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By Blake Aued, Rebecca McCarthy and Lee Shearer news@flagpole.com Taxpayer dollars will fund nearly a third of the Georgia Square Mall redevelopment, if approved, with developers requesting almost $200 million in public funds for what is likely the largest such project in Athens history.

In return for TAD funding, the developer will have to sign a “community benefits agreement.” Under the proposed agreement, 10% of the 1,000 apartments and 200 townhouses proposed would be set aside as below-market-rate affordable


To replace the dying Georgia Square Mall, developers say they need $189 million in future tax revenue.

The Leaven Group, headed by local homebuilder Mark Jennings, wants $189 million in future property tax revenue from the development plowed back into the project over up to 30 years, which would make up 29% of the total financing. The typical proportion is 15%. Without the TAD funding, the project won’t happen, according to Jon Williams, president and CEO of Athens-based W&A Engineering. “The plan that was created with all the input from the community costs X dollars. We need $189 million over the course of that time period in order to make this project financially viable,” he told the Mall Redevelopment Committee (MARC) last week. The committee includes Mayor Kelly Girtz, Commissioner Jesse Houle, and school board members Linda Davis and Mumbi Anderson. The Athens-Clarke County Commission created a TAD for the Atlanta Highway property in 2021, anticipating a redevelopment proposal for the aging and increasingly vacant mall as indoor malls all across the country die out. Under a TAD, also known as tax increment financing, the ACC government and Clarke County School District will continue to receive the current level of tax revenue from the property. Additional revenue generated by the development will go toward “horizontal infrastructure” for the project, like roads and stormwater drainage. It will take an estimated 26–29 years to raise $189 million. In the meantime, both ACC and CCSD will benefit from a “halo effect” of more redevelopment on parcels surrounding the mall, as well as additional sales tax revenue, Williams said.


housing for 40 years. Developers have also agreed to build an Athens Transit transfer station on the property, as well as include a 6,000 square-foot space for a Boys & Girls Club “youth force” initiative. “We know we are a housing stressed community,” Mayor Kelly Girtz said at the MARC meeting. “We know we’ve been leaning into youth development opportunities because we want the next generation [to be] better supported, and we want better land use and environmental functionality, too.” But Girtz said he wants the affordable housing to remain affordable for longer than 40 years (which is already longer than the typical 20–30 years for such agreements). He also said he wants assurances that the project will be built as planned and that the developer won’t come back asking for more public funding. Williams said there is no risk to ACC because the project will use a pay-as-you-go model, where the developer fronts the money, and eligible expenses are then reimbursed by the county. In addition, the project is a planned development, which means the developer is bound to build what’s shown in the plan. “I built a pretty wide moat between the developer and the money,” said Dan McRae, an Atlanta lawyer and TAD specialist hired by ACC. If the Leaven Group spends money inappropriately or doesn’t build what’s been promised, the agreement can be terminated, he said. Although questions remain about the exact details of the TAD and community benefits agreement, the alternative is to let the mall continue to deteriorate and possibly become something like a storage facility

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until another developer comes along, Girtz said. And without public subsidies, the redevelopment would most likely resemble the previously rejected “Lego approach,” with apartment buildings simply plopped down in the parking lot, he added. If it’s approved, the project “will ultimately transform this side of town for many, many years to come,” Williams said. In addition to the much-needed housing—which includes 140 units set aside for seniors—the development will have about 300,000 square feet of commercial space and 70,000 square feet of office space. The plans also call for planting about 1,000 trees and creating a central greenspace through the middle of the property. Two wings of the mall would be demolished, but the central area surrounding the food court and Belk—the last anchor store after Sears, JCPenney and Macy’s all closed—would remain. “We’re going to get rid of the old infrastructure, which is auto-oriented, and make this a pedestrian-friendly destination,” said Ken Neighbors, an Atlanta lawyer working for the Leaven Group who also specializes in this type of redevelopment. “You heard about the 16-foot multi-use trail. If you build trails, people do come. This is really the story of economic development since, I’d say, the Beltline is in its 17th year.” The Beltline is a popular trail along abandoned railroads encircling Atlanta that’s spurred development in the neighborhoods it passes through. After a year of slowly moving through the ACC Planning Department—with an initial plan withdrawn and the second, current one recommended for approval—the process moved into warp speed over the past week. The MARC and a TAD advisory committee met almost daily to vet the proposal. Now the commission is scheduled to vote on Feb. 7, with the Clarke County Board of Education following on Feb. 9.

(The BOE is involved because the TAD affects school taxes, and the development will bring an estimated 221 new students into the district.) “We are in a crunch,” Williams told commissioners, because the developers are facing a deadline to close on the property by the end of the month. The current owner—the Herndon Group, owner of many Southeastern malls—set the deadline after the Leaven Group held onto an option to buy the mall for two years. [Blake Aued]

CCSD Debates Renaming Schools To re-name or not to re-name Alps Road and Chase Street elementary schools, that is the question for the Clarke County school board. At a work session Sept. 9, Mumbi Anderson said she wants the renaming process to slow down and wants the board to make a decision with the community. Another member, Mark Evans, said he’s ready for Chase Street to become Burks Elementary in honor of the courage displayed by Black teacher Johnnie Lay Burks, “who went to a place that didn’t want her” when she joined the Chase faculty. Board member Linda Davis reminded the board the Chase Street School name has a 100-year-old history, and wondered how to preserve history and honor a deserving person. “I can’t imagine changing the name of West Broad School,” she said, referring to the vacant segregation-era campus officials have long struggled to find a use for as it falls into disrepair. At next week’s meeting, when the board is expected to vote on the issue, Davis said, she plans to withdraw her proposal to re-name Chase Burks-Killian Elementary. She said she wants people to know Athens’ educational history and about those who worked to end segregation, especially the first five Black students who enrolled in white public schools. The board also heard a presentation from Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA), a nonprofit hired by former superintendent Xernona Thomas to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the central office staff that critics call bloated.

UGA Predicts Economic Slowdown in Athens The U.S. economy is headed for recession—but it won’t hurt Georgia as much as most of the nation, and Athens still less, according to University of Georgia economic forecasters. “I think we can call it a ‘slow-cession’ rather than a recession,” said Jeff Humphreys, director of the UGA Terry College of Business Selig Center for Economic Growth. “Athens is likely to avoid a technical recession. Growth will slow, but it will not stop,” Humphreys said as the UGA Terry College of Business continued its annual statewide Economic Outlook tour, presenting state and local forecasts for each of the state’s seven largest metropolitan areas. “I expect Athens to add about 1,000 jobs in 2023. That’s good, but it’s not great,” Humphreys told an audience of nearly 500 in the Classic Center on Feb. 1. But “I’m worried about home prices,” in Athens, in Georgia and across the nation, he told the luncheon gathering. A number of factors shield Athens’ economy from recession, Humphreys explained. Its economy doesn’t depend much on economic sectors likely to be more affected by recession, such as manufacturing and imports, but is built more around less vul-

nerable sectors like higher education and health care. And a number of multi-year economic development projects are being built out, in particular a couple of biotech projects, which “shows Athens can compete successfully for these projects,” Humphreys said. Terry College Dean Benjamin Ayers outlined the Selig Center’s national and state forecasts: a short, mild recession mid-year, with economic growth rebounding in 2024. Ayers put the odds of recession at about 75%. Consumer buying, which accounts for about 70% of the U.S. gross domestic product, remains relatively strong, though saving rates are declining and credit card debt is growing, he said. There’s plenty of uncertainty in their forecast, Ayers said. Many factors could worsen or ease the economic downturn— among others, relations with China, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and whether the Federal Reserve is willing to abandon its stated goal of lowering the inflation rate to 2% and instead settle for 3%. The U.S. central bank has raised interest rates eight times since last March to bring down what has been the nation’s highest inflation rate since the 1980s, and has indicated more hikes are likely. Employment will remain high this year, Ayers said. The number of U.S. jobs will shrink by about 0.5%, but in Georgia job numbers will actually tick up slightly, by 0.1%, the dean predicted. The state’s unemployment rate will rise a little, from 3.3% to 3.8%, still below the predicted national unemployment rate of 4.4%, he said. Hard times will continue in the housing sector, the forecasters said, though there won’t be the kind of house price meltdown that defined the Great Recession of 2007– 2009. Back then, there was an oversupply of housing, driven in large part by speculation. Now, there’s a national shortage of houses and apartments that’s been building for years. One result has been a dizzying nationwide escalation in housing prices. Athens house prices grew by more than 49% over the past two years, compared to a 14% inflation rate in that time, Humphreys said. “Almost all of the overvaluation appeared very recently and very suddenly,” he said. According to Moody’s Investment Services, house prices are overvalued nationwide by about 25%, Ayers said. House prices will come down in Athens this year, but not that much—about 12% or a little more, Humphreys said. One of the local factors driving the escalation in housing prices, and the growth of the Athens economy, is the University of Georgia, Humphreys said. Athens ranks 20th among nearly 400 U.S. metropolitan areas in the percentage of its housing that is rental, he said. The rental market will remain strong because of UGA enrollment and employment growth and because UGA doesn’t have enough on-campus housing, he said. “Our housing market has become very overvalued,” Humphreys said. That’s slowing down in-migration, particularly of retirees, and the cost of living in Athens has now moved above that of the Brunswick area, he said. Meanwhile, more students and student dollars are headed our way, continuing a trend of increasing UGA enrollment that is likely to be boosted by the UGA football team’s two consecutive national championships, according to Humphreys. [Lee Shearer] f

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the commission in January, Girtz appointed Commissioner John Culpepper to the committee. County officials have said a new RFP will be sent out most likely this month or next month. Officials with Epting Events and Historic Athens are concerned about the fate of the furniture and furnishings in the TaylorGrady House. Some pieces date from the early 1800s. Moving them without damaging them would require great delicacy and skill.




he furnishings remain, but the Junior League of Athens has been gone for months from the historic Taylor-Grady House on Prince Avenue. It isn’t clear when another tenant will occupy the Greek Revival building, but it isn’t likely to be soon, according to Athens-Clarke County officials. The county sent out a request for proposals (RFP) last summer, after the Junior League opted not to renew its lease because ACC raised the annual rent from $1 to almost $8,000, plus the cost of utilities. The sole applicant was Epting Events, an Athens-based catering and events company, in partnership with Historic Athens. Their goal was “to preserve and activate the Taylor-Grady House,” according to the 57-page proposal the two submitted in September. In the fall, the ACC property committee—composed of Commissioners Allison Wright, Mariah Parker (who has since resigned) and Patrick Davenport, along with staff members— met with officials from Historic Athens and Epting Events to learn more about their application. The information then went to a scoring committee, Wright said, which “didn’t act on the application.” Mayor Kelly Girtz asked the property committee to re-examine and revise the RFP in order to begin the application process once again. With new members joining

According to their first proposal, Historic Athens and Epting Events wanted to operate the Taylor-Grady House as a “public amenity, event facility, office space, community hub, and museum,” open for events such as retreats, meetings, poetry readings, conferences, concerts and weddings.

