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By Blake Aued and Rebecca McCarthy news@flagpole.com The Athens-Clarke County Commission voted unanimously last week to allow a local developer to move forward with a $650 million plan to redevelop Georgia Square Mall. The commission not only approved what is believed to be the largest development in Athens history—at about 70 acres, the mall property is equal to the size of downtown Athens—but it is also the first time that ACC has used the economic development tool of a tax allocation district to make such a development possible. Voters approved the use of TADs in 2008, but none were created locally until 2020, when Mayor Kelly Girtz proposed six around the mall and other struggling areas targeted for new development. The mall TAD will put new property tax revenue generated by the development—$189 million over an estimated 30 years—back into the development in the form of community benefits. TADs are commonly used in Atlanta and other cities to encourage redevelopment in risky or blighted areas. The plan proposed by W&A Engineering on behalf of The Leaven Group, led by Athens homebuilder Mark Jennings, calls for demolishing about two-thirds of the mall, leaving Belk and the surrounding space, while adding 70,000 square feet of new commercial space and 1,200 apartments, townhouses and senior living units. According to a community benefits agreement, 10% of the apartments will be set aside at below-market rents for 20 years, and reduced-rent commercial space will be reserved for the Clarke County School District, the Boys & Girls Club, and womenand minority-owned businesses. TAD revenue will also support stormwater drainage improvements, 19 acres of greenspace, 800 trees, walking and biking trails, and a bus


station on Atlanta Highway. A “pay as you go” provision and other safeguards protect taxpayers from being on the hook should the development fail. Construction will be phased to allow Belk and the few other remaining mall tenants to stay open, and is expected to take five to six years. [Blake Aued]

Tough Crowd at DA Town Hall

tem have led to a shortage of prosecutors nationwide, according to a 2022 Reuters article. In Georgia, assistant DAs are a mix of state- and county-funded positions, and the county-funded positions in particular pay tens of thousands of dollars less than other nearby circuits, Gonzalez said. She said she has met with Mayor Kelly Girtz and Athens-Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams about the problem, and “they did nothing.” When Gonzalez recently asked for $267,000 to hire a three-person unit to prosecute gang-related crimes, ACC commissioners were reluctant to grant her the money because she had so many open positions already. But they did approve a study of attorneys’ salaries in the local government and could reconsider the request during this spring’s budget process. Gonzalez’s critics disapproved of moderator Chaplain Cole Knapper reading questions off of note cards audience members had filled out, and booed when she and Gonzalez said they wouldn’t respond to queries about individual cases. They shouted out more questions and accusations throughout the meeting, attended by about 100 people in the ACC Library auditorium. Asked why she didn’t take more cases to trial, Gonzalez said that 97% result in a

Western Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez faced a hostile crowd during a recent town hall meeting, but was not without her supporters as she defended her record. Under attack from Republicans both locally and in Atlanta—where state lawmakers have proposed bills to constrain or remove progressive prosecutors like Gonzalez—the DA said that she has done what she campaigned to do by prioritizing violent felonies and ignoring minor drug offenses, despite challenges like a staffing shortage. Gonzalez said she envisioned the job as an administrative one when she was elected as Clarke and Oconee counties’ top prosecutor in 2020. Now down to five assisA rendering of a proposed 4,000 square-foot house on Milledge Circle. tant DAs out of 17 positions, the former media lawyer has even stepped into the courtroom plea bargain—in line with the 95% national herself out of necessity to try criminal cases average—because there aren’t enough lawfor the first time. “I might have walked in yers or courtrooms to try every case. More with no prosecution experience,” she said. than 1,800 cases were referred to her office “Let me tell you, I have plenty now.” in 2022, on top of a 2,400-case backlog Low pay, burnout and concerns about from when courts were closed during the inequalities in the criminal justice syspandemic; about 3,000 were closed. Just 49 went to trial last year. Sometimes police haven’t gathered enough evidence to meet the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard for conviction, and other times witnesses are scared to testify, Gonzalez said, adding that she is working with Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on funding to start a state-level witness protection program. For some repeat offenders, prison clearly doesn’t work, so it’s better to address the underlying issue, such as addiction or gang recruitment, Gonzalez said. “When they [defendants] get to us in court, it’s too late for many of them,” she said. One question involved restorative justice practices, which Gonzalez said brings closure to victims. Another person asked if she had received campaign contributions from liberal billionaire George Soros, who’s often the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories. “No,” was her one-word response. Gonzalez also reiterated her opposition to GOP bills in the state legislature—supported by her two-time House race opponent, Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens)—that would create a council with the power to remove DAs who refuse to prosecute certain crimes, and would reduce the threshold to recall a DA from 30% of registered voters to 2%. The bills

