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By Blake Aued and Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com For the past seven years, the Clarke County School Board has been trying to figure out what to do with the old West Broad School. Tear down all three buildings? Tear down two? Move the administrative offices there? Allow the creation of a community center and community kitchen? Continue to let neighborhood residents grow vegetables and fruits on the property? Turn the Minor Street building into a museum celebrating Black educational history in Athens? Renovate for a program of Early Head Start and Head Start? Open a health clinic? The board voted unanimously May 19 to keep—and eventually, restore and renovate—the buildings under the control of the school district. CCSD will decide what activities will take place at West Broad. This decision means the Athens Land Trust’s detailed funding and programming plans for the buildings and the land that were offered years ago are kaput. Former school superintendent Phil Lanoue wanted to relocate the district’s administrative offices from Mitchell Bridge Road to the West Broad School, but abandoned that idea when experts realized the buildings couldn’t meet the district’s square footage needs. Earlier this year, the central office moved into the former Piedmont College/Prince Avenue Baptist Church building, with Piedmont moving into a new building in Normaltown. Then, current Superintendent Xernona Thomas proposed an early learning center at West Broad, but the school board shot down her proposal because members wanted to save more of the historic campus rather than tear down the 1950s Campbell Street building and build new. Thomas then shifted gears and started renovating the old Gaines Elementary School for early learning. Before COVID ended face-to-face encounters, while Demond Means was superintendent, board meetings saw some of those offering public comment on West Broad’s future berate and even threaten board members. At Thursday’s meeting, there was no public comment, just board members sharing ideas. Board member Kara Dyckman wants the buildings to be used for the district’s academic needs. Another, Greg Davis, wondered if the Athens Community Career Academy could house a construction pathway at West Broad. Linda Davis advocated for including a museum celebrating Black educational history in the 1930s Minor Street building, though Thomas said the school district can’t fund such a facility. Linda Davis has said the buildings are the last remaining intact school buildings from the segregation era and as such are iconic for the African-American community in Athens. Mumbi Anderson said the three buildings offer the district a chance to create something “innovative,” to experiment and try something new, something “incredible.” Kirrena Gallagher wondered if a Montessori-style kindergarten could work there. Dyckman suggested the BOE reach


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out to the various advisory boards and also to students for their ideas. Thomas said it will take time to research what would be a good fit in the West Broad School buildings and to find funding sources. There is currently no money allocated for renovating West Broad. ESPLOST 6, which voters approved last fall, is expected to generate $130 million over the next five years. It will pay for a new $35 million-plus Clarke Middle School, to be completed in the fall of 2024, for renovations at Cedar Shoals High School, as well as projects at Gaines, Alps Road and Cleveland Road elementary schools, plus new school buses and upgraded kitchen, custodial, technology and security equipment. Also on Thursday, the board learned that Cognia, the accrediting agency brought in by Means to settle a feud with board members, says there are still areas of concern. These focus on leadership capacity, including adhering to a code of ethics and demonstrating organizational effectiveness. Cognia itself may face evaluation. During the 2023 session of the Georgia General Assembly, Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) introduced a bill to change how the accreditation agency operates, but it died on crossover day. Senate Bill 498 would have required accreditation to be based on fiscal management (20 percent) and academics (80 percent), and not on board governance, as state law currently requires. [Rebecca McCarthy]

Five Points Party House? The Athens-Clarke County Commission narrowly approved a Five Points guest house last week despite residents’ concerns that it will become a party pad for a Hollywood millionaire. In March, the ACC Historic Preservation Commission approved the guest house, which is located in the Castalia Avenue historic district, by a 6–1 vote. A group of residents, including Flagpole contributor Rebecca McCarthy, appealed that decision to the ACC Commission, which held a hearing May 17. The addition to 568 Castalia Ave. will include a 500-square-foot guest house connected to the main house by a large patio and grilling area, along with a storage shed. Hal Wright, a local attorney representing the neighborhood residents, described it as an “entertainment venue.” Before the March vote, Wright said an HPC member took the unprecedented step of reading a statement from a county attorney telling historic preservation commissioners that they “cannot consider anything outside the basic architectural integrity of the structure.” That statement was both incorrect and an indication that the HPC had already made its decision before debating the merits of the application, Wright said. “In short, it was an abuse of discretion, and I’m more than comfortable arguing this issue in court,” Wright told ACC commissioners.

The applicant, Christopher Brearton, is the chief operating officer at MGM Studios and lives in Beverly Hills, but said he maintains ties with Athens. He told the commission that he was on the swim team at UGA 35 years ago and once spoke at a graduation ceremony. “Even though I have a West Coast address, this is the place I keep coming back to more and more,” he said. Brearton said he bought the property for his family’s use and denied that he wanted to change the character of Castalia Avenue, a neighborhood of mainly small, owner-occupied one-story houses. “I fell in love with the street,” he said. “It’s a beautiful street. I don’t want to change it.” He and Sean Hogan, a local homebuilder, argued that they complied with all of planners’ requests, including reducing the size of the guest house and lowering the roofline. The addition will not be visible from the street, Hogan said. But according to Wright, the addition of a guest house goes against the purpose of the historic district—to maintain the appearance of a working-class neighborhood. The commission voted 5–4 to deny the appeal, with commissioners Mariah Parker, Melissa Link, Tim Denson, Jesse Houle and Carol Myers siding with Brearton and Patrick Davenport, Allison Wright, Russell Edwards and Mike Hamby siding with the residents. Link and Houle said they can’t speculate on how the structure will be used, but if it becomes a party house, Link advised neighbors to call the police about noise and parking issues. Hamby and Edwards, however, said a guest house doesn’t fit in that neighborhood. [Blake Aued]

Affordable ‘Courtyard’ Neighborhood Proposed on Oglethorpe At a subsequent agenda-setting meeting, commissioners also discussed a “cottage courtyard” off Oglethorpe Avenue, in the Knottingham neighborhood. The development would consist of 24 units on a little less than two acres—a mix of detached homes, duplexes, quadruplexes and one existing house—with shared parking and greenspace.

Applicant Matthew Hall, a UGA law professor, has worked on affordable housing issues as a planning commissioner, where Hall said he “became aware of AthensClarke County’s antiquated, Jim Crow-era zoning regulations, which are designed to keep housing artificially expensive by creating artificial scarcity by requiring very large lots, which dictates very large square footage, because that’s how developers make money when they have to pay for very large lots.” The two- and three-bedroom units would average about 1,1000 square feet and sit on 2,500 square-foot lots—well under the 8,000 square-foot minimum for the neighborhood. But putting them on smaller lots will keep them under $300,000, Hall said. The alternative to rezoning for smaller lots would be to build by right, which would likely result in nine large houses that sell for more than $600,000 each. Hall also said that three of the homes would be kept affordable through arrangements with the Athens Land Trust and Athens Area Habitat for Humanity. In addition, the homeowners’ association rules would require that the houses remain owner-occupied, he said. Without something in writing, though, another developer could buy the project with the intention of making it student rentals, Planning Director Brad Griffin said. “I think this is a great project. Commissioner Denson called it ‘forward thinking,’ but actually it’s very, very traditional,” Link said, comparing it to older neighborhoods like Cobbham and Five Points where there is a mix of housing. “This is the kind of development we should be encouraging in our in-town community.” Some commissioners did have concerns, though. Denson wanted staff to follow up on any plan to alleviate traffic backups at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary and the Loop. Houle asked about trees, stormwater and ways to hold the developers accountable for keeping their promises about affordability and ensuring the homes are owner-occupied. “I’m not thrilled about the density happening on this property in this part of our community,” Wright said. She also criticized

the $100-a-month HOA fee. Myers said the development is a creative way to alleviate the housing shortage in Athens, which is contributing to spiking home prices. “It’s clear that the only way that we’re going to have housing for people at different levels is… to think in a different way about zoning and how we do our housing,” Myers said. Neighbors have been divided on the project, according to feedback sent to the ACC Planning Department. Some praised it as much-needed affordable housing, while

ers that, while staffers love working at the library, turnover is high because it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to pay their bills. [BA]

Link’s Football Comments Draw Criticism


Calls are mounting for Link to apologize after making a reference to UGA football players “raping and murdering” during a budget hearing May 12. Link made the comment during a discussion about a proposed Youth Police Cadet Corps. She suggested recruiting ex-UGA athletes to fill vacant positions in the police department. “I think all the football players got drafted,” Commissioner Mike Hamby quipped. “A lot of them are out there raping and murdering,” Link responded. “Whoa, whoa!” said Commissioner Mariah Parker. “Allegedly. Jesus.” The comment caught the ear of Plans for a “cottage courtyard” call for 24 owner-occupied units on two state Rep. Houston acres off Oglethorpe Avenue, priced at about $265,000 each. Gaines (R-Athens), who tweeted: “These others raised concerns about density and defamatory, outrageous comments attacktraffic. ing college athletes at UGA by a sitting Planning staff recommended denying Commissioner must be condemned.” the rezoning request due to concerns about Commissioner Patrick Davenport issued introducing multifamily dwellings to a sina statement distancing himself from Link’s gle-family neighborhood, as well as a lack comment. It was also condemned by Alvin of parking and the size difference between Sheats, president of the NAACP’s Athens the existing house and the newer ones. The chapter. ACC Planning Commission, however, voted “In our beloved nation you are innocent unanimously to recommend approval, with until proven guilty. It is incumbent on all Hall recusing himself. The county commisof us, including our elected officials, to sion is scheduled to vote on final approval remember and cherish this foundational June 7. [BA] principle,” Sheats said in a statement. “Commissioner Link was out of order making that intemperate and outrageous statement about UGA football players. She The commission is also scheduled to should be ashamed and is duty bound to vote on ACC’s approximately $287 million retract that statement and apologize to budget on June 7, but commissioners were these young men and all of our residents. unable to finalize it at a May 19 work sesShould she refuse to do so, the Mayor and sion and will meet again Thursday, May 26. Commission publicly and as a collective Commissioners still have not settled body should condemn her remarks clearly on a potential property tax cut—Girtz has and forthrightly. Commissioner Link and all proposed reducing the millage rate by half a elected leaders must set the highest stanmill, but with property values soaring, some dards for justice and fairness and avoid any commissioners want more. Girtz said it’s hint of promoting bias.” likely that the commission-approved budget Link told the Athens Banner-Herald that will include a tax cut of 0.7 mills, funded by Gaines took her comment out of context. $500,000 in reserves, as well as trimming “The fact is, the vast majority of college aththe budget for capital projects and putting letes never get anywhere near a professional off a Leisure Services master plan for a year career in athletics, and one would hope it or using federal American Rescue Plan Act would be a priority of the program to assure funds to pay for it. that those individuals transition smoothly “It seems clear that commissioners have into productive adulthood. Sadly, quite a coalesced around a vast majority of the bud- few do not,” she said. get,” Girtz said, including pay raises for ACC Former linebacker Adam Anderson was employees. The commission also agreed indicted on rape charges in April. Rape to fund the Athens Regional Library’s full charges against another ex-Bulldog, Bacarri request for pay raises, bringing library staff Rambo, were dropped last month. Akhil up to a minimum of $15 an hour. About 20 Crumpton, who played for UGA in 2017 library employees and supporters came to a and 2018, is accused of shooting and killing May 17 public hearing to tell commissiona local RaceTrac clerk in 2021. [BA] f

