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this week’s issue SARAH ANN WHITE

The flagpole office will be closed on Monday, July 4th & Tuesday, July 5th. Happy 4th of July!

Among the AthFest festivities on Saturday, five new inductees of the Athens Music Walk of Fame were announced: Bloodkin, Tituss Burgess, The Glands, Ishues and Love Tractor. Ishues performed Sunday afternoon on the Wicked Weed Stage. See p. 7 for more photos from AthFest.

This Modern World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 NEWS: City Dope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Pub Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Abortion Rights Protest

AthFest Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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Democrat Runoff Wins

Good Growing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Curb Your Appetite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

ART & CULTURE: Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Calendar Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Queer Arts Athens

Threats & Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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Art Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Abortion Ruling Angers Athens

job regardless of race or political ideology. “It says a lot about our community for people to put confidence in African Americans on the commission,” he said. [BA]

PLUS, RUNOFF RESULTS, NEW UGA APARTMENTS AND MORE NEWS

New Apartments Open on Campus

By Blake Aued and Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com

It took eight years to come to fruition, but the $20 million Wright House will open in August to 120 University of Georgia students. Built by the Atlanta Archdiocese of the Episcopal Church, the Wright House is

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“This is a setback, but it is not [the] end. We will organize, we will vote, we will take to the streets, we will provide mutual aid to assist people to get the abortions they need, SARAH ANN WHITE

Abortion is still legal in Georgia as of this writing, but new restrictions are likely to take effect within weeks. Republican-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-rumored decision Friday, June 24 striking down the abortion rights enshrined in Roe v. Wade. The same day, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked a federal appeals court to let Georgia’s six-week abortion ban take effect. Both the state and the plaintiff, the ACLU of Georgia, have 21 days to file briefs in the case. The 2019 “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortions at the point when an embryo’s cardiac activity can be detected (about six weeks after conception), was ruled unconstitutional last year. But with Roe overturned, that is likely no longer the case—states have free reign to restrict or ban abortion. In the meantime, abortion remains legal in Georgia up to 20 weeks after fertilization or 22 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period. Several hundred people gathered in College Square early Saturday afternoon to protest the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, outnumbering the small crowds around AthFest stages a few blocks away. They stayed under the sweltering sun for two hours chanting slogans and listening to speakers from local left-wing political groups. Eric Stacer, co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America’s Athens chapter, advised those who are upset about Dobbs to donate to the Athens Reproductive Justice Collective, to unionize and get involved with other economic and civil rights groups, such as the Economic Justice Coalition and the Athens Pride + Queer Collective. People should be prepared to take to the streets, to walk off their jobs in protest and to get arrested, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker said. “We have to be willing to put it all on the line, because it’s all on the line already,” they said. A statement released by the ACC Democratic Committee called Dobbs a “devastating” and “dangerous” ruling by a “reckless” Supreme Court that will endanger lives. “In Georgia, Republican elected officials such as Brian Kemp, Houston Gaines, Marcus Weidower, Frank Ginn and Bill Cowsert passed HB 481, which will likely now outlaw abortion after 6 weeks,” the statement said. “These same Georgia Republicans have voted for policies that consistently give Georgia one of the highest infant mortality rates and the second highest rate of maternal mortality in the country. These same Georgia Republicans have voted to needlessly keep 500,000 struggling Georgians from receiving health insurance. These same Georgia Republicans have made policy decisions that resulted in eight rural hospitals shuttering their doors. “Now these Georgia Republicans think that they know best about the health decisions for women in our state. Their resume clearly shows that Georgia Republicans are the last people who should be dictating health care decisions for the women of Georgia.

Hundreds gathered in College Square to protest the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling and advocate for abortion rights on June 25.

and we will keep fighting for Georgians to have control of their bodies and to have access to abortions.” [Blake Aued]

Fisher Wins District 5 Seat The makeup of next year’s Athens-Clarke County Commission has been finalized after Dexter Fisher won a runoff for the District 5 seat—representing the Forest Heights and Homewood Hills areas and part of Normaltown—against Matt Pulver. Fisher, a retired University of Georgia and Clarke County School District administrator, beat Pulver, a writer and UGA library assistant, with 66% of the vote. Fisher had been a heavy favorite going into the June 14 runoff, having come within 22 votes of winning a three-way race outright in May. “I’d like to think it’s the message we put out in the campaign and the diversity of the people supporting us,” Fisher said of the resounding win. “Our campaign was about building bridges.” Fisher, a self-described moderate Democrat, will replace Tim Denson, a progressive who was drawn out of the district by Republican state legislators. With conservative John Culpepper replacing another progressive, Russell Edwards, who was drawn out of his seat, the commission will tilt somewhat to the right in January despite progressive Mayor Kelly Girtz’s landslide re-election victory. Pulver posted a message on social media congratulating Fisher and noting that when he takes his seat behind the rail with Tiffany Taylor—who will succeed Melissa Link, another commissioner prevented from running again by redistricting—a record five of 10 commissioners will be Black. Fisher said that shows Athens voters are willing to elect the best person for the

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a residence hall on Lumpkin Street that offers students of any or no faith an “intentional living experience,” according to the Rev. Lang Lowrey, who directs Christian enterprise for the Atlanta Archdiocese. He shepherded the project through multiple meetings with the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department, Athens-based BNA Architects (which designed the building), University of Georgia officials and financial backers. The facility is named in honor of the Right Rev. Robert Wright, bishop of the

Atlanta Archdiocese, which includes over 75 counties in North and Middle Georgia. In having the residential center named for him, Wright said, “I thought, ‘They must know something about my mortality or the length of my service.’” He has been the bishop since 2012. The final design has changed markedly from one publicized in 2017, when UGA officials balked at giving the facility access via University Court, a private street that snakes by Oglethorpe House and runs from Lumpkin Street to Cloverhurst Avenue. They later relented. “We worked with UGA until we had a scale and mass they were comfortable with,” said Brett Nave, CEO of BNA Architects. “We did four different versions of the project. We scaled it down to look like smaller buildings and stepped it back from the street to make it more scaled for people. It’s a lot of little buildings together.” The facility has one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, each with a common space—“a little living room,” said Nave—and a “dorm kitchen,” which includes a small refrigerator, a sink, a microwave and a convection dishwasher, but no stovetop or oven. Living in an apartment onsite will be the Rev. Clayton Harrington, the Episcopal campus minister who’s also on staff at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. There are green spaces throughout the facility. Roofs that aren’t green are painted a reflective white, Nave said. Besides residential rooms, the four-story Wright House comes with on-site parking, a fitness center, a roof deck, a large shared kitchen and a small coffee shop on the bottom floor. A ground-level chapel can double as a multi-purpose room that can accommodate events other than a worship service—say, a community yoga class. Rooms are priced “at market rate,” said developer Larry Kelly of Pope and Land, which financed the project. That means $1,000 a room. To make living at Wright House more affordable for the less affluent, the Atlanta Archdiocese has created The Wright Foundation. It will cover the cost of housing for those who can’t afford it. [Rebecca McCarthy] f


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Who Represents Athens? ONLY FRYE—NOT COWSERT, GINN, WIEDOWER OR GAINES

