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Historic Normaltown? PLUS, PLEAS FOR RENT CONTROL AND MORE LOCAL NEWS
By Blake Aued firstname.lastname@example.org It might seem strange that a neighborhood of mostly unremarkable 1950s ranch houses could be historic, but a push could be underway to create a historic district for Normaltown, where some residents want more control over development in the rapidly gentrifying area. About 50 residents attended a town-hall meeting hosted by Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Tim Denson at Normal Bar last week to hear from a panel of experts on the pros and cons of a historic district. (Yes, it is technically considered historic— most of the buildings are over 50 years old.) Denson said he wanted to tackle the subject after getting numerous phone calls from constituents about homes being demolished. Concerns about affordability are also at the forefront as home prices have skyrocketed since the end of the 2008 recession in the formerly working-class neighborhood of artists, musicians, teachers and hospital employees. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution,” Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine said, “but it’s a way for the community to have a say in how it grows and changes.” A couple blocks of Oglethorpe Avenue— lined by older and statelier homes than the rest of the neighborhood—are already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That means they’re documented in case they’re ever destroyed, but unlike a local historic district, the National Register offers no protection. If a local district were to move forward, Normaltown resident and ACC Historic Preservation Commission member Ellen Walker said she’d envision something larger, bounded roughly by Prince Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue, Broad Street and King Avenue. (She and other panelists said they were not pushing for a district and would only act if the neighborhood wanted it.) If a historic district were created, property owners would have to seek permission from the HPC to make repairs, build additions or demolish structures. The tradeoff would be stricter rules for new development and more opportunities for public input. “It’ll feel more like the place you moved into,” Valentine said. “But if you want to build a shed, if you want to build a granny suite, you might have to jump through some hoops.” However, HPC members said 96% of projects are approved in the end. Several attendees in the mostly skeptical audience wanted to know how a historic district would affect affordability. Homeowners would get a seven-year tax freeze, but property values within historic districts also tend to rise faster. It would, though, prevent developments like a widely disliked subdivision near the corner of Oglethorpe and Sunset Drive, where five-bedroom houses built just a few feet apart are selling for more than $600,000, said HPC member Heather Fletcher. Other similarly outsized infill houses are popping up all over the neighborhood, too. That type of development would not be approved by the HPC because it’s out of scale with the surrounding neigh-
borhood of one-story, two- and three-bedroom houses, according to Fletcher. Ultimately, the purpose of a historic district is to preserve something that’s historically valuable, and Walker argued that, although it bears little resemblance to the nearby Cobbham and Boulevard historic districts, Normaltown is historically valuable. “Almost all of our historic districts are rich white people,” she said. “I want to see something different, something that shows we value the gritty.” There are alternatives, though, like an overlay district, which Fletcher described as a “historic district lite.” An overlay district would create a set of zoning guidelines specific to Normaltown. Another question is how a historic district jibes with the “missing middle,” a proposal to add more housing stock by encouraging in-town development that’s denser than single-family homes but less dense than downtown’s block-sized apartment buildings. Valentine said they could be compatible. The “missing middle” report recently accepted by the ACC Commission notes that the concept is based on preWorld War II development patterns, before the rise of the automobile. If there is an appetite to create a Normaltown historic district, the process will be a slow one of building support among residents, doing research and mapping out the boundaries. Historic districts are inevitably controversial, like the creation of one in Buena Vista Heights on the other side of Prince Avenue in 2013. “It takes so much effort, it’s more likely this won’t happen,” Valentine acknowledged.
Dems Open Headquarters Athens Democrats opened a campaign headquarters on Sunset Drive Oct. 1 with speeches from local candidates before a few dozen candidates fanned out to knock on voters’ doors. While Democrats have two strong candidates at the top of the ticket in U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams, they’re concerned that voters may not make it all the way down the ballot to races for lower-profile statewide offices, Congress and the state legislature. “We can’t get it done unless you vote down-ballot,” said Conolus Scott, a Madison County court bailiff who’s running against state Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville). Three-time 10th Congressional District candidate Tabitha Johnson-Green emphasized the importance of old-fashioned shoeleather campaigning. “No one is going to work harder than me,” said Johnson-Green. “I’ve got the shoes with the miles and the worn-out shoes to prove it.” Despite a redistricting process that shored up several potentially vulnerable Athens seats for Republican incumbents, Democrats are running a full slate of candidates for local House and Senate seats. In addition to Scott and Johnson, whose opponent is state Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens), screenwriter Andrew Ferguson
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is challenging state Sen. Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), political science professor Jeff Auerbach is running against state Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville), and Sweet Olive Farm animal rescue co-founder Kat Howkins is opposing state Rep. Trey Rhodes (R-Greensboro), whose district now extends into eastern Clarke County. Although distinct underdogs based on the new districts’ demographics and the incumbents’ campaign fundraising advantages, Democrats hope they can pull off upsets by running on popular issues like health care and education, and against Republicans’ stance on abortion. “This is the party for everyone who believes government can provide a hand up instead of a boot on the throat,” Auerbach said.
Johnson Pushes Rent Control State House of Representatives candidate Mokah Jasmine Johnson and allies held a press conference and rally at City Hall Sept. 30, ostensibly to call on state legislators to lift a statewide ban on rent control, but instead spending more time railing against the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission for not defying state law and providing more assistance to displaced residents. “We need our local officials to step up,” Johnson said after recounting a period of time she spent living at a motel and later in her car. She had lost her housing because an injury forced her to miss a few weeks of work, she said. Kathryn Titus lives in Highland Park, a rental neighborhood recently bought by a Florida-based real estate investment firm that has drastically raised rents and stopped accepting Section 8 housing vouchers at a number of communities in Athens. She said the ACC government should create a multi-million-dollar fund to assist those residents, flouting the Georgia Constitution’s “gratuities clause,” which prevents the government from giving cash directly to individuals. “You have to disrupt and defy, or it’s never going to be fixed,” Titus said. The commission earmarked $700,000 in federal funds to help those displaced by Prosperity Capital Partners. Those funds
were distributed to four nonprofits—The Ark, Acceptance Recovery Center, Family Promise and Advantage Behavioral Health Systems—but three have been dealing with insurance complications, said Commissioner Jesse Houle, who attended the rally. Residents who’ve been displaced by rent spikes and need help with relocation expenses should call Advantage at 706-3541154, extension 1700, Houle said. When asked specifically about the rent control bill, Johnson’s campaign manager, Imani Scott-Blackwell, said Johnson wants to lift the state ban so that cities can experiment with what works best for them. “We just have to test it,” Scott-Blackwell said. For some of the Highland Park and Lexington Heights residents who spoke at Johnson’s rally, any assistance will come too late. Lisa Walker said she was supposed to vacate her apartment that day and did not know where she would go. She is on Section 8—which landlords are not obligated to accept under Georgia’s Fair Housing Acts— and has a criminal record that she said makes it difficult to obtain housing. Audrey McInnis also said she’s had a hard time finding new housing because arthritis stemming from a knee injury rendered her disabled, while most of her husband’s income goes toward health insurance; they’ll be forced to stay with a relative for now. Titus said she’s turning over 89% of her monthly Social Security check to Prosperity Capital Partners and its management company while trying to support two grandchildren she adopted. “They get the money, and they look down on us,” said Lexington Heights resident Barbara Daniel. As Johnson had warned earlier, anyone who gets sick and misses a couple of paychecks could find themselves in the same situation. “It [the affordable housing crisis] might not impact you today, but it will impact you some day, some way,” she said. Following the rally, several demonstrators marched to Mayor Kelly Girtz’s house. Ironically, Girtz said he was at a meeting with the Inclusionary Housing Task Force when he heard he had visitors. Girtz said he drove home and spoke with them outside a nearby church. f
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LOCAL REPUBLICANS NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT DEMOCRATIC VOTES Editor’s Note: Warning, this is satire.
Everybody knows (even if they’ve forgotten) how “our” Republican legislators—Sen. Bill Cowsert, Sen. Frank Ginn, Rep. Marcus Wiedower and Rep. Houston Gaines— reached a new level of voter suppression by nullifying the results of our Athens-Clarke County Commission election and making up their own commission districts, throwing three duly elected commissioners off the commission.
How, you ask, could this happen? How could “our” legislators turn on us in this way? The simple answer is that they’re not ours. Although they claim to represent us, in truth they could care less about us. In fact, they see us as spawn of the Democrat Devil and wish we were all dead, except for those of us who are God’s Republicans. Therefore, they and their Republican colleagues in the legislature have, over the years, carefully gerrymandered AthensClarke County so that, while they claim to represent us, the majority of their voters live in surrounding counties like Oconee, Walton, Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson, where the interest in Athens is how fast they can get in and out. Still, politicians are sensitive people, and when they do something that hurts others, they feel the pain, even though they must keep on smiling. They put their pants on just like other people, and they must face themselves in the mirror (optional for the bearded Gaines) and occasionally hear directly from a disgruntled voter when they stop by the store for a six-pack. Accordingly, Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines have come up with a new plan to solve the inequalities inherent in the slicing and dicing that has disenfranchised Athens Democrats. They are all honorable men and want to do the thing that is right. Their sensitive natures bleed inwardly for all the political pain they have inflicted on this town—this economic engine for all their territory, this seat of learning, this home of the nation’s champion football team. Frankly, Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines are sick and tired of hearing the whining of disgruntled Democrats here—the scowls, the fingers, the sniveling newspaper comments. They have conferred, and they have come up with yet another brilliant electoral plan that makes the
gerrymander obsolete and ends forever the grousing about how unevenly votes are distributed here. In the next session of the Georgia General Assembly, Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines will unveil the final Athens Clarke County gerrymander to end all gerrymanders—simple, brilliant, sure to command the support and respect of their Republican colleagues. Their plan is based on the current reality that Athens has scant representation in the legislature, and the recognition that this situation makes local Democrats mad as hell. Their solution is simply to bring the previous gerrymanders to the logical conclusion of taking away all votes from AthensClarke County. This can be easily done just by extending the surrounding districts that reach into Athens-Clarke until they absorb all of Athens-Clarke. There will no longer be any such thing as an AthensClarke County voter. All voters here will be, for electoral purposes, citizens of Oconee, Walton, Barrow, Oglethorpe or Jackson counties. Our mayor and members of the Athens-Clarke County Commission will be elected by the voters of the surrounding counties. In legislative, congressional and statewide elections, there will be no Athens-Clarke vote; it will be dispersed among the districts that have absorbed this area. Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines are to be congratulated for their political acumen. They have taken a thorny problem and simply made it disappear. AthensClarke County and its liberal voters have always been an affront to local and state Republicans. Now they no longer exist. The former Athens Democrats are now just disgruntled voters in various rural counties where they are in the vast minority and can safely be ignored. On the local level, Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines have gone a giant step beyond their recent coup of creating three new ACC commissioners. They have now created a whole new ACC Mayor and Commission, elected by surrounding rural Republicans. Not only have they put an end to the enclave of liberal Athens-Clarke County voters, they have also done away with the liberal ACC government that is always calling for them to do something on behalf of Athens. Now, Cowsert, Ginn, Wiedower and Gaines will never have to do anything for Athens, as if they ever have. BTW: This next election will be an excellent chance for Athens-Clarke voters, while we still exist, to vote against this local Republican legislative gang. They happen to have some good opponents. f
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the onset of Georgia Power’s rate case last week, lawyers advocating for the public’s interest pressed company officials to disclose whether future plans beyond the 2022 rate case could drive up customers’ bills by 45% over the next several years. Some of the people who would get the higher electricity bills gave the five-member state Public Service Commission an earful about how their household budgets would be strained to the breaking point. Eugene Vickerson, a 76-year-old, said in his small rural community of Hawkinsville many people are frustrated with Georgia Power for not managing its business better. “You’ve got the only dance in town, and every time I look around this, there’s another request for higher rates,” Vickerson said. “It’s not that people don’t think that we need lights, but it needs to be reasonable.” The rate case hearings for the state’s largest electricity supplier began with its top executives advocating that the PSC approve a 12% rate increase on the average residential household by 2025. As the company transitions to cleaner energy generation and newer technologies, it says it is spending $12 billion to shore up its infrastructure and ramping up spending to retire its remaining coal-fired plants and complete toxic coal ash storage storage projects. If state regulators agree to Georgia Power’s plan as proposed, starting next year the typical residential customers would have $14.32 added to their monthly rates. Smaller increments would eventually top out at $16.29 by 2025, or nearly $200 more annually to keep the lights on. But PSC attorney Preston Thomas said that amount would be well surpassed when factoring in other expenses the company is expected to recoup within the next several years, starting with a $1 billion fuel recovery that Georgia Power is expected to request early next year, a fee that would further increase the burden on the typical residential ratepayers by another $6 per month. The fuel recovery would be used to reimburse Georgia Power for money it’s already spent on fuel, as natural gas prices have soared in the past year, and would include projections on future prices. For years, a separate line item has been charged to Georgia Power customers for capital expenses on the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project, which have ballooned to more than double from the company’s initial projection of $14.3 billion. “So walking through four additional revenue requests that are going to be coming before this commission, would you agree that the impact of all four increases would be in the range of $55–$60 per month for the typical residential customer, approximately a 45% increase?” Thomas asked Georgia Power President and CEO Chris Womack.
Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald said Georgia Power would only be recouping fuel expenses in a volatile market where prices have skyrocketed and federal policies made running utilities more expensive. The company can’t control the cost of natural gas or coal. “It’s not Georgia Power that is making any profit on it,” McDonald said. The five-member commission is scheduled to vote on the rate case by Dec. 20, but before that big decision day it is receiving input from Georgia residents concerned about another rate increase. Hearings are scheduled to continue in November. Thomas suggested that Georgia Power and the commission reduce some of the immediate plans for the system’s electrical grid in order to provide some financial relief to ratepayers, who are expected to foot a larger portion of fuel costs and more nuclear bills. JOHN McCOSH / GEORGIA RECORDER
As soon as Vogtle’s Unit 3 begins producing electricity, Georgia Power will have the right to charge customers an additional $302 million, or about $5.20 a month, for expenses that were incurred prior to the construction budget exceeding a $7.3 billion limit set by commissioners and the plants’ owners. According to a Georgia Power executive, if the costs associated with Vogtle’s two units are taken into account, rates would rise by 10%. Commissioner Tim Echols asked whether Womack believed delaying some infrastructure investment would undermine the company’s reliability. Womack responded that replacing the aging transmission system and shoring up the distribution network that carries the electricity into homes and businesses are critical. “We understand that making the investments our customers need will result in additional cost,” he said. “We’re always sensitive to the price of electric service and how it impacts our customers. “At the same time, we must make the necessary investments to ensure we can continue to meet the needs of our customers as Georgia continues to grow,” Womack said. “We work to balance our customers’ need for affordable electricity with our obligation to provide clean, safe and reliable service.” This article originally appeared at georgiarecorder. com
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OVER 30 YEARS OF SERVING UP COMMUNITY
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thens is losing more than just the city’s only locally owned vegetarian restaurant when The Grit shuts its doors for the final time this week: Our town is losing a piece of its beating heart. “It was the soul of Athens, really,” an irreplaceable essential element, said a longtime faithful Grit patron, Athens artist and retired University of Georgia art professor Judy McWillie. The Prince Avenue restaurant announced the imminent closing Sept. 22 in a social media post addressed to its customers, noting accurately that The Grit has been “the cornerstone for vegan/vegetarian food in Athens” for more than 30 years. “Unfortunately things have changed due to the pandemic and we’ve had to reevaluate our business goals. So, it is with heavy hearts but with a hopeful eye on the future that we announce that we are closing our doors at the end of the evening service on Friday, October 7th, 2022,” read the post in part. Word traveled fast and far, to widespread dismay. For at least a while, business has picked up considerably as not only Athenians but former customers who’ve moved off to Atlanta and other places headed back to the Grit for one, two or three last meals at the famous eatery. “If anyone can make this not happen, I’ll mow your lawn, cut your hair and paint your home, all while I give you a key to the city,” tweeted Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz, a vegetarian. There was a run on copies of the famous The Grit Cookbook, and online sellers jacked up their prices. The lowest price for a copy on ABE books Thursday afternoon was $72.56, plus $5.55 shipping; on Amazon, one copy was available, at $38.98 plus shipping. The Grit was born back in 1986—not coincidentally as the Athens music scene had exploded into national consciousness— when two young Athens women, Jennifer Hartley and Melanie Haner Reynolds, decided to start a combination coffee shop and art gallery at the old train station on Hoyt Street. In 1990, the restaurant moved to Prince Avenue, run off from the station by frat boy violence emanating from a bar that was also a station tenant, said former part-owner Jenna Schuh. Schuh bought into the business in 1988 after the founders decided to move on, leaving it in the hands of first Brenda Mills, who subsequently sold her half to Schuh, and Jessica Greene, the sole owner since 1995, when Schuh fell in love, got married and moved away (but is now back in Athens). R.E.M. frontman and Grit patron Michael Stipe agreed to rent them a building he owned on Prince Avenue at that time, when “we decided to make it a full-scale restaurant,” Schuh said. The Grit’s fame rests first on its excellent, often simple but also often ground-breaking edibles, like its Grit Staple—pinto beans, onions and cheese served over brown
rice, seasoned and topped with sauteed vegetables—and Schuh’s invention, the Golden Bowl. The dish won an award from Vegetarian Times when someone there tasted the revolutionary recipe combining tofu, soy sauce, vegetable oil and nutritional yeast with other ingredients, topped with yeast gravy or cheese and sauteed vegetables. Those two remain among the most popular dishes, along with others, such as the delectable black bean chili and a case always full of cakes and pies, all baked in-house, said Grit server Riley Obert. “What I liked about it, it’s not a health food restaurant; it’s a vegetarian restaurant,” said Flagpole food writer Hillary Brown. The food at the Grit was, is, like nothing you could find anywhere else, said McWillie. “They had Middle Eastern, Mexican, American food; they had everything, and not only
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that, it was the best in town,” she said. “There’s no other food like it. It was vegetarian, but it was world food, too.” The clientele was diverse: straight-laced country people from Elbert County as well as Athens hipsters. But The Grit was also unique in its connection to the Athens cultural scene. Employees tended to be aspiring artists, musicians and other creatives, encouraged by owners like Greene and her late husband Ted Hafer, beloved by many of the employees, who died in 2014. “He was one of the best human beings I ever met,” said former manager Patrick Fraser. “He’d show up at your
house at 9 o’clock if you were supposed to be there at 8:30.” But he wouldn’t fire you. From time to time, musicians working at The Grit— Gazelle Amber Valentine of Jucifer and many others— would go off on band tours, for weeks or months, but when they came back, they’d still have a job, he said. “We’ve always been staffed by artists and musicians,” said longtime Grit manager Jay Toddy. One Grit worker who’s a professional clown recently returned from a European tour. McWillie noted former Grit servers include Jason Thrasher, who began building a career in photography in his time there. Bands were born there; connections happened. “We nicknamed it the ‘quantum junction,’” McWillie said. “People would come in and wind up collaborating on projects, because of that incredible mix of people and the food.” “They really provided more of a family,” Fraser said. “That place did really breed a quality of character and people attempting to do something with themselves.” There was always an art exhibit on the walls—sometimes bad art, but also sometimes world class, like the folk artist R. A. Miller. One piece still hanging in the restaurant, “God Love The Grit,” belongs in the Georgia Museum of Art, said McWillie, a folk art authority. Such a nurturing environment helped The Grit keep a loyal workforce, some of whom have worked there for decades. “All my friends worked there,” said Katie Gasperac, a co-owner of Normaltown’s Hi-Lo Lounge, explaining why she poured so much of her life into The Grit from 2001–2008. “Every working day was a day with all your best friends. What’s the point of having a day off when all your friends were at work?” “Great atmosphere, great people,” said baker Vernon Thornsberry, a Grit veteran of two decades who’s earned respect as an artist in that time. “It’s sad, because it’s something you love, that was part of you. It’s like a big old hunk taken out of you because of the passion you have for it.” Primarily take-out restaurants have generally prospered over the past couple of years, but the COVID era has been tough for primarily sitdown restaurants like The Grit, said Athens Downtown Development Authority co-director David Lynn. Even in the best of times, restaurants survive on thin margins, and that’s been especially true of the labor-intensive Grit, whose owners have seen nurturing their community and workers as much a part of their mission as feeding hungry diners. “We’ve always struggled to make it work,” Toddy said. Now the struggles have intensified here in the time of COVID. Inflation is driving up costs, they’ve seen employee turnover like never before, and of course people have been staying at home. And many restaurants nowadays have vegetarian options, Toddy noted—that’s good for the planet, though maybe not for The Grit, he said. This summer was unusually slow not only for The Grit but other Athens restaurants, Toddy said. “Jessica was holding on, holding on, really feeling like it was going to be a big fall,” he said. But that didn’t happen. McWillie, among others, hopes The Grit will survive, in spirit if not as an actual entity. “It’s going to be a terrible blow to the community,” she said. “It provided cohesion.” f
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Ghosts of Athens and Beyond A HAUNTED HISTORY OF NORTH GEORGIA
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pooky season is upon us. Athens has become a Halloween hotspot with the annual Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle, month-long themed venues and house shows, and more. However, what many people may not know is that Athens has a rich haunted history, too. Local author Tracy L. Adkins has compiled first-hand accounts of these hauntings and the unexplained in her Ghosts of Athens book series.
