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Good Growing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

YouthForce Innovation Hub

Threats & Promises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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Missing Middle Mixed Messages


By Blake Aued and Shelby Israel news@flagpole.com Athens-Clarke County commissioners are likely to approve an Oglethorpe Avenue development that promises to provide affordable—at least, relatively—housing in a growing urban setting. They may not look so favorably, though, on a zoning code change that could increase the in-town housing stock. The proposed development at 1165 Oglethorpe Ave., in front of the Forest Heights subdivision, would consist of 14 townhouses, six cottages, a quadruplex, a triplex, an 11-unit apartment building and 7,200 square feet of commercial space on 3.85 acres originally slated to become a doctor’s office that was partially graded but never built. Josh Koons, the landscape architect for the project, called it an example of the type of higher-density, lower-cost housing that many commissioners and residents want to see. “It’s been designed for affordability in the missing middle housing sector by streamlining infrastructure, minimizing car-oriented improvements and using smaller footprints to increase density,” he said at the Nov. 15 agenda-setting meeting. No one mentioned specific prices, but Joe Polaneczky, a local real estate agent and one of the developers, said they would be “noticeably less than what you see in-town.” Two three-bedroom Forest Heights homes are currently on the market for over $300,000, and similar homes can go for half a million dollars a few blocks away in Normaltown. An application to the ACC Planning Department says the development “is intended to provide multiple options for middle income home buyers,” defined as households making 65%–150% of the area median income, or about $40,000–$90,000 a year. Five rental and/or for-sale units would be reserved for people on the lower end of that spectrum, and seven for seniors 55 and up. County planners recommended denying the request, with the main sticking point being the lack of a street connecting 1165 Oglethorpe to Landor Drive behind it, which Forest Heights residents did not want. Instead, the new development is designed around greenspace rather than a street—which ACC code does not allow— and a walking path will connect it to Forest Heights, allowing residents there to access Seth Hendershot’s planned neighborhood cafe/pub and a daycare run by local nonprofit Destined Inc. on foot. “Why is the car required for that connectivity?” Koons asked. Six planning commissioners, however, recommended approving the development, with one abstention. And no county commissioners objected to it. “This is exactly the kind of thing we need in this community,” ACC Commissioner Jesse Houle said. Commissioner Patrick Davenport had just one request: “I hope that Hendershot’s can bring back Ike & Jane.” Davenport and several other commissioners, though, frowned on a proposed change to the zoning code that could make


building smaller housing units in-town easier. A proposal from ACC’s inclusionary housing working group would allow accessory dwelling units—or ADUs, also called in-law suites or granny flats—in single-family neighborhoods. The 1165 Oglethorpe plan includes garage apartments for each of the cottages. That’s currently illegal, hence one of the waiver requests. The change wouldn’t be a cure-all, Houle said, but it would be a small step toward solving Athens’ affordable housing crisis. “Over time, maybe we get to the point where thoughtful developments don’t need 20 waivers,” Houle said. The inclusionary housing task force’s mission is not only to find ways for middle-class artists, musicians, teachers and others to be able to afford to buy homes in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods where they currently rent, but to provide what’s becoming increasingly rare safe and affordable housing for lower-income renters, said Alice Kinman, the group’s chair, a former county commissioner and current planning commissioner. The Athens Housing Advocacy Team, a group formed to organize low-income renters, recently released a report detailing substandard conditions at several local properties purchased by Florida-based Prosperity Capital Partners, which pushed out residents by raising their rents and refusing to accept Section 8 government vouchers. The group found that many tenants still reported pest infestations, mold and fire hazards despite the increased rents. In addition, local activists alleged finding missing smoke alarms and fire extinguishers while canvassing earlier this year at the largely Section 8 University Oaks apartment complex off West Broad Street, where one building caught fire Friday, Nov. 18, destroying 14 units and displacing 27 people. However, the ACC Fire Department released a statement Nov. 21 crediting working smoke alarms with saving residents’ lives. According to supporters, allowing ADUs up to 800 square feet is “low-hanging fruit” for adding to the local housing stock and relieving upward pressure on rents. “We felt like this was a good way to bring some gentle density into our neighborhoods by making a relatively small change,” Kinman said. Skeptics like commissioners Mike Hamby, Allison Wright and Davenport raised concerns that loosening regulations on ADUs would simply lead to more shortterm rentals like Airbnbs. “I just don’t see this option helping us with people sleeping out here on the steps [of City Hall], people sleeping in tents, people who are getting evicted,” Wright said at the Nov. 15 meeting. “I think it’s additional luxury in the backyard of somebody’s house that can cause the concerns of the traffic and the parking and the noise that we’ve been hearing about.” Wright and Hamby said the proposal needs more time for the public to weigh in, and should be considered alongside

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another proposal to regulate short-term rentals that is currently under discussion by the commission’s Government Operations Committee. Kinman, Houle and Commissioner Russell Edwards, though, described the change as relatively minor. ADUs are currently allowed, as long as they don’t have a 220-volt outlet. That means no stoves. Such stoveless units are fine for short-term use but unsuitable for long-term renters. “Guest houses are already allowed. Really the only thing… they can’t have a stove,” Kinman said. “I would encourage you to go on Airbnb and look around. There are a bunch of units like these already that are being used as short-term rentals.” Allowing full kitchens in ADUs would actually make it more likely that property owners rent them out to people who live here rather than visitors, Houle and Edwards said. Commissioner Melissa Link proposed a compromise that would cap ADUs at one bedroom and add parking requirements, but it drew no vocal support. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t want a family to have a home where their kid can have their own room,” Edwards said. Both the Oglethorpe development and the ADU policy are scheduled for a vote Tuesday, Dec. 6.

New Housing for Homeless Students The Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and Lydia’s Place dedicated Lydia’s Homeplace, housing for local college students who previously experienced homelessness, in an event earlier this month. The eight-bedroom quadruplex was renovated in a partnership between Athens Habitat and the nonprofit Lydia’s Place, and it is intended to provide homes for college students who otherwise cannot maintain residence in a dorm or would have to work full-time to afford housing, according to a Nov. 2 press release. Athens Habitat Executive Director Spencer Frye said there is a housing crisis in Athens and across the United States, and it

shocked him that many children in the foster care system no longer have contact with their foster families once they turn 18. “And think about when you were 18 and you got cut loose in the world, which you had this safety net,” Frye said. “And you sit there, and you think about, like, somebody who is all of a sudden cut loose from outside of a roof, doesn’t have a home to go to, and then they’re trying to go to college, and they’re going to work and living in their car, showering at [UGA’s Ramsey Center].” Frye said the project is intended to provide a foothold for those in need, and that anyone at any time could require a place like Lydia’s Homeplace. “17–24 is such a pivotal time in a young person’s life of getting those foundations built and getting your financial networks in place and your education and your professional stuff in place,” said Kelly Brannen, executive director of Lydia’s Place. “And when all that is shifting and, you know, you’re living in your car and trying to study or trying to finish your GED, it’s just next to impossible.” Frye thanked those who supported and contributed to the project, including Jade and Graham Joyner of Metal + Petal, State Farm, ACC Commissioner Melissa Link, the Rose and Dahlia Garden Club, the University of Georgia Housing Directors Association, Gus Vega’s All-Star Painting, Athens Church and artist Ursula Ann Cole, who painted the mural on the side of Lydia’s Homeplace. “This is a one-of-a-kind partnership,” Frye said in the press release. “It’s a 100% local initiative that came about through conversations with April Farlow of Lydia’s Place. They had a sponsored dorm room that was losing funding, and it ended up that we could provide an entire building for less than they were paying for one room.” Earlier this year, the Athens Habitat received COVID-19 relief funds to construct another affordable housing project in East Athens, Micah’s Creek, which is also in partnership with Lydia’s Place. Micah’s Creek will provide additional housing units for college students experiencing homelessness, as well as families with children who attend Gaines Elementary School, local artists and veterans. [Shelby Israel] f

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When Athens Had Representation

YouthForce Innovation Hub

By Pete McCommons pete@flagpole.com

By Sam Lipkin editorial@flagpole.com


I’m writing this for the people who still care about what we might now call “old Athens.” You know, before Atlanta invaded, when we still had our local culture, made up of local people: When Athens was Athens, so to speak—the Varsity, the Grit, Go Bar, Friends, Snack Shack, Allen’s, Wilson’s, Poss’, Harry’s. Back then.

Spencer alone represents Athens.

Back then, we had one state representative: Chappelle Matthews. Matthews was a Democrat, like almost the whole legislature at that time. His law office was in the Southern Mutual Building (now The Fred), but his legislative office was in the Varsity downtown (now Chick-Fil-A). Matthews represented all of Athens and Clarke County, including the University of Georgia, and he was chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the House. If you needed to see Matthews about a legislative matter, you could usually find him in deep conversation, leaning on the Varsity counter with a cup of coffee. No need to schedule an appointment. The same was true with our state senator, Paul Broun (not that one—his father). Sen. Broun owned the Firestone dealership down on Pulaski where Redeemer Presbyterian Church is now. If he wasn’t in Atlanta on Senate business, you could probably catch him in his office at the Firestone store. Like Matthews, Broun represented Athens and Clarke County and the University of Georgia. OK, you know where I’m going with this. Matthews and Broun did not represent Madison County or Jackson or Barrow or Walton or Oconee. They represented local people and the university. They had no responsibility for the problems in

Danielsville or Jefferson or Commerce or Winder or Monroe or Watkinsville. So, yes: Now we have two state senators who, in addition to Athens-Clarke, represent Madison, Oconee, Walton and Gwinnett counties, and we have four state representatives who, in addition to Athens-Clarke, represent Oconee, Madison, Walton, Barrow, Jackson, Greene and Oglethorpe. All those senators and representatives are Republicans, and they all are responsible for slicing and dicing Athens like a rhubarb pie to disenfranchise Athenians and insure their own re-elections. They now all have safe seats, and they all were recently re-elected, and they all have to pay more attention to all the surrounding counties than they can to Athens. They have to. Do the math. One of the oddities of their ripping Athens apart into bite-sized representation among the giant holiday repast represented by the rest of their districts is that they had to cram as many Democrats as possible into one district. What that means is that we actually have one House district completely within Athens-Clarke, as if old Chappelle Matthews had been resurrected and installed in the old Varsity, where you could find him when you needed him. Yep, state Rep. Spencer Frye. You know him. He does good works at Habitat for Humanity, where you can reach him if you need him. Unfortunately, since he is a Democrat, he’s in the minority in the legislature and needs all his personal skills and preacher’s-kid background to work “across the aisle” to get a few things done for Athens, with little help from the other Republicans who “represent” Athens. Oh well: Thanks, Frye. No thanks to Republicans Sen. Bill Cowsert, Sen. Frank Ginn, Rep. Marcus Wiedower, Rep. Houston Gaines and Rep. Trey Rhodes. BUT WAIT!: Speaking of yellow-dog Democrats, Sen. Warnock’s beagle is back! Hope you’ve seen it. The great beagle (or a lookalike) who helped Warnock win last time is finally back in his TV ads. We can’t miss now. They can’t gerrymander the Senate race. Get yourself out between now and Dec. 6 and vote for the re-election of U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. Warnock cares more for Athens than any of our Republican legislators, whose Bible tells them that where their treasure is, there will their hearts be also. P.S.: Grady Thrasher, who is topping the charts with his “I Just Want to Stop Putin for Christmas” with Jay Gonzalez and The Boulevardians, has added Ukrainian subtitles to the YouTube version, and various people are beaming the song into Ukraine and Russia. Maybe on top of all his other accomplishments, Grady can turn out to be a one-man Radio Free Europe and can indeed help us stop Putin for Christmas. f



