARMERS MARKET (Multiple Locations) Saturday markets are held at Bishop Park from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. 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.athensfarmers market.net ATHENS MLK DAY PARADE & MUSIC FEST (Hull and Washington streets) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement and the United Group of Artists Music Association host the sixth annual parade. Vendors and participants can still register. Jan. 17, 3 p.m. www.athmlkparade.com ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET (Sound Track Bar) Fabulous Fridays Christmas Edition is a holiday drag show to close out the year. Dec. 10, 10 p.m. FREE! www.athensshowgirl cabaret.com 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. www.akademiabc.com CHRISTMAS AT WIRE PARK (Wire Park, Watkinsville) The celebration features live music by The Athens A-Train Band, a collection of food trucks, a firepit, Java Joy and a visit from Santa. Bring a blanket or chair. Dec. 11, 5:30–8 p.m. FREE! THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (Town & Gown Players) Town & Gown players present an in-person and live stream performance. Seven minutes after midnight, 15-yearold Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. Dec. 9–11, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 p.m. $20. tinyurl.com/curioustickets FROZEN JR. (Oconee Youth Theater, Watkinsville) Oconee Youth Playhouse presents an abbreviated version of the popular Disney film. Dec. 10–11, 17, 19 at 7 p.m. Dec. 11–12 & 18–19 at 2 p.m. $15–20. www.oconeeyouthplayhouse@ gmail.com

MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “MAG POPS!” is a group exhibition of artwork by members of the Madison Artists Guild. Through January. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) Jan Walker of The Children’s Gallery in Cornelia presents a glittery, colorful holiday wonderland. Through Dec. 15. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Artwork by Sam Watson. Through January. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Ceramicist Amanda Jane Crouse and printmaker Amanda Jane Burk present “Amanda Jane VS Amanda Jane,” a collection of prints, paintings and sculptures. Third Thursday held Dec. 16 from 6–9 p.m. Open through December by appointment. 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. Through Spring 2022. • “At War With Nature: The Battle to Control Pests in Georgia’s Fields, Forests and Front Yards” includes 3D models of insects alongside newspaper articles, government documents and photos to take viewers through the entomological and horticultural wars that Georgians have waged in their own yards, as well as the environmental, ecological and public health concerns related to pests and eradication efforts. Through May 27. VIVA ARGENTINE (247 Prince Ave.) Artwork by Mary B. Pharr (1931-2016) and Chatham Murray (1942-2020). WINTERVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (371 N. Church St., Winterville) The “Student Art Exhibit” features works by current art students at the Winterville Center. Through December.

HOLIDAY CABARET (40 Watt Club) Boulevard Burlesque Company hosts a night of music, dance, comedy and more. Featuring the Modern Pin-Ups and other special guests. Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $10–15. www.40watt.com HOLIDAY POP-OUT (STATE) Stop by the outdoor “pop-out” market for home goods, accessories, a fire, drinks, music and free gift wrapping. The label will collect winter clothes to donate to Athens Mutual Aid, and is in special need of waterproof winter gloves and rain coats. A button-making station will benefit AMA. Dec. 12, 2–5 p.m. www.statethelabel.com IMPROV LEVEL 2 GRADUATION SHOW (work.shop) The Flying Squid Comedy level 2 improv students show off their stuff in a fantastical display of crass bravery, heartfelt insanity and making mediocre audience suggestions seem interesting. Dec. 12, 6 p.m. FREE! www.flyingsquidcomedy. com/events MADISON CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Madison Co. Library) “Veterans Appreciation tea” will be held Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. “Rather Be Reading” Book Club will discuss The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “Inclusive Book Club” for adults of all abilities will discuss Dog Stories by James Herriot on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. www. athenslibrary.org/madison LUMINARY LIGHT DISPLAY (Laurel Shoals Subdivision, Watkinsville) Subdivision residents will decorate the streets in front of their properties with festive luminaries. Dec. 11, 6–9 p.m. jo@delyon-hunt.com MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS (Margo Metaphysical) Monday Tarot Readings offered 1–5 p.m. ($6 per card). Tuesday Tarot with Davita offered 4–6 p.m. ($5 per card). Wednesday Night Sound Healing with Joey held 6–7:30 p.m. ($35). Thursday Tarot with Courtney is offered 12–5 p.m. ($10–45). Friday Henna Party with Aiyanna ($10–75). 706-372-1462, jfurman 65@gmail.com 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 winterville@gmail.com MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT (Sandy Creek Park) Watch The Year Without a Santa Claus (6 p.m.) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (7:15 p.m.) on the big screen. bring blankets and chairs, and warm up with s’mores, hot chocolate and apple cider around the fire. Dec. 17, 5:15 p.m. www.accgov.com/myrec THE NUTCRACKER (Classic Center) The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs the treasured holiday fairytale of a young girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. Dec. 18–19. www.classic center.com OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) Bring wrapped books and baked cookies to exchange at the “Third Monday Book Club: Book and Cookie Swap” on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. www.athens library.org 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. reallyreallyfreemarketathens@gmail.com RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Acoustic Firepit Jams are held every Monday, 7–11 p.m. Athens Crypto Society meets Wednes-