By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com Well, I was going to slip in a snide little weren’t. Trump was caught cheating. No column about the small inconveniences still election fraud was ever proven in Georgia. associated with absentee voting, thanks to Nevertheless, knowing full well that there “our” Republican legislators: Bill Cowsert, was no fraud in Georgia, our Republican Frank Ginn, Marcus Wiedower and Houston legislators threw a whole new layer of Gaines. I put “our” in quotation marks, inconvenience on top of voters and poll because these representatives don’t repreworkers purely for the intended reason of sent Athens, even though we are in their lessening voter turnout with the aim of districts. Their districts primarily represent suppressing the Democratic vote. the rural counties surrounding us, and They didn’t suppress mine and Gay’s Athens is carefully dismembered so that an vote; they just made it a little less conveinsignificant part of us shows up in each of nient. In the big, perfectly honest (fact: their districts.The truth is that Athens has proven) Georgia election of 2020, you will no representation in the Georgia legislature recall, that old vote suppressor Secretary except for our lone Democrat, Spencer Frye, of State Brad Raffensperger, because of the and of course he is usually outvoted over pandemic, sent out absentee ballots to all there by Gaines, Wiedower, Ginn, Cowsert Georgia voters, and Georgia voters grateand all their ilk. fully used them. The intrepid citizen journalist Lee This time around you had to apply for an Becker, in his blog oconeeobservations. absentee ballot, and you had to have a good org, explained recently by a deep dive reason, like being old and/or disabled. If into the results of the latest Republican you were old, you would automatically get reapportionment the ballot for a runand an analysis of off. If you weren’t political contribuold, you had to apply tions just how little again all over. of Athens the gang Anyway, Gay of four represent, and I got our baland just why they lots, although they feel free instead of were late coming; representing us to you know what the attack us. Watch for Republicans have Becker’s analysis in done to our once-efFlagpole next week ficient post office. or soon. It’s worth Mail is taking so reading. long now, because of Meanwhile, all that Trump appoinhell has broken tee they can’t get rid loose. Donald of, that I’ve got to They even inserted their bizarre politics onto our Trump’s Supreme quit paying my bills beloved voter sticker. Court, as expected, through my bank, has thrown out 50 because they’re comyears of established law and put Cowsert, ing in with past-due amounts even though I Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines into the bedpaid them three weeks ago. So, I was afraid rooms and doctors’ offices of all Georgia to put the ballots into the mail. Instead, I women. Those guys and their counterparts figured I’d better drive them down to the all over the country now have control over elections office and put them in the drop women’s bodies in this state and 20 others. box. Of course, I had a hard time finding a Moreover, Georgia native Justice Clarence place to park and then didn’t have a quarter, Thomas has signaled that Cowsert, Ginn, and the meter wouldn’t take my credit card, Wiedower and Gaines can soon go after so I had to gamble on a $20 ticket, hoping birth control, same-sex marriage and sex it was so hot the parking enforcement offiitself. cers wouldn’t be out there like I was. So, I And all this is right on the heels of the hoofed it over to the elections office, where January 6 Committee showing definitively in 2020 the drop box was right out front at how three other Republicans narrowly preall hours, and you just, you know, dropped vented our guys’ leader from taking over it in. This year, I had to mask up and go into the Justice Department and thereby revers- the office, where the box was right inside ing the election that defeated him. Those the door. But, not so fast. First I had to Justice Department lawyers showed real register and then, because I also had Gay’s political courage in the face of all the presballot, I had to fill out a form attesting that sure Trump could bring to bear. Cowsert, I was legally qualified to drop her ballot into Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines just bought the box through being her spouse. into the Big Lie and passed legislation in OK, I know that the problems of two litGeorgia to combat the kind of rampant tle people don’t amount to a hill of beans in voter fraud their leader was willing to purge this crazy world, but still, it’s just one more the Justice Department to concoct. tiny example of how the Republican Party They say all politics is local, and for sure has lost its mind and its soul to a crooked all voting is local, and the Jan. 6 hearings shyster whom they will not repudiate, also showed just how low Trump went to which Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines make up a vicious lie with no proof that could easily do if instead of Watkinsville, two Atlanta elections workers, mother Winder, Monroe, Danielsville and and daughter, were caught cheating. They Lawrenceville, they represented Athens. f

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Democrats Celebrate Runoff Wins

BAILEY, NGUYEN, ROBINSON, BODDIE ADVANCE TO THE GENERAL

By Riley Bunch

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handful of Democratic primaries advanced to runoffs after frontrunners failed to earn enough votes to win outright in the primary election in May. Voters cast their ballots again June 21 in key statewide races like secretary of state and lieutenant governor. Two congressional seat nominees were also decided in runoffs. Candidates who triumphed are eyeing the party’s momentum from 2020 when Georgians backed a Democrat for president and the state’s two U.S. Senate seats. State Rep. Bee Nguyen clinched the Democratic nomination for secretary of state in the June 21 primary election runoff. If elected, she would become the first Asian American to hold a statewide office in Georgia.

Nguyen beat former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler. She was the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly. “The question that I’ve been asked as I’ve been on this campaign trail for 14 months has been: Will Georgians vote for an Asian candidate?” Nguyen said at her victory party. “The answer is: Yes, Georgians will!” The Atlanta representative raised her political profile during the 2020 legislative session with a speech in which she dissected the Republicanpushed omnibus election overhaul, Senate Bill 202,

passed by the majority party to appease constituents angry with the outcome of the election. She also had the powerful backing of high-profile Democrat and gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who has appeared beside the state lawmaker at many events. The pair made press appearances on primary election day at the same voting precinct in Atlanta. Nguyen will face Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger who, in a shocking turn, won his May primary outright with about 52% of the votes and avoided a runoff. Raffensperger became a top target of former President Donald Trump’s wrath when

“It’s a politics that says not everybody’s vote does matter the same,” he said. “And not everybody’s child matters the same. And not everybody’s community matters the same. Not everybody’s school matters the same. It’s a politics that says representative democracy is not worth fighting for. It’s a politics that says we get to choose whether we win or lose races.” William Boddie, the current East Point state representative, was first elected to serve in 2016 and was the Abram-endorsed candidate in the race. He serves as the minority whip in the House and the communications chair for the Legislative Black RILEY BUNCH / GPB NEWS

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Trump-Endorsed Candidates Lose Again COLLINS WINS 10TH DISTRICT GOP NOMINATION

By Jill Nolin Two Trump-backed congressional candidates came up far short in Tuesday’s runoff election, serving as further evidence of the former president’s waning influence in Georgia. Former Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones left the governor’s race to run for Congress in a deep-red East Georgia district with former President Donald Trump’s blessing. Jones was a close second place last month but lost in a landslide Tuesday to trucking executive Mike Collins after a bitterly fought runoff. And closer to Atlanta, Roswell attorney Jake Evans often touted Trump’s endorsement and attempted to paint Rich McCormick as too centrist. McCormick, who is an emergency medicine doctor, clinched the GOP nomination with a resounding win June 21. McCormick and Collins will face Democratic challengers in November, but the two districts strongly favor Republicans. In the 10th District, Collins handily won after running as a pro-Trump candidate, even if he didn’t have his official backing. But he did have the endorsement of Gov. Brian Kemp, whose refusal to help overturn the 2020 election made him one of Trump’s favorite targets. “I think we got the Trump supporters. I think they were there. Because they knew from the beginning that I was on the Trump team way before he was the nominee,” Collins said at his watch party in Jackson. “So, I believed in those policies, that America first agenda, and I actually have lived that. “Everybody knew that the endorsement was not to run for Congress, but to get out of the governor’s race. So, he could have run for dog catcher, and he’d have got that endorsement,” he added. Jones and Evans were part of a slate of 13 Trump-endorsed candidates in Georgia’s GOP primary. Only two of the former president’s picks—former University of Georgia football star Hershel Walker for the U.S. Senate and state Sen. Burt Jones for lieutenant governor—were successful. Others, like former U.S. Sen. David Perdue, lost overwhelmingly last month. Jones stepped into the national spotlight in 2020 as an outspoken supporter of Trump and the lifelong Democrat became a Republican darling among the Trump faithful after the former president demanded Kemp resign for refusing to overturn his narrow 2020 Georgia election loss to President Joe Biden. With “Trump Endorsed!” emblazoned on campaign banners hanging inside a Covington tavern on election night, a few dozen of his supporters found out early after polls closed that he’d lost his bid to become Republican nominee for the 10th Congressional District. A subdued crowd became more energetic as Jones joined them for handshakes, hugs and‌ ‌a‌ ‌brief‌ ‌concession‌ ‌speech‌ ‌inside‌ ‌the‌ ‌downtown‌ ‌Social‌ ‌Goat‌ ‌Tavern. Jones pledged to remain involved in politics. When a ‌ sked why the crowd was behind him, Atlanta Tea Party co-founder Debbie Dooley did not hold back in her response: They were tired of the weak, pandering Republican officials. “I’m going to work hard every day to make sure we elect conservatives who help this country back on the right track,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to be done and I can do as much out of office as in office. They can’t silence me, they can’t bury my passion.” Stanley Dunlap contributed to this report, which originally appeared in the Georgia Recorder.