he Boys & Girls Club of Athens opened and make their members club members its YouthForce Innovation Hub at the with access to both programs’ resources. Georgia Square Mall on Oct. 20, partnering The result of this partnership was serving with community nonprofits and businesses 207 new club members between 6th–11th to create an opportunity for youth ages grades in two months, and a pipeline of 12–21 to develop workforce skills and their more young people aware of and interested career paths. in the hub. One of the partnerships was Occupying the space that was previously with Chess and Community, whose founder a Charlotte Russe on the second floor of and executive director, Lemuel “Life” the mall, the hub’s bright, modern and LaRoche, is also the hub’s program director. flexible open floor plan was designed with “It brought a home for Chess and input from the teens it will serve. Currently Community. We do a lot of our programthere are eight workstations, including VR ming here and at the library, but this is like headsets that simulate workforce pathways the central location,” says LaRoche. “So it such as aviation mechanics, hospitality also opened the door for other nonprofits and construction; iPads for self assessment to come and utilize this space for free.” tools and career exploration; building and coding robots; cameras and a green screen for creating video content; gear for podcasting, a stage for public speaking, a faux office for mock interviews and a hands-on manufacturing line. “This is an innovative and interactive approach to workforce development for young people in their teens,” says Sterling Gardner, vice president of development. Lemuel “Life” LaRoche, program director of the YouthForce Innovation “Recruiting is one Hub, shows guests around the center during the grand opening on Oct. 20. thing, but retaining them is another. You have to make something nice, cool, innovaThe hub is funded in part by Zach tive and creative to get them involved and McLeroy, the chairman and founder of to keep them involved.” Zaxby’s, who expressed interest in youth One of the in-progress stations is workforce development when the club retail-oriented with opportunities to learn approached him about investing in its about purchasing, merchandising, accountprogram. The hub is unique as a Boys & ing, and how to sell goods and services. The Girls Club entity, and Gardner hopes to use hub’s location in the mall has already prothis location as a pilot for other club orgavided a connection to a retailer interested nizations and create a regional program. in working with the Boys & Girls Club and Discussions with Boys & Girls Clubs in providing first employment opportunities. nearby counties have already begun to proLooking forward, the hub is exploring partvide transportation from their clubs to the nerships for healthcare, CNA certification, hub until it can expand. cosmetology and hospitality programs. “Today’s workers are not like they were Field trips and internships are also among 20 or 30 years ago. Young people now are the possibilities for participants. much less money-focused, but they are The UGA School of Social Work has focused on quality of life and the way they partnered with the program to provide feel in the workplace. Unfortunately, many accountability coaches to continue working employers are still very production focused, with young people who receive employment and they’re not necessarily getting that that and move on from the space. There will be attitude is not getting the most out of their follow up periods to help employers retain employees. So I hope some of the things those employees, but should an employee that we can do is to help bridge the gaps,” need to resign, the accountability coaches says Gardner. will help them use the proper protocol upon The hub currently operates Monday– leaving. The hub supplies resources for Friday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. with occasional those interested in pursuing secondary edu- programming on Saturdays. The earlier cation as well, from filling out applications hours will cater to disengaged youth and and financial aid to employment during 18–21 year olds to teach soft skills and school. explore career interests, aptitudes and Prior to opening the hub, the club partbarriers. The three main programs—work nered with nine smaller nonprofit organiready, job ready, career ready—will take zations that primarily work with teenagers, place on different days with different age providing funding to increase their capacity groups. f

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arts & culture

flag football


hey, bonita…

Woke Dawgs

Holidays With Hateful Family Members

By Cy Brown news@flagpole.com

By Bonita Applebum advice@flagpole.com

There have been two versions of Georgia every opponent into oblivion, save Alabama this season: asleep and awake. in the SEC Championship Game. This team The “awake” version is pretty easy to is much more liable to play to the level of its recognize. It looks a lot like the national competition. That means looking just as, if championship team last year. It moves not more, dominant than last year’s team the ball with calm efficiency on offense. It in marquee matchups—such as Tennessee swarms to the ball and stifles opponents on or Oregon—and looking lazy and sloppy defense. You saw the “awake” Dawgs hanagainst teams we should handle with ease, dle their business like Missouri or against Oregon, Georgia Tech. We want to win the SEC, but South Carolina and This LSU team Tennessee. we’ll face in the SEC we also want to win the natty. Championship Game Then there are the “asleep” Dawgs. isn’t nearly as good These Dawgs have a propensity to start as the Alabama we faced twice last year, but games slow and struggle in the red zone. they are a specific kind of dangerous. The You saw them rear their ugly heads when Tigers, who also have a penchant to play we eked out a win at Missouri, let Kentucky down to competition, lost to Texas A&M hang around until the end, and allowed 38-23 to finish the regular season. Any Georgia Tech to hold onto the hope of an chance they had to beat us and make the upset for a full half. playoff went down the drain with that loss. As far as the past goes, asleep or awake We want to win the SEC, but we also no longer matters. Georgia beat Georgia want to win the natty. For LSU, there is Tech 37-14 Saturday in Athens to move to a no longer a goal past winning the SEC. perfect 12-0 on the season. It’s the second Saturday against the Dawgs is their natty. consecutive year the Dawgs finished the While our players may be caught looking regular season a perfect 12-0, and only the ahead to USC, TCU, Ohio State, Michigan third time in program history. That’s pretty or, god forbid, Alabama, the Tigers will wild, considering I just listed three games in be able to focus on a singular goal: beat which we played grab-ass, and I could have Georgia. And new LSU head coach Brian listed more. Kelly has shown an ability to play Kirby

Hey Bonita, I’m a twentysomething gay man originally from a very, VERY small town a couple of hours away. Like, blink-and-you-miss-it type of place going up towards the mountains. I’ll be going home to visit my family for Thanksgiving and Christmas like I do every year, but I’m starting to get really sick of them. I never really shared their political or social attitudes, but I only started challenging their opinions a few years ago, when nationalism started going mainstream. I just couldn’t abide by my loved ones saying this stuff, but it’s really been hard on my relationship with them. In particular, my sister-in-law is an absolute monster who has changed my brother for the worse. She is incredibly


Georgia played grabass against Georgia Tech on Saturday, but still came away with a win.

It’s also pretty wild that the unmitigated success that was the regular season could be diminished by showing up asleep in one of the next two or three games. With that perfect regular season, a spot in the College Football Playoff is pretty much guaranteed. But before that, this weekend in Atlanta, we face LSU for the SEC Championship. Anything other than titles—SEC or national—is falling short. That’s the standard in the Golden Age of Georgia Football. We met that standard last year. We have a chance to exceed it this year, since we lost the SEC Championship to Alabama last time around. The path to both the SEC and national titles appear more manageable this season, but in this moment, our ability to get there feels more questionable. There’s a different vibe to the Dawgs than there was last year, when we mushed


Smart close, although he never beat Georgia in his two shots at Notre Dame. These Dawgs have spent this season in a strange limbo. It is clear that we have clunkers in us. There are days when we haven’t shown up with our minds right. Thankfully, we have enough raw talent to make up for that so far. But there’s also a distinct feeling I have that we haven’t yet played our best football, or at least it’s only been seen in glimpses. With two or three games left to finish this season, the hope has to be that the dividing line between “asleep” and “awake,” between our best and our worst, has been the circumstances. We get up for the games it’s most important to get up for. From here on, that’s every game. So Kirby better get a pot of coffee on and have those Dawgs wide awake when they go to Atlanta. f

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smallminded and super loud about it, and I swear she brings up certain stuff that she knows I’m sensitive about just to get under my skin. My parents agree that she’s a bit much, but they share her views on pretty much everything. OK, whatever, but [my sister-in-law] is also a homophobe and a racist who uses slurs. I’m gay, and one of my partners is black, so needless to say I cannot stand her and really don’t ever want to see her (preferably ever again). I love my brother and his kids, but I hate the way he is raising them and the woman he chose to be their mom. Sometimes I think about just not going home at all for the holidays, but then my mom will guilt me, and I end up breaking bread in a scary little town with equally scary people at my table. I get so anxious that I have a hard time sleeping with all of them in the same house as me! I’m not just repulsed by their attitudes, but every year it’s like tensions get higher, and I’m starting to feel unwelcome and unsafe, especially when my brother and his wife are there. He wouldn’t let her attack me, but the fact that I’m afraid of it at all is kind of too much. How can I make sure I leave my family Thanksgiving without tears in my eyes? Well that’s probably not possible, but I find my holiday dread starting earlier and earlier each year now. I just can’t take it anymore. Help! A Gay at the End of Their Rope

Hey Gay, If your hometown is only a couple of hours away, then there is absolutely no need to stay all day or even sleep over. You’re an adult who doesn’t have to sit around waiting for permission from anyone, and it sounds to me like you aren’t being picked up and dropped off for these holiday visits. I know it can be hard to break away from family expectations, but it’s about time you stopped spending extended periods at home during the holidays. I have plenty of family members who live in nearby towns, and they only spend a few hours at holiday luncheons before giving out hugs and kisses and then heading home.

You’re not a kid, and you don’t have to be all up under your family like that anymore, so don’t be. There’ll certainly be some resistance to you telling them that you’ll only be swinging by to eat and visit for a spell, but don’t talk about it like it’s an option—and really, it’s not. It’s a choice that you’re allowed to make about who you spend your time with. Less, “I’m sorry, but I probably can’t spend the night” and more, “I’ll be there for the meal, and then I’m heading back to Athens. See you then!” If they want to know why, you can either tell them that your sister-in-law is the worst or you can just make something up and save yourself the trouble. It’s up to you how to deal with that, but more than anything you should stand your ground and stop subjecting yourself to conversations about how much your community sucks and should be eradicated. You are no one’s punching bag, and submitting oneself to abuse is not an act of love or anything to be encouraged. You can establish a firm boundary here and have the holiday experience that you’ve always wanted. f Need advice? Email advice@flagpole.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/get-­ advice.

food & drink

good growing


By Erin France news@flagpole.com


For the effort and taste, you’ll find garlic Georgia. Inchelium Red is a popular variety. a worthwhile plant in winter. Plant garlic Last year—my first growing garlic in my bulbs in Northeast Georgia from September own garden—I could not find a softneck through the beginning of December. Garlic garlic in stock on four different websites. grows best in loose soil, with plenty of com- I ended up buying the hardneck Pehoski post and mulch on top to protect against Purple, a lovely stripy purple garlic bred hard winter freezes. “Plant the garlic when the kids go to school and harvest when they get out,” is the rule of thumb I heard in North Carolina, and it seems to be true in Georgia as well. Northeast Georgia gardeners can stretch the garlic planting season until December because in recent years, freezes have come later in the fall. Cold fronts lower the temperature of the soil much more slowly than the temperature of the air. As I write this, the air outside is 24 degrees, but the soil temperature, according to the State Botanical Garden’s weather sensor, is 52 degrees. Garlic germinates best in the range of 40–50 degrees. Homegrown garlic, like tomatoes and cucumbers, taste better than what you can buy in the grocery store. It’s also a bulb that springs up surprisingly green and tender in the coldest part of the year. Garlic makes a garden Cured and cut Pehoski Purple, ready to cook or store. look less empty and forlorn. Garlic isn’t a picky plant: You won’t need frost cloth or special irrigation. especially to handle frigid winters. The The plants will require a layer of mulch for garlic didn’t grow super large, but they did hard late-winter freezes, but that’s about it. grow, and they tasted great. Don’t let indeThere are a dizzying array of garlic varicision stop you from trying a variety you eties to choose from, usually broken down could love. I bought a softneck variety this into softneck and hardneck types. More year, along with last year’s Pehoski Purple, experienced Athens-area farmers swear by and I’m excited to see (and taste!) the difsoftneck garlic as the best for Northeast ferences during harvest.