days at 9 p.m. Fake Zappa hosts Crazy Cowboy Night, an evening of redneck fashion, outlaw country and poor taste with live music, comedy and more. First and third Thursdays, 7 p.m. Rabbit Hole Business Networking Guild meets Fridays at 7 p.m. White Rabbit Collective hosts a drum circle every Sunday from 5–7 p.m., followed by an afterparty with painting, singing, games, yoga and more from 7:30–11 p.m. www. rabbitholestudios.org SOUTHERN MAN MEMOIR RELEASE (Hotel Indigo) Southern music mover, shaker, tastemaker and legend Alan Walden will celebrate the release of his new memoir Southern Man: Music And Mayhem In The American South, published by Jawbone Press. Books will be for sale on site, and Walden is available to sign autographs before and after the program. Dec. 14, 5 p.m. www./jawbonepress.com/ southern-man SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) Southern Star Studio is a working, collective ceramics studio, established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work, primarily pottery. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southern starstudioathens.com TOUR OF SUITES (ATH/BNB) Tour the new ATH/BNB, a boutique bed and breakfast in Five Points. Dec. 14, 4 p.m. FREE! hello@stayathbnb.com, www.stayathbnb.com WOODHILL ART EXHIBITION GRAND FINALE (Woodhill, 4745 Bob Godfrey Rd.) A pop-up exhibition including creative works by local artists Ansley Williams, Barbara Odil, Dortha Jacobson, Greg Krakow, Leigh Ellis, Loretta Eby, and Wini McQueen. Attendees can also expect Marty Winkler’s new CD, “Songs I Never Sang For My Father,” refreshments, door prizes and homemade eggnog. Dec. 12, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. 706-6210799, barbaraodil.com/woodhillartshow2021

Help Out ACTS DRIVE (Bogart Library) The library is collecting clean coats and blankets in good condition for all ages to help those in need this winter. Drop off bagged items in the foyer of the library through Jan. 15. www.athenslibrary.org BRING ONE FOR THE CHIPPER (Athens, GA) ’Tis the season to tree-cycle! Drop off an undecorated tree to one of seven locations to give it a second life as compost, mulch or fish habitat. Receive a free seedling in return. Check website for drop off locations. Jan. 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. www.keepathens beautiful.org CASA TRAINING (Online) The Athens-Oconee CASA program will host a virtual info session on Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to learn about the next training class, which runs Thursdays from Mar. 17–Apr. 14, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:30–9 p.m. www.athensoconeecasa.org

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.kaartist.com

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES (Multiple Locations) ACC Leisure Services hosts many holiday activities this season. “Deck the Hollow” at Bear Hollow Zoo runs through Dec. 12. “Letters to Santa” is held through Dec. 13. “Gingerbread Workshop” at Lay Park is held Dec. 8. “Breakfast with Santa” at Memorial Park and “Cookies with Santa” Sandy Creek Nature Center are held Dec. 11. “Twelve Days of Christmas” at East Athens Community Center runs Dec. 13–25. “Grinch and Go Preschool Playgroup” at Rocksprings Park is held Dec. 15. “Grinchmas Tea Party” at Rocksprings Park is held Dec. 16. “Santa’s Helper Mini Camp” at Bishop Park is held Dec. 17. “Toddlers in the Kitchen with Ms. Portia” is held at East Athens Community Center on Dec. 18. Check website for times and details. www.accgov.com/holidayevents MADISON CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Madison Co. Library) “Tween Anime Club” is held Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Holiday Movie Marathon is held all day Dec. 18 and Dec. 23. www.athenslibrary.org/madison 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. lisayaconelli@gmail.com, www.lisayaconelli.com OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Prism” is held Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. “Dungeons & Dragons” is held Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. “Pillows & PJs” is held Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. “Anime Club” is held Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org RIPPLE EFFECT FILM PROJECT CALL FOR FILMS (Athens, GA) Submit a short film interpreting this year’s theme is “Healthy Water, Healthy World.” Open to Pre-K through 12th grade filmmakers. Deadline Jan. 15. www.rippleeffect filmproject.org TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org 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 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, www.alz.org/georgia 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@ bellsouth.net 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. athensrecoverydharma.org RESTORING RESILIENCE & MINDFUL LIVING (Heart Stone) “Restoring Resilience” is a five-

week resource building psychotherapy group for trauma survivors. 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 self-care and mindfulness practices. Thursdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. $35/session. (RSVP by Jan. 6). Brianna@HeartStoneTH. com

Word on the Street ATHENS ON ICE (The Classic Center) Ice skate on the largest rink in Northeast Georgia. Through Jan. 9. www.classiccenter.com 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 CORNHOLEATL WINTER LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co.) Different divisions of play accommodate all levels. The seven-week season begins in January. Register by Jan. 3. info@ cornholeatl.com FREE COVID-19 VACCINES (Clarke County Health Department) Vaccines are available by appointment or walk-in. No insurance or ID required. www.publichealthisfor everyone.com OLLI MEMBERSHIP (Athens, GA) Join OLLI@UGA, a dynamic learning and social community for adults 50 and up that offers classes, shared interest groups, social activities and events. www.olli.uga.edu POP-UP PARK (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services has a new bus, decorated by Eli Saragoussi, that serves as a mobile recreation unit to take free activities and equipment to public community events, festivals and school programs. Request the bus using an online form. www.accgov. com/9961/Athens-Pop-Up-Park 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. www.accaging.org 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. Now registering. www.accgov.com/ myrec WINTER RAIN BARREL SALE (Athens, GA) Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program hosts a sale of kits with recycled 55-gallon plastic drums. Pre-order now. Pick-up on Dec. 16. $25/kit. www.accgov.com/rainbarrel WINTER WONDERLIGHTS (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) See the garden’s new Garden of Delights, Candy Cane Lane and Cone Tree Plaza, among other magical features, along a half mile trail. Lighted displays will be on view through Jan. 9. $15. wonderlights. uga.edu f