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State Rep. Bee Nguyen celebrates with supporters and staff at her victory party in Atlanta after clinching the Democratic nomination for secretary of state during the primary runoff election on June 21.

he refused to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia but instead affirmed President Joe Biden’s win after an initial tally, a hand recount and an audit. A year and a half later, Raffensperger is again in the national spotlight as a key witness during the Jan. 6 congressional committee hearings in Washington, D.C. In May, Raffensperger beat out three challengers including U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, the Trump-endorsed candidate and election denier. Pundits speculate that the secretary of state’s win was aided by record early voting turnout and a large number of voters who’d previously voted in Democratic primaries but pulled a Republican ballot this time around. “We must remind Georgia voters that Brad Raffensperger, he is not a friend to our democracy,” Nguyen said. “We must remind Georgia voters that doing the bare minimum of following the law should not be good enough. We will remind Georgia voters that today—100 degrees outside—giving a bottle of water to a Georgian waiting in line is a crime.” Attorney Charlie Bailey also triumphed over former Atlanta city council president Kwanza Hall, who surprised many by winning a large chunk of the votes during the initial primary election. Bailey—a former prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office—will be running against Republican State Sen. Burt Jones, the Trump-endorsed Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. But Bailey is also backed by an Abrams endorsement. At his victory party, Bailey criticized Jones for pushing politics of “hate and division.”

Caucus. Boddie beat out Nicole Horn, who was not far behind him in votes during the crowded primary election. He will face state Sen. Bruce Thompson in the November general election. Georgians got a firsthand look at the importance of the state’s labor department during the COVID-19 pandemic, when thousands of jobless residents struggled to receive their unemployment benefits while department staff drowned in requests. After intense scrutiny during the pandemic, current Commissioner Mark Butler, a Republican who has held the position since 2011, did not run for reelection. Insurance agent Janice Laws Robinson won the Democratic nomination for the state’s insurance and safety fire commissioner after beating Raphael Baker. Robinson won the same nomination in 2018 but lost in the general election. She will face Republican incumbent John King, who was the first Latino to hold a statewide office after being appointed to the position by Gov. Brian Kemp. Sandersville registered nurse Tabitha Johnson-Green is the Democrat who will face Republican trucking executive Mike Collins in November for the chance to represent Georgia’s 10th District. JohnsonGreene received about 63% of the votes, beating out her opponent, Athens resident Jessica Fore. Johnson-Green won the Democratic nomination for the same seat in 2018 and 2020. f Benjamin Payne contributed to this report, which comes to Flagpole through a reporting partnership with GPB News, a nonprofit newsroom covering the state of Georgia.


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Queer Arts Athens

Perspective on Juneteenth

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here are movements and organizaness and exploration of queer history. tions that come about with very direct Performing artists include hip-hop artist intention, and then there are those that Cassie Chantel, stand-up comic Miles organically mature in a way that leaves you Bunch, Athens Showgirl Cabaret and more. questioning if there was ever a choice. In order to keep the event free to the public, When David Cowan, the founder of Cowan won an ACAC Arts in Community Queer Arts Athens, first moved to Athens performance grant, a San Fransisco-based almost four years ago, it was on a full ride Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence grant and a to UGA to attend the master’s program in sponsorship from the Athens Pride & Queer acting. Despite his time in the program Collective. being what Cowan describes as very “insuBetween acts, Cowan as the master lar,” he had an interest in the city’s culture of ceremonies Professor Q will perform and chose to remain here after graduating vignettes of queer history. For those interdespite his cohorts, and only friends at ested in exploring queer history before the time, moving on as many students do. or after the show, Cowan suggests three Atlanta was a next step that lost its charm. resources: UGA students can take George “I got tired of this idea of telling someContini’s class THEA 4300: Queer Theatre one else’s story. Like I wanted to tell my and Film, observational learners can watch own story, and I started identifying more as the TV series “The Book of Queer,” and reada performance artist, ers can pick up Queer: and I really wanted A Graphic History by to put my own work Meg-John Barker. into the world. So However, the event that’s where the idea also features famous for Queer Arts Athens queer art displayed in kind of started hapthe background—art pening,” says Cowan. that came to Cowan However, leaving through an interesting the UGA bubble also Athens connection. meant leaving behind Part of Cowan’s important health process in finding percenter resources, formers was to attend including psychologists open mics around and therapists, and Athens, which led him losing health insurto the Café Apollinaire ance. After reaching event at Flicker Theatre out via Facebook in & Bar. Doubling as a desperation, Cowan memorial service for David Cowan, founder and community out- the Georgia Fine Arts was directed to Nuçi’s reach coordinator of Queer Arts Athens. Space, where he Academy founder quickly received the William Bray, Cowan care needed to get back on track, in a good learned about Bray’s legacy and felt an headspace and move forward. The experioverwhelming connection between their ence left Cowan wanting to thank Nuçi’s organizations’ vision and goals. During the Space, tell his story and help others share event, Cowan met a close friend of Bray’s their stories—all through performance art. who later messaged him about feeling like In this way, the organization Queer Arts he was the right person to inherit some Athens and its upcoming inaugural event of Bray’s items—a collection of books and Professor Q’s Quorum of Quintessential DVDs about queer art. The images from this Queers emerged together. collection make up the art to be on display “The community response has just been during Professor Q’s Quorum. overwhelming, and it’s really, really grow“This is how it happened in my life. And ing. It was all just in flow, you know, like, I you can do it, too. I think that’s one of didn’t necessarily have a plan, but I would the things that Queer Arts Athens sort of have an impulse, and I would want to act on teaches is, like I talk about this idea someit. And I knew it was right. So I would take a times of queer excellence; be fully your step forward. And then I took another step queer identity. And the queer identity is a forward, and took another step forward,” powerhouse of creativity and expression,” says Cowan. says Cowan. The goals of Queer Arts Athens are to The Queer Arts Athens tagline is “It’s educate, provide and generate. This means safe to be you,” and Cowan looks forward educating activists and queer artists on to continuing to foster that sentiment how to use artistic expression to enact through events, classes, discussions and, change, providing safe spaces to gather and most enthusiastically, celebrations. f commune, and then generating opportunities for them to perform. Professor Q’s Quorum will be the first of similar events, WHO: Professor Q’s Quorum of held at Nuçi’s Space on June 30 with the Quintessential Queers main show from 7:30–9 p.m. and a dance WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 7:30–11 p.m. party from 9–11 p.m. The show is a theWHERE: Nuçi’s Space atrical production—with sets, costume, HOW MUCH: FREE! story and the host character created by Cowan—that is a celebration of queer-

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ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ LOOSE AND LOVELORN

This isn’t about a personal conflict or problem—I’m seeking advice from a POC point of view about how complex celebrating and recognizing Juneteenth seems to be. I’m really proud of our community for putting in effort to not only celebrate but also educate people about the holiday. But online, most of what I’ve seen is a lot of attitudes that this holiday isn’t for anyone that’s not Black to celebrate. No one person’s opinion captures what a group of people think, too, so I don’t want it to seem like I think that. But I’m interested in hearing what you want to see from non-Black loved ones, friends, community members, etc. in regards to Juneteenth. Anonymous Hey Anon, Juneteenth is a holiday for everyone, and learning about America’s past in regards to race helps each and every one of us to dismantle these systems of oppression and make a better future. I know of some Black people who only want to celebrate the emancipation of America’s Black enslaved peoples with other Black people, and they’re allowed to curate their June­teenth experience however they’d like.