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By Ed Tant news@flagpole.com “Thwarted lives have the most characof his life behind bars for his crimes. ter-conditioned hate… The easiest idea to In 2014, a year before Roof’s madness sell someone is that they are better than shocked America and the world, a longtime someone else. The appeal of the Ku Klux right-wing extremist named Frazier Glenn Klan and racist agitators rests on this Miller was arrested after he gunned down type of salesmanship,” wrote psychologist three people outside a Jewish community Gordon Allport in 1958. center and a Jewish retirement home in His warning from more than 60 years Overland Park, KS. Miller was 73 at the ago came true again in modern-day America time of his crime, and he was the leader on May 14. On that day, a young white gun- of neo-Nazi groups in North Carolina. man named Payton Gendron—motivated He called himself an “Aryan warrior” and by what the killer himself listed as white shouted “Heil Hitler!” from the back seat supremacy, antisemitism and fascism— of the police car where he was handcuffed opened fire at a supermarket in an Africanafter his arrest. Miller died in prison at the American community age of 80 in 2021. in Buffalo, NY, killing In 2009, a white For too long, domestic 10 people and raising supremacist and once again the specter Holocaust denier terrorists have attacked of domestic terrorism named James von schools, churches, mosques and Brunn killed a security right here in America. Not since 1901, during an attack synagogues across this nation. guard when a pistol-packing on the Holocaust anarchist murdered Memorial Museum in President William McKinley in Buffalo, has Washington, DC. When police searched his an act of gun violence focused the eyes of apartment in nearby Annapolis, MD, they the world on the city near Niagara Falls. found a rifle, ammunition, child pornogThe massacre in Buffalo was only the latest raphy and a painting of Jesus Christ and in a long line of killings that can be traced Adolf Hitler posed together. Von Brunn back to the deadly doctrines of right-wing died in custody at the age of 89 in 2010. extremists. In 2015, a front-page story in Miller and von Brunn were old men The New York Times warned about the danwhen they committed their crimes. Roof gers of homegrown terrorism, saying that and Gendron were young. All shared the since Sept. 11, 2001, when foreign-born mad ideology of the extreme right wing.


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terrorists attacked the United States, “… nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by fanatical Muslims.” The massacre in Buffalo is only the latest in a long line of murders committed by homegrown Hitler’s helpers right here in the United States in recent years. In 2015, Dylann Roof gunned down nine worshippers at a historic African-American church in Charleston, SC. Roof was a follower of Klan and neo-Confederate ideology who is now in prison in the Palmetto State. The families of his victims forgave him, but the state did not, and Roof will spend the rest

For too long, domestic terrorists have attacked schools, churches, mosques and synagogues across this nation. For too long, African-American communities have been plagued by institutionalized racism, white supremacy, poverty, guns and gangs. The massacre in Buffalo is just one more sad confirmation of the words of warning written by journalist George Seldes back in 1950: “The main threat to democracy comes not from the extreme left but from the extreme right, which is able to buy huge sections of the press and radio and wages a constant campaign to smear and discredit every progressive and humanitarian measure.” f


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It is hard to believe that the inimitable Peggy Galis will celebrate her 80th birthday this week. To help confirm this reality and in recognition of all she has contributed— and continues to contribute—to the Athens community, Mayor Kelly Girtz has declared that momentous date of May 26 to be “Peggy Galis Day.” A native of Elberton, Peggy Heard became an Athenian during four years as a UGA student in the early 1960s, and marriage to a young local lawyer, Denny Galis, made her a long-term resident. They’ve raised two sons here and are now helping to raise two very fortunate grandchildren. Peggy’s energy, enthusiasm and engagement on multiple fronts are just as evident now as they’ve been since I first came to know her 40 years ago. She’s remarkably well versed on a vast range of topics encompassing state and local history and on Southern literature more broadly. (She used to attend annual Faulkner conferences in Oxford, MS.) She’s long been a valuable board member and fervent champion of, among others, the Georgia Humanities Council, the UGA Press, the Athens Historical Society, the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and the Georgia Women of Achievement. Peggy worked closely with Dale Couch of the Georgia Museum of Art to establish the Henry D. Green Symposium for Decorative Arts, which first convened in 2002 and has met every third year since. According to Couch, Peggy “shaped the intellectual dimensions of the event by her command of Georgia history and her multiple scholarly connections.” Equally valuable was her creation of a distinctive social ambience to the symposia by encouraging Athenians to open their homes to out-oftown attendees. She and Denny have long set an example in making their beautiful home the site for lively gatherings of all sorts. The UGA History Department has long been a beneficiary of the Galises’ hospitality and generosity. Until COVID, Peggy hosted receptions or dinners for our first-year graduate students, which sent good vibes at the beginning of each school year, as well as for distinguished visiting speakers and for faculty members with special achievements to celebrate. A summer apprenticeship for UGA history PhD students at the UGA Press is endowed in Peggy’s honor. One of my favorite examples of both Peggy’s generosity and her curiosity lies in her attention to individual students. She has been known to strike up discussions

with students sitting near her on a campus bus or at a public lecture and was often intrigued enough to link them up with a faculty member whom she thought the student would benefit from knowing, and brought the two together over lunch or a visit on her front porch. Peggy has long committed her time and talents to the Clarke County schools, at no time more so than now. She’s long arranged for prominent speakers at UGA—such as Ernest Gaines, Alice Walker and, just last month, Natasha Trethewey—to also give talks at Clarke Central High School while they were in town. A year ago, Peggy established a K-12 Committee through the Athens Historical Society to seek out innovative ways in which teachers at all grade levels can embrace local history as part of the social studies curriculum. Partnering with the equally dynamic history professor Cindy Hahamovich, the twosome is already well into an ambitious project, in which they have Hahamovich’s students producing a series of short films documenting local history, as a way for teachers to incorporate Athens’ past into their courses. At the same time, this high-octane octogenarian is collaborating with another distinguished UGA historian, James Brooks, on a new experimental course he will teach in the fall. Called “Indigenous Athens,” the course taps into one of Peggy’s foremost areas of interest—the shifting presence of Creek Indians in this area, known as the Oconee Plateau, during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a proposal to Historic Athens for a public interpretive plan that it will adopt over time. This honor is not the first to pay tribute to all Peggy does; she was the recipient of the Governor’s Award in the Humanities in 2005. Who could have predicted that her record of service would have expanded so greatly as she approaches her 80th birthday? With no sign of resting on her laurels, that energy, enthusiasm, engagement and expertise remain in full force and show no sign of waning anytime soon. UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer related her favorite anecdote about Peggy: “Several years ago the Galises and I were walking through the Atlanta History Center, with Peggy a few steps ahead. She kept darting here and there, talking to people, reading exhibit signage, examining objects more closely. Denny said drolly, ‘Peggy Galis has never walked a straight line in her life.’” Bayer concluded by stating that she’s tried to live by that principle ever since. As should we all! f

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idea or not, I’m just helping kids to realize cause-effect and long-term impact.” Critical race theory was once defined as an academic framework examining racism as a cultural force rather than an individual evil. It has come to be used as a catch-all for lessons that some white parents say cause their children to feel guilty by association for sins like slavery and Jim Crow. In a February committee meeting, Dawsonville Republican Rep. Will Wade, HB 1084’s sponsor, said teachers will not need to avoid difficult subjects as long as they do not assign blame to white children. He told the committee about a time his young daughter came home from school in tears after hearing the story of Rosa Parks. “The point is to ensure that teachers are not, in their role, as a steward for a