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ing parties” at which members create the kits, the project holds education nights and hosts speakers to discuss reproductive and menstrual justice. Where Period Project focuses on menstrual equity in the Athens community, its sister organization UGA Project Red works to provide menstrual products to UGA. According to Hashmi, who is involved with both, a survey last year revealed that almost 2,000 UGA students lacked access to products. Thirty states currently accumulate $150 million annually from taxing menstrual products, according to the New York Times. Project Red is advocating to exempt menstrual products from Georgia’s 4% state sales tax on the grounds that they’re health-care products. “This tax is something that is preventing so many people from having menstrual products, and if we were able to alleviate that, it would do really big things,” Hashmi says. Period Project spends approximately $600 on the kits that go into the Athens community. They rely on community donations given through their Venmo, @ UGAPeriod. While Roe v. Wade is threatened

klahoma passed House Bill 1102. reproductive health care.” Arkansas enacted Senate Bill 6. RJC also hosts speakers and maintains Texas made waves with Senate Bill a reproductive justice fund for members of 8. As of early October, states have estabthe community to request help with translished over 100 pieces of anti-abortion legportation and other costs associated with islation—the most ever in single year since accessing reproductive care. 1973’s Roe v. Wade ruling. Menstrual equity is another fundaThe Athens Reproductive Justice mental part of reproductive justice. UGA’s Collective (RJC) was established last Period Project, which helped organize February in response to Georgia’s 2019 Oct. 4’s protest, centers their mission “heartbeat bill” outlawing abortions after around expanding menstruators’ access to six weeks, which has since been struck products. down as unconstitutional. But their frame“If you’re going to advocate for reprowork encompasses much more than aborductive justice, you also have to advocate tion. It seeks to ensure equity in all sectors for menstrual equity,” says Areeba Hashmi, of health care, including the rights of both advocacy chair for the Period Project and women who want to have children and RJC’s access chair. “It is a privilege to have those who don’t, and extends into all forms menstrual products.” of activism. “Reproductive justice moves away from the conventional legal debate around having an abortion. It’s all about access,” says Vanisha Kudumuri, co-founder and policy chair of RJC. “Every single issue is a reproductive justice issue. Immigration justice, environmental justice, racial justice, these are all important issues that you need to address in order to be able to parent your children in safe and sustainable communities.” RJC activists are vocalizing their alarm against this year’s legislation. In collaboration with the University of Georgia Period Project and the Women’s Health Support and Awareness Project, RJC led a march of approximately 100 downtown on Oct. 3 against Texas’ particularly restrictive policies. Vanisha Kudumuri (far right) speaks at a rally for reproductive justice Oct. 4 outside City Hall. Later in the week, representatives from RJC appealed to the Athens-Clarke County Commission Maxi pad manufacturer Always found by a conservative majority on the Supreme during public comment for the creation of a that one in three families are worried about Court that allowed the Texas law to take Reproductive Justice Commission. The protheir ability to afford menstrual products effect, reproductive justice is not an issue posed commission would consist of healthsince the pandemic began. In a Thinx study, exclusive to federal policy. Many pieces of care and education providers tasked with more than 80% of teen menstruators legislation, including Texas’ Senate Bill 8, giving advice and policy recommendations reported missing class or knowing someone started as city ordinances before gaining regarding reproductive rights to the ACC who missed class as a result of not being traction and being passed at the state level. Commission. A similar commission exists able to access a product they needed. People ACC commissioners are receptive to in Atlanta, where the city has just finished of color and first-generation and immigrant the idea of an RJC, Kudumuri says. Their appointing its body and is beginning to students, who make up much of Athens, are primary challenge is identifying funding issue guidance. most likely to suffer from period poverty. for staff to serve as liaison, but “we’re optiAs access to STD testing, contraceptives, “We’ve gotten intense, hateful commistic that something will happen, it’s just menstrual products, fertility treatment and ments about the idea of us giving period going to take some time for them to warm sexual health education fall under the purproducts to people in the community. Like, up to the idea.” view of reproductive justice, possible initia‘Anyone could buy a period product, there’s Kudmuri hopes the creation of a Reprotives for ACC include paid parental leave for a Walmart down the street. What do you ductive Justice Commission will not just city employees, free menstrual products in mean, people don’t have access?’” Period benefit Athenians, but reverberate around government bathrooms and sexual health Project Co-President Sophia DeLuca says. the state as a condemnation of restrictive programming in the community. “Seeing that reaction to our work, which to policies. “There’s a lot of attention right now on me was just such a simple and good thing, “It’s a unique point in time right now to this issue. And that’s unfortunate, obvimade me realize not everyone sees this be doing this work, because reproductive ously, because that means people are not as the issue it is. And therefore, it is my rights are uniquely under attack right now,” receiving the care they need, but that also responsibility to help explain why menKudumuri said. “Passing a Reproductive in a way gives us a lot of political leverage strual equity and menstrual health is so Justice Commission here would be another to push for legislation that is relevant to important.” strong signal that we as a community conthis issue,” Kudumuri says. “I could go on Period Project provides 300–500 kits a demn attempts to restrict access to care and forever about all the different things that month of menstrual products to commuwill hopefully serve as deterrence for state reproductive justice entails. There’s just so nity partners like Bigger Vision and Clarke legislators who are interested in passing much that can be done locally to increase Central High School. In addition to “packmore restrictive legislation.” f





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get super into it. Suffice it to say that this appearance is a real treat. The event begins at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Walden’s talk will start at 5:45 p.m. Books will be for sale on site, and Walden


announced a few weeks ago, the news of Chick Music’s closing is still accompanied by the muted sting of mixed emotions. The store was opened in 1942 by Lewis Chick as Chick Piano—a name many still use—but most folks know it as the store owned by Billy and Anne Shepherd, who acquired it after Chick’s passing in 1965. Its storefront on West Clayton Street, where the Shepherds moved into in 1968, is every bit a downtown landmark as City Hall, and its presence will be missed. Chick’s popularity ran much wider than simply the local rock band scene, though, and it was a core local center for music instruction and school band instrument rentals, and generations of players got their education there. Current stock is already heavily discounted, and the store’s final day is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The Pink Stones, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Convict Julie and WesdaRuler—likely his last performance in town before relocating to California. Tickets are $20. If you’re scared of being a little cold at the outside venue, and who could blame you, word is there will be fire pits and space heaters around to warm you. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6 p.m. This show is a benefit for Love.Craft Athens, which serves adults with developmental disabilities. For tickets and the order of performances, please see sobrewco.com, and for more information on Love.Craft Athens, please see lovecraftathens.org.