Personally, I think there’s a caginess amongst some of us when it comes to white allies, because some of them really take that “cookout” stuff seriously and think they’re one of us (ha), or they’re trying to exorcize their own white guilt by overcorrecting and simply doing too much. Saying too much. Prostrating themselves at the feet of the only Black people they know and begging us to validate their identity as antiracists. But here’s a secret: You don’t need anyone’s approval to do what’s right and to make the world better. Leave your Black colleagues alone and let them celebrate how they want, even if that celebration does not include you. The trauma of slavery and systemic racism runs deep in Black Americans, and our trauma responses can be varied. Some folks just don’t want white people at their Juneteenth cookout, but I think most about my dad, who would never let me and my siblings go to white friends’ houses until we were in our late

teens. There are people in my family who were lynched and killed, but I didn’t know that at the time. Now that I do, can I blame a Black father born and raised in the Deep South for not letting his children be alone with white people? There are no thoughts of supremacy at work here, just a traumatized community trying not to experience any more traumas. A person’s private celebration is completely different from a municipal one, and you shouldn’t feel entitled to someone’s backyard barbecue just because it would help you feel better about benefiting from centuries of white privilege. The ACC government has a Juneteenth Collective that organized events that last all month, from movie nights and talks about the injustice of Linnentown to jazz concerts and outdoor festivals. Those events were for everyone, so I hope you went to some! White people can and should celebrate the legislation that ended slavery, and the members of their community who fought to create equity where there was none before. They should understand that this country belongs to all of us, and that we all have a duty to destroy fascism. Who do you think

it is putting Nazi stickers and graffiti all over downtown and Pulaski Heights right now? I think it’s the shitheaded child of someone who lives within walking distance of those areas, someone whose parents went to Elephant 6 shows and bought in a historic neighborhood before mortgages exploded. That’s why y’all can’t act like Juneteenth has nothing to do with you, or that you’re not allowed to celebrate it or learn about it. It’s much, much bigger than just you or me—do you think that van full of white supremacist terrorists in Idaho came from households that talked much about Black history? You are raising the next generation of individuals who will either continue to dismantle fascism or could very likely be the next Proud Boy that I punch in the face. It’s your responsibility to make sure they grow up to be the former, not the latter. f Email advice@flagpole.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/get-advice.


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By Erin France news@flagpole.com I feel like it’s time for an introduction column. Why would you want to listen to my advice, after all? Maybe I just pasted it from some Buzzfeed-like gardening corner of the web. Well, I didn’t. Though I’m not as wellversed as some other growers, most of the advice I like to give and write isn’t for people who have a decade of gardening under their belts—it’s for newbies. I love talking to people who are excited about growing, trying different techniques, conducting experiments in their backyards, thinking

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about what would work best for their soil or climate. You don’t have to be building your first garden to care about that stuff, but I find that most folks who have done things a certain way for a certain amount of time like to continue to do things that way—gardening the way their father or grandmother did. I don’t have much advice for those people. They have much more experience, equipment and land than I have. My cultivated plot is about a quarter of an acre, and I don’t use a tiller. I can relate to the backyard gardener more than the commercial farmer. Some would say I’m not a farmer because of the size of my plot and the equipment I don’t use. “Farmer” feels like I should have hundreds of acres or at least one tractor. Honestly, I like the British expression of “plantswoman” best. It reflects my plant knowledge without the “farmer” expectation of an operation covering thousands of acres feeding America or the organic, pastoral multi-generational family-led business. I am neither of those. Some readers may know my byline. I am a former reporter for the Athens BannerHerald and editorial adviser for The Red & Black. Some readers may know my face. I catered Athens-area weddings for one long summer, served at a popular downtown restaurant and poured and packaged beer at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. I had

several years as an inveterate barfly. I’ve probably packaged your beer, poured you a drink or drank beside you if you’ve lived in Athens for more than five years. I found agriculture and horticulture after falling out of love with journalism. I wanted to be the boss going forward. I was tired of watching company leaders make mistakes I couldn’t affect. I wanted to make decisions, assess their success and pivot quickly when necessary. Agriculture appealed to me because entrepreneurship is so prevalent in the industry. It’s possible to start a smallscale farming business without a bank loan. And I love food. Eating locally grown food is such a pleasure. Grocery store produce doesn’t compare. I began attending AthensArea Master Gardener classes. I completed the volunteer hours and decided to look for some green-collar work to see how it would feel. I got a part-time job on a small farm using organic practices in Oglethorpe County. I loved it. I learned a bunch. My partner and I bought a house and land, primarily because we wanted more dogs, and I wanted space to experiment with different agricultural businesses. Next, I found a horticulture job as a full-time grower at a non-organic, typically ornamental, speciality plant business. I learned even more. After 18 months, I began seriously considering my own prospective venture. Spring, as you might imagine, is busy for growers, and I was looking at a six-day work week with little time or energy to take baby steps on my own business. So I landed a job as the produce manager on a certified organic farm. The five-day work week guaranteed enough time to attempt selling plants and produce on my own for the first time and learn more about the business end of running a farm. Then my father died. Six months later, I stopped working for other people and filed the paperwork for my own Troublesome Creek Farm. Altogether, I’ve been a plantswoman for five years now. During that time, I learned about big farms, little farms, organic operations, non-organic businesses, vegetables and ornamentals. I worked with people who have horticultural degrees and people who are self-taught. I learned from native Georgians, immigrants and even transplanted Northerners who talk about sweltering in 80 degree heat. This column is, in part, a way to make money writing while I blunder through learning how to be a better businesswoman. But mostly, this column is to show new and struggling gardeners how to grow plants. I’ve been where you are. I want to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from my friends, co-workers and bosses so we can grow better together. f

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MUSIC | FRI, JULY 1

Sloan Brothers LP Listening Party 40 Watt Club • 8 p.m. • FREE!

Sloan Brothers’ new LP System Update will be released on vinyl July 1. Sloan Brothers is the recording project of local music archivist Sloan Simpson, a fixture in the Athens scene for over two decades. COVID halted his hobby of live taping, and he transitioned to recording original music, which led to System Update. As System Update is purely a recording project,

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Americana band Norma Rae, Dom Flemons, MrJordanMrTonks, the A. Lee Edwards Trio, Red Oak String Band and String Theory. Set times can be found in Flagpole’s live music calendar on p. 18. [PB]

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EVENT | SAT, JULY 2

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Athens-Ben Epps Airport • 9 p.m. • FREE!

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Athens will be celebrating Independence Day early with a fireworks display on July 2. Launched from the Athens-Ben Epps Airport, the 30-minute display is advertised to be seen (and heard) as far as Gaines School Road. Athens-Clarke County has designated certain areas for viewing, which include the intersection of Lexington, Cherokee and Gaines School Roads. Parking will also be available closer to the airport on the field at Satterfield Park, but be aware that it is first-come, first-serve. No fireworks are allowed while viewing the fireworks. Make sure to consult the ACC government website (accgov.com) for designated and safe parking areas before settling down to view the show. [PB]

HELL’S GETTING HOTTER: As if the heat this summer wasn’t oppressive enough, there’s now a new split release from noise merchant Ixian to really pile the mood on. The split, between Athens’ Ixian and Chicago’s Odious Wretch, features only one track from each, but that’s enough for now. Ixian’s “Concrete Umbrella” delivers continually oscillating waves of what sounds like looped feedback, but could very well be entirely straightforward. Odious Wretch’s “Vestiges of a Life Unlived” is only slightly more organized, but definitely the more brittle of the two, although it won’t sound that way at first. Whereas Ixian’s track is impenetrable, Odious Wretch’s contribution has static-y holes throughout, such that one’s ear can almost poke through. Find this at ixian.bandcamp.com and odious wretch.bandcamp.com. AMERIGRASS FOR THE PEOPLE: Grassland String Band (aka Grassland) will release its newest record, Grassland: Still Not A String Band, on Aug. 27 and celebrate with a show

Band (2 p.m.), A. Lee Edwards Trio (3 p.m.), MrJordanMrTonks (4 p.m.), Hibbs Family Band (5 p.m.), Dom Flemons (6 p.m.), Norma Rae (7 p.m.), and the aforementioned Grassland String Band (8:15 p.m.). For tickets and other information, please see sobrewco.com. HELLO, SUGAR: Athens has never had any shortage of fully delusional artists, so it’s nice when someone’s self-awareness aligns almost 100% with your own assessment of their work. To wit, whoever is behind Goodbye Molasses, who writes in the liner notes of a new self-titled, 12-track album that this music is, “As if I threw up my subconscious and then strained it through a shitty acoustic guitar and nasally voice.” Except it’s not really as bad as all that. While everything here is definitely what we would call “demo quality,” after a few listens, everything just sounds normal and occasionally touching. Anyone who suffered through hundreds of similarly recorded tapes during the indie storm of the 1990s

EVENT | SUN, JULY 3

Independence Day Concert and Picnic Madison-Morgan Cultural Center • 6–9 p.m. • FREE!