The latest collection of tales, released Sept. 22 and titled Ghosts of Athens and Beyond: History and Haunting of North Georgia, covers more than 40 locations in Athens and North Georgia. Adkins revisits some of the most haunted spots from her first book with fresh stories and details, but also includes many new locations. Adkins grew up in North Georgia after her family relocated from Fort Lauderdale, FL, and because of this, some of the haunted locations share a close connection to the author. One such location is Berry College, where Adkins first attended college before graduating from UGA, which is featured in the second book. “I’ve been a fan of ghost stories for a long time. When I would travel, I would stop in a local book store and I’d get, if they had it, a collection of local ghost stories. I started wondering why Athens didn’t have a book like that,” Adkins says. “I waited for many years for someone to write the book, and nobody did. So then I decided I was going to have to write it.” Adkins published her first book, Ghosts of Athens: History and Haunting of Athens, Georgia, in 2016 without much thought of writing a sequel. The success of the first book sparked many people to come forward with their own stories and new leads. Although Athens has always remained the series’ primary focus, the leads that started to come from an expanded area were too good not to share for Adkins. From the first book to the second, Adkins was forced to change her research
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process due to COVID. Before, Adkins would go on site to conduct interviews, take photographs and look at physical materials. As she started working on the second book in 2020, Adkins could only conduct interviews by phone and had limited access to some of the needed on-site materials. However, the final product is very similar in quality and style to the first book—only double the size at a hefty 475 pages. Ghosts of Athens and Beyond begins with a section of new Athens tales that takes up just less than a third of the total length, then a section of Athens’ revisited history, followed by stories from Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes and White counties and the general North Georgia area. Each chapter provides a no frills history account of the location then the associated spooky story. The haunts range from iconic places that double up on Athens history, like the R.E.M. steeple, to unexpected downtown hangs like Toppers and odd folklore such as the YMCA Chicken Lady. “I think that having the history first can give you clues as to what is causing the spooky stories. Like if you know that a person died in that location, maybe that’s who’s appearing to people,” said Adkins. The Ghosts of Athens and Beyond book launch event will take place on Oct. 6 at one of the haunted locations featured in both books: the Graduate Athens hotel. Starting at 7 p.m., Adkins will discuss her work, read short selections from the new book and sign copies. Then at 8 p.m., Jeff Clark of Athens Haunted History Walking Tours will host a ticketed ghost tour of downtown Athens. “I’m extremely grateful that Avid Bookshop, Graduate Athens hotel and Athens Haunted History Walking Tours have partnered with me for the book launch event. They have always been extremely supportive,” said Adkins. “Together, we’re going to make this launch event a spooky good time.” For more information and event updates, visit facebook.com/ghostsof athens. f
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My first inkling we may be in for a tough night against Missouri came before kickoff. I looked at the scores from the noon and afternoon kickoffs, and nothing exceedingly weird or exciting had happened yet. Since it’s not a college football Saturday until some exciting, weird stuff goes down, I had a sudden realization: The exciting, weird stuff is about to happen to us. So it was against the Missouri Tigers in Columbia. The Dawgs did win this exciting, weird game 26-22—this post would be taking a much more dramatic tone in the event of a loss—but not before struggling for three quarters and change. Georgia trailed from the first quarter until it took the ultimate lead with four minutes to play. In the plainest possible terms, it sucked!
bling signs. I had hoped that the 39-22 win over Kent State would be our worst performance of the season, but it took only a week to prove otherwise. With that illusion shattered, I began to doubt another. I had hoped the 49-3 season-opening win over Oregon would not go down as our best performance. The last two weeks show there is merit to that being the case. This team has the talent and coaching of a national title contender, but it’s put on showings worthy of a loss to Mizzou. There’s a lot of room between those ends of the spectrum. At this point, it’s safe to say the performances against Missouri and Kent State weren’t just a matter of sleepwalking or underestimation. This team has real prob-
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ATHENS SEAFOOD MARKET (2362 W. Broad St., 706-287-2754): One of the great joys of doing this job is the surprises. I didn’t have very high expectations when I turned into the parking lot of Athens Seafood Market, which has a Broad Street address but is accessed from Camellia Drive in a small strip behind the Arby’s. Sometimes I’ll go check out a place just to see if it might be worth writing about. Athens hasn’t had a seafood market in a while, and I remember Rainbow Seafood, which had locations on Baxter and Vine streets, fondly as a good place to get a platter of steamed fish and shellfish.
on Lexington Road, La Montaña doesn’t seem to have changed much of the interior arranged by the previous tenant. See, for example, the large black-and-white photos of Mark Richt framed on the wall, no doubt dating to his tenure as head coach of UGA football. It’s possible the new place brought those along, but not likely. On the whole, it doesn’t have a ton of personality, not even the sort of generic “Mexican” decor you find in most strip-mall restaurants. The menu is an enormous laminated thing with lots of pages: many types of burritos, sections for chicken and pork, taco salads, kids combos and the like. It’s
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Strange to say, but just last week I was reflecting on how I missed tight games. The Dawgs have been so dominant the last couple of years, we haven’t had many games that make you stand five feet from your TV and yell at refs as if they can hear you. I don’t miss those games anymore. In fact, I’ve had my fill for quite some time. If Kirby Smart and the Dawgs wanna go ahead and rattle off another 10 easy victories and another national title, thank you very much. Then we can go back to where we all want to be: staring at our phones by the second quarter and only looking up to give a high-five after a touchdown. If only it were that easy. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that, regardless of how much we deluded ourselves into believing this team was as good as the 2021 team, it ain’t true. An SEC title, a playoff berth and a national title are still all possible. But “possible” doesn’t mean “likely.” On the “Solid Verbal” podcast, host Dan Rubenstein likes to say that no team is as good as its best performance or as bad as its worst performance. A team’s true identity lies in the meaty middle. If we take that as true, the first five games present some trou-
lems that must be fixed. The offensive line couldn’t get a push until the fourth quarter, once fatigue set in on the Tiger defense. Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards rattled off 107 fourth-quarter rushing yards and a pair of short touchdown runs to correct that late. Stetson Bennett was stonewalled in the red zone until the fourth quarter and completed just 55% of his passes. The Missouri crowd also played a factor, as will every other road crowd that’s given a chance. This is how it is now—we will be the biggest game of almost all our opponents. We’re the Super Bowl to a team such as the Tigers. When it’s a night kickoff, and you don’t kill the game with some early scores, the crowd builds belief. Before you know it, a bunch of folks who would be happy to leave in the second quarter if Georgia were winning 14-0 are screaming their lungs out in hopes of seeing the upset of a lifetime. But a win is a win, so we chuck that dumpster fire of an evening in the rubbish bin and move forward. Auburn is next. A big win over a rival is a great way to refocus the season and get right. If nothing else, it would make me feel a hell of a lot better. f
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The store isn’t fancy. A big TV streams soccer. There’s a refrigerated case with red snapper, mullet, flounder and several different kinds of shrimp, including some from Georgia. The guy who operates the place says he also has whole organic chickens from just down the road, and that he’ll have mullet with roe later in the fall. The real attraction, however, is an absolutely excellent low-country boil, available in pans that cost $13.50 and will easily feed three people, possibly four. It’s filled with big, head-on shrimp, corn, potatoes and the most wonderful sausage (a child I know said it was the best he’d ever had and described it as “fluffy,” an accurate assessment because it is both rich and light). And it is full of flavor. The texture of everything is perfect. The starches are important but not overrepresented in the way they often are, where they feel like padding. The broth is silky and full of halved lemons and whole cloves of garlic. It’s got spice, but not too much. If you’re lucky, the owner might even be offering a buy one, get one half off special, in which case you will end up with a ridiculous amount of food. Athens Seafood is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., sort of. You might want to call ahead to make sure that it will, in fact, be open. It has no tables, and is strictly take-out. LA MONTAÑA MEXICAN GRILL (4115 Lexington Road, 706-850-6765): Occupying the former Fatz in a huge space
not a dive. It’s not a taqueria. It’s the kind of place where you’d go get margaritas and nachos on Friday after a long week, just as it was when Fatz was in the building. The tortas aren’t particularly good, skimpy on fillings, sans mayo and on a squashy bread that doesn’t really work. Ask for vegetarian tacos, and the staff will look at you with a mystified expression. But there are highlights, too. Seafood may be a strong spot, judging by the tostada topped with shrimp, octopus and ceviche that you can get as an add-on. It’s bright and fresh, and the flesh of the seafood is firm. There’s also a big section on the menu devoted to seafood, including scallops, whole fried fish, seafood burrito, caldo de mariscos and lots of shrimp options. Judging by the name of the place, you might also be wise to get grilled items, as with a dish called El Sabroson that is a kind of variety platter: a very thin pounded steak, well seasoned and nicely cooked, topped with a scattering of chorizo, and plated alongside grilled chicken (fine, not exciting, generally what grilled chicken is), beans, rice, a whole grilled pepper, a couple of fat whole grilled scallions and a thick slice of soft Oaxacan cheese. Mix and match inside flour or corn tortillas, and you should be reasonably happy. The drinks section includes a lot of Mexican beers, a wide variety of Jarritos, aguas frescas, micheladas and even a Shirley Temple. La Montaña is open 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12–9 p.m. on Sundays. It has oodles of parking. f
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and “Death In A Hallway.” Fresh highlights include “Promises” and the gorgeous, uplifting “Haunted Hours.” The only thing here that’s unnecessary is Vision Video’s cover of Joy Division’s 1979 single “Transmission.” It’s not a bad version at all; it just doesn’t really add anything. Other than that, this record is great to hear, and I’m glad I did. Find this at visionvideo.bandcamp.com. JUST FLOSSIN’: Supremely catchy pop punk/ second-wave emo band Needle Teeth has a new single out named “Ellie.” It trots along in a nicely predictable fashion before really shining out with the drums toward the end. According to the group’s Bandcamp page, this is their second single and third release overall since 2019. The group released the EP Expiration Date in March of that SCARLET LEWIS
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BOOM, BOOM, OUT GO THE LIGHTS: There’s a new live cassette out from rockers Shehehe. The audio was recorded by Sloan Simpson during the group’s return to live shows in the summer of 2021, and video was shot by photographer Mike White (Deadly Designs). The band is planning on slowly releasing select video performances, but the live tape—recorded at Nowhere Bar—is available now. Beyond that, you know as much as I do. There’s absolutely zero information available regarding the release’s track listing, running length or whether it will ever be available to stream. In this way, Shehehe may well be the most authentically old-school band in Athens, because this all harkens back to the time when buying records depended so much on a wing and a prayer. That said, Shehehe typically answers
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rock-and-roll prayers pretty satisfactorily. Find this at sheheheband.com, and stream previous releases at shehehe.bandcamp. com. Videos are to be released at facebook. com/sheheheband, so keep your eyes there for the next few weeks as well. SING THIS CORROSION TO ME: Unless you got here super early, by the time you read this the new album by Vision Video will be out. Its title is Haunted Hours, and the group has steadily released singles from the album since June. The band will host an album listening party and Goth Night dance party at Ciné on Friday, Oct. 7 at 9:30 p.m. They’ll then head out on a five-week tour that doesn’t wrap up until mid-November. Further, while leader Dusty Gannon has created a chummy, family-friendly character online that goes by “Goth Dad”—and, to be entirely fair, he’s earned the right to be whatever character he wants—sometimes this smiley exterior masks the heaviness of the group’s music. Perhaps incongruously, the band has gotten heavier and darker over the years while still maintaining a tell-tale goth-pop sensibility. Highlights here include previously released singles “Beautiful Way To Die,” “Cruel Commodity”
year. Stylistically, not much has changed over this time, but production values have gone up exponentially. The new single was recorded by Ian Hemerlein (Kwazymoto, Saint Syzygy) at The Glow Recording Studio. Tune into Needle Teeth at needleteeth. bandcamp.com. STICKER SHOCK: Right beside popular Baxter Street restaurant home.made is a space named Sidecar that is also run by proprietor and chef Mimi Maumus. It sells small plates and limited edition hamburgers Wednesday through Saturday from 5–9 p.m. Maumus came up with the idea, though, of hosting an event series named Sidecar Sessions, and the first one happens Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6–9 p.m. Tickets are $100, and these “include an intimate cocktail reception with the opportunity to meet and mingle with the artist; one artist-inspired signature drink and dish; and a private, 75-minute acoustic set from Womz.” If you didn’t know already, Womz is Daniel Womack of Futurebirds. In a press release, Maumus mentioned she is looking forward to events like these being a regular occurrence. For tickets, please see sidecarsessions.brownpapertickets.com. f
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Melvins slow roar, and he backs it all up with a monster sound that’s tailor-made to boost the group’s surly dirges. “He goes all out every night, and he’s always the one who’s happiest to be there on the stage,” Crover laughs. Live, the Melvins have a reputation for delivering colossal performances, bridging the sludgy early material with the more evolved songwriting of (A) Senile Animal (2006) and Nude With Boots (2008), both featuring Coady Willis and Jared Warren of Big Business.