eorgia students will soon be trading parents could find fault with their lessons their pencils and books for sunfor political reasons and land them in hot glasses and swimsuits after a busy water. school year. For teachers, the summer break One Forsyth County middle school is often a time for lesson planning and proteacher who asked that her name not be fessional training. published for fear of retaliation said she Tiffany Fannin, a social studies teacher worries her lessons on colonialism could who works with special education students, be put under scrutiny. She said she teaches will be undergoing some extra training this students about the effects on colonized summer to help her handle the type of sensitive issues currently occupying headlines and Here in Georgia, our classrooms will not be legislators’ brains. “I just want to make sure pawns to those who indoctrinate our kids that I am covering my stanwith their partisan political agendas. dards in a way that’s not going to cause an alarm with certain parents and learning how to present things factually, but also learning how to be able to present another side, if that’s possible, for many of the issues that we’re facing,” said Fannin. Starting in the fall, history teachers will be navigating a raft of new laws passed by the state legislature and signed by Gov. Brian Kemp ostensibly aimed at taking politics out of classrooms. The law that originated as House Bill 1084 bars teachers from discussing nine so-called divisive concepts, including that the United States is inherently racist, that a person should be discriminated against because people, including the loss of their freedoms classroom of children, to take what most of their race or that an individual bears and the erasure of their cultures and lanpeople experience at some point in their responsibility for misdeeds committed by guages and how that affects those populalife when they see the atrocities of the others of the same race. tions today. past,” he said. “That somehow, if you are “It ensures all of our state and nation’s “If I’m linking it to how those people this race, it is required of you that you history will be taught accurately,” said have functioned throughout the time of col- should feel anguish, you should feel terrible Kemp at a signing ceremony for the bill. onization and after that, and I’m linking it about yourself and who you are as a person “Because here in Georgia, our classrooms to today, to many of the ramifications, like because of these atrocities of the past, that will not be pawns to those who indoctriloss of language and how people are trying is the difference, and I believe in Georgia nate our kids with their partisan political to bring those back, I’m sure somebody in educators, I believe that they will underagendas.” our community could say that I am, under stand the difference.” Many Georgia teachers take umbrage the guise of standards, trying to teach critWhether parents understand the difat the idea that they would seek to indocical race theory,” she said. “However, that ference is another issue. Another Kemptrinate students, but they worry zealous is not the case. Whether I ascribe to that backed bill known as the parents’ Bill of

Rights codifies the rights of parents, including to inspect classroom materials. Fannin said she’s had a few parents express concerns about her lessons over the course of her career, but she’s always been able to reassure them by having a conversation and showing them her lesson plans. She said she is distressed by a perception that educators are up to no good, and she worries the new laws will make the parent-teacher relationship more hostile. “In March 2020, we were seen as heroes,” she said. “Teachers were seen as heroes as we were pushing the kids through this whole COVID situation, we’re trying to be positive and trying to get them engaged online, but probably two or three weeks before the semester started in August, we were seen as the villains, and we continue to be seen as the villains because of this critical race theory that’s been drummed up, also mask mandates. That’s been really disturbing to me.” The Forsyth middle-school teacher said she’s less confident in her administrators. She worries they will kowtow to what she calls a vocal minority of parents to avoid further problems, but she says she’s hopeful her district will come up with good guidelines and follow them properly. “I hope that it is followed with an open mind to actually hear what is being said and with someone who can think critically about what’s being said and not just take it and make it go away because it makes it look better for us,” she said. During the debate over the bills, detractors said the added scrutiny will push people away from becoming teachers. The Forsyth teacher said she has considered other lines of work, but she’ll be back in the classroom in the fall with her fingers crossed that everything will work out. “The thing that keeps me coming back is working with students,” she said. “I have fun with them. And there’s only been one part of my time in, during this year, particularly, that I’ve really had to consider where my allegiances are. But it is for the students that I even choose to come back. And I’ve signed my contract for next year, so I hope it’s going to continue to be a relative non-issue within my school.” f

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ttending college immediately after “We are securing that talent pipeline to high school—or even at all—isn’t help grow our business,” Thompson says. something everyone wants or can afford. “We’ll evaluate every year what the needs A collaboration among the Clarke County are and then adjust the pathway.” The first School District, Athens Technical College apprentice from the Career Academy at and the local business community, the ABB will earn from $18–$24 an hour with Athens Community Career Academy offers benefits, he says, when they start working high school students a variety of career full-time. pathways to enter the workforce in Athens. Health care, the oldest and most popular Students can advance themselves by pathway, gives students a foundation in earning certifications and associate degrees patient care, and it, too, has a waiting list. and by learning important skills needed Students can continue their coursework to continue their education. They can also through Athens Tech, becoming an EMT. earn college credit through Athens Tech Plans are under discussion to add training in by enrolling in college-level courses at the phlebotomy (drawing blood from patients), Academy. surgical technology (preparing instruments “The students here are very motivated,” needed for surgeries) and medical assistant says Reginald Thomas, the director of the certification. For these three fields, Athens ACCA. “Everyone has to pick a pathway, and it’s their choice, so they’re excited about being here.” Now that school district administrators have moved to new offices on Prince Avenue, the career academy has more space in the H.T. Edwards building for expansion. For 2021–22, the school has 225 students; next academic year, there will be spots for 365 sophomores, juniors and seniors at the academy. Most spend half a day at the academy and half at their home high school, either Clarke Central or Cedar Shoals. A governing board of industry leaders helps the school district and Athens Tech find and plan for workforce needs in the community, and even develop curriculums approved by state education officials. “All we want to do is to help these kids get jobs,” says Georgia Power’s Christy Terrell, A welding student at the Athens Community Career Academy. the company’s regional external affairs manager in Northeast Georgia and the chair of the ACCA governTech and the career academy will work ing board. “We are constantly evaluating job together to develop the curriculum, in partdemands in the area and trying to deternership with Piedmont Athens Regional, mine the top jobs that need filling and what says Elaine Cook, the hospital system’s repthey pay, and then to evaluate whether our resentative on the governing board. pathways meet those needs.” Other pathways include audio and video In addition to Georgia Power, busitechnology, film, culinary arts, cosmetology ness supporters include representatives and teaching as a profession. The film pathfrom Carrier Transicold, ABB Motors and way will include broadcasting in the fall. Mechanical, Piedmont Athens Regional, Terrell says the board is also considering Caterpillar, the Classic Center, Pilgrims adding pathways for HVAC, biotechnology Pride and Accurus Aerospace. and construction. The academy has partLast fall, the academy opened the nered with the Classic Center to develop advanced manufacturing and welding lab, a hospitality pathway that will begin in a high-school pathway. It’s where stuthe fall of 2022. It will include hotel and dents can earn certifications, says Brad hospitality management and entertainThompson, general manager of ABB’s ment, sports and event management, “and Athens operation, one of several compathe plan is to include booking shows and nies that helped pay for the new facilities. events,” Thomas says. Others include Georgia Power, Caterpillar Culinary arts students currently cater and Carrier Transicold. Director Thomas events for school district functions, but in says there’s a waiting list for the program, the fall of 2023, they will be working onsite in which students learn the foundations of in a remodeled kitchen that’s commercial materials science, robotics and automated grade. Plans are to find space for a restausystems, and production enterprises, as rant in the career academy, open to the well as welding. Upon completion, they can community, and to let the students experiwork in various manufacturing jobs. ence firsthand running a food business. f





Kennel Confidential


and then when we finally got it, we lassoed it with like six different leashes, and it was still trying to kill us. That thing was never nice. FP: What are the most interesting animals you get calls about?

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ets are the honorees of this issue, but the non- or semi-domesticated furry, feathery and scaly residents of Athens deserve their moment in the spotlight, too. Kristall Barber, Athens-Clarke County’s director of Animal Services, has intimate knowledge of their activities and how to respond to their occasional antics. A veteran animal control officer of nearly 17 years, Barber chatted with Flagpole about her experiences on the job. Flagpole: What is your favorite part of working with animals every day? Kristall Barber: Every day is a different day. You never know what you’re gonna get. What kind of situation you’re gonna walk into and what kind of animals you’re gonna deal with—it changes from one day to the next.

FP: What are the most challenging parts of your job? KB: The sad stuff, like dog bites. Sick or injured animals that you have to euthanize is never a fun thing. Those are probably the most difficult, and then just being overwhelmed by the amount of animals that you can have at one time, whether that be on a scene or in a facility.

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FP: What portion would you estimate of your calls are those sad ones, and what portion are more along the lines of ridiculous situations you have to untangle? KB: 20% are probably sick and injured animals. Then probably 20% of our job is dealing with just weird situations. Like a couple weeks ago, I had a snake that had gotten caught in, you know when a garage door goes up and down, the doors are in

four sections? Its back had gotten caught between two sections. This lady, who was probably in her 90s with her oxygen tank, couldn’t get in her house. She opened the door and closed it like four times, but the snake couldn’t get out. By the time I’d gotten there, the Winterville Police Department had actually got the snake out, but then it wouldn’t let her in her front door. So I got my snake tongs out and picked it up and put it in a tree. You just never know what you’re gonna get with those kinds of calls. FP: Could you share an interesting or amusing story from work? KB: I am extremely short. I’m not quite five feet tall. Even with the catchpole, I could not get this raccoon out of this tree. It was just literally hanging out on this tree with a peanut butter jar stuck on its head. I had to call Officer DeLeon, because he’s taller than I am by a foot and a half. We used a control stick and got him off of the tree, and then we covered him with a blanket, and I pulled the peanut butter jar off his head. As soon as his head was out, he just looked like, “What happened?” We let him go, and he just ran back up the tree. It was so funny; he could not get far enough away from us. FP: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen on the job? KB: We picked up an emu one time. That thing wanted to kill us. There were like six of us trying to get this thing. It was like a turkey on steroids—he was taller than me. We chased him around for like 30 minutes,