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are partisan and unnecessary because DAs already have oversight, she said. The final question of the evening asked, to applause, if Gonzalez would resign. “I will not resign, because I’m doing the job people elected me to do,” she said, to equal applause. “And I think we’ll end it at that.” [BA]

Projects Proposed in Historic Districts The Athens-Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission will consider five proposed projects at its Mar. 15 meeting, including tearing down a duplex to build a large house in Five Points. The duplex property under consideration at 285 Milledge Circle has a long history regarding preservation. Commercial real estate agent Jamie Boswell, who bought the one-story duplex in 1998 for $100,000, petitioned to have it listed as “not contributing” when the historic district was designated in 2018. In 2019, son Jay Boswell told the HPC his father wanted to construct a 4,000-square-foot retirement home on the site. In November 2020, tax records show, Boswell sold the property for $467,500 to Jill Wright and Eric Gordon, an orthopedist. Officials approved a request in June 2021 to demolish the duplex and build a new house, but that approval expired. Current plans show a 3,917 squarefoot, five-bedroom house, with one and a half stories and a roof 29 feet high. Sevenfoot-high fences will screen both the north and south neighbors. A 793 square-foot garage will face the alley that runs behind houses on Milledge Circle and Westview. Plans are to access the garage via the alley instead of the existing driveway from Milledge Circle. County planners recommended the HPC approve the plan. Two other projects in the Milledge Circle Historic District are also on the HPC’s agenda. At 210 Milledge Circle, owner Erik NeSmith has petitioned to build in the back yard a 476 square-foot, two-story garage with a guest room on the second floor. The highest point of the roof is 21 and a half feet. NeSmith’s request was approved in 2021, but that approval has also expired, and the membership of the Historic Preservation Commission has changed. The property has 87 feet of frontage on Milledge Circle and 200 feet along Castalia Avenue, which is also a historic district. The planning staff has recommended approving the garage, as long as it is shifted west at least 7 feet, to align it with the house next door fronting on Castalia Avenue. The owner of 340 Milledge Circle wants to expand the rear porch and add dormers to the side of the house. Planning staff have recommended approving changes to the house with some conditions. In the Boulevard Historic District, one homeowner has asked to modify the openings onto the rear screened porch of their house at 169 Virginia Ave., and another homeowner wants to construct an 8-foottall privacy fence at the rear of their property at 153 New Ave. [Rebecca McCarthy] f




Bills on the Move


By Various Authors news@flagpole.com


ozens of bills cleared a key legislative deadline last week, with some controversial measures— like a ban on some gender-affirming care— squeaking by as the clock wound down. And in the House, what didn’t come up for a vote at all was notable: sports betting. The bill likely represented the last shot this session had at expanding gambling in Georgia beyond the lottery after two proposals were rejected in the Senate, but the House adjourned without putting it to a vote. “This year was not the right time for it in the House,” Speaker Jon Burns told reporters late on Mar. 6. Some of the most spirited debate in the House Monday happened on a bill creating oversight panels for local prosecutors and another measure that would increase weight limits for tractor-trailers, which narrowly survived with a 93–81 vote. Here’s a rundown on some of the other highlights from Crossover Day, which is the legislature’s self-imposed deadline for a bill to get a vote in at least one chamber. However, even bills that failed to cross the threshold could be revived if their language is inserted into another bill that has.

Panel Could Discipline DAs Georgia’s GOP-controlled House passed controversial legislation 98–75 late on Tuesday’s Crossover Day that would establish oversight boards that could remove district attorneys deemed to neglect select prosecutions. Dallas Republican Rep. Joseph Gullett’s House Bill 231 would require the Georgia Supreme Court to appoint five-member investigation panels and three-member hearing panels that will determine disciplinary consequences for prosecutors who decline to prosecute low-level offenses. Among the grounds for removing district attorneys and solicitor generals are willful and prejudicial misconduct or being found to have mental or physical disabilities that impede their abilities to prosecute cases. The Senate advanced a similar bill last week, with Republican lawmakers supporting the measures opposed by prosecuting and district attorney associations. Democratic legislators have questioned the necessity of an oversight committee that can target the discretion prosecutors already have to determine the merits of cases and pointed out that district attorneys can already face disciplinary measures if they have breached duties. District attorneys like Deborah Gonzalez in Athens and Fulton County’s Fani Willis, who is pursuing a probe of former President Donald Trump, have complained the legislation is an overreaction. “Their prosecutorial discretion is vital to allowing our locally elected D.A.’s to examine the specific facts of each case when deciding if and how to prosecute, and that’s threatened under this bill,” Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick, a Lithonia Democrat, said. Gullett defended the measure by stating that the state Supreme Court would review any disciplinary action related to complaints filed and subsequent panel decisions. “This is not a partisan issue in my mind regarding who’s acting in bad faith as a D.A.,” he said hours before Monday’s deadline for legislation to advance to the opposite chamber. “This is vitally important to communities who have district attorneys who are bad actors and not prosecuting cases or doing things illegally, and ultimately just bringing really really bad light to their offices.”