HUSTLERS, ETC.: Southern music mover, shaker, taste maker and legend Alan Walden will have an event at Hotel Indigo Tuesday, Dec. 14 to celebrate the release of his new memoir Southern Man: Music And Mayhem In The American WesdaRuler South, published by Jawbone Press. Walden is known for his work alongside his brother, the late Phil is available to sign autographs both before Walden, as a founding partner of Capricorn and after the program. RSVP to lnessel@ Records as well as for his work with his best uga.edu. friend Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Percy STAND AROUND OUTSIDE AND LISTEN TO SOME Sledge among many others. After leaving TUNES, WHY DON’T YA?: There’s a pretty stacked Capricorn in 1970, Walden was crucial to bill for the Ho Down X happening at the development of the careers of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws. This is, of course, Southern Brewing Company Friday, Dec. 10. Presented by Normaltown Records, a very light overview of the man’s life and featured acts are Charleston’s Susto, career as there’s not enough space here to

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FELIZ NAVIDAD: The Athens Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual Christmas Concert twice this week, Saturday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are free but must be reserved online. The concerts will happen on the main stage at The Classic Center. In addition to an entire slate of Christmas classics, attendees will also enjoy the treat of seeing The Good Grief Trio

Songwriter Josiah Campbell has kicked around Athens for the past eight years or so, and spent many years in a couple of bands (The Bread Brothers, Freehold). After Freehold disbanded due to the pandemic, Campbell started recording solo and just released his debut single “Heavy Devil.” Constructed entirely from bass and synths, it’s a nicely back-beat driven tune. It’s very similar production-wise to FM radio artists of the late 1970s and early 1980s like Sniff ‘n’ the Tears and Godley & Crème. It begins slowly but builds to a surprisingly rousing finish. As a side note, there’s occasional moments where Campbell’s voice hits a kind of broken high note and, in those moments, his voice is indistinguishable from those of Michael and Jay Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel). You can find this on Spotify. f

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The Circle Jerks perform at the 40 Watt Club on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Nowhere Bar 8:30 p.m. www.nowherebarlive.com DR. BACON Asheville, NC party band blending funk, rock, blues, soul and folk.

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Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flicker theatreandbar.com ¿BANANA? Acoustic Shimmering twee folk-pop harmonies. SUPER HELPFUL Local acoustic hard rock duet. ILHYATT Ambient sounds. Hendershot’s Coffee Wednesjays with Jay Gonzalez. 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers member creates summery, bright piano pop melodies. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $59-99. pac.uga.edu JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS Under the leadership of Wynton Marsalis, the group performs soulful, big band versions of the season’s greatest classics. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy a live jazz trio every Wednesday night over dinner. Southern Brewing Co. 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com ASHLEY LAUREN Covers ranging from throwback pop to soul and modern tracks.

Athentic Brewing Co. 8 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com EVERYDAY DOGS Local underground rock band known for their crazy stage antics. Ciné NightShade Family Presents. 9 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (show). $10. www. facebook.com/goodnightshade JOE NICE American ambassador of UK dubstep and owner of Gourmet Beats record label. SCARIEN Denver-based proprietor of Dem Deya, a hand built reggae sound system. UNDERSLUNG Recent Atlanta transplant from San Diego and owner of Banana Stand Records. VARIANT Athens dubstep producer and DJ. Flicker Theatre & Bar Pabst Blue Christmas holiday benefit for Nuçi’s Space. 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com NICOLAS MALLIS & THE BOREALIS Local artist featuring tinges of Bowie-esque drama, surf-rock and melodic pop. JULIANNA MONEY Singer-songwriter walking the line between heartbreak and humor. WINSTON BARBE Guitarist (of God Eater) playing original pop rock songs. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $23– $175. www.georgiatheatre.com MOTHER’S FINEST Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee playing funk rock.

40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $7. www.40watt.com FRUTE Atlanta-based band performing space-themed rock, blend-

athenssymphony.org ATHENS SYMPHONY This community symphony presents a Christmas program featuring several holiday classics and accompaniment by The Good Grief Trio. Flicker Theatre & Bar Pabst Blue Christmas holiday benefit for Nuçi’s Space. 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com NANOCAR New local rock band. SMALL Atlanta punk band.

Normal Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ normal.bar.7 JOSEY Local artist who plays keyboard-based pop. TESTING REFLEX Formerly named Girls Varsity, this electronic pop duo between multimedia artists Kayt Regan and Jax Wucher presents a collage-like sound blending dance, avant-pop, trap and breakbeat. DJ CRAIGLIST AFTERNOON DJ playing pop tunes.

Normal Bar 8:30 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ normal.bar.7 MIDNIGHT MAC Local Americana. PATRICK BARRY Singer-songwriter. Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.rabbitholestudios.org OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Sign-ups are first come, first served. Hosted by Peyton Covfefe. UGA Performing Arts Center 7 p.m. $12. www.georgiachildrenschorus.org GEORGIA CHILDREN’S CHORUS The chorus is made up of singers ages 8–18 from across Northeast Georgia. The World Famous 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens UPCHUCK Psychedelic garagepunk band from Atlanta. NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local pop-punk band with a jaggedly melodic sound. KADILLAK Athens-based rock band that produces songs through the lens of a female perspective.

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40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $31 (adv.). www.40watt.com CIRCLE JERKS Hardcore punk band founded in 1979 by former Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson. MUNICIPAL WASTE High-energy crossover thrash band with a high-energy from Richmond. NEGATIVE APPROACH Pioneers of the Midwest hardcore punk scene who formed in Detroit in 1981. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $7. www.flickertheatreandbar.com OZELLO Atlanta-based queercore folk-punk band. SUNSET HONOR UNIT Upstart turbopop cooperative from Atlanta. KLARK SOUND Atlanta-based guitarist and composer.

Hendershot’s Coffee Wednesjays with Jay Gonzalez. 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com JAY GONZALEZ Drive-By Truckers member creates summery, bright piano pop melodies. 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.

ATHENS SYMPHONY This community symphony presents a Christmas program featuring several holiday classics and accompaniment by The Good Grief Trio. The World Famous Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. (doors). $8. www.facebook.com/ theworldfamousathens DAYGLO MOURNING Stoner- and doom-metal band. HORSEBURNER Sludgy stoner-metal band from West Virginia. BEAST MODE Local groove/ thrash-metal band that offers “the heaviest metal in the city.”