KB: Any of the wildlife, because you just don’t see them every day. We get a lot of raccoon calls, a lot of possum calls, so I think the wildlife that’s not normal. We’ve had a baby deer here twice now. We get some livestock calls; we’ve picked up a couple of pigs and goats that have been roaming around. We had one chicken and guinea hen. Those wild animals that aren’t normal or the livestock that you don’t get every day are the most fun. FP: Are you ever called with silly or unnecessary requests? Any examples? KB: That’s like every day here. We get calls every day that we don’t go out to, because it’s not that the request is silly, it’s just that it’s not the right department. People think that we have powers that we don’t have or that we’re law enforcement. Sometimes even the police will want us to clear the house. And it’s like, no, you have the weapon. You can clear the house. If

there are animals, I will contain them, after you go in and make sure there’s no bad guys that can shoot me. Also—snakes outside. That’s a perfect place for a snake. We’re not gonna go remove it from your yard. Wildlife are probably the calls that we get the most that are like, yeah, we’re not going to do that. FP: What PSA do you want to send to the Athens community about animal care or ACC Animal Services in general? KB: The biggest thing is to make sure your microchip information is up to date. We spend so much time tracking down microchips, it’s ridiculous. Don’t wait to lose your animal to do it. But if you do have an animal that’s lost, as soon as you notice your animal missing, make sure your microchip information is up to date—and know that your pet has one. The second thing is to have some kind of identification on your animal. And then for wildlife, leave them alone. Ignore them. Or, learn to live with them. We have purchased this property and taken down all the natural resources for these wild animals. That’s our fault, not theirs. And then there’s kitten season—everybody sees a kitten, and they’re like, “Oh my gosh, mom’s obviously gone.” Generally cats don’t have litters of one, so probably she’s in the process of moving them. If the next day you’re still seeing that kitten, then interference is OK, but give the mother some time. FP: Is there anything else you want to add? KB: Just that I hate the proverbial idea that dog catchers are usually a short fat person with a net. I blame Disney for that. Yes, we do use a net occasionally, but we are very much animal loving people. A lot of people are like, “I couldn’t do that job. I love animals.” That’s why I do this job: I love animals. This is one of those positions that is a lot of times just misunderstood. I blame Disney—I’ve never seen them do a decent dog catcher. f

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a walkway back over here in a corner where there’s two dead walls and there’s nothing to see. You want to be on the outside edges looking at that bird feeder and squirrel tree over there.” While a catio is something anyone could potentially build, Johnston has put a lot of thought and research into his materials and designs. The mesh used is strong enough to keep pets in, deter humans and keep wildlife out (up to a bear) but not sharp in a way that could cause harm to the pads of a climbing or clawing cat paw. Any brackets used are specially designed to not create open spaces where a cat could accidentally get hung up. Some cat-approved favorite

feature external litter boxes that can be cleaned from the outside, which provides a private bathroom and removes an unpleasant fixture. For shared spaces, Johnston recommends an insect screen overlay that is added to the default mesh. Because there is minimal attachment to the house and the catio panels are screwed together, it is very easy to relocate or sell a catio. Some of the builds that and set out to perfect the catio build. are precisely custom-fit to the space are “It was like somebody opened a floodunable to be moved, but once the shelving gate. You’re building catios?! I’m getting and enrichment toys are uninstalled, the emails and calls from you name a state. space becomes a regular screened patio. Except for I haven’t got one from Hawaii or Everything can be moved, or removed, via Alaska yet,” says Johnston. “What I thought screws, so adding enrichment options or would be just maybe once changing the ones already every two or three months, there based on your pet’s I’d build one, turned into I’m needs is a simple fix. doing one or two a week.” Johnston has created Although the catios are builds and donated cat towers designed to be a complemento several nonprofits, rescues tary addition to the home, and animal shelters around homeowners’ associations the area. When Samantha can be resistant and place Martin of Rock Cats Rescue guidelines on the structures. needed assistance with the However, Johnston proudly Amazing Acro-cats bus, claims that he has yet to have Johnston rebuilt the entire an HOA refuse any of his “kitty city” in the back of the plans, especially once they’ve group’s tour bus. Catios are seen his portfolio and undergrowing in popularity at anistand that a catio is not equivmal shelters due to the vast alent to “Farmer John’s funky health benefits for the adopchicken coop.” Everything is tees. Madison Oglethorpe customizable, though, based Animal Shelter has reported on the customer’s wishes. to Johnston that the cats Some catios are additional are finding better fit “forever structures minimally attached homes” and adoption rates to the house and painted the have increased since the addisame color, some are enclosed tion of the catio on the front spaces under or on top of of the facility. existing decks, and some are “When you go to some of painted to be fun and expresthese intros at the shelters, sive rather than a blend. they just bring you in an “When we go inside these empty room with a chair and catios, we have no set plan. some cat toys to maybe try Catio Bob and his workshop cats Mr. Pickles, Mrs. Sarah and Elbers. Sometimes not even a preto play with. It’s a strange conceived plan of where any room for these guys. Now of these walkways and platforms are going customizations are the firehose hammocks they’ve had time to sit out there, hang out, to go because we go in, put the shell up and and plexiglass bubble beds. acclimate, decompress. Now you’re seeing then we start looking at environmental Many customers take advantage of a relaxed, normal cat and what their MO is things around the catio that maybe a cat using catios as a shared space, combining like,” says Johnston. “It makes me feel good would like to see,” says Johnston. “You the comforts of cat playthings with patio to see these guys get that time. Give cats don’t want to put a bunch of platforms in furniture and even ceiling fans. The catios equal time.” f

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he often aloof nature of cats lends to an impression of them as lonesome outdoor wanderers, but the idea of keeping pet cats indoors is gaining more traction and momentum—for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of wildlife around them. Traffic, disease and other predators are a threat to cats’ life, but cats pose their own threat as a neighborhood predator. In 2020, a tracking study reported by NPR revealed that house cats can have four to 10 times more impact on local wildlife than wild predators. So, there’s a good case to keep your feline friends indoors. The “catio” craze—playing on the words “cat” and “patio”—has provided a solution to ensuring that your cat can still live a healthy, stimulated and fulfilled life as a homebody. One of the Southeast’s most in-demand catio builders lives right in our Athens community: Robert Johnston, known as Catio Bob. Johnston specializes in building highly customizable catios for any indoor or outdoor space suitable for the largest, lazy house cat to the elderly or those with special needs. At their most basic, these catios consist of panels made from wood and wire mesh with various enrichment walkways and accessories inside. Before retirement, Johnston built large animal enclosures commercially for 17 years. These enclosures housed large groups or colonies of animals for boarding facilities, research facilities and kennels. While discussing what he was going to do post-retirement to stay busy and out of trouble, a coworker recommended that Johnston build catios. Having never heard of one, Johnston began doing research online and, in addition to discovering they were exactly what he was currently doing but on a smaller scale, found that there was a lack of specialized builders in the national market. Four years ago, he filed the Catio Bob, LLC

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Flicker Theatre & Bar • 8 p.m. • $6

Local hardcore band Foodeater celebrates the official vinyl release of its self-titled debut album, a swift punch of bratty bliss that listeners have come to expect from vocalist Eddy Lezama (The Fuzzlers), guitarist Reeth Dasgupta (Apparition), bassist Nate Malcolm and drummer Jason Griffin (Weaponized Flesh). Pressed at Kindercore Vinyl in multiple colors, the album was released via Dasgupta’s tape label Futile Force, which, with other recent releases by ConSec and Fat Jock under its belt, has quickly established itself as a well-curated foothold for Athens punk and

astrology, manifesting success, plant identification, medicinal cooking and more. In between the workshops, attendees can participate in drum circles and shopping with vendors. The day will end with a burn and music to celebrate the personal and group work everyone has put into their day. [Sam Lipkin] MUSIC | SAT, MAY 28

Athens Surf Stomp 2022

Southern Brewing Company • 2:30 p.m. • $7 (adv.), $10

Now in its seventh year, the Athens Surf Stomp brings a diverse range of acts under the banner of surf rock, a genre so diverse that it serves more as a cultural touchstone



hardcore. Joined by new Atlanta hardcore band Saddam Death Cave and local thrash skate punks Multiple Miggs, tonight’s performance kicks off a 10-date spring tour taking Foodeater through Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Carolinas. In addition to the self-titled album, attendees can get their paws on a new seven-track Spring ’22 Tour Tape. [Jessica Smith]

than a strict definition of sound. This year’s acts revel in taking surf rock as far as it will go, with bands like Genki Genki Panic bringing their slimy brand of horror surf to the stage, or Outersea psyching out the masses. The Mystery Men? blend traditional surf with the cinematic, with a


Healing Arts Festival

Rabbit Hole Studios • 9–12 a.m. • $40

As a genuinely fullday affair consisting of workshops, music and vendors, the Healing Arts Festival was put together by Alexandria Pettit, who recently moved to Athens with a vision of bringing together healers and artists. Pettit graduated high school and yoga school just Genki Genki Panic as COVID hit, which left her feeling displaced, and five-piece band consisting of 60% guitars. she says, “With only being in this area for a short time, I have already found more open, El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists will also make an appearance, as well as The Spectre aware and like-minded people than I’ve of Surf, Kinky Waikiki, The KBK and ever met, and [I] felt the call to bring these individuals together to create an experience Trycoh. DJs Nate Mitchell and Kurt Wood Athens has never seen before.” There will be spin vinyl in between acts to ensure you keep riding the wave! [Patrick Barry] f workshops on the topics of yoga, massage,


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Zahra Daftar is Alive & Blessed PLUS, MORE MUSIC NEWS AND GOSSIP

By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com EASY, BREEZY: I have no idea who Zahra Daftar is, nor do I have any insight into her connection to or participation in the Athens music scene. What I do know is she has just released a killer new album named Alive & Blessed. This seven-song release stands solidly at the intersection of indie electro-pop and trip hop. Indeed, a couple of these tracks (notably “Down To The Letter” and “Show Me”) could have easily experienced a past life as early Danger Mouse productions or even mixtape tracks from WesdaRuler. Daftar’s voice is smooth and relaxed but not exhausted, worn and put upon. Fans of, say, Sia, Sade or Portishead should find an easy home here. Find it at zahradaftar. bandcamp.com. MY RULES: The irrepressible Foodeater has once again blessed classic hardcore fans. Right on the heels of seeing its album released on vinyl, the group has released Spring ‘22 Tour Tape, the title of which should be entirely self-explanatory. The self-referential sample from River’s Edge right at the beginning of the spectacular “Badge Number” is a nice touch, too. At a certain point, there’s very little to actually say about this, because there’s only so many ways you can say “loud, fast, etc.” So, while I don’t believe anyone should be forced to listen to this, I honZahra Daftar estly can’t imagine anyone so inclined to walk away disappointed at all. Find your bliss over at futileforce.bandcamp.com. DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER: After working it, so to speak, since its release, musician and songwriter Drew Beskin will play his last set directly promoting his album Problematic for the People during the middle slot of the show happening Saturday, May 28 at the 40 Watt Club. Bookending Beskin and his band this night are Atlanta’s Quiet Hounds (formerly Trances Arc) headlining and new Athens group The Echolocations opening. Beskin describes the latter as “an awesome ‘50s/‘60s sounding band,” so consider yourself advised. Doors are at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m. He also reports that, after this show, he’s likely to lay low until around September, when he begins working on his new, upcoming album. Get up to speed at drewbeskin.bandcamp.com. PLEASE HELP IF POSSIBLE: Possibly the hardest working man in Athens music—or at least the most consistently productive—needs our help. Mike Dyer, who writes and records under various monikers, including