Hardneck garlics produce scapes, a winding stem that will, eventually, lead to a blooming flower. For the best hardneck garlic harvest, you’ll want to snip the scapes. Otherwise, the plant will move its energy into producing a flower, and then seeds, instead of storing more energy in the bulb. Garlic scapes are edible and taste like fresh, green garlic. You can sub scapes in for garlic in recipes like pesto, or fry them in oil and add them as a topping to dishes needing an extra pop. Softneck varieties do not produce scapes. Once you choose your garlic, you’ll need to separate the cloves right before you plant it. Keep as much skin on the cloves as pos-

sible. The papery skin is a protective layer that helps the bulb stay fleshy and not dry out. You’ll want a fairly fluffy soil mixed with some compost. If you don’t use a tiller, you can use a shovel to cut into the dirt a few times and break up any clod bigger than a fist. Dig a hole 2–3 inches deep. Place one clove per hole, with the pointy end up and

the nubbin bottom (where it was connected to the rest of the bulb) pushed lightly into the soil. Bigger cloves grow into bigger bulbs in the spring, so I usually discard the smallest clove bits. I planted my garlic cloves 8 inches apart this year. Last year, I used 6-inch spacing, and it was a little tight for easy spring weeding and early summer harvesting. You’ll want to mulch before January. Try to find a mulch a little lighter than bark or wood chips. Pine needles, torn leaves or straw are easy-to-access options. Whatever mulch you use will get mixed into the soil after your garlic harvest, and chunks of wood take longer to break down than other mulches. The wood can bind nitrogen, depriving future plants headed into the same area of a needed nutrient. I used wood chips for my garlic rows last year and noticed a loss of fertility, despite adding compost. Irrigation becomes important with garlic in the spring, when the bulbs start sizing up. Too much rain, and the garlic could rot before you have a chance to pull it up. Too little rain, and you’ll have undersized bulbs. Depending on variety, weather and when you planted, your garlic will be ready to harvest in May or June. Harvest hardneck varieties a few weeks after you cut the scapes. When a majority of the garlic leaves start drooping and turning brown, that’s the time to grab your shovel and start digging up those bulbs. You’ll want to cure your garlic harvest—leaving it to dry in a sheltered spot for two or more weeks before cooking with it. Some folks braid the garlic leaves together, but I worry too much about mold and mildew infiltrating my carefully cured produce. I cut the leaves off and leave the garlic with a little stem on top before storing. Growing garlic takes work, but not much. For a backyard garden, there aren’t many other plants that require as little room and pack as big a flavorful punch as garlic. f

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ono’s lyrics are autobiographical and often mystical reflections of his personal experiences. From the death of his mother in “I Will Follow” to Ireland’s troubles in “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” debauchery and fame in “The Fly” and the unbridled joy of “Beautiful Day,” the U2 frontman’s rhythmic stanzas tell the story of an angst-ridden Irish schoolboy who became a rockstar and globetrotting advocate for the alleviation of poverty, disease and injustice. So it’s no surprise that his new memoir Surrender, released Nov. 1, is also poetic and punchy. Across 40 chapters titled with U2 songs, Bono (née Paul Hewson) takes readers on a caravan through near-death, eye-opening, name-dropping, Jesus-loving, occasionally heartbreaking, often inspiring globalist (mis)adventures—all dedicated to his wife of 40 years, Ali, and their four children. Front and center in the book are Bono’s lifelong friendships with his bandmates Adam Clayton, David “The Edge” Evans and Larry Mullen Jr., who together comprise one of the longest-running original lineups of any rock group. Other names dropped in the book include the members of R.E.M., whom U2 first met on a European tour in 1985. In the ninth chapter, “Invisible,” Bono writes, “R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe’s lyrics changed the way we see America. He also has one of the great voices of any geography.” He goes on to describe Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry, saying, “this was a band that made the whole world want to visit Athens, Georgia.” He savors U2’s relationship with R.E.M., recounting in Chapter 21 that time U2’s Mullen and Clayton “formed a hybrid tribute band called Automatic Baby with Michael Stipe and Mike Mills to play [the U2 song] ‘One’ at a 1993 MTV Rock the Vote inauguration event for then-President Bill Clinton. The fake band name played off the two groups’ albums: R.E.M.’s Automatic


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for the People (1992) and U2’s Achtung Baby (1991). “It was a special moment for these Southern musicians to have a Southern president,” Bono wrote. U2 has a fascination with the American South, as evidenced in the band’s 1988 documentary film Rattle and

Hum, filmed partially in Tennessee. And Bono’s Georgia connections run deep, too. That’s why Atlanta U2 fans have taken note that their city doesn’t feature much in Surrender, although Martin Luther King Jr.’s influence is cited throughout the memoir, and one of the chapters is named after U2’s 1984 song about King, “Pride (In the Name of Love).” For example, in Chapter 28, “Beautiful Day,” Bono recalls a U2 concert in 1985 in Houston attended by his father, Bob Hewson, that later inspired the 2000 U2 song “Kite.” Bono writes that it was his father’s first night in America, and when he introduced him to the audience, they reacted with “a sound the size of Texas.” Hoping for loving words, he wrote that his father instead told him he was “very professional” after the Houston show. Many years later after both Bono and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills lost their fathers, U2 famously dedicated “Kite” to Mills at their Philips Arena show in Atlanta on Nov. 30, 2001. But did the initial inspiration for “Kite” take place in Texas or Georgia? This is where the mythology of Bono’s words comes into play. In the 2006 book U2 by U2, which the band wrote with music journalist Neil McCormick, Bono recounts the same story of his father’s first time in the U.S. on page 161, saying that he sent a taxi to pick up his dad at the Atlanta airport, not Houston’s, when his dad refused a limousine. He wrote about “12,000 people hooting” at his dad that night at the show when he introduced him at the soundboard, and his dad also called him “very professional” backstage afterwards. So which is it? A YouTube bootleg of the April 29, 1985 concert at Atlanta’s Omni makes a good case for Georgia being at least one of the spots where Bono introduced Bob: An hour and 22 minutes into the show, after talking about a visit to the King Center and how loudly the crowd received “Pride,” Bono later ends the gig by saying, “I’ll tell you why tonight is a very special night for me, and that’s because it’s my father’s first time, first night here in the U.S.A. and he’s here with us. At the mixing desk you’ll find a Robert Hewson there. Thanks a lot, old man. This is his first rock and roll concert in the U.S., and you sure have made enough noise, so thank you! Sing this song with me, this song is ‘40.’” After traveling the world and performing in dozens of cities which ultimately blur into one, it’s likely Bono’s memories have intermingled over the years, occasionally spawning their own B-sides and legends. The appeal of Surrender is that it urges readers to take stock of our own lives and mythologies. That means most of us have more in common with the author than we imagined before digging into these pages. Music, family, love, loss, and a defiant determination to make a difference in the world are themes that resonate universally. f This story comes to Flagpole through a reporting partnership with GPB News, a nonprofit newsroom covering the state of Georgia.

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By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com COME ONE, COME ALL: It’s been just over a year since the release of A Supernova Rainbow of Fun, the album by Todd Nance, Danny Hutchens, Jon Mills and William Tonks. At that time, the record had spent nearly a decade in the can. In the years since recording, both Hutchens (Bloodkin) and Nance (Widespread Panic) passed away. William Tonks crowd-sourced the funds for manufacturing the album, and one award for donors at a certain level was a live performance by Tonks and Mills at a reasonable place of the donor’s choosing. One of those donors was Athens legend and enthusiast Drew Alston, who requested a show in

Athens, and that’ll happen in very short order. In fact, it happens at Nuçi’s Space on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Tonks also advises that this show will be a benefit for The Atticus Gift, a foundation established as a memorial for Atticus Cleaveland, who died by suicide in November 2020. For more information, please see nuci.org. PLAN AHEAD: Jet Engine Dragons just released its first new music in five years. Specifically, it’s the two-song album teaser named Shell of Reverie. It, of course, includes the title track, plus a new version of the old song “The Adversary” denoted here as “The Adversary (2022)” so you don’t get ‘em confused. The main difference between the two is Jet Engine Dragons are now five years stronger, and the result is a track that is much more aggressive and in your face than the original. The title track is a showcase blend of the band’s signature progressive death metal sound with a healthy dose of black metal thrown in for good measure. The new album should be out sometime next year but, for now, you can check these out at jetenginedragons. bandcamp.com. For more information, please see facebook.com/jetenginedragons. CALM DOWN: Songwriter and performer Ryne Meadow is also teasing a new album and just released their first single, “I Love The Rain.” Like much of Meadow’s work, this is a tuneful and gentle exploration of something. In this case, it’s literally rain and how it causes a person to, in Meadow’s words, “stop dead in their tracks and stay still.” That’s fine and all, but a little on the nose and not terribly interesting. The strongest thing about this is Meadow’s voice, even


in moments of emotional brittleness, and his sense of melody. There’s always the underlying feeling that this rawness could slip into whining at any time but, so far, he’s narrowly avoided that. The upcoming album, Baptisms, is his first with Londonbased publishing and synchronization label OML Sync. Find this on Spotify and other services, and for more information, please see facebook.com/rynemeadowmusic. CLOSE THE CALENDAR: As promised last week,

here’s another update on what’s going on with the Hooker Vision label. Well, the nonstop production machine behind this often inscrutable, yet always compelling, operation just wrapped up its final two releases for the year. First up is a single 15-minute drone-oriented psychedelic jam, albeit with extra parts and added ingredients, from the collaborative project between label owners Grant and Rachel Evans, Modern Lamps. It’s titled New Spirit House. It took me a few minutes to really sink my ears into this, but once I was there it was A-OK. Next is the fulllength release from Night Body Sky named Entire Seasons. Although only eight tracks long, listeners will find that’s quite enough, as this is an intensely involved listen. It’s also one of the only records in recent memory that I’m having a very difficult time describing without falling into the blender of experimental record go-to phrases. Suffice it to say, fans of mid-period Throbbing Gristle, deconstructed post-punk and perhaps even Coil should find something here to get excited about. Find both of these at hookervision. bandcamp.com. ALL GROWN UP: It’s difficult to believe, but The Shut-Ups have now been releasing music for 22 years. I’ve never been a person drawn to “comedy rock” or anything like that, but this group is one of the standard-setters for this type of thing. The Shut-Ups are just so damn catchy and have such a firm grasp on the entire history of 20th century pop music that I’ve never been able to turn away from them. They’re also among the most lyrically biting bands I’ve ever covered, so there’s that, too. Anyway, like everyone else you’re reading about this week, they’ve got a new album coming and have released its first single and its b-side. They’re titled “Everyday” and “Diary,” and the first is a sunny, breezy spring-in-your-step kind of tune not at all unlike a blend between LFO and a souvenir album of Caribbean tunes one might get when disembarking a cruise ship. The second is a syrupy, slow number, owing more than a passing glance to Big Star, which is only funny if you listen very closely. These are from the group’s next album The Shut-Ups Are Girls Singing Songs which the band describes as “a comprehensive exploration of the female perspective.” Find this at shutups.bandcamp.com. f

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holiday tradition all on its own, hundreds of local and regional artists and makers come together every December to showcase and sell their most recent handcrafted creations, demonstrating the strong entrepreneurial spirit and diverse talents within the community. Whether it’s a multi-vendor fair or a more intimate open house at a private studio, these events provide opportunities to connect directly with the talented makers who help provide the backbone of Athens’ arts community. With over 30 different events scheduled over the next three weeks, opportunities abound for finding one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local artists so they can keep doing what they do best. In the spirit of tradition, let Flagpole make shopping locally a little simpler this year with our annual Holiday Market Roundup, a list of artist markets, studio open houses and craft sales happening in Athens and nearby.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 958 Epps Bridge Parkway, will host a Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. In addition to breakfast with Santa and children’s activities, the event includes goods both handmade and baked. Visit stjosephathens.com.