Other ‘Places in Peril’ The Taylor-Grady House “and its priceless decorative furnishings collection now face an uncertain future,” according to Historic Athens, and it’s not alone. The preservation group recently released a list of five properties and neighborhoods that are threatened by development or neglect. The Athens-Clarke County Commission created a Reese Street Historic District after the Old South Kappa Alpha fraternity built a house there in 2006, but much of the Reese-West Hancock area remains unprotected. African Americans settled in the neighborhood after the Civil War, and it became known in particular for its educational institutions. But it’s now threatened by student housing developments and gentrification as downtown expands west. Nearby Newtown, north of Pulaski Street and east of Barber Street, is another historically Black neighborhood undergoing changes. It’s notable for the 1880s Newtown School—now Hurley Funeral Home—as well as its “rich history” and “unique architecture.” Normaltown is named for another local education landmark, the State Normal School, a teachers’ college that later became the Navy Supply Corps School, then the campus of the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership. “Since that time, Normaltown has developed one of the most recognizable and beautiful commercial corridors in the area, as well as a distinct and historic residential neighborhood,” according to Historic Athens, but it lacks protection. Former ACC Commissioner Tim Denson organized a neighborhood meeting last year to discuss a local historic district.

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Those plans are now all for naught. At a meeting on Jan. 24, the newly reconstituted property committee agreed to several changes to the original RFP. The county wants to enter into a contract with a “sole entity,” not a combination of a for-profit and a nonprofit group such as Epting Events and Historic Athens. Currently, there is no commercial kitchen on the grounds, and there’s not going to be one. The Epting Events/Historic Athens application mentioned installing a kitchen in one of the outbuildings, “but that’s not going to happen,” said assistant county manager Josh Edwards. “You can’t have a hood coming out of a historic building.” The RFP will specify that the applicant has the use of only the second and third floors of the Taylor-Grady House, not the first floor, which is considered the basement level. The applicant will have an “interior easement,” Wright said, allowing them to go up and down the interior staircase, but they will not be able to use the first floor for storage or another use. County officials want to keep the first floor for possible use as office space for county staff, though retrofitting and upgrading the 4,000 square feet could cost as much as $250,000. And when the new courthouse is built, there might not be such pressing needs for staff space as there are now. “The Taylor-Grady House is an architectural masterpiece that should be accessible to the community as a museum and National Historic Landmark,” said Historic Athens Executive Director Tommy Valentine. “While the current RFP being proposed isn’t compatible with that type of use, if given a fair chance, we’d love to partner with the city to ensure its future as a hub for community and education.” f

Also off Prince Avenue but closer to downtown, the Bottleworks Historic Area—named for a former Coca-Cola bottling plant—is surrounded on all sides by designated historic districts, but isn’t in one itself despite being a historic landmark in its own right and containing some of Athens’ most recognizable buildings. Out of three previous “Places in Peril” lists, many neighborhoods and buildings remain unprotected, including the Whitehall community, the Frank C. Maddox Center, the original Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School, the Tudor-style mansion at 337 S. Milledge Ave., UGA’s Legion Pool, the Carr’s Hill neighborhood and the current planning department building/former library on Dougherty Street. According to Historic Athens, progress has been made on preserving the West Broad School, the 1916 Sandy Creek pump station, the St. James Baptist Church cemetery, Central Baptist Cemetery, the Athens Masonic Association building/ former Reese Street School and a one-room schoolhouse at Billups Grove Baptist Church. SPLOST 2020 included funding to turn the Beech Haven site on the Middle Oconee River into a park, and the commission approved a West Downtown Historic District in 2021. However, The Varsity—listed in 2021—was not saved. Sold to Atlanta-based Fuqua Development, the property is slated to become a mixed-use development. To be eligible for “Places in Peril,” locations must be listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, meaning they must be at least 50 years old and largely intact. They must also face some sort of threat and have a grassroots group working on their behalf. [Blake Aued]




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for the music big leagues. They were truly a great rock and roll band through and through. Killer songs (including two fantastic writers, as Rob’s songs provided the perfect counterpoint to Todd’s). A monstrous rhythm section (John Crist was an excellent


first met Todd McBride in Birmingham, AL in April of 1992. Virgil Kane, the acoustic duo that Mike Cooley and I had at the time, ended up opening for The Dashboard Saviors on a bill that was supposed to be topped by The Jody Grind and Deacon Lunchbox. It was just days after the horrific tragedy that killed Deacon and two members of The Jody Grind, so the show became a memorial to them with the Saviors headlining. Their set was blistering and cathartic, and both Cooley and I became fans for life. I met Todd backstage after the show, but we became friends three years later, when I was working at The High Hat Music Club on Clayton Street. One of the first weeks I worked there, I mixed a show for The Hot Burritos that featured Todd and fellow Savior Rob Veal sitting in, doing songs backed by the Burritos. He at least claimed to remember that night in Birmingham, and one conversation led to many many more. Todd was a regular, and we had an immediate and deeply rooted rapport that only grew along with the years. I learned that before the Dashboard Saviors, Todd had been part of The La Di Das with Vic Chesnutt. They had grown up in neighboring towns. Todd was also a player and contributor on Jack Logan’s Bulk album, which is a seminal part of Athens music history (and one of the defining albums from my first years in the Classic City). But it was with The Dashboard Saviors that Todd made his biggest play

drummer) and killer guitars from Todd and Mike Gibson. Rob’s singing had a wonderful ambling off-handed quality that perfectly complemented Todd’s boisterous delivery, but Todd’s singing sealed the deal. A voice that cut through the loudest of bands on any PA system in any room. Onstage and off, Todd possessed wonderful, sometimes contradictory traits. Whip-smart but without an ounce of pretension. Warm and big hearted but never one to take any crap from anyone. He could argue all night that Paul Newman was mightier than Steve McQueen (he was correct), but could certainly admit it when he was wrong. These traits gave his songs that something extra that is hard to define—the

unspoken thing that separates the good songs from great songs. Todd definitely wrote some great songs. “Just Like Geronimo” is a great song— look it up if you haven’t heard it lately. “The Projectionist” is an epic story song, without the actual story. You meet the characters and imagine the rest, a piece of masterful writing, as much for what it leaves out as what it says. Still, as great as the songs are, his perfect delivery seals the deal throughout. Dashboard Saviors released three acclaimed albums and played tons of dates all over the country, particularly building a following up in Minneapolis where they attracted the attention of Peter Jesperson who had managed The Replacements and signed them to his Medium Cool label. Peter Buck (from R.E.M.) was also an early supporter, and he produced Kitty, their raucous debut. In the wake of their third (and to me finest) record love sorrow hatred madness, Rolling Stone called them a band to watch and things looked to be coming together towards them getting the success they deserved. After years on the road, John moved to Minneapolis, and the band became more of an occasional thing. Todd, however, made one fantastic (and unfortunately hard to find) solo album called Sketchy that was released on the German label Blue Rose Records. Todd recorded it backed up by a young band he had been championing in town, The Possibilities. They did a little touring with him in the states, and Todd did

a full-on solo tour in Europe. Unfortunately, after that, he never really toured much again, and only occasionally played shows. When he did, they were always excellent. What Todd did continue to do was be a vital part of Athens’ amazing music scene, attending several shows a week, tending bar at The Roadhouse and always talking up that “killer” new band he just saw. He was a wealth of knowledge and great stories, including the greatest ever Andy Griffith tale that revolved around incidentally meeting him while checking the mail at his parents house in Griffin while Andy was in town filming a TV movie of the week. (I can’t print the story here, but will happily do my best T. McB impression and tell it to you when I see you in town.) That first Dashboard Saviors show in Birmingham all those years ago ended with a rip-roaring cover of Glen Campbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy,” played like a Crazy Horse song. Cooley and I stood there in front of the stage, swearing that we were watching the kind of band we dreamed of one day having ourselves. A few years later, when we did in fact have our band Drive-By Truckers, Todd was our most avid supporter ever. I’m pretty sure he never missed a single Athens show from our first shows at The High Hat through our many HeAthens Homecoming shows through the past 27 years. Todd’s health hadn’t been so good in recent years, and we lost him on Jan. 16 after a tough battle against tall odds. Even in his later days, he still had his spirit and sense of humor. He said he lived a full life and lived it the way he wanted to. I miss my friend terribly as do so many others in our beloved Athens. Homecoming will certainly not feel quite right without him being here, even though I know he’ll be here in spirit. Here’s to you, T. McB! f