Cabbage Looper and Killa Cabbi, has suffered a house fire and lost all his possessions including his music production gear. Funds for his recovery are being raised as we speak, and you can contribute to a dedicated GoFundMe campaign via gofund. me/1be6342a or assist directly via Venmo at @Michael-Dyer-121. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, which absolutely zero regular readers of this column should be, please become familiar over at echobassrecords. bandcamp.com. SUMMER SELECTION: Sebastian Marquez (Dead Neighbors) has released a charity single under his new-ish Slime Ring name, which is sometimes stylized as SLM_RNG. The track is named “SLM_RNG_Wrinkles, Creases, Grooves.” And it is, indeed, a groovy indie-pop tune that’s a little spacey

but, melodically speaking, incredibly similar to old Athens group Masters Of The Hemisphere. Marquez reports that all proceeds from this song will go to Atlanta’s Feminist Women’s Health Center. So, check it out and drop a buck if ya want. Head to slimering.bandcamp.com to find what you seek. PUT A LOAD ON YOUR FEET: The 2022 Athens Surf Stomp will happen at Southern Brewing Co. Saturday, May 28. Doors are at 2:30 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m. The lineup for this year’s event is El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists (3 p.m.), The Spectre of Surf (3:50 p.m.), The Mystery Men? (4:40 p.m.), Kinky Waikiki (5:30 p.m.), Genki Genki Panic (6:20 p.m.), Outersea (7:10 p.m.), The KBK (8 p.m.), and Trycoh (8:50 p.m.). In between bands DJs Nate Mitchell and Kurt Wood will spin records to keep your attention and enthusiasm. Tickets are a mere $7 in advance and only 10 bucks at the door. For more information and tickets, please see facebook.com/ AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA. f

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bulletin board Deadline for getting listed in Bulletin Board is every THURSDAY at 5 p.m. for the print issue that comes out the following Wednesday. Online listings are updated daily. Email calendar@flagpole.com.

Art ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. athenscreatives@gmail.com, www. athenscreatives.directory CALL FOR ARTISTS AND CURATORS (Lyndon House Arts Center) LHAC invites area artists, artist groups and curators to submit original exhibition proposals. Artists are also invited to submit images of their work for consideration for larger group or themed shows. Exhibitions may be scheduled as far out as three years. Submit an online proposal form. Deadline Sept. 20. beth.sale@accgov.com, accgov. com/lyndonhouse CALL FOR ENTRIES (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) ATHICA is accepting applications for Artist-in-ATHICA residencies, Solo-Duo-Trio exhibitions and internships. www.athica.org/membership, www.athica.org/updates/ call_2022_showcase 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 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. www. accgov.com/7350/Open-Studio-Membership

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 CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) Classes are held in digital art, handmade books, drawing fundamentals, watercolor, landscape painting, linocut printmaking, printing on fabric and more. Check website for dates and to register. www.kaartist.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


Modernism on Paper from the Collection of Michael T. Ricker” is held June 2, 2 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org THE ARTIST’S WAY STUDY GROUP (24th Street Clubhouse, 150 Collins Industrial Blvd.) A gathering of artists, musicians, writers and creatives meet to discuss the book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Every Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Donations welcome. beth@ beththompsonphotography.com, www.24thstreetathens.com ATHENS CHAUTAUQUA SOCIETY (Morton Theatre) “Pauli Murray: Confronting the Law” will be held June 12, 3 p.m. FREE! “Robert F.

DELIVERING THE FUTURE: COCACOLA TRUCK TOUR (Athens Technical College) Learn about the school’s commercial truck driving program and post-graduation job opportunities with Coca-Cola United. May 25, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! jdorio@jacksonspalding. com FOREST HEIGHTS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (Forest Heights Neighborhood) The Blueberry Cook-off will be held 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at 145 Holly Court. An Open-Yard Tour featuring an edible and ecological landscape will be held at 2 p.m. at 515 Forest Heights Drive. The Blueberry Jam concert will be held 5:30–9 p.m. at 145 Holly Court with Claire Campbell, The Wydelles, Organically Programmed, Jacob Wenzka and others. June 4. FREE! www.regenerators.earth/ festival GORGEOUS GEORGE’S IMPROV LEAGUE (Buvez) Come out for some home-grown townie improv. Bring some interesting suggestions

breathing, mindfulness and inward Learn from experts with years of listening. Every Monday, 9 a.m. professional experience. Contact $10. www.wintervillecenter.com for details. 706-372-4349, marinCLAY CLASSES (Good Dirt) Regisabilbao75@gmail.com, www.maritration opens on the 15th of every na-spain-2020.squarespace.com month for the following month’s YOGA CLASSES AND EVENTS classes and workshop. Classes (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) range from wheel, unique handles, “Yoga Flow and Restore with hand building sculpture and more. Nicole Bechill” is held Thursdays Studio membership is included in at 5:30 p.m. Online classes include class price. www.gooddirt.net “Trauma Conscious Yoga with CrysCOMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit tal” Thursdays at 6 p.m. and “Yoga Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a for Wellbeing with Nicole Bechill” 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. richardshoe@gmail. com LINE DANCE (Multiple Locations) Lessons for beginners and beyond are held every first, third and fifth Tuesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The second and fourth Tuesdays offer evenings of line dancing, two-step and waltz. Third Tuesdays are hosted at the Bogart Community Center. Other nights are held Illustrations by Cameron Berglund are currently on view at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia through June 26. at Athens VFW. $10. ljoyner1722@att.net and a loose funny bone to help MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVEKennedy: Keeping the Peace” will on Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. www. create some improv magic on the NINGS (Online) Discuss and be held June 12, 7 p.m. FREE! revolutiontherapyandyoga.com spot. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. practice how to change your relawww.athenschq.org YOGA SERIES (Chase Park) Build a $5 suggested donation. www.flytionship with difficult thoughts and ATHENS DEMS ELECTION NIGHT yoga practice, deepen connections ingsquidcomedy.com emotions. Email for the Zoom link. WATCH PARTY (Little Kings to yourself and others, and learn HENDERSHOT’S EVENTS (HenderSecond Friday of the month, 6–7 Shuffle Club) Join the Athens Dems to use yoga in everyday life. The shot’s Coffee) Disconnect to conp.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net to watch the results roll in. May 24, six-week series is held Wednesdays nect during No Phone Parties with a NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP 7 p.m. FREE! accdc.communicabeginning June 8, 12–1 p.m. $130. phone-free, laptop-free happy hour (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: tions@gmail.com shelleydownsyoga@gmail.com, featuring drink specials, snacks, OCAF) Beatrice Brown leads a twoATHENS FARMERS MARKET www.shelleydownsyoga.offeringgames and a record player. Every day workshop covering the basics of (Multiple Locations) Shop fresh tree.com Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. www.hendernatural dyeing processes including produce, flowers, eggs, meats, YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (Shakti shotsathens.com extraction of the dye from botanical prepared foods, a variety of arts and Power Yoga Athens) Deepen your HOMETOWN PARTY (The Park at materials. July 9–10, 10 a.m.–5 crafts, and live music. Additionally, practice and learn to teach others Five Points) Avid Bookshop hosts p.m. $175–225. www.ocaf.com AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent in person and online during this food writer and cookbook author OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION at the market. Every Saturday at 200-hour yoga teacher training. Nicole A. Taylor in celebration (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Bishop Park, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Every June 11–17 and July 9–15. www. of her newest work, Watermelon Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a Wednesday at Creature Comforts shaktiyogaathens.com/shakti-yoand Red Birds: A Cookbook for meditation designed to guide parBrewing Co., 5–8 p.m. www.athga-university Juneteenth and Black Celebrations. ticipants into stillness and silence. ensfarmersmarket.net ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Attendees must purchase a copy of Mondays, 4–5 p.m. Donations BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” the book to attend. June 16, 6:30 encouraged. www.healingartscenLibrary) “KnitLits Knitting Group” is (chair and standing) on Mondays p.m. www.avidbookshop.com tre.net held every Thursday at 6 p.m. “Bogat 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS PAINTING CLASSES (Private Studio art Bookies Adult Book Club” will yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 (Margo Metaphysical) Monday on Athens Eastside) One-on-one discuss Everything is Illuminated by p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class Tarot Readings offered 1–5 p.m. or small group adult classes are Jonathan Safran Foer on June 7 at 1 or $18/month. 706-612-8077, ($6 per card). Tuesday Tarot with offered in acrylic and watercolor p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/bogart ommmever@yahoo.com Davita offered 4–6 p.m. ($5 per painting. Choose day workshops, CLASSIC CITY PETANQUE CLUB card). Wednesday Night Sound ongoing weekly classes or feedback (Lay Park) New players welcome. Healing with Joey held 6–7:30 p.m. sessions. laurenadamsartist@ Scheduled play days are Tuesdays ($35). Thursday Tarot with Courtney icloud.com and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of is offered 12–5 p.m. ($10–45). PUBLIC DANCE (The Studio Athens) Sundays at 4 p.m. vicepresident@ Art) “Artful Conversation: Carrie Friday Henna Party with Aiyanna Beginner Rumba lessons followed athenspetanque.org Mae Weems” is held May 25 at 2 ($10–75). 706-372-1462 by DJ’d waltz, swing, salsa, tango COMEDY NIGHT (40 Watt Club) Joe p.m. “Teen Studio: Lou Stovall” is MERRY MEET EVERY WEEK (Rabetc. Every fourth Saturday. 7:30–10 Pettis hosts a comedy night with held May 26, 5:30 p.m. “Curator bit Hole Studios) Meet members p.m. $5 (students), $10 (non-stuMANDAL, Lauren Knight, Carter Talk: ‘Carrie Mae Weems: The of the Athens Area Pagans. Current dents). www.gmdance.com Deems and surprise guests. May Usual Suspects” is held June 1, 2 projects include planning for SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) 27, 7 p.m. $10–12. www.40watt. p.m. “Graphic Eloquence: American Athens Pagan Pride Day Festival, a For adults, couples and children. com