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The fourth annual Holi-LADDER-day Market at tiny ATH gallery will make the best use of its small square footage by displaying creations vertically on ladders. Check out artwork by Sebastián Granados, Cal Clements, Anna Marie Ruch Lehman, Tom Hancock, Samuel Clay Benson, Valley StipeMaas, Gary Autry, Rebecca Hampton and others. Located at 174 Cleveland Ave., next door to Southern Star

The annual UGA Ceramics Sale will happen at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, 270 River Rd., on Nov. 30–Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Created by students and faculty, the works range from decorative pieces and hand-built sculptures to functional pottery like mugs, plates, vases and bowls. Parking is available in the Performing Arts Center deck. Visit art.uga.edu.

Southern Star Studio will present its seventh annual holiday sale of members and friends Dec. 3–4 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Offering an array of pots, ornaments and other gifts, participating potters include Maria Dondero (Marmalade Pottery), Sophie Goode (Sophie Shannon Art), Courtney Howard (5115 Designs), Kate Couch, Caroline Maddox, Kerry Steinberg, Esther Mech and Brandon Bishop. Check out southernstarstudioathens.com to learn more about the collective work space and gallery, which is located at 180 Cleveland Ave. in the Newtown neighborhood.

Rachel Winters Embroidery on Saturday, plus R&R Secret Farm, Studio Pen Pen, Keith P. Rein and Oscar Bites Dog Treats on Sunday. Salvage Sparrow will offer tintype portraits both days. Visit heirloomathens.com. Steel+Plank will host a Holiday Sidewalk Sale on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Indoors, the shop will show off its own line of minimalist, handcrafted furniture and home goods. The shop is located in Suite 200 at 675 Pulaski St. Visit steelandplank.com to see what’s in store. For specialty items straight from the garden, visit the UGArden Herbs Holiday Market on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Using organic practices, UGArden offers a selection of medicinal teas, seasoning blends, medicinal salves and other earthy products. UGArden is located at 2500 S. Milledge Ave. Check facebook.com/ugardeners for more information. Southern Brewing Company will host a two-day Holiday Market with local creatives, artists and makers on Dec. 3–4 from 2–7 p.m. Twenty different vendors are confirmed, such as MEplusTEA, Dirty South Stitches, Ecomaniac Sustainable Jewelry, Clayton Street Clay, From Ashes Designs, The People’s Pantry and Magically Mundane. The brewery is located at 231 Collins Industrial Blvd. Visit sobrewco.com. A holiday market and reception will follow “Tapestry: A Holiday Concert” at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Dec. 3. The program includes performances by the Meridian Women’s Chorus, Athens Recorder Ensemble, Trinity Lutheran Handbell Choir and Oconee High School Chorus. Music starts at 3 p.m., and the church is located at 800 West Lake Dr. Go to meridianwomenschorus.org.

The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will present the Athens Black Market, a recurring event designed to support minority entrepreneurs and create a marketplace promoting diversity in downtown Athens. This year, the event will feature a “Shark Tank” competition through which one start-up business idea will win $500. The event will be held at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave., on Nov. 30 from 6–8 p.m. Call 678-949-6887 for more information. Labels Resale Boutique, a new consignment shop specializing in luxury and contemporary designs, will host a Holiday Sip & Shop with Totally Tailored, Tapped Wine Bar and local pop-up vendors on Dec. 1 from 5–8 p.m. The shop is located in The Bottleworks at 327 Prince Ave. Go to labelsrb.com. Support women-owned businesses during the Shop Small Crawl on Dec. 2 from 4–8 p.m. Over 20 businesses are participating, such as Community, K.A. Artist Shop, Foxglove Plantbar, STATE the Label, Little Light Co., Willaby and Revival Yarns. Each stop at a shop will count as an entry into a giveaway for gift certificates. Find the event on Facebook for a full list of participants and locations. The Woodhill Artists Market will host Ansley Williams of SongBird Soaps, Camren Gober of Star Thread Pottery and Greg Krakow of Big Creek Batik in addition to offering sculptures by Barbara Odil, flowers by Jenny Derevere, watercolor by Leigh Ellis, decorative gourds by Michael Pierce, folk art by Peter Loose and hand-dyed accessories by Wini McQueen. An opening reception will be held Dec. 2 from 4–8 p.m., and the sale will run Dec. 3–4 and Dec. 10–11 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Woodhill is located at 4745 Bob Godfrey Road. Call 706-621-0799. Operating primarily as a wholesale business, Mbare, Ltd. will open its warehouse to the public for the annual Africa in Athens Warehouse Sale Dec. 2 from 5–9 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The fair-trade company works directly with artisans and craftspeople in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Mali and Ghana to collect wall decor, textiles, baskets, glassware, stone sculptures, wood carvings, tin art, masks and more. Mbare is located at 118 Commerce Blvd., behind the Athens Habitat ReStore West, and more details can be found at mbare.com.


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Studio, the outdoor market will be held Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Each day will have a different lineup. Visit tinyathgallery.com. Forged & Found Pottery’s annual Open Studio & Holiday Sale will take place Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Ceramicist Regina Mandell makes a variety of functional items like plates, bowls, mugs, palettes, lanterns, bird feeders and jewelry characterized by rustic minimalism and neutral tones. Her home studio is located at 1063 W. Hancock Ave. Check out forgedandfound.net for examples of work. Heirloom Café and Fresh Market, at 815 N. Chase St., will offer an opportunity for seasonal shopping at the Heirloom Holiday Market Dec. 3–4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Each day features a different lineup of vendors offering handmade wares like jewelry, gourmet foods, woodwork, ceramics, bath and body products, textiles and more. Keep an eye out for Lou Kregel, Moosh, The Garden Party and

Treehouse Kid and Craft presents its 12th annual Handmade Hollyday across the street at Starlite Showroom, at 750 W. Broad St., Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The market will feature 20–30 regional artists as well as several youth artists. Find details at treehousekidandcraft.com. An outdoor patio under twinkling lights makes for a festive setting at the juried Athens Holiday Market at Big City Bread Cafe Dec. 8–9 from 5–9 p.m. Peruse the works of over 40 local and regional artists while musicians perform around the bonfire. Artists like René Shoemaker, Susan Staley, Cricket Bancroft, Heidi Hensley, Sam Watson, Frank Saggus, Adrienne Chappell and Jim Norton will sell everything from painting, pottery and jewelry to textiles, birdhouses and stained glass. Big City Bread is located at 393 N. Finley St. and can be reached at 706-353-0029. Maria Dondero’s 14th annual Marmalade Pottery Holiday Sale will be held at 180 Cleveland Ave. on Dec. 10 from 9

a.m.–4 p.m. Recently back from teaching in Cortona, Italy, the ceramic artist will share a new collection of mugs, planters, platters, pots and more, all decorated in her oneof-a-kind illustrations of flowers, animals and faces. Visit mariadondero.com for examples of work. With 135 vendors spread across the park, Indie South’s 16th annual Holiday Hooray is one of the largest markets of its type in the region and covers virtually everything handmade, from original art in every medium, bath and beauty products, vintage and sustainable fashion to artisanal food and home goods. Keep an eye out for The Humble Hutch, Hells Bells, Tressa Lavinia Linzy, Bohemian Spirit Glass, Black Thistle, Piedmont Provisions, Chris Hubbard, Mary Rugg, Will Eskridge, Tinker Wagon and Very Good Puzzle. If you’ve only got time for one market this season, let this be the one. Food vendors include Speakcheesy, Homie’s Tacos, Hendershot’s, Figment Fermentation and Freezecream. DJs Jurt Wood, Pip and Mahogany will provide the sonic backdrop. The two-day open-air market takes place Dec. 10–11 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. in the athletic field at Bishop Park. To explore the full list of vendors, visit theindiesouth.com.

pottery in a variety of rich glazes, the event will offer locally-crafted stocking stuffers, linens, beeswax candles, home goods, curated gift boxes and gourmet Southern pantry items. Guests are also invited to tour Rebecca Wood’s studio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and see her team of potters in action. R. Wood Studio is located at 450 Georgia Dr. Visit rwoodstudio.com to see examples of items.

Outside Athens Friends of Oglethorpe Co. Library will host a Christmas Bazaar and Book Sale at No. 3 Railroad Street on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. In addition to a selection of books, the event offers themed gift baskets, handcrafted ornaments and fresh greenery wreaths. Proceeds benefit the library. No. 3 Railroad is located at 3 Railroad St. in Arnoldsville. Go to oglethorpeFOL.org. The family-run studio Bendzunas Glass, at 89 W. South Ave. in Comer, will host holiday hours Dec. 3–Jan. 2 from

tableware, and various pots for the home and garden will be spaciously displayed outdoors. Lisa, meanwhile, will offer a variety of handmade soaps and botanical skincare products incorporating fresh herbs grown in the garden. Farmington Pottery is located at 1171 Freeman Creek Road in Farmington. For more information, visit pickettpottery. com and farmingtonherbals.com. Farmview Market, at 2610 Eatonton Highway in Madison, will host its Holiday Market Dec. 3 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. In addition to locally sourced meat, pickles, honey, baked goods and preserves, you’ll find handcrafted items like cutting boards, pottery, soaps, knitted accessories and jewelry. The family-friendly event also includes Christmas carols and an appearance by Santa Claus. Check out farm viewmarket.com for what’s in store. This year’s lineup at the Nancy Green Ceramics Group Holiday Sale promises a diverse array of traditional and contemporary ceramic pieces, with participating potters including Kyle Carpenter, Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green, Minsoo Yuh and Sunkoo Yuh. Located at 1500 Tappan Spur