Voucher Expansion Passes Senate Georgia’s limited school voucher program could be extended after the Senate passed a toned-down version on a party-line vote Mar. 6. The bill would provide $6,000 to parents who pull their children out of public schools ranked

in the bottom 25% of the state. A previous version applied to nearly all students. “I would actually argue to you that we have two paths in public school right now, the haves and the have-nots, and this bill levels the playing field for parents who want to get their kids out of schools that are in House Speaker Jon Burns holds a press conference on Crossover Day. the lower 25% of all the schools in the state, and gives those parents help they may othHouse Monday 127–43 and goes now to the Senate. It’s erwise [not] have,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Greg Dolezal part of the GOP-controlled legislature’s response to rising (R-Cumming). housing prices. Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) accused Republicans of The measure would bar local governments from putting sabotaging public schools. Georgia has not updated its a moratorium on new single-family homes for more than school funding formula since it was created in 1985 and is 180 days. The measure included exemptions for state of one of six states that do not allocate extra money to chilemergency declarations, natural disasters or when the local dren whose families are affected by poverty, she said. “It’s government has contracted with a third party to complete pretty obvious what’s going on here,” she said. “You ruin a study on public utilities. In addition, the bill would allow the schools so they don’t have credibility, you don’t give local governments to waive “impact fees,” which are tied to them the money they need to do a basic job, which is on us, costs for public infrastructure on residential housing under and then use that as an excuse to weaken them further.” 2,500 square feet, as an incentive for homebuilders. “We all know that our state is growing and growing rapidly, and the people have to have a place to live,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon). “We are A measure that would define antisemitism in state code always applauding that growth and applauding the growth was approved by the House, where it encountered free of the industry that’s coming. speech concerns. “The reality is if a local community can just declare a The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta), moratorium and say, ‘Well we just don’t want anybody else defers to the International Holocaust Remembrance coming,’ then we are allowing them to build economic walls Alliance’s definition and directs state agencies to consult around that county and city,” Washburn said. the definition when applying Georgia’s anti-discrimination Lawmakers from both parties expressed concerns. and hate crime laws. Proponents argue the definition is “What happens at 180 days if school projects haven’t been needed to spell out what antisemitism is, giving prosecuaddressed or roads aren’t prepared or water systems aren’t tors a guide when parsing out intent when a crime has been in place? Will they be able to move forward without that?” committed. said Rep. Darlene Taylor, a Thomasville Republican who “Protections for Jewish people do not come at the voted against the bill. Washburn’s answer: Local governexpense of anyone else—except antisemites,” said Rep. ments can’t refuse to issue permits if 180 days have lapsed. Esther Panitch (D-Sandy Springs). Panitch, who is the only Jewish state lawmaker in Georgia, was among those recently targeted by antisemitic flyers that were thrown onto properties in predominantly Legislators in the House passed a tax that would tax Jewish areas of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Similar flydigital downloads in the same way physical content, like a ers were placed on driveways in Cobbham and Boulevard book, is taxed when purchased at the store. last month. HB 170 passed on Crossover Day with a 162–10 vote But some Democrats questioned the need to define and now moves over to the Senate. If signed into law, it antisemitism when the hate crimes law passed in 2020 would make e-books, video games and other types of digital includes acts targeting someone because of the victim’s video-audio works a little more expensive. religion. “We wanted to make sure that our brick-and-mortar “By creating a definition for antisemitism, when antisestores that sell video games that sell books that are taxed mitic acts are already covered in statute, it begs the quesin our community are facing a parity in the taxation system tion as to why the Georgia code does not define anti-Black across the internet as well,” said Rep. Kasey Carpenter, a racism or anti-Latino racism or anti-Asian racism,” said Dalton Republican and the bill’s sponsor. Rep. Jasmine Clark, a Lilburn Democrat who voted against The 4% tax would take effect next year and would apply the bill. “Each of these groups could make the argument to digital products such as magazines, photos and digital that they have been subjected to an increase and acts of applications. But electronic fund transfers, loans, online violence over the years.” classes and advertising services are excluded from the tax. Rep. El-Mahdi Holly (D-Stockbridge) argued the alliThe authors of the bill are also not pursuing a tax on ance’s definition equates hate speech with “sharp criticism streaming services like Netflix, for now. Such attempts have of the State of Israel as a political government.” failed in the past. But Carpenter said that is something “How far will you go to police our words? Perhaps anyone using the N-word past or present can be charged with a that needs to be looked at as subscription-based services become more prevalent. hate crime,” Holly said. As for mom-and-pop shops that serve as vital commuThe bill passed with a 136-22 vote and headed to the nity hubs, and have to pay property taxes, the bill will build Senate. support for these businesses that struggle to compete with online retail sales, proponents argue. “We’re seeing traditional brick-and-mortar businesses suffer because of the unequal playing field that internet A proposal limiting a local government’s ability to stop sales have caused,” said Rep. David Knight (R-Griffin), “and new residential building has passed the House, but lawmak- that’s a detriment to our communities.” f ers balked at a more controversial plan to curb local regulaJill Nolin, Ross Williams, Stanley Dunlap and Aaleah McConnell contions on home construction standards. tributed to this article, which first appeared at georgiarecorder.com. The bill that has gained traction, HB 514, cleared the