Crover joined the band in 1984. Current bass player Steven McDonald of Los Angeles punk and power pop band Redd Kross joined the Melvins in 2015, following a long line of bass players ranging from avant-garde jazz/rock figure Trevor Dunn to JD Pinkus of the Butthole Surfers. On stage, McDonald swerves and swaggers, reaching for the heavens in a series of rock god maneuvers. Juxtaposed with Osbourne and Crover’s stoic presence, he adds an element of excitement to the
With each new album, the Melvins summon an ambiance that falls somewhere between confrontation and meditation, draped in layers of fuzzed-out distortion, hypnotic rhythms, staccato percussion and menacing weirdness that is as tense as it is uncompromising. One song they’re playing from Bad Mood Rising, titled “Mr. Dog is Totally Right,” is a massive and plodding opus that distills much of the group’s legacy into a nearly 13-minute metallic onslaught.
The Last Band Standing MELVINS APPROACH 40 YEARS ON FIVE LEGGED TOUR
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March of 2023, the Melvins will celebrate the 40th anniversary of playing its first live show. But why wait until then to observe the group’s entire legacy (so far)? The “Five Legged Tour” is so named after the group’s massive 2021 collection, Five Legged Dog (Ipecac), featuring acoustic renditions of some of the most popular songs, cherry picked from throughout the Melvins catalog. Following suit, this latest round of shows functions as something of a greatest hits tour, but drummer Dale Crover hesitates to call it that. “We try to cover as much as we can,” Crover says. “There will be stuff that we always play during our live shows. We’ll also play stuff from the second and third records, probably not from the first record, but as soon as I say that here, the setlist will change to include something from that album,” he laughs. “The meat of it will be there, along with a few things we haven’t played in years, and at least two songs from the new album.” The new album in question is Bad Mood Rising (Amphetamine Reptile), a six-song full-length that finds the group returning to the melodic, demonic punk metal molasses that defined such early ’90s classic albums as Bullhead (’91), Lysol (’92) and Houdini (’93). Since the group formed in rural Montesano, WA in 1983, singer and guitar player “King Buzzo” Buzz Osborne has remained consistently at the helm for an
The group’s formative years coincided with the rise of Seattle’s grunge rock scene in the early ’90s, culminating in the murk and overdriven guitar rock of early albums by Tad, Mudhoney and Nirvana. Crover played drums on some songs from Nirvana’s first album, Bleach, and the Melvins even famously worked with Kurt Cobain to produce Houdini. According to Osborne, though, Cobain was fired because he couldn’t do the job due to issues related to drug abuse. Still, the group never embraced any stylistic affiliation with grunge. “I have never been a follower, and we have never wanted to be a part of what’s popular at the time, or any trends,” Osborne says. “We have always planted our flag somewhere else and people have come to it. I have always felt that the more peculiar you are as a musician, the better.” For Osborne, this steadfast self-reliance has yielded something in the neighborhood of 40 Melvins and solo albums, more than 2,000 live shows, and a new book of black and white photography, titled Rats, out this year. “We’ve been a band since 1983. We’ve never quit, we’ve never taken a break and stopped being a band, and I have seen people come and go from the highest heights to the lowest lows—death, resurrection, and more death,” Osborne says. In the art world that I am in, there is a war of attrition; whomever is the last man standing is the winner. So far it’s me, with no end in sight.” f
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sisters Eliza Lemmon and Gracie Huffman. GUS GLASSER Atlanta-based soul pop artist. CLOVER COUNTY Solo singer- songwriter project of AG Schiano. Georgia Museum of Art 8–11 p.m. FREE! www.georgia museum.org DJ GOTH DAD Dusty Gannon of Vision Video plays dark dance tunes for Museum Mix, the museum’s thrice-annual late-night party. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $17 (adv.), $20 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com READ SOUTHALL BAND Rock band blending Southern rock and country. MATT KOZIOL Rambling musician crafting vibrant songs.
Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.
Thursday 6 Festival Hall 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. $20. www.festivalhallga.com THE JAZZ LEGACY PROJECT “Billy Strayhorn, Take the A Train” is a program exploring the life and music of the artist and composer. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $12. www.flickertheatreand bar.com LIGHTHEARTED Local alternative folk rock band anchored by twin
Friday 7 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $25. www.40watt.com MELVINS Legendary band merging punk and heavy metal. WE ARE THE ASTEROID Austin band formed from members of legendary Texas noise and psych rock bands.
RICHRATH PROJECT 3:13 Playing the Music of REO Speedwagon with hits like “Ridin’ the Storm Out,” “Take It On The Run,” “Keep On Lovin’ You,” “Only the Strong Survive” and “Can’t Fight this Feeling.” International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ IGBAthensGA SWING THEORY Big band jazz and swing. Terrapin Beer Co. 6 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $35–159. www.terrapinbeer.com GOV’T MULE Legendary Southern rock and jam band featuring Grammy-winning guitarist Warren Haynes. MIKE CAMPBELL & THE DIRTY KNOBS Campbell, a former
score performed in front of the big screen. Costumes and spooky attire encouraged. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com JAY GONZALEZ Keyboard player for the Drive-By Truckers playing his own Rhodes-fueled tunes. EXPLORER’S CLUB Charleston band with an acute sense for channeling ’60s pop. Front Porch Bookstore 6 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org REPENT AT LEISURE Celtic pub band playing “Irish rock,” including traditional, punk, modern and original Celtic music. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25 (adv.), $30. www.georgiatheatre.com
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Terrapin Beer Co. 6 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $35–99. www.terrapinbeer.com MOON TAXI Retro-inspired jam band with an eclectic sound featuring unique melodies. PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG Funky electro-rock group from Baltimore.
Southern Brewing Co. 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $12. bit.ly/AbbeyRoadLiveOct9 ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Beloved local Beatles tribute band known for its attention to detail and musical proficiency. Today’s show celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary and John Lennon’s 82nd birthday. The World Famous 10 p.m. www.facebook.com/the worldfamousathens DIVIDERS Scrappy, fuzzed out, bittersweet honky-tonkers from Los Angeles. PATRICK BARRY Local songwriter weaving stories with his baritone voice and intricate fingerstyle. MARCEL SLETTON Experimental composer and soundscape escape provider brings the tones you need just as you realize you need them.
Tuesday 11 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $30. www.40watt.com BOB MOULD Founding member of Hüsker Dü and Sugar playing solo material. H.C. MCENTIRE Singer-songwriter blending indie folk, country and punk rock. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 8 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre. com BOOTLEG BANTER Fusion Southern rock band. CAM’S DAM JAM BAND Local jam band. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $12. pac.uga.edu UGA WIND ENSEMBLE Graduate and undergraduate music majors perform chamber works, large scale compositions and music from around the world.
Wednesday 12 The Invincible Czars will perform a live soundtrack to Nosferatu at Ciné on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. The Globe 8 p.m. (sign-ups), 9 p.m. (doors). FREE! www.facebook.com/globe. athens OPEN MIC & ART MARKET Turtle Grenade hosts an open mic and artist market for makers, musicians, comedians, poets and other creatives. Each artist gets 15 minutes. Every first Thursday of the month. Hendershot’s Coffee 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com BICHOS VIVOS Local band playing forró, accordion and triangle-driven country music from Brazil, every first Thursday of the month. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $35–60. pac.uga.edu KISHI BASHI WITH THE UGA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tonight’s orchestral performance features songs from Kishi Bashi’s catalogue as well as selections from EO9066, a powerful work about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.
VOID MANES Atlanta band incorporating drone and noise elements. Athentic Brewing Co. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com MYSTERY MACHINE Cover band pulling from all genres. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com COMMÜNE New local femme punk shouting anthems of angst and social regret. CLAVUS Local screamo band. NAW Noisy post-hardcore from Atlanta. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $30. www.georgiatheatre. com SAMMY RAE Musician singing songs informed by jazz and soul. THE COLLECTION Indie pop band. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre. com TAYLOR BICKETT Soft coffee house music. Innovation Amphitheater 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $25. www.innovationamphitheater.com
member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, leads a less polished group with ’60s influences.
Saturday 8 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $15. www.40watt.com BROASIS Drew Beskin and friends cover Oasis. COLDPLAYAS Coldplay tribute band made up of local talent. Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA 7 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.athica.org PAOLO ANGELI Guitarist, composer, ethnomusicologist and instrument builder associated with traditional Sardinian music, flamenco, jazz, post-rock and experimental music. KILLICK Freeform “Appalachian Trance Metal” musician Killick Hinds coaxes mesmerizing sounds from unconventional instruments. Ciné 10 p.m. $20. www.athenscine.com INVINCIBLE CZARS Celebrate the centennial of Nosferatu with a live
RUMOURS Fleetwood Mac tribute band. NOMENCLATURE Country band fronted by Nashville artist Denny Hanson. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com MILOE Clean indie synth pop.
Sunday 9 Creature Comforts Brewery 3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomforts beer.com LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday afternoon. The Hill Athens Farmers Market’s Autumn Harvest Feast. 4–7 p.m. $125, $145 (VIP). www.athensfarmersmarket.net SWING THEORY Local jazz septet. Rialto Club 6 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (two shows). $15. bit.ly/Segar6pmShowOct9 SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR WXAG radio DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz. Tonight’s special guest is John Dunn & The Jazzman Band.