Michele Dross Ceramics will host an outdoor Holiday Sale at her cozy backyard studio in Normaltown. Dross’ distinctive handmade porcelain pottery is characterized by mystical narrative drawings full of celestial women, plants, rainbows, snakes, goats and roosters. Designs intricately illustrated in deep cobalt blue will also be available. The event takes place Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at 515 King Ave. Keep up with the artist at micheledross.com. The West Broad Farmers Market at 300 Rocksprings St. will round off its season with a Holiday Market and Craft Fair on Dec. 10, 11 a.m–2 p.m. In addition to the market’s fresh produce, seasonal baked goods and other fare from local artisans, the lineup will include a handful of crafters. Visit facebook.com/WestBroadMarketGarden. The Normaltown Pottery Holiday Sale, slated for Dec. 10 from 4–8 p.m. and Dec. 11 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., will feature handmade, functional pottery by Juana Gnecco and Nancy Green, paintings by Greg Benson and local honey by 3 Kings Honey. Normaltown Pottery is located at 465 Belvoir Heights. For more information, call 762-728-0575. Artists will come together during the 10th annual Artists Holiday Market to benefit the local nonprofit Campus Cats/ Cat Zip Alliance Dec. 10 from 5–10 p.m. at Little Kings Shuffle Club, at 223 W. Hancock Ave. In addition to live music and a silent auction, the event will offer items by Krysia Ara, Songbird Soaps, Camren Gober, Lisa Freeman and more. The nonprofit works to promote humane community cat management through a trap, neuter, return approach. To learn more, visit catzip.org. Hosted by Indie South, the Abnormal Bazaar offers a last-minute opportunity to pick up everything from vintage and collectibles to vinyl and crafts. Held the third Saturday of every month, the outdoor pop-up flea market is scheduled for Dec. 17 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at 470 Hawthorne Ave. Be sure to venture inside Indie South’s brick and mortar as well for a tastefully curated selection of handcrafted items, crystals, rare house plants, tarot decks and adornments for the body and home. Visit theindiesouth.com for details. ACE/FRANCISCO Gallery, a new space operated by Jason Thrasher and Beth Hall Thrasher, will host a closing party and holiday print sale on Dec. 18 from 2–5 p.m. The reception serves as the final day to catch “Heaven4theYoung,” a collection of watercolor, oil, sculpture and film by Frances Thrasher. Limited-edition signed prints of works by artists who have previously exhibited in the gallery will be available to purchase, with a portion of sales funding part-time positions and sponsoring art-related student organizations. ACE/FRANCISCO is located in Suite 1500 of the Leathers Building at 675 Pulaski St. Check out acefranciscogallery. com. Kick off the official beginning of the winter season with candlelit shopping at the R. Wood Studio Solstice Sale on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. In addition to handmade

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10 a.m.–5 p.m. Operating primarily as a wholesale business that distributes to galleries countrywide, a public gallery displays some of the family’s best functional and decorative glass works, including cups, paperweights, bowls, ornaments and vases. Demonstrations are available by appointment. For more information, check out bendzunasglass. net. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s 28th annual juried Holiday Market presents the works of 100 regional artists and crafters, including paintings, pottery, stained and fused glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, sculpture, fiber art and more. The market is open Dec. 2 from 5–8 p.m., Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission for all three days is $5. The Golden Pear Bakery will additionally offer baked goods for sale. OCAF’s Artists Shoppe, which features handmade items created by the gallery’s members, opens in conjunction with the Holiday Market and will remain open Tuesdays through Saturdays Dec. 2–22 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. OCAF is located at 34 School St. in Watkinsville. For more details, visit ocaf.com. Venture over to Farmington Pottery’s December Open House Pottery Sale Dec. 3–4 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. to view the latest creations of Geoff and Lisa Pickett. A wide variety of Geoff’s wood- and gas-fired dinnerware, kitchen and

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recent years as the Athens music scene has steadily revived from the blow of the pandemic, an outlier genre has emerged as a contender for music communities that put the local storied scene on the national map: dubstep. One of the responsible entities for this is Nightshade Family, the deep dubstep record label, DJ collective and promotion company led by husbandand-wife duo Dado and Curst. Nightshade Family was officially created by artist and producer Dado in 2021 with the goal of providing guidance and support to fellow artists, building community through sound system events, and pushing the roots of deep dubstep. As a promotion company, the collective hosts three different types of events: resident DJs Izzy and Karezza run a free, all-skills-level Open Decks night every other Thursday at Mai Kai Kava Bar; Homegrown is a free, monthly community building event showcasing different local and regional producers and DJs of various genres; Nightshade Family Presents are ticketed, curated events showcasing national and international deep dubstep producers. Bringing this vision together, specifically in Athens, has been a journey for Dado, who grew up here with family in the music scene. Dado worked at local venues and built a resume around running sound and the technical side of live music, but he was unable to break through as the artist he wanted to be. After Curst graduated from college, the couple moved to Seattle when she received a job opportunity, and Dado quickly fell into work that aligned him with the DJ culture there. “When I got to Seattle, I was ready to play, and I was ready for a shot,” says Dado. “The people that empowered me out there were people of color. It was different than it was here. There was a lot more diversity. And so there was an opportunity for me to

on loud sound systems with smart speakers. I’ve seen considerably more sound systems popping up that properly present the music and properly represent the cultures.” Sound system culture originates from Jamaica, where dub (a precursor of dubstep, which came out of the UK) grew out of late 1960s reggae as a new electronic music style. Dubstep itself is a multicultural creation that has experienced offshoots and whitewashing that have created misconceptions about the genre or new genres entirely removed from its origin. On a local level, Nightshade Family is working to create a


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Wednesday 30 ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) These drop-​in public tours feature highlights of the permanent collection and are led by museum docents. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgia museum.org ART: Pet Portraits in Acrylic (K.A. Artist Shop) Local artist Lauren Adams helps attendees create an expressive acrylic painting of their beloved companion. 6–8 p.m. $75. www.kaartist.com CLASSES: Salsa Dance Class (Cloud) Join SALSAthens for Cuban-​style salsa dance classes. No partner necessary and beginners welcome. 7–8 p.m. $10. www. facebook.com/salsaathens 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



ART: Pet Portraits in Watercolor (K.A. Artist Shop) Local artist Lauren Adams helps attendees create an expressive watercolor painting of their beloved companion. 6–8 p.m. $75. www.kaartist.com CLASSES: Order Up: Midnight Snack Cookie Decorating (Graduate Athens) Extra Credit presents a workshop with Baylee of Baylee Bakes to teach attendees how to decorate Midnight Snack inspired cookies. 6–7:30 p.m. RSVP to www.bayleebakes.com/monthly classes EVENTS: World AIDS Day Free Testing (Athens Neighborhood Health Center) Get tested, learn about resources and get a gift card and swag. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! dph.georgia.gov EVENTS: No Phone Party (Hendershot’s) 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 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/baddog athens LECTURES & LIT: Monthly Book Club (Winterville Library) This month the book club is reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. 6–7 p.m. FREE! winterville@athenslibrary.org SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. vice president@athenspetanque.org, www.athenspetanque.org THEATER: Loving God Boldly Together (the lgbt church play) (UGA Cellar Theatre) This play written by UGA student Caro Caden follows six LGBTQ+ individuals in Marietta and their various attempts to find a chosen family while navigating the difficulties of their often hostile evangelical environment. 8 p.m. FREE! ong44353@uga.edu

p.m. $5 suggested donation. www. flyingsquidcomedy.com 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! reuse@accgov.com, www.face book.com/athenstrs

members. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www. clarke.k12.ga.us

Thursday 1 CLASSES: Evergreen Wreath Workshop (OCAF) Participants will create their own wreath with a mix of fresh and fragrant evergreens and seasonal adornments from R&R Secret Farm’s flower farm. There is a $40 materials fee in addition to registration. 6–8 p.m. $45–70. www.ocaf.com

meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques in the galleries. No experience necessary. Email to reserve a seat. Every other Friday, 9:30 a.m. gmoa-​tours@uga.edu ART: Opening Reception: The Journey (tiny ATH gallery) Works by Andrea Wellnitz will be on display. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www. tinyathgallery.com ART: Instead of Feathers BFA Exit Show (Lamar Dodd School of Art) “Instead of Feathers” is a show organized by and showcasing the work of 21 graduating UGA BFA

presents its 14th annual program of weird and wonderful home videos including new movies and some out-​of-​print gems. 11 p.m.–1 a.m. www.athenscine.com MEETINGS: The Lady B Birthday/ Breakfast Network (IHOP) Expand your circle of acquaintances and learn of news, opportunities and trends in the community. Participants responsible for their own meal. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. basimswxag@yahoo.com SPORTS: UGA vs. Clemson Hockey (The Classic Center) Cheer on the

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EVENTS: World AIDS Day Free Testing (Access Point GA) Get tested, learn about resources and get a gift card and swag. 4–7 p.m. FREE! dph.georgia.gov FILM: Wednesday Cozy Movie Night (Athentic Brewing Co.) Bring a comfy blanket, your favorite snacks and cuddle up for a night of feel-​good cinema classics. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com GAMES: Oconee County Library Chess Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in for open chess play with others. Participants are invited to bring their own chessboard. Open to all skill levels. Ages 10 & up. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee GAMES: Disney Music Bingo (B&B Theatres) Win prizes at this Disney music-​themed bingo night. 7:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ bbathens12 KIDSTUFF: Library Crafternoon (Oconee County Library) Drop by the children’s area for crafts and plenty of fun. All materials supplied, all ages welcome. 1–3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee MEETINGS: Robbie Hooker Town Hall (New Grove Baptist Church) Clarke County School District Superintendent Dr. Robbie Hooker will host a series of upcoming town hall meetings, sharing his vision for CCSD, answering questions and listening to concerns from community

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EVENTS: World AIDS Day Free Testing (Clarke County Health Department) Get tested, learn about resources and get a gift card and swag. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! dph. georgia.gov EVENTS: ACC Downtown Parade of Lights (Downtown Athens) This year’s theme is “An Out of this World Holiday.” Dr. Maurice Snook, noted local astronomer and award-​ winning volunteer, will serve as this year’s Parade Marshal. Route map available online. 7 p.m. FREE! www. accgov.com/parade 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 SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. vice president@athenspetanque.org, www.athenspetanque.org SPORTS: UGA vs. Kennesaw State Hockey (The Classic Center) Cheer on the Ice Dawgs hockey team as they face the Kennesaw State Owls. 7 p.m. $5–17. www.classiccenter. com

Friday 2 ART: Morning Mindfulness (Georgia Museum of Art) Instructor-​led

students whose mediums include ceramics, painting, metalwork, photography and more. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.art.uga.edu ART: Period Project at UGA Exhibition (Rabbit Hole Studios) Period Project at UGA will host its second annual art exhibition. Instead of an entry fee, attendees are asked to bring donations of tampons and pads. 6:30–8 p.m. www.instagram. com/ugaperiod COMEDY: Kelly & Matt Comedy Show (work.shop) Based on suggestions and stories from the audience, comedians Matt House and Kelly Petronis will perform a long-​ form story piece unlike anything that will ever be experienced again. BYOB welcome, some refreshments will be provided. 7:30 (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $5. www.flyingsquid comedy.com EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park) Celebrate the holidays in lights, live music, animal encounters and more. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5, 2 & under free. www.facebook.com/BearHollowZoo EVENTS: Beechwood Holiday Market (Beechwood Shopping Center) Enjoy food trucks, s’mores and hot chocolate. Kids are invited to make ornaments and watch an outdoor holiday movie, Elf. 6–9 p.m. FREE! beechwoodathens.com/holiday-​ market-​2022 FILM: Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show (Ciné) Gonzoriffic

Ice Dawgs hockey team as they face the Clemson Tigers. 7:30 p.m. $5–17. www.classiccenter.com THEATER: Loving God Boldly Together (the lgbt church play) (Oconee Street United Methodist Church) This play written by UGA student Caro Caden follows six LGBTQ+ individuals in Marietta and their various attempts to find a chosen family while navigating the difficulties of their often hostile evangelical environment. 8 p.m. FREE! ong44353@uga.edu