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community garden, photo club and more. Meetings held every Saturday, 5 p.m. Donations encouraged. beth@athensareapagans.org MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT (Sandy Creek Park) Dun-dun. Dun-dun. Watch Jaws at the park’s beach area. Bring law chairs or blankets. June 4, 8:30 p.m. FREE! www. accgov.com/leisure OCONEE FARMERS MARKET (Oconee County Courthouse, Watkinsville) Over 20 vendors offer a variety of fresh produce, local honey, fresh-cut flowers, unique crafts, dog treats, fresh gelato, homemade pasta, locally sourced meats and eggs, plants and more. Many vendors offer pre-ordering options and curbside pickup. Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www. oconeefarmersmarket.net PRIDE PARADE (Downtown Athens) Athens Pride & Queer Collective will host the first-ever Pride Parade. The parade will culminate at Thomas Lay Park for a BBQueer cookout with food, music, vendors and fellowship. The event is currently seeking sponsors and parade participants including floats, walking groups and individuals. June 12, 2 p.m. www.athenspride. org/parade RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Acoustic Fire Pit Jams are held every Monday, 7–11 p.m. Flow Jam Night for flow artists and LED/fire spinners is held Thursdays from 7–11 p.m. Free music theory group lessons for guitarists are held Thursdays from 7–10 p.m. White Rabbit Collective hosts a drum circle every Sunday downtown on College Ave. 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 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 REX’S EXES (Elbert Theatre) Encore Productions presents a Southern-fried comedy. June 3–4 & June 10–11, 7 p.m. June 5 & June 12, 2 p.m. $9–16. tking@cityofelberton. net RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT PLEIN AIR EVENTS (Rocket Field at Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Highlighting the current exhibition “Rhythm and Movement: The Art of Music,” OCAF hosts a series of plein air painting/drawing workshops taught by Jack Burk. Participants will listen to music as they paint. The lineup of musicians includes Lonesome Dawn (June 11, 6 p.m.). $20–25/workshop. www. ocaf.com 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.southernstarstudioathens.com SOUTHERN VIOLENCE & WRESTLING (The Warehouse) Live wrestling featuring Andey Ripley’s Full Term. June 25, 8 p.m. $10. www. facebook.com/southernviolenceandwrestling THURSDAY TRIVIA (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Jon Head hosts trivia every Thursday. Win pitchers and gift certificates. Thursdays, 7–9 p.m. www.johnnyspizza.com WBFM DRIVE-THRU PICK-UP (West Broad Farmers Market) The West Broad Farmers Market offers fresh produce, locally raised meat

and eggs, baked goods, flowers, artisan goods and more. Order online or by phone Sundays–Thursdays, then pick up on Saturdays between 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. www.wbf.locallygrown.net WEAR ORANGE (Bishop Park Pavilion) Join survivors and volunteers to encourage support of solutions to end gun violence through the recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wear orange and create art with the Soul Box project. Survivors are invited to bring a picture or memento of their loved one. June 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE! athensmomsdemand@ gmail.com

Help Out DIAPER DRIVE (Bogart Library) Drop off diaper donations in the library’s foyer for the Athens Area Diaper Bank. www.athensareadiaperbank. com

Kidstuff ACC LIBRARY EVENTS (ACC Library) “Open Chess Play” is held Mondays, 3–5 p.m. “Virtual Storytime” is held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. “Virtual Bedtime Stories” is held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. “Preschool Storytime” is held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. www.athenslibrary.org ART CAMPS FOR PROMISING YOUNG ARTISTS (K.A. Artist Shop) Camps are offered for ages 10–12 and 13–17 and take place in-person, Mondays–Fridays during 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30–5:30 p.m. Subjects include drawing, painting, illustration, calligraphy, printmaking, collage, journaling and more. $250 (half day), $450 (full day). www.kaartist.com 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 ATHENS FOREST KINDERGARTEN SUMMER SESSION (Sandy Creek Park) Ages 3.5–6.5 can participate in a child-discovered curriculum in the forest. Weekly sessions run through June 21, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. $200/week. www.athensforestkindergarten.org/afk-summer-session BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Puppet Palooza: Musical Carnival of Animals” is based on the symphony by Camille SaintSaëns and held May 25 at 10 a.m. “Summer Kickoff: Lee Bryan’s Circus Fanta-Sea” is a puppet show held May 26 at 3 p.m. “Dungeons & Dragons” is held May 31 at 6 p.m. “Busy Bee Toddler Time” for ages 12–36 months is held June 1 and June 8 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “Todd Key: Cirque du Todd” is held June 2 at 3 p.m. “YA Board Game: Catan” is held June 3 at 3 p.m. “Under the Sea” is an interactive storytelling and craft event held June 4 at 11 a.m. “Monday Funday” is held June 6 at 10 a.m. “Weird Food Night” for grades 6–12 is held June 7 at 6 p.m. CLUBS FOR TEENS (Lyndon House Arts Center) “Teen Media Arts Club with Kidd Fielteau” is held Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. “Teen Fashion Design/Sewing Club with Tabitha Fielteau” is held Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CONNECT & PLAY (Oglethorpe County Library) This drop-in program offers different stations set up for reading, art, imagination, movement and music. For ages 5 and under. May 28, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/ oglethorpe HARGRETT LIBRARY’S TODDLER TUESDAY (UGA Special Collections Library) Toddler Tuesday is a new program full of story time, music and crafts for ages 1–4. “Welcome Summer” on June 21, “Georgia Music” on Aug. 2, “Sports!” on Sept. 20. Events held at 9:45 a.m. FREE! RSVP: jmb18449@uga.edu

art around town ACE/FRANCISCO GALLERY (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1500) Established by Jason Thrasher and Beth Hall Thrasher, the gallery’s grand opening features “Vernon Thornsberry: New Works in Painting, Charcoal & Sculpture.” Through June 23. ARTWALL@HOTEL INDIGO ATHENS (500 College Ave.) “Quiet Marks” presents works by Kathryn Refi, In Kyoung Choi Chun and Shirley N. Chambliss. Through July 8. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) “Fashioning a Nation: German Identity and Industry, 1914–1945” is a touring exhibition organized to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. Through June 5. • “The Real, The Ideal” is a solo show by Lynette Caseman, a local artist who received a grant from the Athens Area Arts Council to support her work. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “So Much More” presents Lisa Freeman’s mixed media collages and assemblages that address the limitations frequently imposed on women in a patriarchal society. Through June 25. 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. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Colorful paintings by Marisa Mustard. Through May. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Lou Stovall: Of Land and Origins” features selected works by the printmaker who is the 2022 recipient of the museum’s Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award. Through May 29. • “Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects” implicates racial stereotypes in the deaths of Black people at the hands of police and confronts the viewer with the fact of judicial inaction. Through Aug. 7. • As a visual response to Carrie Mae Weems’ exhibition, “Call and Response” is a selection of works from the museum’s collection that considers the intersection of race and representation in the works of other African American artists. Through Aug. 7. • “In Dialogue: Views of Empire: Grand and Humble” displays two print collections that create a conversation about what it meant to be a work-

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 MIDDLE CHILDHOOD ART WORKSHOPS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Make a beachy snow globe out of a mason jar on June 11. Classes are for ages 6–12 and held 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $30–35. www. ocaf.com OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES: FAMILY FUN DAY (ACC Library) Activities include a petting zoo, touch-a-truck, puppet show, outside games, inside crafts, Kona Ice, popcorn and more. June 4, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org OCONEE LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Storytime” for preschool children and their caregivers is held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. “Summer Reading Program Kick-Off for Teens” is held May 25, 5–9 p.m. “Ocean Slime DIY” is held May 27 at 4 p.m. www. athenslibrary.org/oconee SATURDAY CRAFT (Treehouse Kid and Craft) Each week’s craft is announced on Instagram. Saturdays, 10–10:45 a.m. (ages 3–6) or 11 a.m.–12 p.m. (ages 6–10). www. treehousekidandcraft.com, www.instagram.com/treehousekidandcraft SPLASH PADS (Multiple Locations) The Walker Park splash pad is open May 28–July 31, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad opens May 28. Admission is $1/person. Pool passes are $20 (individual) or $40 (family of four). www.accgov. com/splashpad SUMMER ART CAMPS (‘Brella Studio) Paint, plant and party in a fairy tale forest during “Enchanted Forest” camp. Activities include making seed bombs, fairy houses, butterfly wings and giant paper flowers. Monday–Friday beginning June 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $295. During “¡Hola Casita! Encanto Theme” camp, participants will paint their own magical casita,

study animals of South America and experiment with weather-inspired art techniques. Monday–Friday beginning June 20, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $295. www.brellastudio.com SUMMER CAMPS (Foxfire Woods and Farm, Nicholson) Join certified nature staff for outdoor learning and adventure on a 54 acre farm and nature sanctuary. For ages 5–12. www.foxirewoodsandfarm.com/ summercamps SUMMER CAMPS (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville) Camps are offered in clay (hand building, wheel throwing) and writing (poetry, fiction, college essays). Check website for dates and age groups. www.ocaf.com 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 WILD EARTH CAMP (Piedmont Preserve) An adventure camp in the forest for ages 4–13. Week-long camps begin May 30, June 13, June 20, July 11 and July 25. Register online. www.piedmont-preserve.org YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SUMMER SERIES (Goodwill, 4070 Lexington Rd.) College Factory presents a five-week program in partnership with the Minority Business Nonprofit Association and Goodwill of North Georgia. Open to students in grades 9–12. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., June 1-29. FREE! brittany@ collegefactory.org, www.collegefactory.org