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mation that I have with me?” Over the past decade of performing, “exchange” has been embedded in the fabric of Athens Tango Project in many ways. The group is open to a constant flow of musicians, whether it be UGA graduate students who often move away or collaboSUZANNAH EVANS

usic is one of the magical forms of media that can transcend barriers like language and facilitate cultural exchanges. The Athens Tango Project has been exploring the tango music genre originating in Argentina with the local community for over a decade. As a testament to what the group has become, the title of its debut EP Para Compartir, released Jan. 18, 2023, translates as “to be shared.” Laura Camacho founded the Athens Tango Project in 2012 as a University of Georgia School of Music graduate student from Argentina. From its inception, the group has been continuously transforming, reimagining and learning. When it first came together, Camacho had been jamming at house parties as a double bass player with musicians more on the jazz spectrum of music. After meeting a lot of new people through these parties or mutual friends and acquaintances, Camacho found a group interested in playing tango together. “The funny thing is, I wasn’t expecting to teach anybody. I just wanted to get together and play. And what happened is—it didn’t sound like tango at all. And that’s where I started scratching my head and realizing that all the things that I was doing instinctively were not that instinctive,” says Camacho. “I had to decide if we were going to continue to play, we had to get better.” Tango had much deeper roots for Camacho than the musicians around her. In Argentina, her grandmother was an avid tango dancer who would often play tango records when they spent time together and would even lead in teaching Camacho how to properly dance in precise timing and rhythm. For Camacho, her passion for music grew greatly through her pre-teen and teen years, but she was hesitant to pursue music or where to even begin. “I had to come to the conclusion that I felt intimidated, and I thought it was so big because it was big for me. It took a while until I found the double bass… I was 19. And I couldn’t stop doing it,” says Camacho. “I was already working, so it took a lot of effort because I had to get up early, go to the conservatory before having to commute on the subway to go to work. And I would do that. I had never done that. I never made that effort for something in my life.” After taking lessons at the conservatory in Buenos Aires, Camacho went on to teach double bass and youth orchestras, always continuing to practice and perfect her craft along the way. She attended a double bass masterclass taught by UGA professor Milton Masciadri in Buenos Aires, and by the end of the weekend she was offered a scholarship to visit UGA. After a brief exchange student program and falling in love with Athens, Camacho officially relocated in August of 2009. “[Athens Tango Project] all evolved from me missing the music and finding a way, a medium, to have it happen,” says Camacho. “It grew into something where I understood that there was a little bit of work to be done. If we have excellent musicians locally, why not exchange a little bit of this infor-

it’s up to your standards, whatever those are.” After the trial went well, the group decided to fully commit to an EP. Featured musicians are John Cooper (violin, viola), Catherine Goodrum (guitar), Monique Osorio (vocals), John Phillips (percussion), Benjamin Pozo (piano) and Matt Vu (keyboard). The first five tracks were recorded live at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Athens by Asher Hill, with mixing and mastering completed by Jason NeSmith. Camacho explains that the goal for this project was to find a sound that worked for the group and put together a collection of songs that more firmly grounded the identity of Athens Tango Project and show-

Laura Camacho, double bass player and founder of Athens Tango Project, outside of Flicker Theatre & Bar where the group performed its first show.

rating musicians just passing through. This is a large reason why Athens Tango Project has only just now debuted its first recorded project this year. However, that’s not to say it has held the group back. Athens Tango Project won the world category at both the 2014 and 2016 Flagpole Athens Music Awards, participated in a TEDxUGA talk and was featured in James Preston’s 2018 Athens Rising documentary. “I ended up recording the EP because somebody offered to record [us], and we did a trial,” says Camacho. “I didn’t realize how important it was to have a goal to put it out there, because then you have to make sure

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cased its evolution. Each song represents a version of the original that tips a respectful nod while also capturing the group’s unique process. The result is a mix of classical tango pieces and modern covers that bridge generations, audiences and, ultimately, cultures. The final track on the EP is a cover of R.E.M.’s “Drive,” which is one of Camacho’s favorite songs. When the EP was sent to a radio station in Spain, this track stood out to the host who fell in love with it. Honoring the universality of music is one of the key inspirations behind this project, says Camacho. It’s an added bonus for anyone coming to the music who loves tango or

R.E.M. to find that they also love that other side they may have never heard before. “I wanted to deliver something that will make people dance and cry at the same time, which I think is the essence of a good pop song,” says Camacho. “It’s never perfect, but I think the beauty exceeds the imperfections.” Now that Athens Tango Project has music streaming, more can be expected to follow soon. Back in December, the group went to Chase Park Transduction, producing what Camacho says are higher quality recordings than those recorded live in the church. One of the group’s challenges is the types of musicians available in Athens or even Georgia. Traditional tango music is often performed by much larger groups of musicians with different instruments than what’s present in the local talent pool. Thankfully Camacho has a vast network from her time spent touring, playing festivals and working on larger projects. “I had the opportunity to play with Laura Camacho at the Tango Festival in Philadelphia in 2022, when she came to play with my orchestra as a very special guest, and I was really impressed by her performance that day. After that, I had the opportunity to share with her a few recordings that she was directing, and I also listened to her latest release Para Compartir, both things that made me confirm that we are in presence of an excellent bass player who really knows the tango style like not many,” says Emiliano Messiez, one of the United States’ most highly esteemed tango pianists. For the work-in-progress recordings, Camacho is bringing in tango professionals from out of state to rehearse and record with the local group. It “keeps [her] on [her] toes” with colleagues, she says, but also provides an opportunity for everyone to learn from one another. Some of the artists play tango full time while others are more classically trained. The environment of the Athens Tango Project is truly a never-ending classroom for everyone involved. This is most true for Camacho, who approached this project as a way to reconnect with the music she loves in a new town in a foreign country. Athens Tango Project has taught her how to better receive input and distinguish when to keep tradition and when to try something new if it benefits the goal, she says. The Athens Tango Project’s next performance will be at the All About That Bass showcase benefitting Project Safe on Feb. 23 at Ramsey Concert Hall. The group will do a stripped down set with fewer members, as the focus of the event is to display the talented bassists in Athens who serve as a foundation for notable bands such as Klezmer Local 42, Cicada Rhythm and The Randall Bramblett Band, among others. “I really cannot do anything else. Well, I can do a lot of things, but something else happens with me when I’m making music and I’m performing,” says Camacho. “I’ve been very serious and got all my degrees and all my jobs, but I really cannot change being on stage playing tango or symphonic music… I really cannot replace that.” f

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live music calendar Tuesday 7

Wednesday 8 Athentic Brewing Co. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com WEDNESDAY KARAOKE NIGHT Choose from a catalog of over 51,000 songs ranging from pop, rock, musical theater and more. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring pop, rock, indie and more. Hendershot’s 7 p.m. (show), 8 p.m. (show). $20, $75 reserved table. www.hendershotsathens.com GA-​20 No.1 Billboard chart-​topping blues rock trio. NIK PARR & THE SELFLESS LOVERS High-​energy piano-​driven rock and roll with soul, funk and blues influences. No. 3 Railroad Street 6:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation. www.3railroad.org MURRAY & MAGILL Fiddlers Alan Murray and Andrew Finn Magill perform contemporary Irish music.

Thursday 9 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. (doors). $10. 40watt.com THE FOOZER EPERIENCE El Scorcho and February Stars present a Weezer and Foo Fighters show based off of their 2005 co-​headlining tour of the same name. ATHICA 7 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.athica.org KEVIN DUNN Influential in building the new wave scene in Athens during the late ’70s through the Fans, he also co-​produced albums for The B-​52s and Pylon. His current solo project of experimental guitar uses loops and effects to create a hypnotizing soundscape. Ciné 8 p.m. $10. www.athenscine.com SELF-​CHECKOUT RENAISSANCE Smart, catch skate punk from Baton Rouge. BEAT UP Athens agitprop punk. DEAD SENATE Charlotte hardcore punks going apesh*t. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com CARVER COMMODORE Florence, AL rock band. THE ECHOLOCATIONS Local rock band embracing a retro, ’60s-​ inspired sound.

Friday 10 40 Watt Club Shotgun Shells: A Celebration of Todd McBride. 6 p.m. (doors), 6:30 p.m. (show). $10, $25 (three-​day pass). www.40watt.com TREY BOYER BAND Atlanta singer-​songwriter. (6:30 p.m.) DAVE MARR Local singer-songwriter with a deep, resonant country twang. (7 p.m.) THE ARCS Long-​running local rock four-​piece with power-​pop influences. (7:30 p.m.) A.D. BLANCO Athens three-​piece blending the sounds of pop and garage. (8 p.m.) SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-​school punk and arena rock to create a fist-​pumping atmosphere. (8:30 p.m.) CLASSIC CITY JUKEBOX All-​star rock and roll cover band. (9 p.m.) MERCYLAND Reunited local punk band fronted by David Barbe, the owner, chief engineer, and producer of Chase Park Transduction studios and director of UGA’s Music Business program. (9:30 p.m.) SHOTGUN SAVIORS Featuring Dashboard Saviors guitarist Michael Gibson. (10 p.m.) Athentic Brewing Co. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com JIM COOK High energy solo blues, classic rock and roots music. Buvez Primordial Void Presents. 8 p.m. $10. primordialvoiddd@gmail.com DOG PERSON New local pop group featuring members of The Music Tapes, The Buddy System and Go Public. THE RISHIS Indie folk with world influences supported by Cloud Recordings. REED WINCKLER Atlanta-​based acoustic singer-​songwriter embrac-

ing earnest, droll lyrics and DIY style. Creature Comforts Brewery 7–9 p.m. www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com JANET AND THE NEW DOGS Athens band mixing smoking blues and classic rock.

torch anthems and anti-romance ballads. Southern Brewing Co. 8 p.m. $7. www.facebook.com/ AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA BLEACH GARDEN Atlanta heavy alt rock quartet. BEAT UP Athens old school punks resisting the darkest timeline.