Saturday 3 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 CLASSES: Botanical Imprinting Workshop (Georgia Museum of Art) Beatrice Brown will provide step-​by-​step instruction on how to create stunning botanical prints on silk using local flowers, plants, colorful leaves and evergreens. RSVP required. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $35. gmoa-​tours@uga.edu CLASSES: Original Art on Silk (K.A. Artist Shop) In this one-​day workshop for adults led by local artist René Shoemaker, learn how to hand-​paint with dyes on hemmed

silk. Supplies provided. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $95. hello@kaartist.com CLASSES: Lines and Wines (Tapped Athens Wine Market) Attendees will learn how to use various calligraphy tools and methods, practice their lettering and develop their own signature style, all while enjoying a glass of wine. 12–1:30 p.m. $25. www.kaartist.com CLASSES: From Scenes to Songs: An Intro to Musical Improv (Work.Shop) You don’t need to be a singer to create a moving musical show on the spot. In this workshop, learn basic song structures and musical dynamics, how to create meaningful scenes and put together a fully improvised song. 2–5 p.m. $80. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com/ classes 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: Watch Party: UGA vs. LSU (Athentic Brewing Co.) Cheer on the defending National Champs, the Georgia Bulldogs, as they take on LSU in the SEC Championship game. Food from Small’s Big Taste will be available. 11:30 a.m.(doors), 4 p.m. (kick-​off). FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com 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: AADM One Year Anniversary (AADM Justice Center and Bookstore) Browse the bookstore, learn more about the Athens Anti-​ Discrimination Movement and enjoy live music, speakers, poets and more. 12–5 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/AADMovement justicecenter EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park) Celebrate the holidays in lights, live music, animal encounters and more. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5, 2 & under free. www.facebook.com/BearHollowZoo FILM: Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show (Ciné) Gonzoriffic presents its 14th annual program of weird and wonderful home videos including new movies and some out-​of-​print gems. 11 p.m.–1 a.m. www.athenscine.com KIDSTUFF: Camp Kiwanis Breakfast With Santa (Franklin Hall) Work in the elves’ workshop for a take home craft and have a chat with Santa to share your holiday wish list. Registration required. 9 a.m. $10. 706-​795-​2098 KIDSTUFF: Saturday Crafterday (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Kick off the weekend with crafts inspired by the seasons and holidays. Every Saturday, sign up by 6 p.m. on Friday. Ages 3–6, 10–10:50 a.m. Ages 6 & up, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. $15. www. treehousekidandcraft.com KIDSTUFF: Art Star Family Open House (Lyndon House Arts Center)

Sunday 4 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.24thstreet athens.com CLASSES: The Business of Art (K.A. Artist Shop) In this one-​day workshop for adults led by local artist René Shoemaker, you’ll formulate a plan of action with a year’s worth of monthly goals to create the creative life you’ve always dreamed of. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $80. hello@ kaartist.com CLASSES: Meditation with Cal Clements (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Explore a variety of meditation techniques and tools, including mindfulness, single-​pointed focus, contemplation, sound and mantra. There will be time for tea and discussion. All levels welcome. 10–11:30 a.m. Donations accepted. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com CLASSES: UGA Salsa Club (UGA Memorial Hall) No partner necessary and no experience required for this Cuban-​style salsa class. Room 407. Every Sunday. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.ugasalsaclub.com COMEDY: Blaguez Open Mic Comedy (Buvez) Watch local and regional comics work out and try new jokes in a show-​up/go-​up format. Every Sunday. 6:30 p.m. (list), 7 p.m. (show). FREE! www. facebook.com/buvezathens EVENTS: Deck the Hollow (Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park) Celebrate the holidays in lights, live music, animal encounters and more. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5, 2 & under free. www.facebook.com/ BearHollowZoo 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 SPORTS: Aggro at the Acropolis (Fun Galaxy Athens) Join the Classic City Roller Girls for an all-­day scrimmage mashup. 9:45 a.m. (doors). $12. www.classiccity rollergirls.com SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. vice president@athenspetanque.org, www.athenspetanque.org SPORTS: UGA vs. Coastal Carolina Hockey (The Classic Center) Cheer on the Ice Dawgs hockey team

as they face the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. 5 p.m. $5–17. www. classiccenter.com

Monday 5 CLASSES: True Beginner Adult Learn to Ride (Sandy Creek Park) Learn the basics of cycling and how to ride a bike with a small class size, private space, bikes, gear and expert instructors. 12–2 p.m. $5, $7.50 (non-​ACC residents). www. accgov.com/trails 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 GAMES: Monday Trivia (Athentic Brewing Co.) Come enjoy trivia with Erin, win prizes and enjoy 25% off draft beer. FREE! 7–9 p.m. www. athenticbrewing.com KIDSTUFF: Storytime with Noah (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Local storyteller Noah shares tales friendly for all ages. 11 a.m. FREE! www. treehousekidandcraft.com MEETINGS: Robbie Hooker Town Hall (Pinewoods Library & Community Center) Clarke County School District Superintendent Dr. Robbie Hooker will host a series of upcoming town hall meetings, sharing his vision for CCSD, answering questions and listening to concerns from community members. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.clarke.k12.ga.us

Tuesday 6 ART: Pet Portraits in Watercolor (K.A. Artist Shop) Local artist Lauren Adams helps attendees create an expressive watercolor painting of their beloved companion. 6–8 p.m. $75. www.kaartist.com ART: Opening Reception (Flicker Theatre & Bar) There will be a reception for a new art display by Steph Rivers and Nate Malcolm. 8 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com EVENTS: Georgia Museum of Art Book Sale (Georgia Museum of Art) Shop new and used publications in all genres. If you have books you’d like to donate, call 706-​542-​4662. Dec. 6–10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 11, 1–5 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org EVENTS: No Phone Party (Hendershot’s) 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 EVENTS: 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. thatotherruthgirl@gmail.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 SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) New players welcome. Scheduled play days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. vice president@athenspetanque.org, www.athenspetanque.org

Wednesday 7 ART: Artful Conversation: Marco Basaiti (Georgia Museum of Art) Callan Steinmann, curator of education, will lead an open-​ended dialogue on Marco Basaiti’s painting

“Madonna and Child.” Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org ART: Artist Talk: Eric Leshinsky (Lyndon House Arts Center) Eric Leshinsky will discuss his new public artwork along Clayton Street titled “Frequency.” The installation runs from Thomas Street to Lumpkin Street as part of the East Clayton Street Improvements Project. 6 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ LyndonHouseArts ART: Pet Portraits in Acrylic (K.A. Artist Shop) Local artist Lauren Adams helps attendees create an expressive acrylic painting of their beloved companion. 6–8 p.m. $75. www.kaartist.com CLASSES: Salsa Dance Class (Cloud) Join SALSAthens for Cuban-​style salsa dance classes. No partner necessary and beginners welcome. 7–8 p.m. $10. www. facebook.com/salsaathens 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: Georgia Museum of Art Book Sale (Georgia Museum of Art) Shop new and used publications in all genres. If you have books you’d like to donate, call 706-​542-​4662. Dec. 6–10, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dec. 11, 1–5 p.m. www.georgiamuseum.org EVENTS: Holiday Self Care Social (Pure Balance Athens) Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season for an evening of self care, community and treats. Female-​owned, local businesses will be featured with a break for group breathwork and meditation. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.purebalance athens.com LECTURES & LIT: The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee (ACC Library) Mark Warren will discuss how common native plants and trees were used in “The Ancient Ways of the Cherokee and How We Can Use Them Today” with teens and adults. 6 p.m. www.athens library.org 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 Trevor Lisa. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/athenswordofmouth FILM: Wednesday Cozy Movie Night (Athentic Brewing Co.) Bring a comfy blanket, your favorite snacks and cuddle up for a night of holiday classics. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com GAMES: Elf Movie Trivia (B&B Theatres) Enjoy a night full of prizes and Elf-​themed fun. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ bbathens12

Down the Line 12/08 Georgia Museum of Art Book Sale (Georgia Museum of Art) 12/08 Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park Community Center) 12/08 Athens Holiday Market (Big City Bread Café) 12/08 Handle with Care Workshop (Lyndon House Arts Center) 12/08 Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) 12/09 Georgia Museum of Art Book Sale (Georgia Museum of Art) 12/09 Deck the Hollow (Bear Hollow Zoo at Memorial Park) 12/09 Beechwood Holiday Market (Beechwood Shopping Center) f

arts & culture

calendar picks


Don’t Lie to Me!

Georgia Theatre • 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show) • $20

Few bands are as influential to the power-pop genre as Memphis group Big Star. Although the original lineup only lasted three years, from 1971–1974, Big Star produced three albums of material that have influenced countless musicians. R.E.M. and The Replacements, for example, have found inspiration in the jangly musings of the band. Despite its vision, the life of Big Star was marred by turmoil and tragedy. Lack of initial commercial success combined with mental health issues and the death of core member Chris Bell gradually deteriorated the band. Thankfully, reissues and renewed critical success have secured Big Star’s status as a cult favorite band, and now an all-star cast of musicians, including the only surviving original Big Star member, Jody Stephens, will take the stage in Athens. The tribute band’s lineup features Jon Auer of Big Star and The Posies, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Pat Sansone of Wilco and Chris Stamey of The dB’s. The group will play Big Star’s #1 Record in its entirety in celebration of its 50th anniversary, as well as material from Radio City, Third and Bell’s solo releases. [Patrick Barry] MUSIC | WED, NOV. 30

Less Than Jake

40 Watt Club • 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show) • $26

Over his 70 years of astronomy work, Snook has formed two astronomy clubs and has traveled frequently to local communities to spread his passion for the cosmos. Applications to participate in the parade itself have closed, but everyone is invited to come partake in the excitement as the parade moves through downtown Athens. The parade begins at the corner of Pulaski Street and Hancock Avenue, and it will make a lap down Clayton, Thomas and Washington streets ending outside City Hall. [PB] ART | FRI, DEC. 2

Period Project Art Night

Rabbit Hole Studios • 6:30–8 p.m. • FREE!