Support Groups ACA ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) This support group meets weekly. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. annetteanelson@gmail.com AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected

ing-class citizen in mid-19th-century Russia. Through Aug. 21. • “Jennifer Steinkamp: The Technologies of Nature.” Through Aug. 21. • “Graphic Eloquence: American Modernism on Paper from the Collection of Michael T. Ricker.” Through Sept. 4. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights. THE GRIT (199 Prince Ave.) Mike Shetterley shares recent abstract paintings inspired by gardens and landscapes. Through June 15. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) The Boulevard Neighborhood Young Artists, ages 2–18, present an exhibition of their latest creations. Through June 27. JUST PHO… AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through June. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) AJ Aremu presents a largescale installation for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. • Collections from our Community presents Tatiana Veneruso’s collection of vintage purses that represent over 100 years of handbag history. Collector’s Talk held June 2, 6 p.m. Through June 4. • Lucile Stephens’ paintings and hand-built ceramic works are fantastical, inventive and many times inspired by flora and fauna. Through June 18. • “Local Athenian: One Degree of Separation” shares portraits of local residents taken by Emily Cameron for her website, which shares stories through interviews and photographs. Through June 18. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) On view in the Collector’s Cabinet is a display of Chinese Export Porcelain owned by the Morehouse family. Through June. • “Earth Bound: David Drake and Zipporah Camille Thompson” brings new light to the life and work of Drake, an enslaved African-American whose works of pottery from the mid-1800s are now sought world-wide. A second installation features ceramic work by contemporary artist Thompson. Through July 16. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Artwork by Bobbi Johnson. Through June. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) “43rd Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition” presents works by 79 different artists from across the state. • “Rhythm & Movement: The Art of

by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of electronic meetings held throughout the week. www.ga-al-anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. athensaa.org 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 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. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-congregation MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY GROUP (Nuçi’s Space) Participants support each other through life’s challenges by sharing from their skills, experiences and proven coping mechanisms. Newcomers welcome. First Tuesday of the month, 4–6 p.m. pr@nuci.org, www.nuci.org 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, 7 p.m. FREE! www.athensrecoverydharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sex-

ual behavior. Contact for location. www.athensdowntownsaa.com

Word on the Street ADOPT-A-MOM 2022 (Online) The Ark wants to make sure that single moms served by The Ark and ladies at nursing homes and in hospice care get loved and acknowledged for Mother’s Day by giving them flowers and cards. Donations benefit The Ark’s Single Working Mothers Fund. Donate between now and May 31. www.athensark.org/ adoptamom2022 CORNHOLEATL SUMMER LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co. & Terrapin Beer Co.) Four different divisions are offered to accommodate all levels. Seven-week seasons begin in June. Registration is open through May 30. 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.publichealthisforeveryone.com POOL SEASON (Multiple Locations) ACC Leisure Services pools open May 28–July 31. $1/person, $20/ season pass. Pools are located at Bishop Park, Heard Park, Lay Park and Rocksprings Park. Check www. accgov.com/aquatics for hours. SPRING 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, theater and more. Now registering. www.accgov.com/myrec 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 f

Music” explores the intersection between music and visual arts. Artists created pieces in response to hearing songs by local artists of various genres. Through June 3. ODUM SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY GALLERY (140 E. Green St.) Natural science illustrator C Olivia Carlisle shares insect, botanical and ecosystems illustrations alongside “The Birdwing Butterflies of Papua New Guinea,” a display featuring specimens assembled by James W. Porter and photographs by Carolyn Crist. Through May 18. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Cameron Berglund, a local artist and lecturer at UGA’s College of Environmental Design, presents a collection of plein air watercolor sketches and landscape-inspired illustrations. Through June 26. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Mother Tongue: The Language of Families” includes Steffen Thomas’ paintings, drawings and sculptures that were shaped by powerful prose and poetry. Through Father’s Day Poetry Workshop held June 11. Currently on view through June 23. TIF SIGFRIDS (393 N. Finley St.) Los Angeles-based artist Mimi Lauter presents a solo exhibition of paintings. Closing reception June 18, 4–6 p.m. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) “Patience Folding Waters: The Paper Works of Grant & Rachel Evans” includes meditations on the cyclical nature of life and death, the vibrant highs and colorless lows of existence, and symbolic self-reflections of universal mental and emotional experiences. Open by appointment through May. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “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. • “Frankie Welch’s Americana: Fashion, Scarves and Politics” explores the life of a Georgia native who owned a Virginia boutique, designing scarves and dresses used in political campaigns and events and worn by women throughout the country in the 1960s and ‘70s. Through July 8.

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Nowhere Bar 8 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarLive DRUG DUCKS “Sweeney Todd adventures from the acid crypt.” Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles. UGA Chapel Chamber Music Athens. 7:30 p.m. $5 (students), $25. www.pac.uga. edu GALA FINALE The festival concludes with performances by Joseph Lin and the CMA String Orchestra, Elizabeth Knight and the Parker String Quartet, and various UGA performers. The program includes Bach’s “Violin Concerto in E Major,” Respighi’s “The Sunset” and Mendelssohn’s “String Octet.”

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Friday 27 Ciné 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $10. www.facebook.com/AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA NICHOLAS MALLIS Eccentric glam pop artist with hints of Bowie. CONVINCE THE KID New local alternative rock band.

Saturday 28 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $6 (adv.), $10. www.40watt.com QUIET HOUNDS Local long-running indie pop quartet. DREW BESKIN Local power-pop singer-songwriter known for fronting the bands Purses and The District Attorneys. THE ECHOLOCATIONS Highenergy pop band. Making their live debut!

sical music open mic working to increase the accessibility of the genre. International Grill & Bar 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA THE LUCKY JONES Old school rockin’ rhythm and blues on the

Magnolia Moon performs at Nowhere Bar on Friday, May 27.

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $6. www.flickertheatreand bar.com FOODEATER Local thrash band featuring members of Apparition and The Fuzzlers. Album release show! SADDAM DEATH CAVE Hardcore punk band from Atlanta. MULTIPLE MIGGS Local thrash band. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12. www.georgiatheatre.com

NELWARD Visual artist whose music echoes city pop, bedroom pop and nu metal. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com JENNY KRAVITZ Nashville-based “queen of indie rock.” SARAH MOOTZ Indie pop-rock artist with a lot of soul. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com THE ORIGINAL SCREW TOPS Local band that plays original blues

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Athentic Brewing Co. 8–10 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com DJ SEBASTIAN GRANADOS House and techno DJ. Bishop Park Athens Farmer Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers market.net ALYS WILLIAMS No info available. (8 a.m.) MARION MONTGOMERY Blend of blues, ballads and Americana tinged with old-style country on slide and steel guitar. (12 p.m.)

Southern Brewing Co. 6 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15. www. facebook.com/AubreyEntertainment AthensGA COSMIC CHARLIE Grateful Dead cover band with a unique and personal twist.

Monday 30 Innovation Amphitheater 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $55. www.innovationamphitheater.com HOTEL CALIFORNIA Southern California tribute act covering the music of The Eagles. ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTIONIconic Southern rock band known for hit singles like “So Into You.”

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CDSM plays on The Rooftop at the Georgia Theatre on Thursday, May 26. original three chord primordial blues stomp. TRIANGLE FIRE Long-running local crust-punk band. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com DON CHAMBERS Longtime local favorite who delves into pastoral folk and experimental rock with equal passion.

patio. Every last Saturday of the month. Southern Brewing Co. Athens Surf Stomp. 2:30 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10. www.facebook.com/ AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA EL CAPITAN & THE RELUCTANT SADISTS “Raw instrumental music by delinquents, for delinquents.” THE SPECTRE OF SURF Classic instrumental surf blended with elements of electronica, new wave and fuzz laden mayhem. THE MYSTERY MEN? Enigmatic band blending traditional surf with elements of spy music, spaghetti western and metal. KINKY WAIKIKI Hawaiian steel guitar cocktail music with lounge and surf influences. GENKI GENKI PANIC Instrumental horror-surf group from Chattanooga. OUTERSEA Surf rock band with elements of space rock. THE KBK Apocalyptic surf punk from Alabama.

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Ciné 10 p.m. $10. www.athenscine.com RETROSONIC New original rock band led by Athens legend Carla LeFever. PINKEYE Asheville-based punk rock band that is equal parts joyful and raging. Torchbearers of the


Ansonborough of Athens Ambient & Acoustic & Al Fresco & Ansonborough. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.ansonboroughofathens.com MILEY-ROTH Ambient acoustic music outdoors at the open seating patio area near Siri Thai. Every Wednesday. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net CUSTOM CONCERN Local band playing everything from gunfighter ballads to indie rock and originals. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com NEW FACES NIGHT Discover new Athens musical talent. Hosted by Lizzy Farrell. Porterhouse Grill 6–9 p.m. www.porterhouseathens. com/jazz JAZZ NIGHT Enjoy standards, improv and originals by a live jazz trio every Wednesday night over dinner. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.sobrewco. com JIM COOK Local solo performer playing acoustic blues, classic rock and Americana.

as well as its own take on old-time classics. TERRAPLANE BLUE Three-piece local band that performs original songs as well as blues, rock and country numbers. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). FREE! www.facebook.com/IGB AthensGA THE SPLITZ BAND A mixed drink of the classic Motown sound, part 1970s funk and disco flavor, and a dash of the old-school and contemporary R&B. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens MAGNOLIA MOON Made up of brothers Zack and Jesse Horton and Jonathan and Christopher Crowell, this Macon-based band pays homage to the ’60s–’70s era of music with plenty of grit and soul. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. FREE! www.sobrewco.com CODA NOVA Classic rock cover band who recently released their debut single.