Need is Love,” will include two sets of the Beatles’ greatest love songs. Nowhere Bar Shotgun Shells: A Celebration of Todd McBride. 6 p.m. (show). $10, $25 (three-​day pass). www.facebook.com/NowhereBarAthens THE ROYAL VELVET Three-​piece local rock band led by songwriter


Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (sign-​ups), 9 p.m. (doors). FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar. com OPEN MIC HOSTED BY TURTLE GRENADE Musicians, poets, actors, comedians and other creatives are welcome to show their talents. Each participant gets 15 minutes. Every first Tuesday of the month. Southern Brewing Co., Monroe 7 p.m. www.sobrewco.com FUNKY BLUESTER Blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

SUN TRICK PONY Athens-​based alternative rock band. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $17 (adv.), $20. www.georgiatheatre. com BIT BRIGADE Touring act that performs covers of NES game soundtracks while their gamer speed runs the game. WEAPONIZED FLESH Local thrash metal band. Hendershot’s 7:30–11 p.m. $10. www.hendershotsathens.com SABACHA DANCE SOCIAL DJ L.A. Darius leads a Latin dance party with salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-​cha-​cha. An hour-​long lesson is followed by open dancing. I Heart Mac & Cheese 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/iheartmacandcheeseathens SING ALONG CIRCLE Feel free to bring a song, friend or just yourself during an open jam of music new and old. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening. tiny ATH gallery Gary Autry Closing Reception. 6–9 p.m. Donations accepted. www. tinyathgallery.com SMOGGO SOUND SYSTEM Jay Domingo of Dog Person and Go Public deejays electronic music.

Creature Comforts Brewery 3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com. LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday afternoon.

Monday 13 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com HANS CONDOR High energy, ferocious rock from Nashville. Imagine if Motorhead and MC5 had a baby and named it Godzilla. DONKEY PUNCH Local menace serving up rock and roll swagger on dirty plate. DON CHAMBERS Longtime local favorite who delves into pastoral folk and experimental rock with equal passion. Ramsey Hall 7:30 p.m. $12. www.uga.pac.edu AMY PETRONGELLI Soprano vocalist joined by pianist Blair Salter.

Tuesday 14

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Abbey Road LIVE! presents “All You Need is Love” at the Marigold Auditorium on Feb. 11. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com NUCLEAR TOURISM Local band playing surf-​punk originals. 15,000 GUNS Unhinged ATL punk. STRAIT JACKET STRIPPERS Sludge noise band straight from the depths of the sex shop psych ward. VANGAS Atlanta band incorporating heavy elements of noise rock and post-​punk. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $25 (adv.), $30. www.georgiatheatre.com RUMOURS Atlanta-​based tribute to Fleetwood Mac that has toured internationally. NOMENCLATURE Songwriting project of Nashville audio engineer Denny Hanson. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13. www.hendershotsathens.com LOUIS ROMANOS TRIO Rhythmically driven and compelling music composed by percussionist Louis Romanos. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $30–60. www.uga.pac. edu MATTHEW WHITAKER American jazz pianist and his quintet perform jazz, Latin music, gospel and R&B. International Grill & Bar 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/IGBAthensGA MARY & THE HOT HOTTY-​HOTS Led by Mary Sigalas, the band plays hot jazz and swing music from the ’10s, ’20s and ’30s for your nostalgic partying pleasure. The Root 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA THE YOUNG FRANKENSTEINS Local garage band celebrating Valentine’s Day with breakup songs,

DEAF CONDORS Experimental garage rock duo comprised of two Peruvian brothers living in Athens and Atlanta.

Saturday 11 Boutier Winery & Inn 8 p.m. $10. www.boutierwinery. com DWIGHT WILSON AND THE CLASSIC CITY SOUL Playing classic funk and the sounds of Motown. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com STRAIT JACKET STRIPPERS Sludge noise band straight from the depths of the sex shop psych ward. HANDHOLDER Athens ambient electronic folk rock. Hendershots 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com THE HOBOHEMIANS Eclectic 1920s swing band hosting a Valentine’s Day dance party. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ IGBAthensGA MILE FROM MEADOW Georgia-​ based alt-​rock three-​piece. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ IGBAthensGA BISHOP AND COMPANY Dance tunes to make you stay on your feet and snap your fingers to the beat. Marigold Auditorium for Arts and Culture 3 p.m. $8–13. (family matinee). 7 p.m. $15–20. (evening show). bit. ly/MarigoldNightFeb11 ABBEY ROAD LIVE! Beatles tribute act well known in the Southeast. The family matinee will focus on fun hits geared towards kids. The evening Valentine’s show, “All You

Justin Brogdon. (6 p.m.) LARRY’S HOMEWORK Four-​piece Americana and roots rock band from Athens. (7 p.m.) FIVE EIGHT Legendary Athens band known for its boisterous, thoughtful rock and roll. (8 p.m.) AMPLIFLYER No info available. (9 p.m.) DICTATORTOTS Longtime local chaos-​cultivators trash the night with post-​grunge grooves. (10 p.m.) DANGFLY Local all-​star rock band led by songwriter and guitarist Adam Payne. (11 p.m.) The Root 8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/AubreyEntertainmentAthensGA GREEN EGGS AND PAM Rock, pop and dance tracks from the ’70s–’90s. State Botanical Garden of Georgia 6 p.m. $20. botgarden.uga.edu ORCHID MADNESS: BOTANIC MUSICALE Internationally acclaimed pianist Liza Stepanova performs for the 16th annual Botanic Musicale, a tradition held in honor of the late Neva Fickling. A reception will follow the performance.

Sunday 12 ACC Library 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org SELINE HAZE An unapologetically, carefree black woman, healing through her music performing hip hop. Athentic Brewing Co. 2–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com BLUEGRASS JAM Players of all skill levels are invited to take place in this open jam, which strives to unite members of the local folk music community.

Ciné Valentine’s Day Show. 8–11 p.m. $12. www.athenscine.com MARY & THE HOT HOTTY-​HOTS Led by Mary Sigalas, the band plays hot jazz and swing music from the ’10s, ’20s and ’30s for your nostalgic partying pleasure. Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. $16 (adv.), $20. www. georgiatheatre.com UNDERGROUND SPRINGHOUSE Local jam band exploring the sonic palettes of reggae, country and folk. SUPPER CLUB Alabama rockers blending psychedelia, indie rock and folk. Hendershots 8 p.m. $20. www.hendershotsathens.com SHAUN MARTIN TRIO Innovative musician known for his multiple Grammy awards and as a key member of Snarky Puppy. Ramsey Hall 7:30 p.m. $50. www.pac.uga.edu IMANI WINDS Grammy-​nominated wind ensemble performs a program entitled “Black and Brown: Celebrating Composers of Color.”

Wednesday 15 Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 pm. (show). $22–25. www.georgiatheatre.com STRFKR High-​energy electronica outfit from Portland, OR. Oconee County Library 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee TEEN KARAOKE NIGHT Compete for the winner’s trophy, or come sing for fun. Grades 6–12.

Down the Line 2/16 Freeman Leverett, HUNLO, Nathan Forsyth, Dry Country (Flicker Theatre & Bar) f

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Tuesday 7

event calendar

CLASSES: Love Letters: Calligraphy with Cupid (Tapped Athens Wine Market) Create handwritten love letters for the special people in your life. Art supplies and instruction provided. 6:30–8 p.m. $35. www.kaartist.com EVENTS: Creative Aging Art Workshop (Georgia Museum of Art) Join teaching artist Toni Carlucci in the galleries to discuss art and in the studio classroom to make art and new friends. All skill levels welcome. Ages 55 & up. Registration required. 10 a.m. FREE! gmoa-​ tours@uga.edu EVENTS: No Phone Party (Hendershot’s) Disconnect to connect with a phone-​free, laptop-​free happy hour. Every Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com EVENTS: Open Mic Hosted by Turtle Grenade (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Visual artists can showcase their art alongside open mic performers sharing comedy, music, poetry and more. First come first serve with sign-​ups at 8 p.m. First Tuesdays. 9 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia at Akademia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ClassicCity TriviaCo GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia at Amici (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Library Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages birth to 5 years. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) Little ones can join Ms. Carley for open play to help build their brains and encourage early literacy. Ages 5 & under. 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee LECTURES & LIT: Bogart Bookies Adult Book Club (Bogart Library) Pick up a copy of The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn and discuss it with the group. 1–2 p.m. FREE! 706-​441-​9099, www.athenslibrary. org/bogart MEETINGS: Sirius Athletics Track & Field Meeting (ACC Library) Sirius Athletics launches the 2023 track and field season with an informational parent’s meeting. Learn about the program, events and the sport as a whole. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! www.siriusathletics.org SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org

Wednesday 8 ART: Curator Talk: “Decade of Tradition” (Georgia Museum of Art) Shawnya Harris, curator of African American and African Diasporic art, will give a tour of the exhibition “Decade of Tradition.” 2–3 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Free Vietnamese Class (Oconee County Library) Instructor