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Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. $10. www.nowherebarlive. com GOOD HOST No info available. A.D. BLANCO Young alternative rock band with an ambitious sound. SASHA STRAY Trio bringing social and political commentary together through folk, rock and punk. Rabbit Hole Studios 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/whiterabbitproductionsllc


40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors). $7 (adv.), $10. www.40watt.com BIRD DOG JUBILEE Rock and roll collection of instrumentalists that blur the lines between structured songs and improvisational jams. FUN ROOM Jammy covers and originals with a laid-back attitude. BIGG CHUNGUS Funky fused improvisational music. The Classic Center 7:30 p.m. $27–34. www.classiccenter.com IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the family-friendly show features top Irish music, song and dance in a performance rich in humor and energy. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $59-99. pac.uga.edu JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS Under the leadership of trumpeter, composer and musical director Wynton Marsalis, the group performs soulful, big band versions of the season’s greatest classics. Rabbit Hole Studios 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.rabbitholestudios.org OPEN MIC Featuring spoken word, performance art, comedy, singer-songwriters and more. Sign-ups are first come, first served. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Inspired by Chicago and Texas blues styles.

ing elements of psychedelia, funk and Americana. CARNIVAL BARKER No info available. Hendershot’s Coffee 7 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10. www.hendershotsathens.com JACOB WICK & SHANE PARISH Playing as a trumpet and guitar duo. THE ELECTRIC NATURE Athens-based experimental improvisers, playing ambient trance music.

JIIG & DJBOBFISH host open decks night, show up early or reach out for a slot to perform. Red Line Athens Outdoors. 6 p.m. FREE! Find Red Line Athens on Facebook. FOOD EATER New band comprised of members from Apparition, Rottweiler and American Cheeseburger. TRIANGLE FIRE Long-running local crust-punk band. BEAT UP Local anarcho-punk group. TEARS FOR THE DYING Local death-rock group fronted by songwriter Adria Stembridge. Southern Brewing Co. Outdoors. Ho Down X Benefit for Love.Craft Athens. 5–11 p.m. $20. www.sobrewco.com SUSTO Charleston, SC-based alt-country band. THE PINK STONES Rootsy local country-rock group led by songwriter Hunter Pinkston. DANIEL DONATO’S COSMIC COUNTRY Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter. CONVICT JULIE Alternative R&B artist and producer who uses her platform to raise awareness against various social injustices. WESDARULER Athens-based hip-hop producer and emcee with a laid-back, throwback style. DJ OSMOSE International touring DJ and Athens resident lays down a set of funk, soul, boogie and more. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. FREE! www.terrapinbeer.com CHRIS WAYNE Blended influences of rock, swing, country, Delta blues and New Orleans R&B.

Saturday 11 The Classic Center Dec. 11, 8 p.m. & Dec. 12, 3 p.m. FREE! (w/ reserved ticket) www.

SLIME RING Sebastian Marquez of Dead Neighbors goes solo with experimental pop songs. International Grill & Bar Outdoors. 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA STEVE COUGHLIN WITH PROBABLE CAUSE Smooth Americana group from Hartwell. Nowhere Bar 9 p.m. $10. www.nowherebarlive. com 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. JAMES AURELIO Roots-rock project led by Jim Wilson (Los Cantares, TaxiCab Verses). Sound Track Bar Fiesta Para Santa. 9 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/soundtrackathens DJ LUIS TREVIÑO Atlanta radio DJ from 105.7 FM. DJ K.LIENTE Atlanta radio DJ from 105.7 FM. DJ JAVI Atlanta Coliseum DJ playing regional mexicano. Wire Park Outdoors. Christmas at Wire Park. 5:30–8 p.m. FREE! www.wirepark. net THE ATHENS A-TRAIN BAND Local six-piece jazz ensemble performs a special collection of beloved holiday selections. Today’s event also features food trucks, fire pits for roasting s’mores and a visit by Santa.

Sunday 12 The Classic Center Dec. 11, 8 p.m. & Dec. 12, 3 p.m. FREE! (w/ reserved ticket) www. athenssymphony.org

Down the Line 12/17 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert (Madison-Morgan Culture Center) 12/17 The Lucky Jones (International Grill & Bar)

Pandemic Protocols 40 Watt Club: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours; masks indoors Athentic Brewing Co.: masks indoors Ciné: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours The Classic Center: masks indoors Flicker Theatre & Bar: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours; masks indoors Georgia Theatre/Rooftop: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours; masks indoors Hendershot’s Coffee: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall: masks encouraged International Grill and Bar: masks encouraged Nowhere Bar: proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test within 48 hours Porterhouse Grill: masks encouraged Rabbit Hole Studios: masks encouraged Red Line Athens: masks encouraged Sound Track Bar: no protocols Southern Brewing Co.: masks indoors Terrapin Beer Co.: masks indoors UGA Performing Arts Center: masks encouraged Wire Park: masks encouraged The World Famous: masks indoors



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We ain’t dead yet. We’re beaten. We’re embarrassed. We’ve been knocked down a few pegs, which was warranted. But we ain’t dead yet. Alabama thrashed Georgia 41-24 in the SEC Championship Game—the same score as last season. The all-world defense we’ve had all year didn’t show up, and the Alabama offense that wasn’t supposed to be as good as its predecessor did. The Tide’s five-star quarterback, Bryce Young, played like a Heisman winner. The Dawgs’ former walk-on QB, Stetson Bennett IV, played like… well, probably better than a former walk-on should, but not anywhere near well enough to beat Alabama.

to bench him. And Bennett isn’t talented enough to run with those boys at Bama. The SEC championship and the playoff are gunfights, and Kirby insists on bringing a knife. Kirby has always gambled that he could win it all with a great defense and a game manager under center, and he’s lost that gamble every time. By the time it became clear that the defense cannot win it all, it was too late. It’s not too late this year. Go get a gun, Kirby. Start JT Daniels. We know Bennett can’t beat Alabama. He’s tried twice, throwing five total interceptions, including a pick-six. We’ve been beaten by 17 points each time.