Defining Anti-Semitism Draws Debate

Tax on Digital Books and Games

House Backs Homebuilding Bill

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July. Winner announced Aug. 26. www.georgiamuseum.org OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. www. accgov.com/7350/Open-​Studio-​ Membership

Classes ART AND WRITING CLASSES (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) “Watercolor Exploration.” Tuesdays, Apr. 4–May 2, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $160–210. “The Joy of Flowers in Acrylic & Watercolor.” Tuesdays, Apr. 4–May 2, 6–8 p.m. $160–210. “Beginning & Intermediate Acrylic Painting Course.” Thursdays, Apr. 6–May 4, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. $160–210. “Abstract Exploration Courses for Acrylic, Watercolor and Water Soluble Oil Painters.” Thursdays, Apr. 6–May 4, 12:30–2:30 p.m. $160–210. Heidi Lynn Nilsson offers weekly courses in “Writing Dialogue.” Apr. 10–May 8, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $165–215. www. ocaf.com ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) “Pet Portraits in Acrylic.” Mar. 22 & Mar. 29, 6–8 p.m. $55. “Beginner Basics in Watercolor.” Mar. 26, 1–4 p.m. $45. “Intro to Aqua Oils.” Wednesdays, Apr. 12–26, 6–8 p.m. $75. “House Portraits in Watercolor.” Apr. 23, 1–4 p.m. $45. “Photo + Edit Your Artwork.” Apr. 29 or May 20, 1–4 p.m. $75. “Pointed Dip Pen Calligraphy.” May 6, 1–3 p.m. $55. “Abstract Art

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. Through mid-May. 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. Through Mar. 23. ATHENS-CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Marisa Leilani Mustard presents a collection of colorful paintings in “WILD!” Through April. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) The “2023 Members’ Showcase” spotlights over 40 artists who support the gallery as members. Artist’s Roundtable Discussion on closing day, Mar. 19, 4 p.m. ATHENTIC BREWING (108 Park Ave.) Corwin Weik is inspired by the natural environment and cultural spaces that have shaped the person he is today. Through March. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through March. CREATURE COMFORTS (271 W. Hancock Ave.) Original painting by local artist Kelsey Wishik. Through March. DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) Zipporah Camille Thompson presents “HIGH TIDE,” an installation reflecting on the roller coaster of heights and depths of post-grief triumph. Through Mar. 24. • The 2023 “Student Scientific and Medical Illustration Juried Exhibition” spotlights recent works by artists studying in the field. Through Mar. 29. • “Kara Walker: Prince McVeigh and the Turner Blasphemies” is a stop-motion animation of cut-paper silhouettes who reenact several infamous acts of white supremacist history in the country’s recent history. Through Mar. 30. • “Anne