Martine Thy Nguyen will teach basic Vietnamese. No prior knowledge required, and children are welcome. Register by email at jmitchell@ athenslibrary.org. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee CLASSES: Love Letters: Calligraphy with Cupid (Southern Brewing Co.) Create handwritten love letters for the special people in your life. Art supplies and instruction provided. 6:30–8 p.m. $35. www. kaartist.com COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Home-​ grown townie improv that invites you to bring some interesting suggestions to help create improv magic on the spot. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com FILM: Campus A Go-​Go (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1965 Japanese film about a young guy competing in an electric guitar competition who plays American-​ style football. 7 p.m. www.flicker theatreandbar.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia at The Local 706 (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Love Song Music Bingo (B&B Theatres) Win prizes at this love song music-​themed bingo night. 7:30 p.m. www.facebook. com/bbathens12 KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Ms. Donna presents a highly interactive storytime featuring songs and more. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. FREE! 706-​441-​9099, www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Library Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages birth to 5 years. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) See Tuesday listing for full description. Ages 5 & under. 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Homeschool Club (Oconee County Library) Homeschool families can join Ms. Carley for activities like art and science projects and STEM challenges. 2:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Steamsday: Ablaze with Color (Bogart Library) Learn all about artist Alma Thomas, and make colorful art inspired by her. Best for ages 4–10. 3:30–4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Elementary Storytime Join Ms. Carley for an afternoon read aloud with a craft or activity to follow. All ages welcome. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Anime Club (Oconee County Library) This group brings fans of anime and manga together to discover books, shows, movies, art and Japanese culture. Hang out as members play games, eat snacks and watch anime. Grades 6–12. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

Thursday 9 ART: Closing Reception (tiny ATH gallery) Athens-​born artist Gary

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Autry’s exhibition “The Therapeutic Nature of Travel” final viewing night. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.tinyath gallery.com ART: Love Letters with Cupid Calligraphy (Athentic Brewing Co.) Create handwritten love letters for the special people in your life. Art supplies and instruction provided. 6:30–8 p.m. $35. www.kaartist.com CLASSES: Shakti Valentine’s Day Celebration (Graduate Athens) You can expect yoga, dancing and lots of joy. Reservation required. 6–7 p.m. $35. www.graduatehotels. com/happenings-​us EVENTS: Politics and Zines: Create Your Own Zine Workshop (UGA Special Collections Library) Learn about the history of zines and how zines foster community and political expression. Then make your very own zine. Attendees should meet in Room 277. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.libs.uga.edu EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Winter Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Thursday is Preview Night (for members only; $10/individual, $25/family), Saturday is 50% Off Day and Sunday is $10/Bag Day. Feb. 9–12. www.oconeelibraryfriends.org EVENTS: Boulevard Brass Band (595 Nanthahala Ave.) Bring your band instrument, meet outdoors and rehearse songs simple enough for beginners and open to improvisation for more advanced musicians. Every Thursday, 6–8 p.m. FREE! calclements@gmail.com GAMES: Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Test your trivia knowledge with host Jon Head. 7–9 p.m. www.johnnyspizza. com KIDSTUFF: Infant Storytime (Oconee County Library) This program incorporates books, nursery rhymes, musical instruments and interactive play. Ages birth to 12 months. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Lego Club (Oconee County Library) Create and enjoy Lego art and activities. Materials provided. Ages 5–12 years and their caregivers. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee LECTURES & LIT: “All the Other Devils This Side of Hades” (LeConte Hall) Dr. Shennette Garrett-​Scott of Texas A&M will present a history lecture. Room 101. 12:45 p.m. FREE! www.history.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: “Indian Slavery and Maronnage in Early Modern Florida” (Online: Zoom) Theodora Light, a PhD student at UGA, presents an analysis of instances of Indian maronnage across La Florida and the circum-​Caribbean during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Register online. 7 p.m. FREE! www.history.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: Celebrating Byron Herbert Reece (ACC Library) This evening of poetry and song celebrates the works of Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece. Storyteller Jackie Elsner will perform Reece’s ballads and poetry with musical accompaniment by Jerry Taylor. 7 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/athens PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) The

UGA Ballroom Performance Group presents its annual show, a magical dance experience. Feb. 9 & Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $7–16. www.facebook.com/UGA BallroomPerformanceGroup SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org

Friday 10 COMEDY: Flying Squid Features (work.shop) Four 20-​minute standup sets performed by comics from Athens, Atlanta and beyond. 8–9:30 p.m. $5. www.flyingsquid comedy.com EVENTS: Pop-​Up Houseplant Sale (UGA Trial Gardens) The Trial Garden Greenhouses is offering mini-​ pots of succulents,houseplants and large succulent dish gardens. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. ugatrial.hort.uga.edu EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Winter Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) See Thursday listing for full description. Feb. 9–12. www.oconeelibrary friends.org EVENTS: REI Grand Opening Outdoor Social (REI) Enjoy music and giveaways while perusing both nonprofit and outdoor brand vendors. 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.rei.com KIDSTUFF: Storytime With Miss Alyssa (Brella Studio) Small children and their caregivers are invited to play, socialize and enjoy storytime with Miss Alyssa. Ages birth to 5 years. 9–10 a.m. FREE! www.brellastudio.com KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Friday (Bishop Park) An instructor supervises while a parent/caregiver leads their little ones through amazing obstacle courses. Ages 1–4 years. Register online. 10–11:30 a.m. $7.50 (ACC residents), $9 (non-​ ACC residents). www.accgov. com/148/Leisure-​Services KIDSTUFF: Honeydukes Candy Workshop (Oconee County Library) Try some of the famous Honeydukes’ candies and make your own chocolate frogs and acid pops. Ages 8–12 years. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) The UGA Ballroom Performance Group presents its annual show, a magical dance experience. Feb. 9 & Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $7–16. www.facebook.com/UGA BallroomPerformanceGroup THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing (Town & Gown Players) Town & Gown Players present Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, featuring an array of Elizabethan costumes and a few modern touches. Feb. 10–11 & 16–18, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 & 19, 2 p.m. $20. www.townandgownplayers.org

Saturday 11 ART: Family Day: Celebrating a Decade of Tradition (Georgia Museum of Art) Check out the current exhibition “Decade of Tradition” and participate in fun Art Cart activities. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org

CLASSES: Basic Blacksmithing: Forge a Fire Poker (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks) Students will learn basic forging skills while making a fire poker with a decorative handle. Additional skills including tapering, twisting, scrolling, riveting and more will be explained. All tools and materials included. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. www.greenhow handmade.com CLASSES: Love Letters: Calligraphy with Cupid (K.A. Artist Shop) Create handwritten love letters for the special people in your life. Art supplies and instruction provided. 6:30–8 p.m. $35. www.kaartist.com COMEDY: Demetri Martin (Georgia Theatre) Standup comedian, writer and director with an impressive discography of comedy albums. 7:30 p.m. (first show), 10 p.m. (second show). $30–47. www.georgia theatre.com EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Winter Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) See Thursday listing for full description. Feb. 9–12. www.oconeelibrary friends.org EVENTS: Really, Really Free Market (Reese and Pope Park) Just like a yard sale, but everything is free. Bring what you can, take what you need. Second Saturday of every month. 12–2 p.m. reallyreallyfree marketathens@gmail.com, www. facebook.com/RRFMAthens EVENTS: REI Grand Opening Outdoor Social (REI) Enjoy music and giveaways while perusing both nonprofit and outdoor brand vendors. 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.rei.com EVENTS: Margie E West Prize Winner Reception (Lamar Dodd School of Art) This annual prize is given to esteemed alumni, inviting the artist to create a new exhibition for the Marjorie Eichenlaub West Gallery. Ceramist, weaver, sculptor, and activist Zipporah Camille Thompson will present a new installation on view through Mar. 24. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www.art.uga.edu EVENTS: Goth Prom (Ciné) Wear your fanciest goth dresses, ruffled poet shirts and tuxes. There will be a prom photographer, punch and DJs Crowe, Tomb Lily, Twin Powers and Goth Dad. 9:30 p.m.–2 a.m. $10. www.athenscine.com LECTURES & LIT: African-​American Author Panel (ACC Library) Featured authors Mokah Jasmine Johnson, Mykeisha Ross, Barnard Sims and Hattie Thomas Whitehead will discuss their books and Black History Month. 3 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org PERFORMANCE: Ballroom Magic (UGA New Dance Theatre) The UGA Ballroom Performance Group presents its annual show, a magical dance experience. Feb. 9 & Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. $7–16. www.facebook.com/UGA BallroomPerformanceGroup SPORTS: Spartan 5K & Sprint (Athens Academy) Compete in this 5K to take home a handmade pottery award by R.Wood Studio. Register online. 9 a.m. $30/runner, $75/family. www.athensacademy. org/community/spartan-​5k-​2023 THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing (Town & Gown Players) See Friday listing for full description. Feb. 10–11 & 16–18, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 & 19, 2 p.m. $20. www. townandgownplayers.org