Part of a nationwide movement, Period Project at UGA aims to end period poverty and period stigma by working with local homeless shelters and community centers to provide menstrual products and health education to those in need. The organization’s second annual Period Project Art Night is an opportunity to view a variety of new works by student and community artists. In lieu of a traditional admission fee, attendees are encouraged to bring donations of pads, tampons and other hygiene products that the organization will deliver to mutual aid groups, high schools and nonprofits. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the door to support the organization’s future campaigns. [Jessica Smith] FILM | DEC. 2–3

Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show

Get those checkerboard Vans out and start practicing your skanking, because Less Than Jake is bringing its sweaty skaCiné • 11 p.m. • $8 punk to the masses on Nov. 30. Formed For 21 years, Athens film collective in Gainesville, FL in 1992, Less Than Jake Gonzoriffic has been serving up DIY films incorporated the blazing fast picking and drumming of punk with blaring horns and that capture the imagination and chalamped-up, catchy vocal lines. Over the lenge preconceptions. Founded by Andrew course of its career, Less Than Jake has released nine studio albums and played countless shows at festivals, houses, venues and sweatdrenched dives. Lyrically, the themes expressed are often sarcastic and almost intentionally juvenile, in a charming juxtaposition from the sometimes abrasive music. Its most recent album, 2020’s Silver Linings, explores Less Than Jake more mature themes. But let’s be honest, where Less Shearer, the collective has attracted actors, Than Jake really shines is when it’s live, musicians and visual artists alike, coming spitting sound in your face. Oklahoma emo together to create underground films. Since band Cliffdiver and punk rock band Keep 2008, Ciné has hosted yearly showcase Flying will open. [PB] screenings of the collective’s work. Many EVENT | THURS, DEC. 1 of Gonzoriffic’s films feature decidedly feminist themes, feature women leads and avoid violence depicted against women. Put simply, Gonzoriffic makes films subversive in the sense that they fly in the face of Downtown Athens • 7 p.m. • FREE! traditional Hollywood. They are not meant Downtown Athens is ringing in the seato appeal to the male gaze, nor are they son with a holiday parade of astronomical meant to be commercially successful. The proportions. The Downtown Parade of films Gonzoriffic creates are sincere expresLights is an annual holiday parade featuring sions of creativity, though often wrapped bands, goodies and floats galore. This year’s in horror and humor. This year’s showcase theme is “An Out of This World Holiday.” screening features plenty of new films, as The parade marshal will be Maurice Snook, well as a few as-yet-unseen footage from a retired chemist and lifelong astronomer. the Gonzoriffic vaults. [PB] f

Downtown Parade of Lights

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The studios are open to make art projects for the holiday season. Open to all ages. 12–3 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/LyndonHouse Arts 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 THEATER: Loving God Boldly Together (the lgbt church play) (Oconee Street United Methodist Church) This play written by UGA student Caro Caden follows six LGBTQ+ individuals in Marietta and their various attempts to find a chosen family while navigating the difficulties of their often hostile evangelical environment. 8 p.m. FREE! ong44353@uga.edu

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

Art ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. athenscreatives@gmail.com, www. athenscreatives.directory CALLS FOR ART (Athens, GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission invites professional artists to submit public art applications for two sites on the Firefly Trail: a sculpture at the Old Winterville Road Trailhead and a functional sculpture for the rest area at the Indian Hills and Winterville Road intersection. Application deadline Jan. 13, 5 p.m. tatiana.veneruso@accgov. com, accgoc.com/4161/Athens-­ Cultural-­Affairs-­Commission CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Lyndon House Arts Center) This year’s 48th Juried Exhibition will be juried by Maria Elena Ortiz, curator at The Modern in Fort Worth, TX. Submissions will be accepted via online entry form Jan. 4, 10 a.m.–Jan. 20, 5 p.m. Exhibition opens Mar. 2. www.accgov.com/lyndonhouse JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is open to ideas and actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual/musical/video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas

to share with a weekly livestream audience. www.jokerjokertv.com/ submit 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

Auditions THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES (The Cottage) Seeking women of all ages and backgrounds. Auditions held Dec, 6–7, 6:30–8:30 p.m. and Dec. 11, 2–5 p.m. (only one date required to audition). linnea@ nothgeorgiacottage.org

Classes ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) “Pet Portraits in Watercolor” is a two-­week class 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 around town ACE/FRANCISCO GALLERY (675 Pulaski St.) Franni Thrasher, aka “Heaven4theYoung,” presents a solo exhibition of paintings in oil and watercolor, sculpture and film. On view by appointment through Dec. 9. Closing party and holiday print sale Dec. 18, 2–5 p.m. 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. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) The pop-​up exhibition “Brief Intermission” shares works by studio art majors from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Closing reception Dec. 9, 6–9 p.m. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Christy Bush’s photography exhibition, “Familiar,” reflects on 30 years of rock and roll, fashion and coming of age in the South. Through Dec. 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, who all utilize simple circles to create inspiring works. DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) The 2022 BFA Exit Show “Instead of Feathers” showcases works by 21 graduating students working in ceramics, painting, metalwork, photography and more. Artists include Peyton Bailey, Alexia Benavent-Rivera, Nyala Honda, Natalia Kacharava, Mat Lin, Jiwon Moon, Adeline Vondrak and more. Opening reception Dec. 2, 6–8 p.m. Through Dec. 14. THE GEORGIA POTTERY COLLECTIVE (560 Caldwell Circle) Jen Graff, Yoon Hwang and other local ceramicists sell sculptural and functional pottery. Every Wednesday and Sunday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.


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CHAIR YOGA (Sangha Yoga Studio) This class is helpful for flexibility, strength, balance and increasing circulation and energy. All levels welcome. Every Thursday, 12–1 p.m. $16 (drop-­in), $72 (six weeks). 706-­613-­1143 CHAIR YOGA AND MINDFULNESS (Winterville Center for Community and Culture) Nicole Bechill teaches a well-­rounded, gentle and accessible chair yoga class to promote breathing, mindfulness and inward listening. Every Monday, 9 a.m. $10. www.wintervillecenter.com COMMUNITY DANCE IMPROV (work.shop) No experience necessary. Vaccines and boosters required. Sundays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Donations accepted. lisa yaconelli@gmail.com COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Rabbit Hole Studios) Jasey Jones leads a guided meditation suitable for all levels that incorporates music, gentle movement and silence. Wednesdays, 6–7 p.m. jaseyjones@gmail. com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. richardshoe@gmail.com FROM SCENES TO SONGS: AN INTRO TO MUSICAL IMPROV (work.shop) Learn about basic song structures and musical dynamics, how to create meaningful scenes and put together a fully improvised song. Dec. 3, 2–5 p.m. $80. www. flyingsquidcomedy.com/classes

IMPROV COMEDY: LEVEL 1 (work. shop) Practice fundamental skills such as saying “Yes, and…,” creating interesting scenes, cultivating spontaneity and more. Tuesdays, Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 6–8 p.m. $150. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com/ classes KUNDALINI YOGA (Let It Be Yoga Studio, Watkinsville) Held Mondays, 5–6:30 p.m. $11 suggested donation. harsimran@innergies yoga.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a meditation designed to guide participants into stillness and silence. Mondays, 4–5 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.healingarts centre.net PAINTING CLASSES (Private Studio on Athens Eastside) One-­on-­one or small group adult classes are offered in acrylic and watercolor painting. Choose day workshops, ongoing weekly classes or feedback sessions. laurenadamsartist@ icloud.com 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 SALSA DANCE CLASSES (Cloud) Join SALSAthens for Cuban style salsa dance classes. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 7–8 p.m. $10. gwyneth.moody@gmail.com

DONDEROS’ KITCHEN (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Susan Pelham’s collages are inspired by Magic Realism, Surrealism, nursery rhymes and folk tales. Through December. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Art by Steph Rivers and Nate Malcolm. Opening reception Dec. 6. Through December. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Infinity on the Horizon” highlights modern and contemporary works that expand common understandings of landscapes. Through Dec. 31. • “Reckonings and Reconstructions: Southern Photography from The Do Good Fund.” Through 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. HEIRLOOM CAFE (815 N. Chase St.) Local artist Jack Burk shares a collection of nature-inspired works in pastel, collage, pen and colored pencil. Through Dec. 13. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) 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 biennial Clarke County School District student art exhibition “RE-” features works by students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in all media. Through Jan. 14. • “Resilient Civic and Musical Life: Ware-Lyndon House Enslaved and Descendant Stories” includes a film; reading room of books relevant to the African American experience in art, music and heritage; and a visual timeline relating a fuller and more truthful story of the property and its inhabitants. On view Thursdays–Saturdays. • Bess Carter, the recipient of the 2022 Art Center Choice Award from the 47th Juried Exhibition, presents a solo show of landscapes, room interiors and still life paintings. Artist talk Feb. 16. Currently on view through Mar. 4. • “A Pattern of Moments” features works by Kate Burke, Rebecca Kreisler and Sylvia Schaefer. Through

SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-­372-­4349, marinabilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina-­ spain-­2020.squarespace.com 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 martialarts@gmail.com, www.live oakmartialarts.com YOGA (Elixir Movement Arts, Mercury A.I.R.) Build a yoga practice, deepen connections to yourself and others, and learn to use yoga in everyday life. “Vinyasa Flow” is also offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. $10/class. shelley downsyoga@gmail.com, 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, ommmever@yahoo.com

Help Out HOLIDAY GALA (Whitehall Mill) Historic Athens is seeking volunteers for its annual winter event on Dec. 11. Volunteers will be fed and have a one-­hour break to enjoy the gala during their shift. michelle@ historicathens.com, bit.ly/whitehall help

Kidstuff TREEHOUSE ACTIVITIES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Saturday Crafterday is held every Saturday, 10 a.m. (ages 3–6) and 11 a.m. (ages 6 and up). Register by Friday at 6 p.m. $15. Storytime with Noah is all-­ages and held every Monday, 11 a.m. FREE! Gift making marathons will be held Dec. 19 (ages 5–7), Dec. 20 (ages 8–12), Dec. 21 (ages 5–7) and Dec. 22 (ages 8–12) from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. www. treehousekidandcraft.com TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-­12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org

Support Groups ACA ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) This support group meets weekly. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. annetteanelson@gmail.com AL-­ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Visit the website for a calendar of elec-

Mar. 4. • In preparation for “The Same, Yet Separate Artworks,” metalsmith and interdisciplinary craft artist J Taran Diamond toured the Ware-Lyndon Historic House Museum and created new objects in response. Third Thursday Gallery Talk Jan. 19, 6 p.m. Currently on view through Mar. 4. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Joni Mabe, creator of Everything Elvis in Cornelia, GA, presents “Calvacade of Stars,” a group of glitter mosaics depicting Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Ty Cobb, Steve McQueen, P.T. Barnum and other luminaries of the entertainment world. Through Jan. 28. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) The Athens Plein Air Artists present “Out and About,” a collection of works inspired by nature. Reception Jan. 8, 2–4 p.m. On view Dec. 1–Jan. 23. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) The OCAF Artists Shoppe features jewelry, pottery, scarves, mittens, books, ornaments, note cards and other handmade items. Through Dec. 22. 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. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Andrea Wellnitz presents unusual felted forms in “The Journey.” Opening reception Dec. 2, 5–8 p.m. Open for Third Thursday on Dec. 15, 6–9 p.m. Through December. 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. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA OCONEE CAMPUS (1201 Bishop Farms Pkwy., Watkinsville) Lisa Freeman’s exhibition of mixed media assemblages and works on paper, “Dark Cotton Revisited,” sheds light on the lives impacted by a racially biased world. Through Dec. 9. WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Lane, Winterville) “Words About Birds, Insights About Insects” by Vicky Tavernier and Jennifer Borg consists of playful collages of found and altered objects with accompanying poems. Dec. 3–Feb. 11.