Dom Flemons

Simpson will not be playing live, but the full LP will be played over the PA, and it will be available for purchase. The night will, however, include performances by Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo, Hayride and Jay Gonzalez, who were all featured on the LP. [Patrick Barry]

Bring your picnic baskets, coolers, chairs or a blanket to spread out on the front lawn of the Cultural Center to celebrate Independence Day. After the national anthem plays, the Classic City Band will perform traditional patriotic music starting at 7 p.m. Founded in 1976, the group is the oldest continuously

MUSIC | SAT, JULY 2

Classic City American Music Festival

Southern Brewing Co. • 12 p.m. • FREE! (ages 12 and under), $12–15

Southern Brewing Co. and Aubrey Entertainment will once again host their annual Classic City Madison-Morgan Cultural Center American Music Festival over Fourth of July weekend. This year’s lineup features functioning community band in Georgia. Grassland, a seven-piece string band with Among its repertoire are marches, jazz, pop, a long history of local shows. Also playing show tunes, operas and more. The lawn is is the Hibbs Family Band, a four-piece expected to fill up fast, so it’s advised to band consisting of, you guessed it, the arrive early to secure your spot and settle in Hibbs Family. Other performances include for the festivities. [Sam Lipkin] f

Grassland String Band

at Hendershot’s that same night. Before then, though, the group has preorders for the album open and has released its lead single “Driving This Car.” The band plays the upcoming Classic City American Music Festival July 2 at 8:15 p.m. (more information about that below). Find out more about Grassland String Band, the new record and other details over at grass landstringband. com. PICKIN’-N-GRINNIN’: And, as promised, here’s your scoop on the Classic City American Music Festival. It happens Saturday, July 2 at Southern Brewing Company. This event is all ages, with kids 12 and under free. Advance tickets are 12 bucks until June 30 and then $15 both in advance and at the door. Doors open at noon, and music begins at 1 p.m. The full lineup is String Theory (1 p.m.), Red Oak String

will get through this just fine and might even find something to bookmark. Find this at goodbyemolasses.bandcamp.com. LOOKING AHEAD: Those boys in Heffner have kept their noses to the grindstone over the past couple of years, and it’s paid dividends. The group is on the cusp of releasing its new album Perfect Heaven, which comes out Aug. 5. The lead single is “Bends of Life” which is a little more jumped-up than the band’s previous work. Indeed, working in an undeniably funk-lite environment that’s a little reminiscent of the artistic shift of Montreal took many years ago. There’s a big difference, though, between Heffner’s channeling of Orange Juice and Of Montreal’s on-boarding of, say, Oran “Juice” Jones. So go find this wherever you find streaming material these days, and keep up with all the news over at facebook.com/Heffnerband. f

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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/ updates/call_2022_showcase GEORGIA ON MY MIND (Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library) Opening July 22, “Georgia on My Mind: Finding Belonging in Music” is an upcoming exhibition exploring the state’s music history through genres, spaces, places and performers. Community members are invited to loan items from their collection like ticket stubs, flyers and photos. Deadline July 15. tinyurl. com/t3vwdp56 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

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handmade books, drawing fundamentals, watercolor, landscape painting, linocut printmaking, printing on fabric and more. Watercolor painting workshops include “Trees and Foliage” (July 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.), “Effortless House Portraits” (July 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m.), “Clouds and Skies” (July 19, 6:30–8:30 p.m.) and “Petals and Blooms” (July 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m.). Acrylic painting workshops include “Absolute Beginner Basics” (July 24, 1–3 p.m.) Painting workshops cost $45. Digital Art Workshops include “Intro to Procreate” (July 13, 6–8 p.m. or July 17, 2–4 p.m.), “Understanding Layers in Procreate” (July 20, 6–8 p.m.), and “Understanding Brushes in Procreate” (July 27, 6–8 p.m.). Digital art workshops are $35. www. kaartist.com ART CLASSES (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) “Beginning & Intermediate Acrylic Painting” includes demonstration, discussion and one-­on-­one guidance. Thursdays, July 14–Aug. 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $160–210. “Discovering Water Mixable Oils” covers the basics of working with fume-­free oil paints. Thursdays, July 14–Aug. 11, 12:30–2:30 p.m. $160–210. Both courses are taught by artist Lauren Adams. www.ocaf.com CHAIR YOGA (Sangha Yoga Studio) This class is helpful for flexibility, strength, balance and increasing circulation and energy. All levels welcome. Every Thursday, 12–1 p.m. $16 (drop-­in), $72 (six weeks). 706-­613-­1143 CHAIR YOGA AND MINDFULNESS (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Nicole Bechill teaches a well-­rounded, gentle and accessible chair yoga class to promote breathing, mindfulness and inward listening. Every Monday, 9 a.m. $10. www.wintervillecenter.com CLAY CLASSES (Good Dirt) Registration opens on the 15th of every month for the following month’s classes and workshop. Classes range from wheel, unique handles, hand building sculpture and more. Studio membership is included in class price. www.gooddirt.net COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a guided meditation 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 at Athens VFW. $10. ljoyner1722@att.net MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and

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emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation: OCAF) Beatrice Brown leads a two-­day workshop covering the basics of natural dyeing processes including extraction of the dye from botanical materials. July 9–10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $175–225. www. ocaf.com OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a meditation designed to guide participants into stillness and silence. Mondays, 4–5 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.healingarts centre.net PAINTING CLASSES (Private Studio on Athens Eastside) One-­on-­one or small group adult classes are offered in acrylic and watercolor painting. Choose day workshops, ongoing weekly classes or feedback sessions. laurenadamsartist@ icloud.com POTTERY WORKSHOP (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Lora Rust will share her unique process in “Pushing the Surface of Clay,” a workshop covering surface design, glazing and firing methods. Aug. 27–28, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $175–225. 706-­769-­4565, www.ocaf.com PUBLIC DANCE (The Studio Athens) Beginner Rumba lessons followed by DJ’d waltz, swing, salsa, tango etc. Every fourth Saturday. 7:30–10 p.m. $5 (students), $10 (non-­ students). www.gmdance.com REALITY CHECK: BUILDING BELIEVABLE SCENES AND LETTING THE FUNNY HAPPEN (work. shop) In this improv workshop, work on building scenes based in reality, believable characters with relatable emotions, stronger object and environmental work, and listening and reacting. July 17, 4–7 p.m. $50. www.flyingsquidcomedy. com/classes SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-­372-­4349, marinabilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina-­ spain-­2020.squarespace.com YOGA CLASSES AND EVENTS (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) “Yoga Flow and Restore with Nicole Bechill” is held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Online classes include “Trauma Conscious Yoga with Crystal” Thursdays at 6 p.m. and “Yoga for Wellbeing with Nicole Bechill” on Saturdays at 10:45 a.m. www. revolutiontherapyandyoga.com YOGA (Elixir Movement Arts, Mercury A.I.R.) Build a yoga practice, deepen connections to yourself and others, and learn to use yoga in everyday life. “Vinyasa Flow” is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $10/class. shelleydowns yoga@gmail.com, www.shelley downsyoga.offeringtree.com YOGA TEACHER TRAINING (Shakti Power Yoga Athens) Deepen your practice and learn to teach others in person and online during this 200-­ hour yoga teacher training. July

9–15. www.shakti yogaathens.com/ shakti-­yoga-­university ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class or $18/ month. 706-­612-­ 8077, ommmever@ yahoo.com