Sunday 12 ART: Artist Reception (Oconee County Library) The Athens Art Association currently has an exhibition on display through the end of March. View the collection at this reception. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www. athensartassociation.org ART: Paint & Sip by Ain’t a Better Way to Paint (Athentic Brewing Co.) Paint “Sail Away” with a paintbrush in one hand and your favorite drink in the other. Supplies provided. Arrive 10–15 minutes early. 4–6 p.m. $55. www.aintabetterway topaint.com CLASSES: Sunday Meditation in the Gallery (ATHICA) Join Cal Clements of Revolution Therapy and Yoga for two 30 minute meditations, with some ideas offered before and discussion after. All levels welcome. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Donations encouraged. www. revolutiontherapyandyoga.com/ booking-​and-​memberships CLASSES: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) This workshop is led by a teaching artist and provides drawing instruction, art supplies and space to spread out. RSVP by emailing gmoa-​tours@ uga.edu. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www. georgiamuseum.org 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 EVENTS: REI Grand Opening Outdoor Social (REI) Enjoy music and giveaways while perusing both nonprofit and outdoor brand vendors. 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.rei.com EVENTS: Rabbit Hole Sunday Market (Rabbit Hole Studios) Small businesses, artists, farmers, musicians and creative entrepreneurs will be showcased. A drumming and song circle will be held for the last two hours. Every Sunday. 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.rabbitholestudios. org/markets EVENTS: Self Love Celebration (Healing Arts Centre) Join Lexa for a sound bath, cacao ceremony, yoga, reiki-infused guided mediation and more. 4–6:30 p.m. $33–55 sliding scale. www.healingartscentre.net EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Winter Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) See Thursday listing for full description. Feb. 9–12. www.oconeelibrary friends.org GAMES: Dungeons and Dragons (I Heart Mac & Cheese) Join for an exciting role-​playing adventure where you can fight dragons, join an army, go on a quest in distant lands or find hidden treasure. 3–7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ iheartmacandcheeseathens GAMES: Sunday Trivia with Solo Entertainment (Southern Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.sobrewco.com GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia at The Foundry (The Foundry) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Sundays, 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/baddogathens OUTDOORS: 24th Annual Frog Hop 5K (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Attendees can walk or run this 5K and 1-​mile Tadpole Fun Run. This event benefits Sandy Creek Nature

Monday 13 CLASSES: Valentines Baking (Oconee County Library) Cook recipes based on romance novels. All ingredients supplied. Registration required. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee COMEDY: Comedy With Owen Hunt (I Heart Mac & Cheese) Laugh your way into the week with jokes from local comics and an open mic at the end of the night. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/iheart macandcheeseathens GAMES: Classic City Trivia at Dooley’s (Dooley’s Bar and Grill) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ClassicCity TriviaCo GAMES: Monday Trivia with Erin (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Erin. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday Story Time (Bogart Library) Ms. Donna presents a highly interactive story time featuring movement, songs, crafts and learning fun. Ages 3–5 years. Registration suggested. 10 a.m. FREE! 706-​441-​9099, www. athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Tween Art: DIY Stickers (Oconee County Library) Color and design your own stickers using templates or blank sticker paper and paint markers. Ages 8–12 years. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Drop-​In Monday (Oconee County Library) Drop in to make buttons, help plan and create a bulletin board, assemble take home crafts and work on future teen events. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee MEETINGS: Federation of Neighborhoods: State of the Neighborhood (Ciné) The Federation of Neighborhoods is an independent, non-​partisan volunteer organization providing public forums for local citizens since 1962. All residents of the Athens area are encouraged to attend this free forum. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.accneighborhoods.org

Tuesday 14 ART: Orchid Madness: Sip n’ Paint (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Enjoy drinks and appetizers with your significant other or make it a special night out with friends while painting with instruction. 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. $25. www.botgarden.uga.edu CLASSES: Restorative Yoga with Nicole Bechill (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Join Nicole for a class that promotes deep breathing, mindfulness and inward listening. Every Tuesday. Register online. 12 p.m. Donation based. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com CLASSES: Memoir Writing Group (Bogart Library) During this monthly

class on writing memoirs, hear memoirs from others and learn tips on how to write your own. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart CLASSES: Pathways to Feeling Yourself Workshop (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) All are welcome to this trauma-​informed and genderless masturbation and solo-​sex workshop that focuses on pleasure, decentering orgasm and self-​ exploration. 6:30–8 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.revolutiontherapy andyoga.com COMEDY: Open Toad Comedy Night (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Comedy performed by a mix of newcomers and local favorites from Athens and Atlanta. 9 p.m. (doors). $7. www.flickertheatreandbar.com EVENTS: No Phone Party (Hendershot’s) Disconnect to connect with a phone-​free, laptop-​free happy hour. Every Tuesday, 6–9 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com EVENTS: Love You to the Moon and Back (Sandy Creek Nature Center) This planetarium program includes a catered dinner from Donderos’ Kitchen. Online registration required. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $35. www.accgov. com/148/leisure-​services GAMES: Classic City Trivia at Akademia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ClassicCity TriviaCo GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia at Amici (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Toddler Tuesday: I Heart Art (Georgia Museum of Art) Little ones and their families can enjoy art and storytime together in the galleries, then complete an art activity. Ages 18 months to 3 years. Email to reserve a spot. 10 a.m. FREE! gmoa-​tours@uga.edu KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Library Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages birth to 5 years. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) See previous Tuesday listing for full description. Ages 5 & under. 11:30 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: STEAM Club (Oconee County Library) Learn about the Great Backyard Bird Count, dissect owl pellets, identify bones of owl prey and more. Reservation required by email at oconeelibrary@gmail. com. 3–4:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary/oconee.com OUTDOORS: Romantic Tour of the Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility (Middle Oconee Water Reclamation Facility) Mingle with microorganisms and other cool, quirky couples on this special, romantic outdoor tour. Dress appropriately. Registration required. 4–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.thinkatthe sink.com SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org

Wednesday 15 ART: Artful Conversation: Vertis Hayes (Georgia Museum of Art) Callan Steinmann, curator of education, will lead an open-​ended dialogue on Vertis Hayes’ painting “Juke Joint.” Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org CLASSES: Qigong and Yoga Flow with Paul Brooks (Revolution

Therapy and Yoga) Join Paul for a Qigong and yoga-​inspired practice that moves energy to increase flexibility, release stress and improve overall health and vitality. Every Wednesday. Register online. 6–7 p.m. Donation based. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Home-​ grown townie improv that invites you to bring some interesting suggestions to help create improv magic on the spot. Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com COMEDY: Hendershot’s Comedy (Hendershot’s) Enjoy a lineup featuring comics from Athens and Atlanta as well as newcomers. Hosted by Noell Appling. Every third Wednesday, 8 p.m. www. hendershotsathens.com FILM: Green Snake (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1993 film about a mischievous snake who assumes human form and interferes with the romance between her reptilian sister and a hapless man. 7 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia at The Local 706 (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Princess Bride Movie Trivia (B&B Theatres) Teams of 2–6 will go head-​to-​head on their Princess Bride movie knowledge with Quizmaster David. 7:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/bbathens12 KIDSTUFF: Oconee County Library Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages birth to 5 years. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) See Tuesday listing for full description. Ages 5 & under. 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Homeschool Club (Oconee County Library) Homeschool families can join Ms. Carley for activities like art and science projects and STEM challenges. 2:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Elementary Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for an afternoon read aloud with a craft or activity to follow. All ages welcome. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Drawing Club for Teens (K.A. Artist Shop) In this weekly club for teens led by local artist James Greer, participants will learn a new fundamental skill for drawing with ink and graphite each week. 5–6:30 p.m. $25 (drop-​in), $180 (semester pass). www.kaartist.com LECTURES & LIT: Book Talk: Trespasses by Louise Kennedy (Online) UGA professor and director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Nicholas Allen will discuss the first novel by Belfast writer Louise Kennedy. Zoom registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! willson.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: Current Investing Climate (Oconee County Library) UGA Professor Pekka Honkanen will talk about the current state of the stock market, returns in the past and the long run and investment pitfalls. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee MEETINGS: Athens Reparations Action (Athentic Brewing Co.) Learn about Athens Reparations Action’s mission to promote recognition of the financial impact of urban renewal and other racist policies on members of the Black community in Athens. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com f

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GA-20, Nik Parr & The Selfless Lovers

Goth Prom

Ciné • 9:30 p.m. • $10

Hendershot’s • 8 p.m. • $20–75

Put on your dancing shoes for this one! Billboard and XM radio chart-topping blues rockers GA-20 are set to take the stage on Feb. 8. The band is kicking off its tour, which will last well into June, at Hendershot’s. Since its inception, GA-20 has been lauded for its efforts to spark a traditional blues revival, focusing on live sound, stage presence and an intensive touring schedule that keeps the members’ road chops sharp. Opening for GA-20 is Nik Parr & The Selfless Lovers, an Austin-based band centered around the GA-20 piano and saxophone playing of songwriter Nik Parr. The band creates danceable, piano-driven music inspired by funk, jazz and soul. [Patrick Barry] MUSIC | THURS, FEB. 9

Bit Brigade

Georgia Theatre • 8 p.m. • $17 (adv.), $20

The worlds of music and video gaming have been intertwined since 1980, and have remained close ever since. Creating a composition that is both complex enough to encapsulate the emotions or atmosphere of a game, and dynamic enough to respond to player actions is a real challenge. Even harder still is to play the piece live while the game is simultaneously being played. Bit Brigade covers classic NES game soundtracks using live equipment while its resident gamer attempts to finish the entire game onstage before the soundtrack runs its course. For the group’s show at the Georgia Theatre, they’ll be playing 1988’s Mega Man 2 and 1989’s Duck Tales. [PB]

Ciné gets a little spooky once in a while, turning its lab into a late-night party destination. “Goth Prom” at Ciné is the ruffle shirt event of your dreams… or nightmares. Featuring a professional photographer poised to capture cheesy prom photos, a JON MEDINA

Center, Inc. in support of its environmental education and natural resources preservation efforts. Register online. 2 p.m. (Fun Run), 2:30 p.m. (5K). $18–27. 762-​400-​7734, www.sandycreeknaturecenterinc.org SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org THEATER: Much Ado About Nothing (Town & Gown Players) See Friday listing for full description. Feb. 10–11 & 16–18, 8 p.m. Feb. 12 & 19, 2 p.m. $20. www. townandgownplayers.org

punch bowl, cake and snacks, the party will continue late into the night. Specially curated sets of dark dance tunes will be provided by DJs Crowe, Twin Powers, Goth Dad (Dusty Gannon from Vision Video) and Tomb Lily (Adria Stembridge from Tears For The Dying). [PB] ART | SUN, FEB. 12

Athens Art Association Reception Oconee Co. Library • 2–4 p.m. • FREE!