Word on the Street ATHENS BEER TRAIL TROLLEY TOURS (Athens, GA) A new trolly tour will provide transportation between six local breweries: Aka-

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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 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 SUPPORT GROUPS (Integrity Counseling & Personal Development) ICPD offers several support groups. “LGBTQIA+ Young Adults Group” is offered for ages 18–30. Email for dates. “Survivors of Suicide Loss Group” is offered the first Wednesday of every month, 7–8 p.m. Register by emailing avipperman@ gmail.com. “Veterans, Dependents & Caregivers Benefits Resource & Claim Assistance Group” is offered the first Saturday of every month, 9–10 a.m. “How to Talk About Bullying Workshop for Parents & Children” is held Jan. 7, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. $10. “Self-­Care Workshop” is held Dec. 8 and Jan. 5, 7–8 p.m. $10. lbennett.icpd@ gmail.com, www.integrityofjefferson.com


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tronic meetings held throughout the week. www.ga-­al-­anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-­389-­4164, www. athensaa.org ATHENS COUNCIL OF THE BLIND (Athens, GA) Open to people of all ages with vision impairments, their families and friends. Topics include adaptive equipment, recreational and social opportunities, and advocacy. 706-­424-­2794, dlwahlers@ gmail.com FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP (ACC Library, Classroom A) Alzheimer’s Association Georgia presents a support group conducted by trained facilitators that is a safe place for those living with dementia and their caregiver to develop a support system. First Wednesday of every month, 6–7:30 p.m. 706-­206-­6163, www.alz.org/ georgia LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-­congregation MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY GROUP (Nuçi’s Space) Participants support each other through life’s challenges by sharing from their skills, experiences and proven coping mechanisms. Newcomers welcome. First Tuesday of the month, 4–6 p.m. pr@nuci.org, www.nuci.org 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 through Dec. 5, 7 p.m. $12/session. www. sunacademyga.com OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (24th Street Clubhouse) Learn to stop eating compulsively or curb other unwanted food-­related behaviors.

Thursday, December 8th & Friday, December 9th

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An opening reception for Andrea Wellnitz’s exhibition, “The Journey,” will be held at tiny ATH gallery on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5–8 p.m.

demia, Athentic, Creature Comforts, Southern Brewing, Terrapin Beer and Normaltown Brewing. Tours run every Thursday and Friday from 3–9 p.m. www.athenstrolleytours.com/ beer-­trolley-­tour BOOK SALE (Georgia Museum of Art) Shop for new and used publications in all genres. Dec. 6-­11. www.georgiamuseum.org CORNHOLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION (Southern Brewing Co.) Now registering for the seven-­week winter league. Four different divisions of play are offered to accommodate all levels. League meets Wednesdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 22, 6–9 p.m. info@cornhole atl.com ICE SKATING VOLUNTEERS (Classic Center, Atkins Ford Arena) The Classic Center is seeking organizations to volunteer at the skate rental center. Volunteers will early $1 per paid skater towards their non-­profits. Email to participate. stephanie@classiccenter.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 through Dec. 7. 706-­549-­4850 PAUL T. MARTIN HOSPITALITY EDUCATION FUND (Athens, GA) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation provides $25,000 from the education fund to individuals interested in pursuing careers in hospitality, event, music or sports management. Students enrolled in hospitality industry programs at UGA, Athens Tech and Athens Community Career Academy are encouraged to apply. Deadline Feb. 17. foundation@ classiccenter.com, www.classic center.com/scholarships RABBIT BOX (VFW Post 2872) Seeking storytellers to share seven-­minute true tales. Upcoming themes include “Ready or Not” in January, “Duets” (two presenters at a time) in February, “Mystifying” in March, “Awkward!” in April and “Gone but not Forgotten” in May. Email to participate. rabbitbox stories@gmail.com RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Monday Song Circle, Tuesday Open Mic and Thursday Song Circle 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 WINTER 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 for adults and children. Now registering. Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/myrec WORK.SHOP (160 Winston Dr.) Open rehearsal and performance space for theater, comedy, dance, classes and events. $10/hour. lisayaconelli@gmail.com, www. workshopathens.com f

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40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors). $26. www.40watt. com LESS THAN JAKE Pop-­punk band with ska rock raucousness. CLIFFDIVER Seven-­piece punk band from Tulsa, OK. KEEP FLYING Five-­piece punk band concocting catchy, horn-­ driven songs. Festival Hall 7 p.m. www.festivalhallga.com CARTER CADWALLADER Local high school senior performs a graduation recital. 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 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $20. www.georgiatheatre.com DON’T LIE TO ME: CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF BIG STAR’S #1 RECORD Legendary Memphis band Big Star’s first record as performed by Jody Stephens and Jon Auer of Big Star, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Pat Sansone of Wilco and Chris Stamey of The dB’s. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com BIG BAND ATHENS This 18-­member community band performs selections spanning from big band music of the ’40s to dance tunes of the ’50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Thursday 1 The Classic Center 7 p.m. $21–69.75. www.classic center.com ZACH WILLIAMS Grammy-­ winning country and worship artist performing his Christmas album in its entirety.

BEN FULLER Contemporary Christian artist with an uplifting story. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. $35. www.georgiatheatre. com HARDY Country singer-­songwriter from Nashville. JACKSON DEAN Old-­school, gritty outlaw style country. The Foundry 7 p.m. www.graduatehotels.com JIM COOK Local solo performer playing high-​energy acoustic blues, classic rock and Americana. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hender shotsathens. 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. $10 (children or w/ UGA ID), $25. pac.uga.edu HOLIDAY CONCERT Various UGA ensembles such as the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Hodgson Singers, University Choir, Glee Clubs, British Brass Band and a Jazz Sextet and Trio will perform. A commissioned original piece for the Hodgson Singers will make its world premiere. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.

Friday 2 Athentic Brewing Co. 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com JIIG AND FRIENDS JiiG, Shakti Sound and other local deejays provide beats in the taproom. Ciné 9 p.m. www.athenscine.com DISCO AFTER DARK UNDERGROUND DANCE PARTY DJ Creatina leads an EDM dance party with the best beats from the ’80s to today.




Creature Comforts 7 p.m. creaturecomfortsbeer.com TYLER KEY Multi-­instrumentalist of T. Hardy Morris, The Howdies and others plays his own set of folk rock. Flicker Theatre & Bar A Very Rad Christmas! 8 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com THAT’S RAD! Pop-punk cover band playing all the classics. Tonight’s event includes an ugly holiday sweater contest, punk rock Christmas carols, sex toy drive and other festivities. CURBSIDE PICKUPS Classic City ska quintet taking influence from traditional and Two-­Tone era sounds. The Foundry 7 p.m. www.graduatehotels.com TJ WAYT Local solo performer playing a mix of acoustic covers and originals spanning the rock genres. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $35. www.georgiatheatre. com HARDY Country ­singer-­songwriter from Nashville. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com CLOVER COUNTY Solo singer-­ songwriter project of AG Schiano. THE ROACH CLIPS No info available. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $10 (children or w/ UGA ID),$25. pac.uga.edu HOLIDAY CONCERT Various UGA ensembles such as the UGA Symphony Orchestra, Hodgson Singers, University Choir, Glee Clubs, British Brass Band and a Jazz Sextet and Trio will perform. A commissioned original piece for the Hodgson Singers will make its world premiere. Jefferson County Historic Courthouse Jackson County Jamboree. 7:30 p.m. $15. www.facebook.com/ JacksonCounty Jamboree

THE SOLSTICE SISTERS Old-­ time country ballads, traditional folk and ‘40s-­style swing with sweet, warm harmonies. ROSS “PEADBODY” PEAD Atlanta blues legend. ORIGINAL COURTHOUSE ALL-­ STAR STRING BAND Fast melodies on banjo, upright bass, guitar and fiddle. Terrapin Beer Co. 5 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com JIM COOK Local solo performer playing high-​energy acoustic blues, classic rock and Americana. VFW (Post 2872) 8–11 p.m. FREE! vfw8191@bell south.net CHRIS HAMPTON TRIO Local variety cover band plays classic and new tunes.

Saturday 3 40 Watt Club Nightshade Family Presents. 8:30 (doors), 9:30 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com JOE NICE Legendary Baltimore dubstep DJ. QILIN Denver musician dropping a new EP with Nightshade Family. ELLWIN & GUILLE Local DJs. Georgia Theatre 9 p.m. $15. www.georgiatheatre. com COSMIC CHARLIE Local Grateful Dead cover band. Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3 p.m. FREE! www.meridianwomens chorus.org TAPESTRY HOLIDAY CONCERT The Meridian Women’s Chorus, the Athens Recorder Ensemble, Trinity Lutheran Handbell Choir and Oconee High School Chorus perform seasonal and holiday favorites. International Grill & Bar 7–9:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA CHEQUERED BLUE Atlanta band playing favorite blues and classic rock tunes.

Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens MINGLEWOOD Local artists pay tribute to the Grateful Dead. The Root 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA GREEN EGGS AND PAM Rock, pop and dance from the ‘70s–‘90s.

Sunday 4 The Classic Center 4 p.m. FREE! www.athensmaster chorale.org ATHENS MASTER CHORALE The annual Christmas concert features works by Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Lloyd Larson and others. Creature Comforts Brewery 3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomforts beer.com LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday. Hendershot’s 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation (proceeds benefit ARC Southeast). www.hendershotsathens.com NOISE MOUNTAIN Big loud guitar rock. FATHER WEREWOLF Dynamic indie rock trio fronted by Mandy Branch.

BLACK VIOLIN Duo of classically-­ trained violinists fuse the world of classic and hip hop. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com MCQQEEN Local noise-­punk band with reverb-­soaked vocals. RID OF ME Heavy melodic noise punk from Philadelphia. THOUSANDAIRE Fuzzy slowcore band from Atlanta. UGA Performing Arts Center 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenschoral society.com ATHENS CHORAL SOCIETY The choir presents its Christmas concert, titled “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” with the Concert Choir of the Georgia Children’s Chorus.

Wednesday 7 Athentic Brewing Co. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com ALMA RUSS Musician from Western North Carolina playing folk, Appalachian and Americana music. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring pop, rock, indie and more.

Monday 5

Down the Line

Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com SEX CELLS Local drone rock band. SORRY ERIC Indie alt-­rock band musing on the surreal experience of living in Ohio. BOGBOD Raucous indie rock.

12/09 Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Immolation, Black Anvil (Georgia Theatre) 12/09 Small Talk, Eagle Scout, The Echolocations (Flicker Theatre and Bar) 12/10 Bogbod, Minorcan, Needle Teeth (Flicker Theatre and Bar) 12/13 Bl_ank, Stadia Rais, Smokefrawg, Alexander, Michael Potter (Flicker Theatre & Bar) 12/14 Chronic Town Celebration Concert (40 Watt Club) 12/16 Karl Blau, Night Palace (Flicker Theatre and Bar) f

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Featuring 100 artists, artisans, and craftspeople!

Holiday Market & the Golden Pear Bakery Hours Friday, December 2: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, December 3: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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December 3rd & 4th 10:00 – 2:00 Saturday December 3rd

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Joey Weiser From Ashes Designs Thready Handmade possumwood arts Jordan A. Rothacker Eonhawk Woctopus Arts Ghosts of Athens / ATH Treats Lou Kregel Twin Run Flower Farm SwainSongSoaps Moosh Geek In Stitches Clayton Street Clay Marie & Reenai Rebecca Holt Jewelry The Garden Party Molly’s Munchies Rachel Winters Embroidery h.made studio Little Light Co. Salvage Sparrow

Studio Pen Pen Keith P. Rein Nevermore Studios Colorful Exchange Abbie Bakes Sewcraftic R&R Secret Farm Piedmont Provisions Wing Ding Constructions Potted. Athens Porky Goodness, LLC Zock Art Originals Songbird Soaps Hand and Stem MEplusTEA Sonder Aesthetica Jubilee Ceramics Oscar Bites Dog Treats Grands Designs Woodworks Schaefer Pottery Salvage Sparrow

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