Events AADM EVENTS (Athens Anti-­ Discrimination Movement Justice Center & Bookstore) “Art for Justice Saturdays” Printmaker and book artist Taylor DiFonzo presents a collection of works at Heirloom are an opportunity Cafe and Fresh Market through Aug. 29. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, June to paint to soothing 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m. music and discuss local issues. Supplies create some improv magic on the Coffee on July 15, 8 p.m. Fabulous provided. All skill spot. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. $5 Friday will have a Britney vs. Chrislevels welcome. Saturdays, 3–5 suggested donation. www.flying tina theme at Sound Track Bar on p.m. Donations accepted. www. squidcomedy.com July 22, 9 p.m. www.athensshow aadmovement.org HENDERSHOT’S EVENTS (Hendergirlcabaret.com A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ADOLPH AUTHOR TALK (Zoom) Avid Bookshot’s Coffee) Disconnect to conZUKOR (Town & Gown Players) shop and Books & Books/Miami nect during No Phone Parties with a Witness the comical hijinks during Book Fair present Mohsin Hamid, phone-­free, laptop-­free happy hour this Golden Age of Hollywood author of The Last White Man, in featuring drink specials, snacks, where studio moguls like Adolph conversation with Mark Kurlansky. games and a record player. Every Zukor reign supreme. Hedda HopAug. 6, 7 p.m. www.avidbookshop. Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. www.henderper, the infamous gossip columnist, com shotsathens.com is going to write an expose about BAD MOVIE NIGHT (Ciné) After KARMELLA’S PRIDE PARTY the day in the life of Adolph Zukor. a small town karate instructor is (Athentic Brewing Company) KarWhat follows is a chain of meetings, framed for murder, a mysterious mella and friends are back to end double crossing deals, and power ninja helps break him out of jail, Pride Month with a bang. See drag plays with some of Hollywood’s fighting police corruption and a performances and dance to live DJ most famous power players. July blood-­thirsty posse in Justice Ninja sets by Luxury Vehicle. June 30, 8 8–9, 8 p.m. July 10, 2 p.m. $5. Style. June 30, 8 p.m. FREE! www. p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. www.townandgownplayers.org instagram.com/BadMovieNight com ART EVENTS (Georgia Museum of BIG FISH (Historic Crawford School) MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS Art) “Tour at Two” is held June 29, Arts!Oglethorpe presents a play (Margo Metaphysical) Monday 2 p.m. “Envisioning Just Futures” is based on the novel by Daniel Tarot Readings offered 1–5 p.m. held June 25, 3 p.m. www.georgia Wallace and film directed by Tim ($6 per card). Tuesday Tarot with museum.org Burton. June 30 and July 1–2, Davita offered 4–6 p.m. ($5 per THE ARTIST’S WAY STUDY 7:30 p.m. $18 (adv.), $22. 706-­ card). Wednesday Night Sound GROUP (24th Street Clubhouse, 202-­1211 Healing with Joey held 6–7:30 p.m. 150 Collins Industrial Blvd.) A gathBOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart ($35). Thursday Tarot with Courtney ering of artists, musicians, writers Library) “KnitLits Knitting Group” is offered 12–5 p.m. ($10–45). and creatives meet to discuss the is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. Friday Henna Party with Aiyanna book The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual “Bogart Bookies Adult Book Club” ($10–75). 706-­372-­1462 Path to Higher Creativity by Julia will discuss The Lincoln Highway MERRY MEET EVERY WEEK (Rabbit Cameron. Every Sunday, 6:30 by Amor Towles on July 5 at 1 p.m. Hole Studios) Meet members of the p.m. Donations welcome. beth@ www.athenslibrary.org/bogart Athens Area Pagans. Learn about beththompsonphotography.com, BOUTIER WINERY EVENTS (Boutier the intentional community and see www.24thstreetathens.com Winery & Inn, Danielsville) Line who is attending Mystic South. ATHENS FARMERS MARKET dance lessons with instructor Amy. Meetings held every Saturday, 5 (Multiple Locations) Shop fresh June 30 (ladies only), 7 p.m. $5. p.m. Donations encouraged. beth@ produce, flowers, eggs, meats, Wine Tastings are held Fridays and athensareapagans.org prepared foods, a variety of arts and Saturdays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and OCONEE CO. LIBRARY EVENTS crafts, and live music. Additionally, Sundays, 12:30–5 p.m. $6/glass of (Oconee Co. Library) “DIY for AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent wine, $14/six wine tastings. www. Adults: Seashell Painting” is at the market. Every Saturday at boutierwinery.com held July 11 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Bishop Park, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Every CLASSIC CITY PETANQUE CLUB “Author Gail Langer Karowski” Wednesday at Creature Comforts (Lay Park) New players welcome. speaks on July 14 at 10:30 a.m. Brewing Co., 5–8 p.m. www.athens Scheduled play days are Tuesdays “Author Talk: Muriel Pritchett” is farmersmarket.net and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and held July 16 at 1 p.m. Third MonATHENS RESTAURANT WEEK Sundays at 4 p.m. vicepresident@ day Book Club will discuss Rachel 2022 (Multiple Locations) Visit athenspetanque.org Joyce’s Miss Benson’s Beetle Athens GA and the Athens ConvenCLASSIC CITY TERMINUS LEGION on July 18 at 7 p.m. www.athens tion & Visitors Bureau present an WATCH PARTY (Athentic Brewing library.org/oconee event highlighting local eateries and Company) Watch ATL United take OCONEE FARMERS MARKET taprooms. Prix fixe options for lunch on New York City. July 3, 4:30 p.m. (Oconee County Courthouse, and dinner will be offered. July FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com Watkinsville) Over 20 vendors offer 11–17. www.visitathensga.com GORGEOUS GEORGE’S IMPROV a variety of fresh produce, local ATHENS SHOWGIRL CABARET LEAGUE (Buvez) Come out for honey, fresh-­cut flowers, unique (Multiple Locations) Country Night some home-­grown townie improv. crafts, dog treats, fresh gelato, is held at Hendershot’s Coffee on Bring some interesting suggestions homemade pasta, locally sourced July 17, 8 p.m. “Drag For All Counand a loose funny bone to help meats and eggs, plants and more. try Night” is held at Hendershot’s


Many vendors offer pre-­ordering options and curbside pickup. Saturdays, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www. oconeefarmersmarket.net PROFESSOR Q’S QUORUM OF QUINTESSENTIAL QUEERS: A QUEER CABARET (Nuçi’s Space) Queer Arts Athens host a curated performance illuminating queer history featuring the talents of locals who identify as LGBTQ+ June 30, 7 p.m. FREE! queerartsathens@ gmail.com, www.queerartsathens. com RABBIT BOX STORYTELLING WORKSHOP (East Athens Development Corporation Offices) Rabbit Box board members Stevie King and Pat Priest lead a workshop on storytelling. Explore what makes a compelling story and learn how to create a strong opening and ending, scene setting and other details. Aug. 4, 7–9 p.m. FREE! rabbitboxstories@ gmail.com, www.rabbitbox.org 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. reallyreallyfree marketathens@gmail.com SHOWDOWN AT THE EQUATOR (Flicker Theatre and Bar) A troubled loner, forced to join the military, must unleash his secret martial arts training after crossing an evil gun runner and his army of ninjas in American Ninja. July 6, 7 p.m. FREE! www.instagram.com/ ShowdownAtTheEquator SOUTHERN STAR STUDIO OPEN GALLERY (Southern Star Studio) Southern Star Studio is a working, collective ceramics studio, estab-

lished by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery contains members’ work, primarily pottery. Every Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southern starstudioathens.com STAR SPANGLED CLASSIC FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Athens-­Ben Epps Airport) Fireworks will be visible from Lexington, Cherokee and Gaines School Roads. Parking near the airport and Satterfield Park opens at 7 p.m. Fireworks held July 2, 9:30 p.m. www.accgov.com/ fireworks 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 WEST BROAD FARMERS MARKET (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

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. “Enchantment Under the Sea Dance” is held June 30 at 10:30 a.m. www.athenslibrary.org ALICE H. RICHARDS CHILDREN’S GARDEN (UGA State Botanical Garden) Every third Saturday of the month enjoy a variety of engaging shows taking place on the Theatre-­in-­the-­Woods stage.

art around town 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.) “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. Through July 17. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) The gallery’s Artist-in-ATHICA residency series presents Monty Greene, a multidisciplinary artist who will develop and present a video installation, “Quarantined Apparitions,” based on works he created during the pandemic. Open Studio July 6–7. Opening event July 8, 7 p.m. Viewings July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 3:30-6 p.m. & July 21, 6–9 p.m. In progress July 1–31. 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.) Jeff Rapier’s portraits feature famous rock and rollers as well as local musicians, while Gary Autry’s artwork is full of abstract designs and intricate linework. Through June. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “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 working-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. •