40 Watt Club 7 p.m. $20. www.40watt.com JONATHAN RICHMAN Founding member of The Modern Lovers playing his acoustic ballads with long-time drummer Tommy Larkins. 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. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $21. www.georgiatheatre. com COLE SWINDELL Platinum-selling recording artist and record-breaking six-time No. 1 hit maker. DYLAN MARLOWE Nashville- based country artist from Statesboro. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 5:30 p.m. (doors), 6:30 p.m. (show). FREE! www.georgiatheatre. com OKAY KENEDI Indie pop rock. 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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ART: Artful Conversation: “Infinity on the Horizon” (Georgia Museum of Art) Callan Steinman, curator of education, will lead an open-ended dialogue on a selection from the exhibition “Infinity on the Horizon.” Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Come out for some home-grown townie improv. Bring some interesting suggestions and a loose funny bone to help create some improv magic on the spot. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www. flyingsquidcomedy.com EVENTS: Costume Sale (Oconee County Library) Select your own gently used Halloween costume at your own price. All proceeds will benefit the library’s Trunk or Treat event on Oct. 31st. 10 a.m. www. athenslibrary.org/oconee EVENTS: The Brighter Side of Medicare Lunch & Learn (ACC Library) Medicare is confusing with a lot of choices to make, and mistakes are common. Learn how to simplify the decision making process, explore your options, and learn how to avoid the pitfalls. RSVP to Shey at 706-583-8834 or email@example.com. 12 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org EVENTS: Creative Reuse Open House (Teacher Reuse Store) Every other Wednesday, non- teacher community members are invited to browse free supplies. Eligible groups include students, nonprofits, artists/creatives, small business owners, social workers and religious organizations. Camps, after-school and daycare programs are included. 2–6:30 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/athenstrs EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods and a variety of arts and crafts. Live music begins at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m. www. athensfarmersmarket.net FILM: Horror Movie Night (Athentic Brewing Co.) Come out every Wednesday during the month of October for a horror movie night on the patio. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com FILM: Showdown at the Equator (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A man gets caught up in a web of fate, Buddhism and black magic while seeking revenge for his brother’s crippling in Thailand in The Boxer’s Omen. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.instagram.com/showdownattheequator KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Ms. Donna presents a highly interactive storytime featuring rhymes, songs, puppets and a simple story. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-441-9099, www. athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Lego Builders Club (Bogart Library) Lego lovers of all ages are invited; Duplos, Mega Blocks and blocks will be available for younger builders under the age of 7. 3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-441- 9099, www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Prism (Oconee County Library) This group is a positive
safe space for teens who share a common vision of equality to gather and build community. Hang out at the library as members play games, talk about their lives and enjoy each others’ company. 6–8 p.m. www. athenslibrary.org/oconee LECTURES & LIT: Word of Mouth Poetry Open Mic (The Globe) Athens’ longest-running spoken word event has returned the first Wednesday of every month. Tonight’s featured reader is Athens-Clarke County poet laureate Jeff Fallis. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ athenswordofmouth SPORTS: Pétanque Club of Athens (UGA Redcoat Band Practice Field) Learn to play the greatest game you’ve never heard of. RSVP. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. FREE! athens email@example.com, athens petanqueclub.wixsite.com/play THEATER: Torch Song (UGA Cellar Theatre) In this play, a man’s journey for love leads him to steamy backrooms, the embrace of his hyper-critical mother, and toward the formation of a non-traditional family. Sept. 29–Oct. 1, Oct. 5–7 at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 & Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. $8–12. www.ugatheatre.com/ torchsong
Thursday 6 ART: Reception: “Art Rosenbaum: Telling Stories” (Mason- Scharfenstein Museum of Art) This art reception honors the life and work of Art Rosenbaum. 5–7:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ masonscharfensteinmuseumofart ART: Artist Talk: Kevin Cole (Georgia Museum of Art) Atlanta-based artist Kevin Cole will discuss his current working artist project for MOCA GA, “Kevin Cole: Where do we go from here?” and his work related to gerrymandering and the power of the vote. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org ART: Museum Mix (Georgia Museum of Art) The museum’s thrice-annual late-night art party returns, featuring galleries, free refreshments and music by DJ Goth Dad. 8–11 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org EVENTS: Native Plant Sale (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Join garden professionals at the Mimsie Lanier Center for six days of on-site plant shopping. Experts will answer questions about incorporating native plants into every space, from large gardens to pots. Proceeds support the center’s conservation efforts. Oct 6–7 & 13–14, 4–6 p.m. Oct. 8 & 15, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! botgarden.uga.edu EVENTS: The Litas Athens Bike Night (Akademia Brewing Co.) Female motorcycle collective The Litas Athens welcomes everyone to enjoy music, beer and bikes. Womxn who ride or are interested in riding are invited alike. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ thelitasathens EVENTS: Open Mic & Art Market (The Globe) Visual artists are invited to showcase their art alongside open mic artists sharing comedy, music, poetry and more. First come first serve with sign-ups at 8 p.m. Hosted by Turtle Grenade every first Thursday. 9 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ globe.athens
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GAMES: Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Jon Head hosts trivia every Thursday. Win pitchers and gift certificates. 7–9 p.m. www.johnnyspizza.com KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Come read with and meet the library’s new doggie friend, Grady! Reading aloud to a dog creates a relaxed, non-judgmental environment that helps children develop their reading skills and build confidence. All ages. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee LECTURES & LIT: Book Launch: Ghosts of Athens and Beyond (Graduate Athens) Avid Bookshop presents local author Tracy L. Adkins in celebration of her newest work, Ghosts of Athens and Beyond: History and Haunting of North Georgia. Meet in the Foundry Ballroom. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.avidbook shop.com PERFORMANCE: Down the Rabbit Hole (Lyndon House Arts Center) Down the Rabbit Hole: An Operatic Telling of Alice in Wonderland is a one-act opera that retells the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland featuring undergraduate voice students at UGA. 5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623, www.accgov. com/lyndonhouse PERFORMANCE: Debut Revue Dance Show (40 Watt Club) Dance performances by The Modern Pin-Ups, Normaltown Tap Co., Boulevard Burlesque Co., Athena Rhythm, Speakeasy, Athens Theater Co., Athens Swing Central and more. 8–11 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12. www.40watt.com PERFORMANCE: Karmella’s 80’s Party (Athentic Brewing Co.) The Kourtesans present a drag show featuring Karmella, Cola Fizz, Yutoya, Cristina and Semaj with music by The Blondeshell. 8–10 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. vicepresident@ athenspetanque.org THEATER: Sister Act (Town & Gown Players) The Town & Gown Players is kicking off their 70th season with the Sister Act based on the 1992 film. Sept. 30–Oct. 1 & Oct. 6–8, 8–11 p.m. Oct. 2 & 9, 2–5 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers. org/sister-act THEATER: Torch Song (UGA Cellar Theatre) In this play, a man’s journey for love leads him to steamy backrooms, the embrace of his hyper-critical mother, and toward the formation of a non-traditional family. Sept. 29–Oct. 1, Oct. 5–7 at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 & Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. $8–12. www.ugatheatre.com/ torchsong
Friday 7 ART: Morning Mindfulness (Georgia Museum of Art) Instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques in the galleries. No experience necessary. Email to reserve a seat. Every other Friday, 9:30 a.m. firstname.lastname@example.org ART: Opening Reception: Seth Martin (Bolo Bolo Athens) Reception for Seth Martin’s exhibition
“Just A Little Boy: Childlike Play as a Catalyst for Adult Creativity” portraying the minutiae of the natural world. See Calendar Pick on p. 15. FREE! 6–9 p.m. www.instagram. com/bolo.bolo.ath ART: Opening Reception: Valley StipeMaas (tiny ATH gallery) View works on display by wildlife expert and monster artist Valley StipeMaas. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www. tinyathgallery.com EVENTS: Football Friday Tour Take a tour of “A Chance to Play: Title IX and Women’s Athletics at UGA,” an exhibition celebrating women in the past 50 years of UGA athletics history. Held every Friday before home football games. 3 p.m. FREE! libs.uga.edu/events EVENTS: Death & Mourning: Candlelight Tour (Historic Athens Welcome Center) The parlor and dining room of the Church-Waddel- Brumby House will be adorned in Regency Era mourning decor to show how families mourned the loss of their loved ones during that time period. 6–7 p.m. $15. www. athenswelcomecenter.com KIDSTUFF: Scary, Oozy, Slimy Day (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Learn to appreciate nocturnal animals with animal encounters, interactive stations, games and a night hike. Registration required. 6–8 p.m. $3/ACC resident or $5/non-ACC resident. www.facebook.com/Sandy CreekNatureCenter LECTURES & LIT: Book Talk: Goldwater Girls to Reagan Women (UGA Special Collections Library) Robin Morris, associate professor of history at Agnes Scott College, will discuss her new book Goldwater Girls to Reagan Women: Gender, Georgia, and the Growth of the New Right (2022). Her work has appeared in Entering the Fray: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the New South. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! www. libs.uga.edu THEATER: Sister Act (Town & Gown Players) The Town & Gown Players is kicking off their 70th season with the Sister Act based on the 1992 film. Sept. 30–Oct. 1 & Oct. 6–8, 8–11 p.m. Oct. 2 & 9, 2–5 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers. org/sister-act THEATER: Blithe Spirit (On Stage Playhouse) On Stage Playhouse presents a ghostly comedy. Novelist Charles Condomine brings in an eccentric medium who summons the ghost of Charles’ first wife, who runs amok in his new marriage. Oct. 7–8; 14–15; 21–22, 8 p.m. Oct. 16 & 23, 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. $20, ($10 on Oct. 18). www. onstagewalton.org THEATER: Torch Song (UGA Cellar Theatre) In this play, a man’s journey for love leads him to steamy backrooms, the embrace of his hyper-critical mother, and toward the formation of a non-traditional family. Sept. 29–Oct. 1, Oct. 5–7 at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 & Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. $8–12. www.ugatheatre.com/ torchsong
Saturday 8 ART: Southern Star Studio Open Gallery (Southern Star Studio) Southern Star Studio is a collective ceramics studio, established by Maria Dondero in 2016. The gallery
contains members’ work, primarily pottery. See new works by resident artists. Saturdays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www.southernstarstudioathens.com ART: Art for Justice Saturdays (AADM Justice Center and Bookstore) Paint to soothing music and discuss local issues. Supplies provided. All skill levels welcome. Saturdays, 3–5 p.m. Donations accepted. www.aadmovement.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Markets offer locally grown groceries and handmade goods. Attendees can enjoy free live music and children’s activities. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: Native Plant Sale (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Join garden professionals at the Mimsie Lanier Center for six days of on-site plant shopping. Experts will answer questions about incorporating native plants into every space, from large gardens to pots. Proceeds support the center’s conservation efforts. Oct 6–7 & 13–14, 4–6 p.m. Oct. 8 & 15, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! botgarden.uga.edu EVENTS: Oconee Farmers Market (Oconee County Courthouse) 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 EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (West Broad Farmers Market and Garden) The market offers fresh produce, locally raised meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, artisan goods and more. Online ordering is available Sundays– Thursdays for drive-thru pick up. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. www.wbfm.locallygrown.net EVENTS: Really, Really Free Market (Reese and 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. email@example.com, www. facebook.com/RRFMAthens EVENTS: Zombie Farms (Zombie Farms) Haunted 3/4 mile trail through dark and spooky woods filled with scary monsters and creepy characters. 7:30 p.m. $22– 28. www.zombiefarms.com EVENTS: Small Box Series: Handle with Care (work.shop) Music, contemporary dance, poetry, comedy and more all presented on a 4×4 box. Performers include Chase Brantley, Olivia Byers, Liz Farrell, Jennifer Morlock, Kelly Petronis, Lisa Yaconelli and David Zwart. 8–10 p.m. $10–15. www.workshop athens.com FILM: Invincible Czars: Nosferatu (Ciné) The Invincible Czars perform a live musical score using a mix of acoustic and electric instruments to the classic silent horror film Nosferatu. Halloween costumes are encouraged. 10 p.m. $20. www. athenscine.com LECTURES & LIT: Author Talk: Ghosts of Athens (Oconee County Library) Meet author Tracy L. Adkins and learn about her Ghosts of Athens book series. The audience is invited to ask questions and