Join the Athens Art Association on Feb. 12 for a reception for “Art From The Heart,” an exhibition featuring work in many mediums by members of the association. The exhibit will remain on view through Mar. 31, and it features the collage “Bouquet with Three Oranges” by Jack Burk, the painting “Fox in The Grass” by Paula


Demetri Martin

Georgia Theatre • 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m. • $30 (standing), $47 (seated)

Demetri Martin is an actor, writer and comedian from New York. As an actor, Martin has taken roles as diverse as a character in a music video for the band Fountains of Wayne, to a voice acting role as a bear in the Cartoon Network animated series We Bare Bears. He has also written for Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Carson Daly and Conan O’Brien. He is best known, Demetri Martin however, for his particular brand of deadpan one-liner Lansford and “Flow Delight” by Viviane comedy, a style reminiscent of late comeVanGiesen, among many others. Founded dian Mitch Hedberg, and his use of guitar in 1919, the AAA has been active in the as a prop and mechanism for joke delivery. community for over one 100 years, supportMartin will be playing two shows on the ing visual arts in the Athens area. [PB] f same night at the Georgia Theatre. [PB]

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ARTISTS’ BOOK NIGHT (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA) Now registering artists who would like to share their original artist’s books at an event held Mar. 1. All formats welcome: hardback, paperback, zine, comic, photos, drawings, paintings, text, collage, flipbook, unique or multiple copies. Register online. www.athica.org/ calls CALL FOR ENTRIES (ATHICA) Currently seeking submissions for the gallery’s 2023 “Members’ Showcase.” Open to joining and renewing members. Deadline Feb. 13. Exhibition runs Feb. 18–Mar. 19. www.athica.org/calls 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

RED HERRING (Athens Community Theatre) Spies! Murder! Fish? It’s 1952, America’s on the verge of the H-​bomb, and Senator Joe McCarthy’s daughter just got engaged to a Soviet spy. Set at the feverish height of the red scare, Red Herring is a noir comedy about love, lies and other megaton explosives. Auditions Feb. 13–14, 7 p.m. Show runs Apr. 14–23. nick.ciarochi@ gmail.com, www.townandgownplayers.org/red-​herring

Classes ART AND WRITING CLASSES (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) “From Dreamstorming to Reality: Writing to Practice & Polish Our Stories.” Wednesdays, Feb. 22–Mar. 29, 5:30–7:30 p.m. $160–210. Heidi Lynn Nilsson offers weekly courses in “Introduction to Poetry Writing” (Feb. 8–Mar. 15) and “Writing Dialogue” (Apr. 10–May 8), all meeting 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $165–215. www.ocaf.com/ courses BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Washington) “Forge a Fire Poker with Decorative Handle” covers tapering, bending and scrolling, forge welding, cutting with a chisel and more. Feb 11, Feb. 18 or Mar. 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Forge

art around town ARTWALL@HOTEL INDIGO ATHENS (500 College Ave.) Nancy Everett’s solo show “Classic Inspirations” includes paintings that celebrate Athens and the Southeast. Opening reception Feb. 16, 5–6:30 p.m. Through midMay. THE ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) “Kara Walker: Back of Hand,” the first solo exhibition to be held in Georgia of the work of this internationally renowned artist, includes a series of new works on paper that examine themes such as complicity, racism, misremembered histories and the violence that undergirds the legacy of the South. Symposium on Feb. 25, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Through Mar. 23. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) “We Are All Makers” features artwork by Lyndon House Arts Center staff members Jaime Bull, Toni Carlucci, Didi Dunphy, Kathryn Refi, Ciel Rodriguez, Beth Sale, Williams Stephanos and Shannon Williams. Through Feb. 12. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) Part of ATHICA’s “Solo Duo Trio” series, “Trio: Lauren Bradshaw, Daniel Brickman and Jeanne Ciravolo” combines work united by visceral and unusual use of fiber and other materials, referencing the body, the tactile and the experiential. Through Feb. 12. ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Atlanta-based artist Alice Stone-Collins shares “Domus Domus,” a collection of intricate hand-painted collaged pieces. Through Feb. 25. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through March. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) “Spotlight: Paintings by Amy Watts” presents bold 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.) “Insatiable Fire” features new works by Atlanta-based artists Demetri Burke, Noah Reyes and Sergio Suárez. Through Feb. 23. • “Certainty Still Pending” showcases the work of firstyear MFA students at the Dodd. Through Feb. 23. • “Kara Walker: Prince McVeigh and the Turner Blasphemies” is a stop-motion animation of cut-paper silhouettes who reenact several infamous acts of white suprema-


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class focuses on a different aspect of oil painting, starting with creating a color wheel and ending with the completion of a landscape. Wednesdays, Feb. 15–Mar. 8, 1–3 p.m. $40. wintervillecenter.com OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a meditation designed to guide participants into stillness and silence. Mondays, 4–5 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.healingarts centre.net 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 SONGWRITER’S WORKSHOP (No. 3 Railroad, Arnoldsville) Buddy Mondlock (Guy Clark, Garth Brooks, and Peter, Paul and Mary) leads a workshop on songwriting. Email to reserve a spot. Feb. 25, 1–5 p.m. $50. marynouri@bellsouth.net, www.3railroad.org 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. www.liveoakmartialarts.com YOGA (Elixir Movement Arts, Mercury A.I.R.) Build a yoga practice,

cist history in the country’s recent history. Through Mar. 30. 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. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Paintings by Seth Martin. Through February. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) On view in the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, “Jane Manus: Undaunted” includes five large abstract works. Through Feb. 12. • Spanning the 18th century to the present, “Object Lessons in American Art” features over 100 works of Euro-American, African-American and Native American art from the Princeton University Art Museum’s collection. Through May 14. • “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. JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through February. LAST RESORT GRILL (174 W. Clayton St.) Troy Ayers presents oil paintings while Amanda Ayers shares travel photography. Through March. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) “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 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. Through Mar. 4. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) “Unframed Images: Photography from the Collection of P.H. Polk” spotlights the official photographer for Tuskegee University from 1939–1984 who photographed many Civil Rights events of the mid-twentieth century.

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. shelleydownsyoga@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 TEACHER TRAINING SCHOLARSHIP (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Revolution now offers a “Scholarship for Embodied Wisdom” during yoga teacher training for individuals interested in contemporary trauma-​informed methods. Apply online. Sessions run Mar. 18–June 4. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com/yoga-​ teacher-​training 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 ATHENS TRANSIT PUBLIC INPUT (Athens, GA) The Athens-​Clarke County Transit system is seeking public input on its five-​year strategic plan. Fill out the online survey before Feb. 18. www.accgov.com/ transit

SCNC BOARD MEMBERS (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., the founding support organization for SCNC, is seeking new members for its board of directors. Experience in accounting, social media or retail preferred. Apply online. scncinc@gmail.com, www.sandycreeknaturecenterinc. org/board-​members

Kidstuff ART CLUBS (K.A. Artist Shop) Draw, paint, collage and create during weekly Art Card Club meet-​ups. Fridays, 4:30–6 p.m. (pre-​teens), 6:30–8 p.m. (teens). Drawing Club for Teens, taught by local artist James Greer, is held Wednesdays, 5–6:30 p.m. $25/drop-​in, $180 (10-​session pass). www.kaartist. com GREEN LIFE ART CONTEST (Athens, GA) Students in K-​12 can submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, poems or photographs inspired by environmental education and sustainability. This year’s theme is “‘Water’ You Going to Do.” Submissions due Feb. 24, 5 p.m. Selected submissions will be exhibited at the Lyndon House Arts Center Apr. 1–29. www.accgov. com/10573/Green-​Life-​Art-​ Contest-​Exhibit LUTHEROAD DAYCAMP (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Activities include games, crafts, worship and special events. Register by May 14. Camp runs June 26–30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. www.holycrossathens.com/ lutheroad READ MAKE PLAY (’Brella Studio) Various art activities for ages 0–5 are offered weekday mornings at 9 a.m. Check website for upcoming programs. Story time is also held every Friday at 10 a.m. www.brella studio.com RIPPLE EFFECT FILM PROJECT (Athens, GA) Pre-​K through 12th-​ grade students write, produce and star in short, water-​themed films. The film submissions moving to

Lecture Feb. 16, 3 p.m. Through February. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) The Athens Art Association shares a variety of works by its members. Artist reception Feb. 12, 2–4 p.m. Through March. • Artwork by La Ruchala Murphy. Closing reception with live music by Trevon on Feb. 25, 6–8 p.m. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) “Georgia Mountains to the Shore” demonstrates the diverse landscape of Georgia through artworks by Evelyn Beck, Lynne Harrill, Sara Quattlebaum, Cynthia Steward, Denny Webster and Kathryn Weston. • “A Brush with Murder: Novel Art by the Wonders of Watercolor Group” celebrates the release of a new book by Gail Langer Karwoski that was inspired by the WOW group that meets each week at OCAF to paint together. • “New Horizons: Mixed Media Work by ESP Students” features participants of the “Get Crafty” class at Extra Special People. • “Fabric Storm by Bobbi Johnson” is a mixed-media installation incorporating umbrellas, fabric, netting, ribbon and other materials. Through Feb. 10. 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. STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Elizabeth Barton’s collection of quilts and watercolors are inspired by the practice of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” Through Mar. 5. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Gary Autry presents “The Therapeutic Nature of Travel.” Closing reception Feb. 9, 6–9 p.m. UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “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. Through May. • “Freemasonry in Georgia: Ideals, Imagery and Impact” presents items that demonstrate the ambitions and tensions that existed within the secret society. Through July 7. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) The newly named Claire and Robert Clements Gallery debuts with a collection of oil paintings by Robert Clements. WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Lane, Winterville) Nature photography by Ken Storey. Through Mar. 24.