Come experience music, laughter and connection in nature. July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 from 9:30–11 a.m. www.facebook.com/ botgarden 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 BOGART LIBRARY EVENTS (Bogart Library) “Busy Bee Toddler Time” is held June 29 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. “Throwback Thursday: Moana” is held June 30 at 3 p.m. “Stranger Things” premiere party is held July 1 at 3 p.m. “Star-­Spangled Crafts and Stories” is held July 2 at 11 a.m. “Bookbinding” is held July 5 at 6 p.m. “Busy Bee Toddler Time” is held July 6 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. www.athenslibrary.org/bogart GRAND SLAM TEEN SUMMER PROGRAM (Lay Park) Ages 11–17 can participate in games, giveaways, music, sports and other activities. Fridays in July, 6–9 p.m. www.accgov.com/grandslam 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. “Georgia Music” on Aug. 2, “Sports!” on Sept. 20. Events held at 9:45 a.m. FREE! RSVP: jmb18449@uga.edu MAKING DANCES (work.shop) This alternative dance class teaches improvisation and choreography techniques. For ages 10–14. Taught by Lisa Yaconelli. Tuesdays, 6:15– 7:30 p.m. $60/month, $210/14

weeks. lisayaconelli@gmail.com, www.lisayaconelli.com OCONEE LIBRARY EVENTS (Oconee Co. Library) “Preschool Storytime” for children and their caregivers is held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. “Deserted Island: Can You Survive?” is held June 29 at 6 p.m. “Todd Key” performs July 6 at 10:30 a.m. “Treasure Hunt” is held July 8 at 4 p.m. “Prism” is held July 11 at 6 p.m. “Pirate Tea Party” is held July 13 at 6 p.m. “Teen Makers Market Workshop” is held July 15 at 4 p.m. “Middle Grades Writing Workshop with Muriel Pritchett” is held July 16 at 12 p.m. “Dungeons & Dragons” is held July 18 at 6 p.m. “Lee Bryan Puppet Show” is held July 20 at 10:30 a.m. “Paint and Snack” is held July 20 at 6 p.m. “Anime Club” meets July 25 at 7 p.m. “Teen Makers Market” is held July 30 from 12–5 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/tree housekidandcraft SUMMER ART CAMPS (‘Brella Studio) Themed camps include “Tinker Thinker” (July 5–8, $235), “Glitter Sparkle Extravaganza!” (July 11–15), “Pirate Princess Paintpalooza” (July 18–22), “Unicorns, Mermaids and Dragons (Oh My!)” (July 25–29), “Color Explosion Camp” (Aug. 1–5), “Beautiful Messes” (Aug. 8–12), Camps run 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $295. www.brella studio.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

“Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through July 3, 2023. GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) Printmaker and book artist Taylor DiFonzo presents a collection of works. Opening reception June 28, 5:30– 6:30 p.m. Through Aug. 29. 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.) Cedric Smith presents a series of portrait collages for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. • “Picture This” features the artwork of 11 Georgia-based painters who focus on narratives. • “Maps, Landforms and River Rafts” is a series of art quilts by Cathy Fussell on view alongside works by her daughter, Coulter Fussell. • “Robert Croker: At Random 2022” is a new suite of watercolors. • Jason Matherly’s “For Heather: New Shaped Paintings” is a collection of color-block works installed against a painted ground. • Collections from our Community presents “Winfield & McNeal’s Fleet,” a collection of vintage Tonka Trucks and ‘70s Hot Wheels. New exhibitions on view through Aug. 20. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “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. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) A special exhibition of contemporary works from the museum’s permanent collection includes works by Howard Finster, Kenneth Woodall, Allison Spence, R.C. Gorman, Ron Meyers, Chris Aluka Berry, Bud Lee and more. Through Aug. 18. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) Landscape photographer Chris Greer is co-host of the TV show “View Finders” and author

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 July 11 and July 25. Register online. www.piedmont-­ preserve.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 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. 706-­ 206-­6163, 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.athens recoverydharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. Contact for location. www.athensdowntownsaa.com

Word on the Street FREE COVID-­19 VACCINES (Clarke County Health Department) Vaccines are available by appointment or walk-­in. No insurance or ID required. www.publichealthisfor everyone.com KACCB LITTER INDEX (Athens, GA) Keep Athens-­Clarke County Beautiful and UGA’s Debris Tracker seek volunteers to track litter items now through July 24. www.keepathens beautiful.org/litterindex POOL SEASON (Multiple Locations) ACC Leisure Services pools and splash pads are open through July 31. $1/person, $20/season pass. Pools are located at Bishop Park, Heard Park, Lay Park and Rocksprings Park. Check website for hours. www.accgov.com/aquatics RABBIT BOX STORYTELLING (VFW on Sunset Drive) Storytelling themes for fall include “Wallflower” (Sept. 27), “Undone” (Oct. 25) and “Last Call” (Nov. 22). Pitch an eight-­minute story to share with an audience. Story coaching available. rabbitboxstories@gmail.com, www. rabbitbox.org/tell-­a-­story f

of the books Georgia Discovered: Exploring the Best of the Peach State and upcoming title Naturally Georgia: From the Mountains to the Coast. Through August. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The annual “Members Exhibition” showcases works by artists who support the gallery as members. • “Figuratively Speaking” is a group exhibition stretching the limits of figurative work. Through July 23. 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 fall. 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. Spoken Word Night with Linqua Franqa, Christopher Martin and Josina Guess held Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m. Currently on view through Aug 20. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “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. • “I AM A MAN: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1960–1970” documents a historic and transformative decade through iconic images of protestors and glimpses into the daily life of the American South. Film screening of King in the Wilderness held June 28. Through Aug. 11. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) Rodney Graiger’s exhibit “Black and White” includes large drawings on paper that portray recollections of private spaces where racial distinctions were often blurred but never fully erased. On view through July 28 on Sundays and by appointment. VIVA! ARGENTINE CUISINE (247 Prince Ave.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through August. WHITE TIGER GOURMET (217 Hiawassee Ave.) Artwork by Marisa Mustard. Through June.

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JOBS FULL-TIME Mike Wheeler Landscape. Landscaping/gardening positions available. Good pay w/ experience. Parttime. Flexible hours. Call Mike Wheeler: 706-202-0585, mwwheeler1963@gmail.com

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live music calendar Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flicker theatreandbar.com EXIT ROW Guitar-­driven pop band with members of Eagle Scout, Needle Teeth and Nuclear Tourism. ORANGE DOORS Dark psych band from Charleston, SC. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

Wednesday 29 Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 6 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket.net STRING THEORY Local group playing old-­time bluegrass and Americana. 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. Oconee County Library 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee REBECCA SUNSHINE BAND Kid-­friendly music by Rebecca and her friends. 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.

SLOAN BROTHERS LP LISTENING PARTY Listen to the new album System Update in its entirety. Musicians who guest appear throughout the album will perform. HAYRIDE Long-­running local three-­piece rock band led by guitarist Kevin Sweeney. JAY GONZALES Drive-­By Truckers member and formidable solo performer. ROBERT SCHNEIDER Member of Apples in Stereo performing solo. Flicker Theatre & Bar Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com GUILLOTINE A.D. Local death metal band celebrates the release of its new album, Born To Fall. BEAST MODE Local groove/ thrash-­metal band that offers “the heaviest metal in the city.” CORRUPTED SAINT Florida death thrash band.

hip hop, dancehall and salsa with DJ Charger. Free entry for cancers and ladies until 10:30 p.m. with RSVP. Southern Brewing Co. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10 (adv.), $15. www.facebook.com/ AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA DEAD LETTER OFFICE New York-­based R.E.M. tribute band dedicated to faithfully reproducing the energy of the original act.

Saturday 2 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $8. www.40watt.com GOODHOST New local instrumental rock band. PLASTIQUE Atlanta-­based band. Athentic Brewing Co. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com THE LUCKY JONES Old school rockin’ rhythm and blues.

Christian Gerner-­Smidt, Jack Reed and Alex Morrison. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. $15. www.hendershots athens.com LILLI LEWIS Athens native turned New Orleans folk rock diva. CHASTITY BROWN Folk and soul artist crafting uplifting songs. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ IGBAthensGA SCARLET STITCH Straight-­up rock and roll band from Athens. Nowhere Bar 8 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens SAM COLLIE AND THE ROUSTABOUTS Debut performance by Sam Collie, a blues, soul and rock and roll musician. Southern Brewing Co. 12 p.m. (doors). FREE! (ages 12 and under), $12–15. www. sobrewco.com STRING THEORY Local group

NORMA RAE This local four-­piece plays soulful, distinctively Southern Americana. (7 p.m.) GRASSLAND STRING BAND Local traditional and progressive bluegrass group. (8:15 p.m.)