recount their experiences with the paranormal, followed by a book signing. 2 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee LECTURES & LIT: Book Signing: Ghosts of Athens (Front Porch Bookstore) Meet author Tracy L. Adkins and learn about her Ghosts of Athens book series. 5–7 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Book Store on Facebook. MEETINGS: Merry Meet Every Week (Rabbit Hole Studios) Meet members of the Athens Area Pagans and discuss Pagan Pride Day. Meetings held every Saturday, 5 p.m. Donations encouraged. beth@ athensareapagans.org SPORTS: UGA Football (Sanford Stadium) The Bulldogs play against the Auburn Tigers. 3:30 p.m. www. georgiadogs.com SPORTS: Watch Party: UGA vs. Auburn (Athentic Brewing Co.) Cheer on the defending National Champs, the Georgia Bulldogs, as they take on Auburn, and enjoy some game-day food by Don Carne Taco. Kick-off is at 3:30. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com THEATER: Sister Act (Town & Gown Players) The Town & Gown Players is kicking off their 70th season with the Sister Act based on the 1992 film. Sept. 30–Oct. 1 & Oct. 6–8, 8–11 p.m. Oct. 2 & 9, 2–5 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers. org/sister-act THEATER: Blithe Spirit (On Stage Playhouse) On Stage Playhouse presents a ghostly comedy. Novelist Charles Condomine brings in an eccentric medium who summons the ghost of Charles’ first wife, who runs amok in his new marriage. Oct. 7–8; 14–15; 21–22, 8 p.m. Oct. 16 & 23, 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. $20, ($10 on Oct. 18). www. onstagewalton.org
Sunday 9 ART: Lexington Art Crawl and Concert (Oglethorpe County Courthouse) Visit studios of artists in Lexington and Oglethorpe County with pop-up shops and a concert in Meson Park. Maps are available on the courthouse lawn. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $20. www.facebook.com/ LexingtonGaDDA ART: Opening Reception: “Visions From the Outside” (ACC Library) This exhibition features folk and self-taught artists who view the UFO as a muse. On view through Nov. 22. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org ART: Artist’s Way Study Group (24th Street Athens Clubhouse) 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@beththompson photography.com, www.24thstreetathens.com CLASSES: Beginner Basics in Watercolor (K.A. Artist Shop) In this one-day workshop, local artist Lauren Adams teaches attendees about watercolor painting materials, color-mixing and other essential painting tips. $60. 1–4 p.m. www. kaartist.com EVENTS: Car Show (Akademia Brewing Co.) Presented by Street Masters Car Club, have brunch
and a brew while looking at vintage cars. First Sunday of every month. 12–4 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/AKADEMIABC EVENTS: Heartsong Herbs Fall Plant Sale (Indie South) Hundreds of seedlings are available to plant a fall garden. 12–3 p.m. www.heart songherbs.com EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market Autumn Harvest Feast (The Hill) Athens Farmers Market partners with local restaurants, chefs, mixologists and sommeliers, for a dinner experience that offers a taste of the Athens food scene. Attendees can expect appetizers, entrees, sides, dessert and an unlimited selection of wine, beer and specialty cocktails. Proceeds will support market efforts such as the FARMRx Program, SNAP doubling, live music and more. 4–7 p.m. $125–145. www.athensfarmersmarket.net/ autumnharvestfeast FILM: Schlocktoberfest 2022: The Fly (General Time Athens) Ciné presents a month-long drive-in festival of horror. This installment’s feature film is The Fly about a brilliant but eccentric scientist who begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid. 7 p.m. (gates), 8 p.m. (film) $12–50. www.athens cine.com/schlocktoberfest-2022 GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia at The Office (The Office Sports Bar and Grill) Top three teams win prizes with free beer pitchers to winning teams between rounds. Hosted by John Bellerjeau. Sundays, 6 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens LECTURES & LIT: History Lecture Series (Oconee County Library) This lecture, presented by local historian and author Bill Cosgrove, will focus on General George Patton’s Third Army combat operations leading up to and during the Battle of the Bulge. 3 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. vicepresident@ athenspetanque.org THEATER: Sister Act (Town & Gown Players) The Town & Gown Players is kicking off their 70th season with the Sister Act based on the 1992 film. Sept. 30–Oct. 1 & Oct. 6–8, 8–11 p.m. Oct. 2 & 9, 2–5 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers. org/sister-act THEATER: Torch Song (UGA Cellar Theatre) In this play, a man’s journey for love leads him to steamy backrooms, the embrace of his hyper-critical mother, and toward the formation of a non-traditional family. Sept. 29–Oct. 1, Oct. 5–7 at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 & Oct. 9, 2:30 p.m. $8–12. www.ugatheatre.com/ torchsong
Monday 10 FILM: The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Pachinko Pop Cinema presents this 1968 Japanese horror film about two rival, shape-shifting sisters. 7 p.m. www.flickertheatre andbar.com FILM: It Comes at Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 2017 psychological horror film about a family who has secured their home against an unnatural worldwide threat, until a young family arrives seeking refuge. 9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com GAMES: Open Chess Play (ACC Library) Learn how to play chess or sharpen your skills while connecting with your neighbors. Open to all
skill levels. Ages 7 & up. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org KIDSTUFF: Build Your Own Fairy or Gnome Home (Little Rose Nature Adventures) Design a fairy or gnome home, then go hiking in the woods to collect all the natural materials needed to construct it. With any extra time, attendees will create accessories. Ages 7 & up. Free for parents. Oct. 10, 23 & 28, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. $50. www.exploring theearth.org KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday Story Time (Bogart Library) Ms. Donna presents a highly interactive story time featuring movement, songs, crafts and learning fun. Ages 3–5. Registration suggested. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-441-9099, www.athens library.org/bogart LECTURES & LIT: Latin American and Latinx Studies in Georgia (Oconee County Library) Dr. Cassia Roth and Dr. Sharina Maillo-Pozo will present on “Teaching and Researching Latin American and Latinx Studies in Georgia.” Both will talk about their research and teaching experiences followed by a Q&A session. 7 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee
Tuesday 11 COMEDY: IGB Comedy Night (International Grill & Bar) Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy hosted by Zack Hayes. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/IGBAthensGA EVENTS: No Phone Party (Hendershot’s Coffee) Disconnect to connect with a phone-free, laptop-free happy hour featuring drink specials, snacks, games and a record player. Every Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. www. hendershotsathens.com FILM: Offbeat Vampires Double Feature (Flicker Theatre & Bar) A vampire double feature screening of I Bought A Vampire Motorcycle (8 p.m.) and Vampire’s Kiss (10 p.m.). FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia at Amici (Amici Athens) Top three teams win prizes with free beer pitchers to winning teams between rounds. Hosted by TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www. facebook.com/baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Toddler Tuesday: Magic Pumpkins (Georgia Museum of Art) Little ones and their families can enjoy art and storytime together in the galleries, then complete an art activity. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Email to reserve a spot. 10 a.m. FREE! gmoa-tours @uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Library Storytime (Oconee County Library) Freddy Frog invites little ones and their caregivers for a morning full of songs, puppets, movement and fun. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Growing Readers (Oconee County Library) Young readers are invited to read engaging books and complete a related craft or activity. Grades K–2. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee LECTURES & LIT: Lindberg Award Ceremony (Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library) The Stanley W. Lindberg Award will be presented to UGA Emeritus Professor of English Hugh Ruppersburg. The award has not been presented since 2007. 6 p.m. FREE! www.libs. uga.edu/russell-library SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. vicepresident@ athenspetanque.org
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MUSIC | THU, OCT. 6
Kishi Bashi and the UGA Symphony Orchestra Hodgson Concert Hall • 7:30 p.m. • $35–60
There are few artists that can stand alone as one-manbands, inviting a uniquely energetic performance from a single performer. It’s a rare thing, but Kishi Bashi has been doing it for years. So, whenever he collaborates with large ensembles, he doesn’t lean on them, but rather uses the diversity of sound to craft entirely new sonic worlds and recontextualize his songs in a spellbinding manner. Kishi Bashi will play songs from his catalog as well as excerpts from EO9066, an extended and ever-evolving work on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It isn’t often that orchestras are called upon to contribute to such unique original music, so this musical meeting of the minds is truly a treat. [Patrick Barry] ART | FRI, OCT. 7
Valley StipeMaas Opening Reception tiny ATH gallery • 5–8 p.m. • FREE!
Glistening eyeballs descend from the sky on a ghoulish head, split open by poorly manicured hands. A horned goat creature stands in a field under the stars. Ragged human hands emerge from the mouth of a gigantic horse. These are the scenes which comprise the intricate ink work of Valley StipeMaas, wildlife expert and monster artist. StipeMaas has fed, raised and caught just about every animal under the sun, and currently splits her time more or less evenly between Athens and the remote coastal island of St. Catherine’s, where she lives three days a week monitoring the island’s small population of ring-tailed lemurs. This intimate connection with the natural world brings an accuracy to her work that, in the monstrous context, lends quite a disturbing effect. There is a sense of deep, cryptic folklore in the pen drawings, a distortion of the animal forms she knows so well. [PB]
so small, only a child sees. Simple, yes, but there’s something divine percolating underneath. The plays of color and line are understated, and the materials surely budget, but the warmth of an open mind shines over it all. An opening reception and potluck will be held Oct. 7 from 6–9 p.m., and the gallery will be open for viewing Oct. 8–9 from 2–7 p.m. [PB] ART | SUN, OCT. 9
‘Visions From the Outside’ Reception ACC Library • 3–5 p.m. • FREE!
Few things are buried as deep into the American post-war subconscious as the UFO. Everyone knows the image, the green men, the saucer. It’s an outdated image, sure, and the Pentagon now insists on calling them UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon), but the UFO seems less like a concrete object and more like a tablet upon which people or groups of people ascribe their fears and wonders of the unknown. Folk artist Howard Finster famously received artistic inspiration in the form of visions from extraterrestrials. The ACC Library will spotlight many folk and self-taught artists who see the UFO as a type of muse
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Terrapin Beer Co. • 6 p.m. (doors) • $45 (GA), $159.50 (VIP)
Gov’t Mule has long been a staple of the Georgia Southern rock scene. Formed in 1995 by two members of The Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, the band would quickly build a following as a blistering, soulful rock band full of extended jams and Haynes’ virtuosic guitar work gleaned from his time with the Allman Brothers. The most recent album, Heavy Load Blues, is the band’s first official blues album. They’ve long flirted with the genre, at times embracing it entirely, but hesitated to create a full blues album until now. The album is roughly half blues originals and half classic blues tunes by the likes of Elmore James and Howlin’ Wolf. It’s likely that much of the band’s material will lean sharply in the blues direction during their show; however, Gov’t Mule is known for their electrifying covers, as well. [PB] ART | OCT. 7–9
Seth Martin Opening Reception
Bolo Bolo Athens • 6–9 p.m. (Fri), 2–7 p.m. (Sat & Sun) • FREE!