Hey Bonita, I am an Athenian, and I [have worked] in a [nearby] medical office for about six years. I love my job and dearly love all of our clients. Our office was deemed “essential,” so we worked all through the pandemic. It has come to my attention that my boss, the doctor, treated patients while she knowingly had COVID. She told me this in confidence about six months ago, although the incident probably happened well over a year ago. She didn’t specify a time frame, and I didn’t ask. She said that she didn’t want to have to deal with closing the office and the loss of income. I have two children and need this job. Like I said, I enjoy the work and have become close to the clients over the years. But I am having a really hard time pretending that this is OK. It makes me physically sick to my stomach every time I think about it, and I think about it a lot. I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to leave my job, but I am not sure how much longer

I was so angry I didn’t sleep the entire night. The next morning she texted me and thanked me for the hospitality and said sorry she made me mad. She didn’t apologize for what she did, only said she was sorry that I was angry. The next day at work she acted like nothing happened, and that is where we are currently. The latter event brought up the former event, and I am really struggling mentally with all of this. Any suggestions? Anon Hey Anon, I get the strong feeling that you see the writing on the wall as plainly as I do, and that you know exactly what you need to do. I’m sure that the community contact and good reputation of your workplace is strong encouragement for toughing your way through a less-than-ideal job environment. I’m not going to give you advice on how to rationalize your boss’ terrible behavior, because no one

Be on the lookout for JT Daniel, a white male, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, 21 years of age, last seen Nov. 20 against Charleston Southern.

Despite the loss, however, Georgia still holds its own fate in its hands. The No. 3 Dawgs are in the College Football Playoff, and they’ll play No. 2 Michigan in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31. If it were based on the last game alone, Georgia would not have made it into the field of four. Luckily for us, the entire season is taken into account. Despite its poor showing for most of the SEC Championship Game, the defense got us into the playoff. Some of the glitz and glimmer has worn off after Alabama exposed some weaknesses, but we’re in the top four on the back of their spectacular performance through 12 games. But when it comes to beating the best of the best, the truth hasn’t changed, regardless of what we hoped while watching this spectacular defense all season: A great offense will beat a great defense. No matter how great your defense is, you will have to score points to win at some point. That’s the way football works these days. In that respect, this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of Kirby Smart. This season, he made the same mistake he made in 2018 by starting Jake Fromm over Justin Fields, and the same mistake he made last season in starting Bennett for too long. Bennett is not the best quarterback on the roster. That’s JT Daniels. But because Bennett played pretty well while not losing any games after coming in for an injured Daniels earlier this season, Smart refused


Daniels should be the man to start against Michigan on New Year’s Eve. Hopefully, he wins—it’s not a surefire victory—gains some confidence back, and we can go into a rematch against Alabama guns blazing with a different look on offense than what they’ve stopped so easily the last two years. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If Daniels starts and we lose to Michigan or in a rematch against Alabama, I can live with that, because at least we didn’t lose the same way twice. But what’s the likelihood of that actually happening? At this point, Kirby has a history, and it’s pretty clear whom he prefers. He has a track record of loyalty to quarterbacks, even if they aren’t the best on the roster. So should we believe Kirby will bite the bullet and indirectly admit he was wrong by bringing Daniels? I’ll spend the next month hoping he will, but I won’t hold my breath. At least we’re still talking about what could happen instead of commiserating over what has happened. Everything is still in front of us. It won’t be easy, but we were fooling ourselves to think it ever would be in the first place. All you can ask for is a shot, and we’ve still got one. We ain’t dead yet, and nothing’s over ’til you’re underground. f


I can go to work and pretend that this didn’t happen and pretend that I am OK with this. My boss is very beloved in the community and does so much good. She always goes the extra mile for her patients, and she works constantly to give them her all. I was doing fairly well dealing with this until she did something else a little unconscionable. She is single and had met a guy online who lived north of Athens. They set up an in-person date, and she asked if she could use my house as home base, as Athens was a halfway point for both of them. I of course agreed and told her she was welcome to stay the night so she didn’t have to drive home in the dark. Well, she came home extremely drunk at 12:30 a.m. and brought the guy home with her. They both stayed the night while my 13-year-old daughter was in the room next door. Our house is not even 1,500 square feet. I was so shocked I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to kick him out and risk him driving home drunk. So I texted her to please make sure he left early the next morning before my daughter woke up.

should have to put up with shit like that. I don’t even have kids, but that “date night” story makes me want to vomit. Ice that horrible cake with her treating patients while COVID-positive, and I want to throw this entire person in the trash. It’s up to you if you want to report her to the Georgia Composite Medical Board for working while sick and contagious, but I certainly don’t think you have to put up with her crap. It’s a job hunter’s market right now, and you should take full advantage of that. You may even be able to find work closer to Athens and shorten your daily commute to minutes. You have options, and her business isn’t going to sink just because you leave. Your boss’ feelings are not more important than your health or your family’s safety. Freshen up that resume, and start looking. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/getadvice.


Welcome to the second edition of flagpole’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide. To be included in next year’s editions, contact the Flagpole Advertising Department at 706-549-0301 or ads@flagpole.com.

3 Ravens Tattoo & Piercing

A & E Cleaning

3 Ravens is the perfect place to stock up for the tattoo and piercing lover in your life! Shop a wide selection of premium jewelry, aftercare, or gift cards, redeemable for any tattoo or piercing service/product. Don’t forget to grab a hoodie, tee, or tote to rep the flock!

Save time and stress this holiday season and give the gift of a clean house! With over 14 years of cleaning experience A&E is a trusted local cleaning service!