Sunday 3 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/athens THE AROUND THE GLOBE SEA SHANTY SINGERS Group of musicians keeping the tradition of maritime work songs alive. ART ROSENBAUM Grammy-­ winning folk artist performing blues and mountain banjo songs. Madison Morgan Cultural Center Independence Day Concert and Picnic. 7–9 p.m. www.mmcc-­arts.org CLASSIC CITY BAND The oldest community band in Georgia per-

rock and punk. TAN UNIVERSE Self-­proclaimed “surfedelic garage punk” three-­ piece from Asheville.

Tuesday 5 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com NINA GARBUS Atlanta-­based experimental pop artist. JR. JOY Four-­piece punk band from Atlanta. NULL Post-­punk band from Athens.

Wednesday 6 Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net FREQ 432 Local improvisational duo. (6 p.m.) DIARY OF TOOKY

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Thursday 30 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $12. www.flicker theatreandbar.com NUCLEAR TOURISM Local band playing surf-­punk originals. GUS GLASSER Atlanta-­based “soul pop” artist. TRVY High-­energy hip-­hop artist. TYL3R DAVIS Alternative hip-­hop performer based in Atlanta. NOSTRANDERS Post indie band from New York. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. $10. www.hendershots athens.com BIG BAND ATHENS 18-­member community band committed to bringing live music in the Big Band era style to the Athens area. Southern Brewing Co. 6-­10 p.m. FREE! www.sobrewco. com PRIDE KARAOKE NIGHT Celebrate Pride Month with a percentage night for Athens Pride & Queer Collective.

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Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers market.net CHRIS HENDERSON Folk singer-­ songwriter. (8 a.m.) ACOUSTIC JAM Bring an acoustic instrument and join in. (10 a.m.) Ciné 9 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (show). $10. www.athenscine.com OCEAN’S END Tampa-­based aggressive rock band with “chuggy breakdowns and infectious melodies.” MURDER THE MOOD Local alternative rock band fronted by CJ Hoty. NIX THE SCIENTIST Atlanta-­based progressive rock band consisting of

playing old-­time bluegrass and Americana. (1 p.m.) RED OAK STRING BAND Local Americana band. (2 p.m.) A. LEE EDWARDS TRIO North Carolina singer-­songwriter blending country sounds with punk spirit. (3 p.m.) MRJORDANMRTONKS Tommy Jordan and William Tonks’ collaboration features rootsy guitar picking and paired vocal melodies. (4 p.m.) HIBBS FAMILY BAND Folk/bluegrass quartet of family members led by Rob and Garrett Hibbs. (5 p.m.) DOM FLEMONS Blues-­and folk-­inspired Americana artist and founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops. (6 p.m.)

forms a variety of marches, jazz, pop, show tunes, operas and more. Bring picnic baskets, coolers, tables and/or chairs for this patriotic concert on the lawn. No. 3 Railroad Street 4 p.m. www.3railroad.org OPEN MIC Held the first Sunday of every month. Picnics, chairs, dogs and children are welcome.

Monday 4 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $7. www.flickertheatreand bar.com SASHA STRAY Diverse band with political messages straddling folk,

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. International Grill & Bar 7–9:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA THE BACUPS Cover band playing the best of pop, rock and roll, R&B, Motown and country. 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.


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mid the sweltering riffs and sludgy rip currents on Guillotine A.D.’s new album Born to Fall, listeners can decipher growls that warn of the hellfire that follows addiction, lust, guilt, hubris and war. Partly inspired by John Milton’s 17th-century epic poem Paradise Lost, the album reinterprets and builds upon the ancient story of the Fall of Man—this time through the lens of a blackened and doom-laced strain of death metal. Raised on a diet of metal and ‘70s hard rock, brothers Lance Miller (guitar) and Adam Miller (vocals, bass) began learning instruments at an early age and first launched their band, then named Guillotine, in 2003. After a long hiatus, the brothers reformed the band in 2015 and relocated to Athens, where they met drummer Evan Posey. “We have played together for so long that we have chemistry and cohesion that would take years for strangers to achieve when starting a new band,” says Lance on the advantages of playing together as brothers. “Also, we have a brother ESP thing where we complete each other’s thoughts and ideas. If one of us gets stuck on an idea while writing a riff, the other will inject an idea that makes it sound great and complete. That makes it sound like Guillotine A.D.” Melding influences of old-school Florida death metal, Scandinavian black metal and New Orleans sludge, Guillotine A.D.’s sound is decidedly Southern death metal. “We realized that our Southern roots were showing a lot more than we originally intended, but we were just making the music that came naturally to us,” says Adam. “We’re not playing the blues, but you can hear a Southern drawl in our riffs. Lance and I grew up in rural south Georgia. Evan was born and raised here in Athens. We decided to own who we are and where we come from, and I think that honesty is part of what makes this batch of songs so special.” Unlike the band’s 2017 self-titled album that was written together in the same room, these songs were written remotely while the members lived farther apart. This long-distance approach of exchanging riffs and arranging songs allowed some space to hear and envision everything from the outside, resulting in a more deliberate and intricate sound that’s all killer and no filler. Guest appearances include vocalist Zachery Hembree (Hembree and the Satan

Sisters) on “War First” and guitar wizard Corey Flowers (Beast Mode) on “I Want to Believe.” After a string of various life events and pandemic hurdles, the band finally headed to LedBelly Sound Studios with engineer Matthew Washburn (Mastodon, Withered, Black Pyramid, Atheist) in February 2021. Before settling in to record the album in its entirety last fall, the band’s first visit to the studio was to make a three-song demo that could be shopped around to labels. The band landed an offer from M-Theory Audio, an indie metal label based in Las Vegas and founded by Marco Barbieri, former president of Century Media Records. Born to Fall’s album cover was painted by Eliran Kantor, a Berlin-based artist who has found his niche creating Goya-esque art for dozens of metal bands across the world such as Testament, Venom Prison, Soulfly, Loudblast and Helloween. Influenced by classical art aesthetics, his narrative and timeless images are imbued with elements of horror and fantasy. “When Bloodbath released the album cover for The

Arrow of Satan Is Drawn, it had a profound visceral effect on me,” says Adam. “Great art should make you feel something like that. I started looking into Eliran’s work and realized how many great album covers of his I loved without knowing he had been the artist responsible, and I found that there were already some connections between us.” Knowing that they wanted something handmade rather than computer-generated to match the natural grittiness of their music, the bandmates reached out to Kantor to request a commission. Interested in their music and ideas, the artist created an original work that visually interprets and responds to the band’s unique sound. “The Born To Fall album art is entirely his concept,” says Adam. “It is completely different from our original idea, but we think he perfectly encapsulated lyrical themes from several songs into one compelling image. It can mean so many different things to different people.” The night before the album’s official June 24 release date, Akademia Brewing Company hosted a listening party at which it debuted the new Born to Fall Cold IPA. In addition to partnering with nonprofits such as the Athens Humane Society and Extra Special People, the locally owned brewery has spotlighted local bands such as Beast Mode and el chupaSKAbra through themed beers in the past. The collaboration came about after Lance met head brewer Morgan Wireman—both were coincidentally wearing merch from Denver’s heavy metal-inspired TRVE Brewing Co.—and the two quickly bonded over music. “Athens is a funny place,” says Posey. “There are metalheads here, but they only come out of the woodwork every so often. I’d say the number of quality bands has gotten stronger, but it’s still far from a heavy metal mecca… Shadebeast has been a huge asset to the local metal community by putting on shows at least once a month in town. Metal is always going to be here, with varying magnitude. Hopefully over the next few years it will keep growing and eventually flourish.” Guillotine A.D. will perform Born to Fall in its entirety at Flicker Theatre and Bar on Friday, July 1. Presented by Shadebeast, the show’s lineup also includes Beast Mode and Florida thrash act Corrupted Saint. From there, Guillotine A.D. will spend the summer playing a string of shows across the Southeast—including a night opening for New Orleans sludge metal band Crowbar at the 40 Watt Club on Aug. 23—while working on the next album. f

WHO: Shadebeast Presents: Guillotine A.D., Beast Mode, Corrupted Saint WHEN: Friday, July 1, 9 p.m. (doors) WHERE: Flicker Theatre & Bar HOW MUCH: $10

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