Seth Martin has an unabashed love of the wild. He spends most days, for hours on end, wandering through the dense acres of woods behind his Athens home, following animal tracks, wading in swimming holes. When the sun starts to go down, he’ll follow the river over hills of long shadow back to his home, back to his porch with Pharoah Sanders drifting out of the open door, and he’ll paint. His paintings in the new exhibition “Just A Little Boy: Childlike Play as a Catalyst for Adult Creativity” portray the minutiae of the natural world: worm trails in the sand, mini eddies of the river flow, the structure of freshly-pulled roots. Things
through “Visions From the Outside: An Artistic Celebration of The UFO and Other Mysteries.” Artists include Van Alex Burns, Tex Crawford, Charlie Dingler, Lisa Freeman, Sam Granger, Kenneth Greene, Johnny Gordon, P.Z. Hamilton, Allie Hartley, Chris “Chub” Hubbard, Jim Kopp, Eric Legge, Peter Loose, David Metcalfe, Steve Milsap, Kip Ramey, Dan Smith, Suzy Sue Smith and Steve Sweetser. The exhibit is on view from Oct. 2–Nov. 22, with a special presentation on Oct. 9 from Greg Bishop, host of Radio Misterioso and author of Project Beta, A is For Adamski and It Defies Language. [PB] MUSIC | TUES, OCT. 11
Bob Mould Solo Electric: Distortion and Blue Hearts 40 Watt Club • 7 p.m. (doors) • $30 (adv.)
It’s safe to say Bob Mould is nothing short of a legend. From his time in “the fastest band in the world,” Minneapolis’ Hüsker Dü, to founding similarly influential band Sugar with Athens’ own David Barbe, to striking off on his own remarkably prolific solo career, Mould has managed to maintain an extremely consistent and high quality volume of work, all while passionately advocating for what he believes in. So, it’s fitting that the title of the opening track of his newest album, Blue Hearts, is entitled “Heart On My Sleeve” because this album, more than any other, isn’t afraid to shy away from political stances or messaging. The songs tackle climate change, right-wing ideology and evangelical hypocrisy, all while maintaining a decidedly “Mouldian” musical ethos. Mould will be playing many of the songs from Blue Hearts live, as well as cuts from his catalog. The country-punk stylings of H.C. McEntire will open the night. [PB] f
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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. email@example.com, www. athenscreatives.directory 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 SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) ATHICA is seeking new board members to help support and share the creative spirit of Athens. Complete the online application. bit.ly/athicaboard, www. athica.org
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jaysonsmith.com/teacher ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) “Beginner Basics in Acrylic.” Oct. 2, 1–4 p.m. $60. “Intro to Watercolor.” Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, 6–8 p.m. $105. “Intro to Aqua Oils.” Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, 6–8 p.m. $105. “Handmade Books in Longstitch Style.” Oct. 9, 1–5. $65. “Beginner Basics in Watercolor.” Oct. 9, 1–4 p.m. $60. “Handmade Books in Coptic Style.” Oct. 16, 1–5 p.m. $65. “Fractions of a Second: Intro to B&W Analog Photography.” Tuesdays, Oct. 18– Nov. 15, 6–8 p.m. $275. “Abstract Art in Watercolor.” Oct. 23, 1–3 p.m. or Oct. 26, 6–8 p.m. $45. “Abstract Art in Acrylic.” Oct. 25, 6–8 p.m. or Nov. 13, 1–3 p.m. $45. “House Portraits in Watercolor.” Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 6–8 p.m. $75. “Intro to Acrylic.” Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, 6–8 p.m. $105. “Intro to Linocut.” Nov. 13, 1–5 p.m. $65. “Printing on Fabric.” Nov. 20, 1–5 p.m. $65. “Pet Portraits in Watercolor” is a two-week class
art around town ACE/FRANCISCO GALLERY & OX FINE ART (675 Pulaski St.) “The View From Here: Three Master Painters Consider the Landscape” shares recent works by John Cleaveland, Julyan Davis and Philip Juras. Open through Oct. 15 by appointment. ARTWALL@HOTEL INDIGO ATHENS (500 College Ave.) New York-based photographers Lucy Reback and Megan Reilly share a collection of intimate vignettes of their relationship in addition to snapshots before they met. THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) Brooklyn-based artist and educator Kameelah Janan Rasheed presents “SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH OPERATOR,” an exhibition examining the poetics and power of machine learning. Through Dec. 1. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) “In Search of Mutisia” presents three-dimensional constructions by Nancy Barbosa that were inspired by the landscapes of Blue Ridge, GA. Through Oct. 25. CIRCLE GALLERY AT UGA COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT & DESIGN (Jackson Street Building) Cameron Berglund’s exhibition, “Design (Sketch) Process,” focuses on the role of hand and digital sketching throughout the design process. Through Dec. 6. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Spotlight: Paintings by Amy Watts” presents bold, colorful canvases full of cowgirls, farmers, miners and Indigenous people. • “Light Bright” presents works by Caitlin Gal, Allison McPheeters and Alivia Patton. DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) In “Intangible Memories,” MFA candidate Huey Lee investigates the condition of clay and how it exists as a relic of his emotional record expressed as a visual language. Through Oct. 13. • MFA candidate Meredith Emery presents “standing by the fall,” an exhibition reflecting on the climate crisis. Through Oct. 13. • MFA candidates Rachel Seburn and Ethan Snow present alternative building practices in “Absurd Construction.” Through Oct. 13. • “Yevgeniya Baras & Pete Schulte” brings together the work of two artists to create a broader dialogue on abstraction, line and color as it coincides in contemporary painting and drawing. Through Nov. 10. • Atlanta-based artist Madora Frey presents a site-specific installation for the “Wall Works” series. Through Nov. 14. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Spooky art in celebration of Halloween. Through October. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Infinity on the Horizon” highlights modern and contemporary works that expand common understand-
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for creating expressive portraits of beloved companions. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 or Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 6–8 p.m. $75. www.kaartist.com ART CLASSES (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) “Natural Dye Workshop with Beatrice Brown of Butterscotch Designs” is held Oct. 8–9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $175–225. “Beginning Wheel Throwing Class” is held Thursdays, Oct. 13–Nov. 17, 5:30–8:30 p.m. $180–210 plus $35 materials fee. Instructor Forrest Gard leads a workshop series covering “Pinched Cups and Saucers” (Oct. 25), Soft-slabs: Textured Tumblers” (Nov. 8) and “Coil Pots: Large Planters” (Nov. 15). Workshops held 5:30–8:30 p.m. $45–60/class. “The Poetic Sequence: Creative Writing Course” is held Wednesdays, Oct. 26–Dec. 7 (skip Nov. 9 and Nov. 23), 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $165–215. “Creative Writing Course: Fiction/Memoir, Making a Scene” is held Mondays, Oct. 31–Dec. 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $165–215. 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 acces-
sible 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. email@example.com KUNDALINI YOGA (Let It Be Yoga Studio, Watkinsville) Held Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m. $11 suggested donation. harsimran@innergies yoga.com LINE DANCE LESSONS (International Grill & Bar) All experience levels welcome. Open dancing follows an intro class. Every first and third Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! email@example.com OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a
ings of landscapes. Through Dec. 31. • “Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from The Do Good Fund.” Oct. 8–Jan. 8. • “Allison Janae Hamilton: Between Life and Landscape.” Through Feb. 5. • “Kristin Leachman: Longleaf Lines” focuses on close-up views of the patterns and biology of the longleaf pine and its ecosystem. Through Feb. 5. • On view in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, “Jane Manus: Undaunted” includes five large abstract works. Through Feb. 12. • “In Dialogue: Henry Ossawa Tanner, Mentor and Muse.” Through June 18. • “Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through July 3. 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.) The Grit’s final exhibition will feature artwork by members of the staff. Through Oct. 7. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) Susie Burch shares “A Little Of This And A Little Of That,” a selection of acrylic and watercolor pieces. Through October. HENDERSHOT’S (237 Prince Ave.) The Nirvinyl Album Art Museum presents “Nirvinyl 1 Revisited & Halloween Selections.” Through mid-November. KRIMSON KAFE (40 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by Magic Realism, Surrealism, nursery rhymes and fables. Through October. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Margo Newmark Rosenbaum presents a selection of photographs from her book, Drawing with Light, as well as a collection of bright paintings. Through Oct. 7. • Mark Johnson and Zuzka Vaclavic share a collection of wood-fired ceramics. Through Oct. 7. • Collections from our Community presents Carrie Slayton’s tarot cards and crystal skulls. Through Nov. 12. • Cedric Smith presents a series of portraits for “Window Works,” a site-specific series that utilizes the building’s front entrance windows for outdoor art viewing. Reconfiguring playing cards of kings and queens, his portraits question the absence of Black figures in the country’s graphic history. Through Dec. 21. • “The Ties That Bind: The Paradox of Cultural Survival amid Climate Events” presents sculptures by Anina Major and photographs by Tamika Galanis. Collector’s Talk Nov. 3, 6 p.m. Through Nov. 30. • The biennial Clarke County School District student art exhibition “RE-” features works by students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in all mediums. Opening reception Oct. 18, 5:30–7 p.m. On view Oct. 11–Jan 14. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) “FARM 2022” explores the current state of the Southern agrarian way of
The Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art will host a reception honoring Art Rosenbaum in conjunction with the exhibition “Art Rosenbaum: Telling Stories” on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5–7:30 p.m. 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 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
SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-372-4349, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.marina- spain-2020.squarespace.com TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes are offered for all ages. Classes in Jodo, the art of the Japanese staff and sword, are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Visit the website for a full schedule. liveoak email@example.com, www. liveoakmartialarts.com
life by pairing regional artists with local farms for inspiration. Participating artists include Keith Bennett, Chris Cook, Mollye Daughtry, Lee Harper, Elizabeth Collin Hanes, Charmaine Minniefield and Teresa Bramlette Reeves. Through Oct. 29. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) An exhibition of paintings by the late Art Rosenbaum, an artist, musician, folklorist and first Wheatley Professor of Fine Arts at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Reception Oct. 6, 5–7 p.m. Through Oct. 13. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Serenity: Paintings by Anna Desio” showcases watercolor landscapes. “Warrior Women from Invisible to Formidable: One Hundred Strong” includes over 100 ceramic figures created by Alice Woodruff over the span of five years. The exhibition is the culmination of three series, each depicting the mass victimization of women, women’s roles and importance, and their bravery. Through Nov. 11. ODUM SCHOOL OF ECOLOGY GALLERY (140 E. Green St.) Natural science illustrator C Olivia Carlisle shares insect, botanical and ecosystems illustrations using graphite, carbon pencil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, color pencils and Adobe Photoshop. Through May. THE ROOK & PAWN (294 W. Washington St.) “Carnival” presents works by 27 local artists including Beaux Xavier, Ed Edderson, Josh Anderssen, Gaby Dellipointi, Mary Sinsheimer and more. Through Oct. 31. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Vicky Tavernier and Jenifer Borg’s collaborative exhibition, “Words About Birds, Insights About Insects,” is made up of playful collages of found and altered objects with accompanying poems. Through Nov. 20. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Artwork by Valley StipeMaas. Opening reception Oct. 7, 5–8 p.m. On view through October by appointment. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “Georgia on my Mind: Finding Belonging in Music History” explores the genres, spaces and performers who have helped to define music in the state over time. Through Dec. 9. • “Unequal by Design: Housing in Georgia and America” draws upon historic government documents, photographs, historic newspapers and other records to trace the evolution of housing policy, tackling issues such as zoning, gentrification and suburbanization. Through May 26. • “A Chance to Play: Title IX and Women’s Athletics at UGA” celebrates 50 years of women’s sports at UGA. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) Retired UGA art professor Robert Clements shares an exhibition of landscapes and other paintings. Through Dec. 28.