Support Groups 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 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 NEW PARENTS AND INFANT FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP (BYL Family Resource Center) Come as you are for community, snacks and feeding advice from professionals. Babies and children of all ages are welcome. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.byyourleave.org PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP (First Baptist Church) This group is to encourage, support and share information with fellow sojourners who manage the challenges of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Second Friday of every month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ bellsouth.net 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 SUPPORT GROUPS (Integrity Counseling & Personal Development) ICPD offers several support groups. “LGBTQIA+ Young Adults Group” is offered for ages 18–30. “Survivors of Suicide Loss Group” is offered the first Wednesday of every month, 7–8 p.m. “Veterans, Dependents & Caregivers Benefits Resource & Claim Assistance Group” is offered the first Saturday of every month, 9–10 a.m. www. integrityofjefferson.com

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

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 GREENLIFE AWARDS (Athens, GA) Nominate individuals, businesses and organizations to be recognized for their environmental stewardship, innovative sustainable design or community improvements. Deadline Mar. 3. www.accgov.com/ GreenLife 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 ODE TO THE COMMODE (Water Business Office) Pick up a free toilet dye tablet to check for leaks. Through Feb. 28. 706-​613-​3729 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 RABBIT BOX (VFW Post 2872) Seeking storytellers to share seven-​ minute true tales to share with a live audience. Upcoming themes include “Duets” (two presenters at a time) in February, “Mystifying” in March, “Awkward!” in April and “Gone but not Forgotten” in May. Email to pitch your story and participate. rabbitboxstories@gmail.com RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Weekly events include Open Mic (Tuesdays, 7–11 p.m.), Acoustic Song Circle (Thursdays, 7–11 p.m.), Seventh Generation Native American Church services and community potlucks (Sundays, 11 a.m.) and Drumming and Song Circle (Sundays, 3–5 p.m.). Weekly Sunday Funday Markets held 1–5 p.m. Wednesday Yoga (5 p.m.) is followed by Meditation and Integration (6 p.m.). Events are free or donation based. www.rabbitholes tudios.org/calendar ROLLERGIRL BOOT CAMP (Fun Galaxy Athens) The Classic City Rollergirls host a spring boot camp for aspiring rollergirls. Saturdays, 9–11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. Feb. 25–Apr. 5. $20 (gear rental), $3 (skate rental), $2 (mouthguard). www.classiccity rollergirls.com SPRING PROGRAMS (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. Registration opens Feb. 4 (residents) and Feb. 6 (non-​ residents). Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/myrec STARSHIP SURVEY (Athens, GA) Starship Enterprises of Atlanta is conducting a market research survey about sexual intimacy. Participants will receive a $10 coupon and be entered to win a $300 gift card. Deadline Feb. 11. tinyurl. com/32dyndxj WORK.SHOP (160 Winston Dr.) Open rehearsal and performance space for theater, comedy, dance, classes and events. $10/hour. www. workshopathens.com f


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By Gordon Lamb threatsandpromises@flagpole.com VIEWERS LIKE YOU: The prolific and electronically oriented Iodine Watt has a new EP named Shared History, and it’s just about the most background-oriented thing I’ve heard in, well, weeks. Which is to say, don’t expect this to capture your attention if you throw it on. It has neither immediacy nor urgency, and it drifts along at its own slow pace. That’s not to say, however, that it slogs along, which it definitely doesn’t. There’s a rhythm here, but it might take a few passes to discern it. Occasionally it feels like a subtle appeal to the cleanliness of mechanical reproduction (“Feel Me Feel You (Satyriacs)”) but that’s really just a vibe, and there’s nothing explicitly pointing my feelings this way. The final track, “Safe in Sound (Spacers),” does, however, sound exactly like the type of music that plays during pauses in public-access TV programming when those cards with community announcements are shown. If this particular release doesn’t do it for you when checking it out at iodinewatt.bandcamp.com, just stick around there for a while and click some other things. There are a lot of choices. GIT ‘ER DUNN: ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art) continues its free music night series, under the direction of Monty Greene, on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Featured that night is the irrepressible and thoroughly heroic Kevin Dunn. His resume is undeniable, and his talent nearly unquestionable. With no exaggeration, Dunn was a key player in the advancement of Southern new wave, both with his own music (The Fans, Regiment of Women, et al) and his production and supFloral Portrait port of peer groups such as The B-52s and Pylon. For the unfamiliar, get up to speed at kevindunn.bandcamp.com, and if you’re already familiar, just get yourself to ATHICA. TICKLING THE IVORIES: The Performing Arts Center at UGA will host jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hodgson Concert Hall. The blind pianist and former child prodigy will make his Athens debut with his quintet. His professional bona fides are without question, and he’s toured the world, including appearances at some of the most renowned festivals and stages on Earth. These include SFJAZZ Center (San Francisco), Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and Telluride Jazz Festival, among many more. Tickets for this performance are available online at pac.uga.edu as well as at the Performing Arts Center box office Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please see pac.uga. edu or call 706-542-4400. IN THE LAB: Longtime Athens-based publicist Michelle Roche will present a solid bill of Americana folk at Ciné on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Featured performers this night are songwriter, guitarist and visual artist Abe Partridge (Mobile, AL) who is on the cusp of releasing his newest album Love In The Dark, David Childers (Charlotte, NC), and Athens’ own Ken Will Morton who hasn’t played live since 2021. Partridge has achieved a good amount of critical acclaim for his songwriting, which I find to be most effective at its slowest and most deliberate. Get up to speed via abepartridge.com and davidchilders.com. EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER: The ambitious new album from Floral Portrait (formerly Sibylline Lover) is out now

courtesy of Marching Banana Records. The project—populated by composers and collaborators from previous projects Jason Bronson, Jacob Chisenhall and Freeman Leverett—both explores and inhabits a particularly specific type of late-1960s orchestral pop. Specific examples include Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys, The Free Design and Harpers Bizarre. In fact, the song “Clarissa” is so “Wilsonian” (their words) that it’s a little on the nose. The group isn’t entirely married to this aesthetic, though, as the sonic disintegration at the end of “Spectacle in Paisley Park” makes clear. Highlights for me here are the gently wafting “Waves,” the Tin Pan Alley-ish “Portrait of E” and the spectacular album-closer “Silver Thread Lullaby.” Floral Portrait will perform at Flicker Theatre & Bar on Feb. 27, and an ANDY BARTON

the finalist round debut on the big screen during the Blue Carpet Premiere, where filmmakers shimmer as they strut past the “drop-​parazzi” and enter the historic Morton Theatre. Deadline Feb. 12. www. rippleeffectfilmproject.org SPARK WEEKEND ACADEMY (UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel) “Writing Great Fantasy and Sci-​Fi: Worldbuilding Workshop,” “Digital Film Special Effects & Editing” and “Storyboarding for ages 13–17 are all held on Mar. 11–12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $120. “Be Audit You Can Be: Accounting 101” for ages 15–17 is held Apr. 22–23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $15. www.georgia center.uga.edu/youth/spark 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! www.treehousekidand craft.com

album release show will follow at Hendershot’s on Mar. 3. The limited-edition vinyl is already sold out and cassette copies are going quickly, but you can still grab your digital copy over at floralportrait.bandcamp.com. WIND ADVISORY: When UGA’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music hosts the College Band Directors National Association national conference this week, Athens music fans are in for a treat. The UGA Wind Ensemble, conducted by Nicholas Enrico Williams and guest conductors Jaclyn Hartenberger and Shiree X. Williams, is scheduled to perform Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and play six pieces, two of which are world premieres. The first is a collaboration between Linqua Franqa (AKA Maria Parker) and Peter Van Zandt Lane (Dancz Center for New Music) titled “Ascendant Cycles,” and it’s a three-movement concerto. The second premier is “Triptych” from composer Joseph Turrin and will feature principal trumpet for the New York Philharmonic (NYP) Chris Martin as well as the NYP’s principal trombone Joseph Alessi. This performance is free, open to the public and will occur at Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall. You may reserve your free tickets online via music.uga. edu or by calling 706-542-4400. In related news, a panel discussion titled “Athens Hip Hop Harmonic: Building a Bridge Between UGA and Local Music” will happen Saturday, Feb. 18 at 4:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Ramsey Hall. Featured participants include the aforementioned Lane and Parker as well as Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty Connie Frigo, Jaclyn Hartenberger and James Weidman. Also participating are Montu Miller, Celest Divine Ngeve and Ayako Pederson-Takeda. This discussion is also free and open to the public. f

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Apollo (59219)

Apollo loves to play with toys and has lots of energy! He can get excited and needs a little help with his manners, so a patient and loving person would be perfect for him.

Fantine (59315)

Fantine is both beautiful and sweet. She’s also athletic and sprints after toys at top speed! If you need a charming furry friend to play fetch with, Fantine is your girl!

Roach (59230)

When Roach first arrived he was thin, scared and needed reassurance. Now, he’s still sweet and affectionate but is ready to play, make new friends and find a loving home!

These pets and many others are available for adoption at:

Athens-Clarke County Animal Services 125 Buddy Christian Way · 706-613-3540 Call for appointment



Edited by Margie E. Burke

Difficulty: Easy

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4 5 1 33 3 2 6 7 9 8 55


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