159 W. Clayton St. 3ravenstattoo.com

aecleanathens@gmail.com facebook.com/athensAEcleaningservices

Call for gift certificates or a free estimate. 706-424-9810

A. Lafera Salon

Athens Community Council on Aging

Create a luxurious hair care ritual with the Mr. Smith Luxury Ritual set, which includes shampoo, masque, serum, and bag. P.F. Candle Co. scented candles are vegan, cruelty free, phthalate-free, soy wax in amber jars. Voluspa candles will illuminate your world anew with seasonally-inspired fragrances to warm your heart and home.

Help us ensure that all older adults in our community age well. A gift can provide a box fan for the warm summer months ($20), transportation to the pharmacy, grocery store or medical appointments ($10), or 1 day of care at our Adult Day Health Center ($60).

2440 W. Broad St., Suite 2 alafera.com

135 Hoyt St. accaging.com

Gift certificates available!

Athens Area Arts Council

Big City Bread Cafe

Support local art and arts nonprofit this holiday season! With a tax deductible donation of $25 or a $5 monthly donation, you get our 2021 collaboration shirt with local artist Noraa James. A gift will aid increased grant funding and AAAC’s 2022 initiatives supporting ACC schools.

Treat your loved ones and celebrate your love of Big City Bread with gift certificates in any denomination. Double up on local with Big City’s full-bodied and complex blend of coffee, roasted right here in Athens by Jittery Joe’s Coffee Roasters.

athensarts.org IG: @athensareaartscouncil

393 N. Finley St. bigcitybreadcafe.com

Stop in or call to order. 706-353-0029

Canopy Studio


Give the gift of aerial dance and circus arts with Kids Winter Camp (Dec. 20 - Jan. 5), Adult Workshops (Dec. 26 - Dec. 30), and Winter Session classes (begins Jan. 3) for all ages! Perfect for all abilities with no experience necessary. Wrap up a gift certificate and t-shirt this holiday season!

Give the gift of out of this world burgers and fries, voted favorite burger by Flagpole’s Readers. Buy gift certificates online or in house, for everything from the Meteor Burger to the Beyond Burger, fresh cocktails, Bell’s beer, fresh homemade desserts, and milkshakes. Or gift cool t-shirts in kid and adult sizes!

160-6 Tracy St. canopystudio.org

259 W. Washington St. clockeddiner.com



HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Daily Groceries Co-op

Depalma’s Italian Cafe

Shop local at Daily with Heartsong Herbs; Normal Soap Company salves, soaps, and chapstick; Andes hand-knitted gloves, hats, and scarves and Condor Chocolates (up to 80% Dark Chocolate).

DePalma’s offers catering and party trays to make your holidays tastier. Lasagna, Chicken Parmigian, salad, bread sticks and more. Call in your order and pick it up at one of our 3 locations.

Christmas Eve hours 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.

Gift cards, both physical and email versions, are available online at depalmasitaliancafe.com

Dynamite Clothing


Located downtown, Dynamite has a well curated selection of vintage, recycled and new clothing & an array of colored beanies, vintage flannels, and various Nike sneakers. They offer funky cool finds and classic wardrobe staples for all occasions and genders.

Satisfyer Pro 2 delivers intense pulsating suction for pleasure on land or in water. 7 vibration modes and the ability to connect music & multiple phones makes Lovense Lush 3 a must-have. With power levels up to 6,300 RPM and rumbling massage from the soft tip, no wonder it’s called Magic Wand Plus.

Franny’s Farmacy

Frog Pond Gift Shop

523 Prince Ave. dailygroceries.org

143 N. Jackson St. IG: @dynamiteclothingathens

2361 W. Broad St., Unit 10 frannysfarmacyathens.com

This Holidaze season, give the gift of Hemp Healing! CBD & Delta 8 Chocolate, Gummies & Honey Edibles. CBD Spa products such as Bath Salts & Face Masks...And SO much more! Now that’s putting the Farm back in Farmacy!

4100 Lexington Rd. shopstarship.com

205 Old Commerce Rd. At Sandy Creek Nature Center

Shop for nature-themed gifts for the whole family like these gifts intended to get kids outside! This butterfly kite is perfect for a windy day. A bug-friendly magnifying glass is a fun way to inspect the critters in your yard. This butterfly growing kit comes with free live caterpillars.

Open 7 days a week and available online.

Open Tuesday–Saturday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Garden Gift Shop

Healing Arts Centre

The Garden Gift Shop at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia offers unique gifts for kids, gardeners, readers and nature lovers! Get a pair of bug goggles to look and see like a bug, Beehouses to help support pollinators, or locally made puzzles by Very Good Puzzle featuring work from local artists.

Healing Arts Centre gift certificates allow you to give the gift of health to nourish the body, mind and soul. Gift certificates are good for any services, classes in Sangha Yoga Studio, or supplements from Remedy Herb Shop. You choose the amount and your loved one chooses the gift!

Gift shop hours: Tues.–Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 12–4 p.m.

Check website for classes, therapy options, and holiday hours!

2450 S. Milledge Ave. botgarden.uga.edu


401 E. Broad St., 2080 Timothy Rd., 1965 Barnett Shoals Rd. depalmasitaliancafe.com


834 Prince Ave. healingartscentre.net

Hendershot’s Coffee


237 Prince Ave. hendershotsathens.com


1072 Baxter St. homemadeathens.com

Support your favorite local spot and spoil your family and friends by gifting the finest coffee Athens has to offer. Christmas Coal Coffee is Hendershot’s signature holiday blend for the naughty and nice! Cozy Hendershot’s sweatsuits and smart 12 oz. travel mugs will keep your loved ones warm all season.

Get the perfect gift for your food-loving loved ones at home.made! Signature Southern snacks include New Orleans style Cheese Straws, Pepper Jelly Pecans and Corn Flour Cheese Straws (free of gluten and made with locally grown corn flour.) All three are available in regular and spicy versions!

Gift Cards available!

Available in-store and online & can be shipped within the contiguous US.