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 also offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $10/class. shelley firstname.lastname@example.org, www. shelleydownsyoga.offeringtree.com YOGA AND MORE (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Jasey Jones leads weekly Raja Yoga classes covering meditation, pranayama, singing and discussion of yoga philosophy. Sundays, 5:05 p.m. Donations accepted. Private one-on-one yoga sessions with Kelsey Wishik can focus on strength building, mobility, relaxation and more. Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. $55. “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.revolutiontherapy andyoga.com YOGA CLASSES (Feel Free Yoga + Wellness) The new studio offers various class times and styles Mondays–Saturdays. A 45-minute class is offered Tuesdays at 8 a.m. on the patio of Molly’s Coffee. www. feelfreeyogawellness.com ZOOM YOGA (Online) Rev. Elizabeth Alder offers “Off the Floor Yoga” (chair and standing) on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and “Easy on the Mat” yoga classes on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Ongoing classes are $5/class or $18/month. 706-612-8077, email@example.com
Kidstuff ART CARD CLUB (K.A. Artist Shop) Katy Lipscomb and Tyler Fisher lead weekly gatherings to create, trade and exhibit miniature masterpieces the size of playing cards. Some materials provided, but participants can bring their own as well. The club meets on Fridays through Dec. 9 (skipping Nov. 25), 4:30–6 p.m. (ages 10–12) and 6:30–8 p.m. (ages 13–17). $25 (drop-in), $225 (semester pass). www.kaartist.com CREATIVE CLASSES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Activities range in theme and skill level. Sessions run through May 19. Register online. www.treehousekidandcraft.com DRAWING CLUB FOR TEENS (K.A. Artist Shop) James Greer leads a weekly workshop. Wednesdays through Dec. 7 (skipping Nov. 23), 4:30–6:30 p.m. $30 (drop-in). www.kaartist.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lisayaconelli.com SPARK: WEEKEND ACADEMY (University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education) Middle and high school students can take weekend courses in specific professional fields. Oct. 15–16 covers American Sign Language and “Starting with Spanish.” Nov. 12–13 covers 3D animation, creative writing and “Infinity: The Strange and Beautiful.” Courses held 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $185/weekend. www.georgiacenter. uga.edu/youth/spark 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
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ACA ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) This support group meets weekly. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. email@example.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 ATHENS COUNCIL OF THE BLIND (ACC Library) Open to people of all ages with vision impairments, their families and friends. Topics include adaptive equipment, recreational and social opportunities, and advocacy. Call if you need transportation. Fourth Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 706- 338-3889, firstname.lastname@example.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. www.nuci.org OVERCOMING SHAME (NBK All- Risk Solutions) This psycho-educational art therapy support group is an opportunity to connect with others, learn and process experiences of shame related to sex and sexuality. Mondays, Oct. 17–Dec. 5, 7 p.m. $12/session. www.sun academyga.com OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (24th Street Clubhouse) Learn to stop eating compulsively or curb other unwanted food-related behaviors. Every Tuesday, 12 p.m. FREE! Text: 678-736-3697 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 PROJECT SAFE (Family Protection Center) Project Safe hosts a support group for survivors of domestic violence. Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m. www. project-safe.org 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 RESTORING RESILIENCE (Heart Stone Therapeutic Healing) Five- week resource building psychotherapy group for trauma survivors. Fridays, Oct. 28–Dec. 2, 5:30–6:30 p.m. $35/session. RSVP by Oct. 21. email@example.com 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
ATHENS VHS FEST CALL FOR VENDORS (JOKERJOKER Gallery) JOKERJOKERTV, VHS.or.Die and Super Carnival Recordings present an opportunity for VHS collections, vendors, filmmakers and analog lovers to buy, sell and trade in a swap and shop event. Held Oct. 15, the event will also include local musicians, performers and filmmakers. Fill out the online vendor/ performer registration form. Deadline Oct. 8. www.jokerjokertv.com/ athens-vhs-fest DOWNTOWN PARADE OF LIGHTS (Athens, GA) Now accepting applications for the 2022 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights. This year’s theme is “An Out of this World Holiday.” Deadline Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Parade held Dec. 1. $40. www.accgov.com/parade FALL FUN (Washington Farms, Bogart) Pick your own pumpkins and flowers, get lost in a corn maze, stroll through the petting zoo, enjoy a wagon ride and more. Visit website for hours and a complete list of activities. Through Nov. 6. www. washingtonfarms.net FALL REGISTRATION (Athens, GA) The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department offers a variety of activities highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events. Now registering. Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/myrec 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 MARGO METAPHYSICAL EVENTS (Margo Metaphysical) Monday Tarot Readings offered 1–5 p.m. ($6 per card). Tuesday Tarot with Davita offered 4–6 p.m. ($5 per card). Wednesday Night Sound Healing with Joey held 6–7:30 p.m. ($35). Thursday Tarot with Courtney is offered 12–5 p.m. ($10–45). Friday Henna Party with Aiyanna ($10–75). 706-372-1462 MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT (Athens, GA) Local assistance is available at no cost for Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug assistance programs and financial assistant programs. Medicare open enrollment runs Oct. 15–Dec. 7. 706-549-4850 MERIDIAN WOMEN’S CHORUS (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Seeking new singers in preparation of a winter concert. No audition required. Rehearsals are held Thursdays, 12:30–1:45 p.m. Performance held Dec. 3. Contact to register. 706-424-9516, www. meridianwomenschorus.org RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Monday Song Circle, Tuesday Open Mic, Thursday Song Circle (held at Ben & Jerry’s) and Sunday Drum Circle (held at Ben & Jerry’s) are all held 7–10 p.m. Other events include free Seventh Generation Native American Church services (Sundays, 11 a.m.), Athens Blockchain Society meetings (Wednesdays, 2 p.m.), yoga (Wednesdays, 5 p.m.), meditation (Wednesdays, 6 p.m.) and Athens Area Pagan meetings (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) Events are free or donation based. www. rabbitholestudios.org/calendar WARNOCK AND ABRAMS CAMPAIGN YARD SIGN PICKUP (Multiple Locations) Signs can be purchased every Saturday leading up to the election at Kmart from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. and behind the Georgia Square Mall from 1–2 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org f
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By Bonita Applebum email@example.com Hey Bonita, I’m interested in your advice, but admittedly this is also partly a missed connection reachout. Last Friday I met a woman at Church bar, we talked half the night, and we seemed to really connect. When I got home I realized I never asked for her number. While talking, I did find out where they work… so now I’m debating if stopping by sometime is a completely creepy and inappropriate thing to do or an acceptable way to reconnect. I haven’t seen them downtown before, so I don’t feel confident in just running into them again by chance. Part of me feels like if she wasn’t interested or comfortable with me, then she wouldn’t have told me where she works? So that makes it OK? But that could be a hopeful projection on my end, and maybe cringy. What’s the right move here? Missed Connection
Hey there, I think you’re amazing for asking yourself these questions! Most people—and especially women—would indeed be a bit creeped out by someone they met casually showing up at their workplace and demanding their attention. I mean, I’m sure you wouldn’t feel like you’re being demanding, but what else do you call it when someone comes into your workplace with the intention of you not doing your job and just hanging out with them instead? And she might have told you her workplace because she was having a fun conversation with a person who seemed safe and trustworthy enough to know that about them. You should trust your instinct that this is a bad move, and instead just wait for the universe to bring y’all together again. You already party at the same bar, and the uniqueness of the “scene” at Church makes me assume that y’all probably have friends in common already. I’m sure you will see her again, and that’s when you should shoot your shot. I think of it like something kismet: If you’re meant to smash, then the universe will ensure that you two smash. Hey Bonita, I’ve got a rollercoaster situation and can’t tell up from down right now. I got engaged about a week and a half ago. My (maybe) fiancé
and his family live outside of Athens, and his family decided to throw a really expensive engagement party last weekend closer to where they live. I know it was expensive because they were making a really big deal about it beforehand, which we didn’t ask them to do, but I know this means a lot to them. We were getting ready for the dinner at his place, and when I went to put on my engagement ring, I couldn’t find it. I was freaking out because I couldn’t go to my engagement party without my ring. What would I even tell his family when they asked to see it? So I tore the house apart for over an hour, getting more and more emotional about the situation. Finally I sat down and cried, and that’s when my fiancé pulled the ring out of his pocket. He laughed it off and said it was just a prank, but I was so beyond upset that I blew up on him. He said I was making too big of a deal [out] of a little prank and to just
finish getting ready. Long story short, we were already late for the party, and I decided not to go and went home instead. That was maybe not the best move, but the only thing I felt like I could do in the moment. Since then, he and I have been fighting nonstop about how I disrespected his family and they wasted all this money on our party. I didn’t want this situation to blow up into something bigger, but I feel so disrespected right now. If this is a preview of the future, I don’t want to be treated like this. Am I out of line here or being too dramatic? Anon Hey Anon, That was a really shitty move on your fianceé’s part, and I agree that this is absolutely some red flag behavior. Why would he let it go on until you are panicked and crying? What’s funny about that? I’d be furious, too, and I have a feeling that this isn’t the only time he’s shown his ass and gaslit you afterwards. Also, it was his family’s choice to trick their dough on a party you didn’t even want, so that’s on them. Yeah, friend, you have some thinking to do about your future. f Need advice? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/get- advice.
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The Place is actively hiring for our BOH team! Line/prep positions needed. Starting pay is $15/hr. with opportunity for more based on experience/production. Guaranteed signing bonus after 30 days of employment. Feel free to bring a resume by or email it to info@theplace athens.com Taste of India is now hiring! (Busser, host, floater team member). Competitive pay, paid weekly, employee meals, flexible schedules, full-time or part-time, no experience needed. $12–15. APPLY IN PERSON. Find employees by advertising jobs in the Flagpole Classifieds! Call 706-5490301 today!
Expert graphic designer needed for online t-shirt shop. Work from home in your spare time. Bring your designs and creativity! Business partnership. Contact Jeff: 404-545-5751 Salon Element Studios: Stylists, Stylist/Coordinator. Competitive, $150+ weekly, Central Athens, great parking, includes utilities, laundry, shampoo, breakroom and more. The best of both worlds. See for yourself and build your business, your way! 706-949-3792 Tifosi Optics is looking for sunglass models! If you are a cyclist, runner or golfer and want to be paid for a two or three-hour photoshoot, contact stevenm@tifosioptics. com with your sport and a photo of yourself. Advertise job opportunities in the Flagpole Classifieds! Call 706-549-0301 today!
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A TOUR OF SPIRITED HOMES AROUND ATHENS Flagpole would like to raise some Halloween spirits again this year by presenting our 3rd annual driving tour of the best haunts in ALL of ATHENS! We are expanding the tour to include all of Athens/Clarke county.
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