CDSM Genre-bending band with goth and glam influences. TELEMARKET Driving, angular indie-rock band from Athens. COMA THERAPY Post-punk darkwave act that recently relocated to Athens. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com BIG BAND ATHENS 18-member community band committed to bringing live music in the Big Band era style to the Athens area. Hotel Indigo 5:30–8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA AVERY DEAKINS Local blues artist blending country, rock and ‘70s easy listening. Nowhere Bar 8:30 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens BLUES NIGHT JAM Bring an instrument and join host Big C for an open blues jam. The house band includes Scott Nicholson, Derek Warren, Brent Davenport and Bo Hembree. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com JACK MILLER & JIM GREENE An evening of live blues.

BAT FACTORY Debut live performance by a new indie band composed of Tim Adams, Alan Flurry, Kathy Kirbo and Ben Hesse. Front Porch Bookstore 6 p.m. FREE! www.cityofwinterville. com/front-porch-bookstore NORMA RAE This local four-piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. Hendershot’s Coffee 3:30 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com CLASSICAL REVOLUTION Clas-

No. 3 Railroad Street 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation. www.3railroad.org DOUG PETERS Native Georgian with strong ties to the Macon Southern rock sound. Creature Comforts Brewery 3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomforts beer.com LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday afternoon. Red Line Athens 7 p.m. $5. Find Red Line Athens on Facebook BOTTOM BRACKET DIY emo pop punk from Chicago. PARACHUTE DAY Twinkly, noodly band from Chicago. EXIT ROW EXIT ROW Guitar-driven pop band with members of Eagle Scout, Needle Teeth and Nuclear Tourism. NIGHTSHADE FAMILY DJ sets by the Nightshade Family Homegrown series.

Georgia Theatre Rooftop 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10–15. www.georgiatheatre.com GROCER Multi-vocalist band from Philadelphia influenced by art-punk and Britpop. MONSOON Three-piece outfit informed by punk, art-rock and new wave. HEFFNER Members of Wanderwild, Grand Vapids and New Madrid balance driving power pop and dreamy bedroom R&B. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

Wednesday 1 Ansonborough of Athens Ambient & Acoustic & Al Fresco & Ansonborough. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.ansonboroughofathens.com MILEY-ROTH Ambient acoustic music outdoors at the open seating patio area near Siri Thai. Every Wednesday. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5—8 p.m. www.athensfarmermarket.net MRJORDANMRTONKS Folk duo consisting of Tommy Jordan of String Theory and William Tonks on Dobro.

Down the Line 6/2 DK, LB, Dope Knife, the familyorchestra, C. Shreve (The World Famous) 6/2 Paul Thorn, Gary Douglas (Southern Brewing Co.) 6/3 Brotherhood—A “Doobie Brothers” Experience (Innovation Amphitheater) 6/3 Simple Life Band, Janet & The Blue Dogs (Southern Brewing Co.) 6/3 Dark Entries Karaoke (Buvez) 6/4 John Kiran Fernandes, Pillowinde, County Conservation District (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 6/4 FreQ 432 (Bishop Park) 6/8 The Humdingers (Creature Comforts Brewery) 6/11 New West Fest (Southern Brewing Co.)

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can, where you can. Put down barriers, like cardboard on top of mulch, to slow their growth. Try shading out areas by planting more robust varieties that can out-compete those weeds. This is a good month to tackle poison ivy as well. The vines are still fairly young but large enough to see, and they haven’t set fruit yet. I usually wait until it rains, suit up in plastic gloves and an old rain jacket, and pull as much poison ivy as I can fit in a few garbage bags. Weeding isn’t a zero sum game for me; it’s about slowly reducing the footprint of these invasives.


CHECK FOR TICKS: Check dogs, cats, kids and adults. Ticks often ride deer into neighborhoods, so you don’t need a backcountry hike to find the parasite. Deer ticks (black or brown and black) can carry Lyme disease, and lone star ticks (dark with a small white dot) carry Heartland virus. Wear long pants, spray ankles and shoes with bug spray and check your body for any little boogers that try to hitch a ride. GARDEN PLANNING:

May is a great month to start mapping out what you’d like where, budgeting for upgrades and to start collecting plants I tried growing white martini cucumbers along the ground instead of a for your eventual trellis to save money last year, but quickly lost the plants to disease. makeover. Garden planning can go sadly awry when there aren’t any leaves on the or not, consider refreshing everyone’s soil, trees—are you sure that spot gets eight adding a layer of compost or soil on top. hours of sunlight? You can save money by UP YOUR WATERING GAME: Get out those water buying some accessories at the end of the hoses and watering cans, it’s time to make summer, when prices tend to drop. it rain. Both indoor and outdoor plants SUPPORT YOUR HOBBY: Vines like cucumbers, will need more water as the degrees tick indeterminate tomatoes, climbing beans, upwards. Trees planted during the fall or clematis or morning glories need their trelwinter require irrigation the first year to lises now. Taking too much time to put your become established. Try to get a standard supports in place can lead to some veggies, routine in place. Maybe it’s a meditative like cucumbers, contracting diseases or watering at the beginning of the day. attracting pests from the soil. Spiking supMaybe you and your child can water every ports later in the season also could injure Wednesday and Sunday together. Maybe needed roots. Trellises for naturally vining you’ll be like me and wander around the yard at 6 p.m., beer in one hand, hose in the plants help them produce more flowers and more fruit. other. Don’t water every green shoot every day. If you frequently drown your plants, START COMPOSTING: Keep Athens-Clarke try dividing your yard into fourths and County Beautiful supplies plenty of inforfocus on watering one quarter per day. mation on how to compost on the accgov. WEEDING TIME: May turns the sweet, inofcom website. There’s a bin for purchase and fensive weeds of spring into the hellish, plans for different DIY bins available on pervasive and easily reanimated weeds the website. Like gardening, composting is of summer. Spring weeds like dead nettle about gaining experience, making mistakes provide flowers for pollinators, and easyand figuring out what works best for you. to-pull chickweed and watercress are great Late spring is a good time to attack this treats for my chickens. Summer weeds, project because, with some care and attenlike bermuda grass and crabgrass, require tion, you could have usable compost by the effort to keep in check. Pull out what you fall. f

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By Bonita Applebum advice@flagpole.com Hey Bonita, To set the scene for this: My female roommate and I have lived together the past two years of college and have one more year to go. About six months ago, a [guy] moved in with us, and in that time he’s honestly become my best friend… and her boyfriend. Well, my female roommate just had a birthday, and she always expects a huge blowout celebration. He’s had some emergency expenses lately and is short on funds, so he bought her a new game, a bottle of cheap wine, and I suggested making a card because that would be sweet? I gave him some supplies, and I thought he really put in an effort to make a handmade card. She was devastated that he didn’t do more for her birthday, and she complained to me that “he’s so cheap, he bought CHEAP wine and didn’t even BUY [me a] card, he made one.” I don’t know if I should tell her I suggested that?

Sometimes I feel like she gets jealous of my friendship with him, so maybe it would make things worse. But right now, I feel really angry and kind of disgusted with her, but we all have to continue sharing this space for another year, and I still want to be friends with him. I’m just over petty situations like this with her, but I don’t know how to keep doing this. Fed Up Hey Fed Up, I grew up poor and have spent most of my adulthood earning just enough to survive, and that’s really helped me with having very reasonable expectations around gift-giving from friends. It’s easy for me to focus on the sentiment of receiving a gift from someone—especially a handmade one—and to really feel the love that we are trying to express when we give people things. With respect, I don’t think that your friend has the life experience to understand that some people are just broke and that it’s not fair to expect expensive items or gestures out of people whose money is funny. I don’t want to see the people I care about breaking the bank to give me a present, and I don’t think it’s OK to assume that someone doesn’t care if they literally can’t afford

to spend money on you. I’ve known people who want to see their lovers go broke for their birthdays or anniversaries, believing that the act of depleting their livelihoods is the truest expression of love. Basically, capitalism is a disease, and it ruins attitudes and relationships. It turns otherwise wonderful people into greedy, whiny babies who are more focused on a dollar amount than the fact that someone cares about them. Your roommate definitely needs to grow the hell up and open her heart, and I think it would do her some good to know that you suggested he make the card. Explain fully where you were both coming from with that: He cares about her and wanted to give her birthday presents, and you care about her, too, so you and her boyfriend put your heads together to come up with something manageable for him that she would appreciate.

Hopefully she will just feel like an asshole and do an about-face when she hears that—I fear she’ll express disappointment in your idea or ask why you didn’t just give him money or something. Honestly, she just sounds pretty green at the whole “having healthy relationships based on mutual adoration and positive reinforcement” thing. I agree that this isn’t a conflict that would necessitate a move-out, but I’m sure it’s frustrating and annoying to have to constantly deal with someone who has such different values than you do. I assume she comes from a very indulgent household if she feels so justified in being demanding about her birthday, and this is just one of those life lessons you have to learn the hard way. (Dating roommates is another “hard way” lesson that I’m positive you’re both learning right now, too.) I think you two can still be good roommates and friends to each other without turning this into a big dust-up, and I would advise you not to get involved in any boyfriend drama if you’re sure she’s a jealous type. Trust me: Not worth it. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/getadvice.

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