Indie South

Journey Juice

Indie South carries a wide selection of goods from over 100 makers and small brands like this elegant lavender glass candle holder, this celestial silkscreened velvet bag, and a selection of tarot and oracle cards like these Dreamscape Oracle Cards. Also shop for crystals, jewelry, books, houseplants, records and more!

Give the gift of health with a gift card from your favorite juiceria. Journey Juice is your local liquid farmstand and is sure to make your cells dance. They have stylish, punny merch to choose from as well. Shop local and get all the folks on your list JUICY this holiday season.

470 Hawthorne Ave. indiesouthfair.com

1428 Prince Ave. journeyjuice.com

Open seven days 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother


175 E. Clayton St. find us on facebook

invites you to

Junkman’s has something for everyone on your list! Check out their permanent space inside Cillies for gift items like this vintage national park puzzle, cool rainbow LED neon light, and gag gifts perfect for white elephant gift exchanges! Find their print ad in this issue for a full list of offerings. Open daily 1 p.m.–8 p.m. with extended holiday hours



Acupuncture, Yoga, Massage, Herbs & more.

834 Prince Avenue

GIFT CERTIFICATES for Health and Wellness!

You choose the amount, they choose the gift! DECEMBER 8, 2021 | FLAGPOLE.COM



Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation

Nuçi’s Space helps musicians access vital mental health resources in the Athens community. You can support their mission by giving the gift of Nuçi’s Space this holiday season! Purchase gift cards for rehearsal and recording studio bookings, gift a t-shirt, or dedicate a donor plaque on the Steeple garden wall.

OCAF presents their annual Artists’ Shoppe, featuring original/handmade items by artists and crafters that are perfect for the special people on your holiday gift list, including these earrings by Susan Woodhall, this scarf by Susan Gilmurray, or these snowball glass ornaments by by Loretta Eby.

396 Oconee St. nuci.org

34 School St., Watkinsville ocaf.com

Order online or stop in to purchase. Use coupon code FLAGPOLE to get 20% off Nuçi’s Space t-shirts.

Artists’ Shoppe open Dec. 3–22, Tues.–Sat. 10:00 a.m–4:00 p.m.

Pain and Wonder Tattoo and Piercing

The Pearl Girls

Pain and Wonder, an Athens favorite tattoo shop, has gifts for your loved ones: jewelry for all piercings and tattoos for anyone on your list.

Classic Gems in the Classic City! Shop classic, trendy, casual, and elegant pearl jewelry handmade by amazing local women, like the Bethany Rosebud Earrings, the Sweet Sixteen Necklace, and these Customizable Your Journey Stacking Stretchy Bracelets.

285 W. Washington St. painandwonder.com

548 Hawthorne Ave. thepearlgirls.com

Gift certificates available in any amount

Shop online anytime or in store Mon.–Fri. 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. & Sat. 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Free shipping and local pickup!

Rashe’s Cuisine

ReBlossom Mama & Baby Shop

Support your favorite small local business by gifting a soft and stylish Rashe’s Cuisine Jerked AF t-shirt, a Rashe’s Cuisine specialty chocolate bar (dark chocolate/pineapple/cashew/ coconut/jerk or milk chocolate/mango/ cashew) in collaboration with Condor Chocolates, or a flavorful custom blended tea (ginger hibiscus or chocolate, pineapple and mango).

Shop reBlossom to support their center and new non-profit, Athens Parent Wellbeing!Create your own sticker kaleidoscopes with Mrs. Grossman’s sticker books (ages 3-adult $16.95), make bath time fun with the Haba bubble whisk ($7.99) and enjoy walking in See Kai Run’s polar bear shoes ($39.99, foxes available too!).

585 Vine St., Suite 3 rashecuisine.com

220 N. Milledge Ave. reblossomathens.com.com

Order online. Gift cards available!

Rene Shoemaker

R. Wood Studio

Unique, stylish, just perfect! Share your love of Athens with the all-new The Doors of Athens poster, highlighting small businesses that keep our city vibrant and hip. Silk screened locally in deep blue ink, each poster is numbered and signed by the artist. Shop local!

Shop one-of-a-kind handmade pottery, home goods, and curated gift boxes with your favorite southern-made brands! Everything is locally-sourced and all of their pottery is made entirely by hand at their studio & retail space in Athens GA.

The Doors of Athens reneshoemaker.com/shop

Buy online, or at the K. A. Artist Shop and at the Creature Comforts holiday market December 15



450 Georgia Dr. rwoodstudio.com

R.Wood Studio is open daily; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m–4 p.m. weekends.

Sexy Suz


4124 Atlanta Hwy. FB & IG: @sexysuzathens

Bluetooth toys are very popular gifts right now. Perfect for playtime together or from anywhere in the world. Great for people deployed overseas. Satisfyer, Lovense and We-Vibe are the best-selling app compatible adult toy companies with several styles to choose from. Get your stocking stuffed at Sexy Suz this holiday!


585 Barber St. statethelabel.com

STATE makes one-of-kind clothing and objects right here in Athens! Along with their unique clothing, they offer design-forward homegoods and accessories to elevate your everyday. Seen here: Hand Painted Britches, a super fun Checkered Mug, and knit Striped Slippers with massive pom poms!

So much more available on their website OR shop in person at their Holiday Pop-Up on Sun., Dec. 12 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Steel + Plank

Urban Sanctuary

There’s no better way to celebrate community than by supporting Georgia makers. Share a piece of home with the people you love with locally handmade pieces crafted with care and intention, like Korai Goods planters, a Nancy Green serving platter paired with a Grands Designs cutting board, or ornaments by Ink&Indigo and Meredith Mejerle.

Gift Certificates to Urban Sanctuary bring comfort and joy! Massages, facials, spa merchandise, gifts for the bath and body, house and home. Eco–Friendly, Organic & Natural.

675 Pulaski Street, Suite 200 steelandplank.com

Sidewalk Saturday Sales Dec. 11 and 18 from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Highlighting local Georgia makers and one-of-a-kind gifts.

810 N. Chase St. urbansanctuaryspa.com

Shop online or call 706-613-3947.