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in Acrylic.” May 9, 6–8 p.m. $35. www.kaartist.com BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Washington) “Forge a Fire Poker” covers tapering, bending and scrolling, forge welding, cutting with a chisel and more. Apr. 15 or May 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Forge a Bottle Opener” will cover making open face and church key style bottle openers. Mar. 25 or May 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. In “Basic Blacksmithing: First Time at the Forge,” students will forge and assemble a wall mount rack with three hooks. Apr. 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $150. “Forge a Throwing Tomahawk” is for experienced students. Apr. 1 or May 27, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $175. “The Art of Chain Making.” Apr. 29, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $165. “Forge an Iron Age Battle Spear.” May 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $175. greenhowhand made@gmail.com COMMUNITY DANCE IMPROV (work.shop) No experience necessary. Vaccines and boosters required. Sundays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Donations accepted. lisa yaconelli@gmail.com DEDICATED MINDFULNESS PRACTITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. richardshoe@gmail.com GET FIT! (Lay Park) Ages 55 and older are invited to participate in aerobic walking classes to improve flexibility and strength. Mondays through Apr. 24, 1–2 p.m. 706-​ 613-​3596 GROW YOUR BUSINESS WORKSHOP SERIES (Athens Land Trust or Zoom) The Athens Land Trust presents a course for budding

Alisa Luxenberg, professor emeritus of art history at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Art, curated “Freemasonry in Georgia: Ideals, Imagery, and Impact,” an exhibition currently on display at the UGA Special Collections Libraries through July. entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Wednesdays, Mar. 15–Apr. 19, 5:30–7 p.m. FREE! www.athens landtrust.org HOMEBUYER EDUCATION WORKSHOP (Zoom) Athens Land Trust presents an eight-​hour, HUD-​certified course for first-​time homeowners that covers the home-​buying process in Georgia. Pre-​registration required. Mar. 18, Apr. 15, May 20 and June 17, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $10. www.athenslandtrust.org IMPROV COMEDY COURSES (work. shop) Level 1 is a six-​week course introducing the basics of improv comedy. Fundamental skills include saying “Yes, and…,” creating interesting scenes, cultivating spontaneity and following your intuition. Begins Mar. 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $150. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com MINDFULNESS PRACTICE EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a meditation designed to guide participants into stillness and silence.

McInnis: Full Circle ReSet” maps the cycles of foundation, change, returning and becoming by channeling the lives of New Yorkers working in the textile and fashion industry over the past four decades Through Mar. 30. FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Spencer Lusk. Through March. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) 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. • “Art is a form of freedom” is a collaborative project through which incarcerated women at the Whitworth Women’s Facility selected works for an exhibition and wrote prose and poetry in response to the pieces. Through July 2. • “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. HENDERSHOT’S (237 Prince Ave.) “Shh… Art!” features works by Stephanie Reavis, Steve Sweetser, Kylie Woodall and Jeff Rapier. Through March. JUST PHO… AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, Surrealism, fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Through May. 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. • Juried by Maria Elena Ortiz, curator at The Modern in Fort Worth, TX, the 48th Juried Exhibition features 154 works by 107 local artists. Through May 6. OCONEE COUNTY LIBRARY (1080 Experiment Station Rd.) The Athens Art

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 SPANISH CLASSES (Athens, GA) For adults, couples and children. Learn from experts with years of professional experience. Contact for details. 706-​372-​4349, marinabilbao75@gmail.com, www.marina-​ spain-​2020.squarespace.com TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts) Traditional and modern-​style Taekwondo, self-​defense, grappling and weapons classes are offered for all ages. Classes in Jodo, the art of the Japanese staff and sword, are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Visit the website for a full schedule. liveoak martialarts@gmail.com, www.live oakmartialarts.com

YOGA AND MORE (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Revolution is a multipurpose mind-​body wellness studio offering yoga and therapy with an emphasis on trauma-​ informed practices. Check website for upcoming classes and programs. www.revolutiontherapyand yoga.com YOGA CLASSES (Let It Be Yoga Studio, Watkinsville) Classes are offered in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, beginner, gentle and other styles. Check online calendar for weekly offerings. www.letitbeyoga.org 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

Association shares a variety of works by its members. Through March. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) Beatrice Brown’s “Quilt Stories of Time and Place” creates a timeline of motifs used in fabric quilting designs dating from ancient Egypt to the present day. Through Apr. 7. • In celebration of Youth Art Month, an exhibition features works by K-12 students attending Oconee County schools. Through March. 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. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Hinterglasmalerei: Reverse Paintings of Steffen Thomas” explores the range of experimentation Thomas did with the ancient technique. Through Apr. 22. TIF SIGFRIDS (393 N. Finley St.) Artwork by Andy Giannakakis, Gracie DeVito, John Fahey, Margaux Ogden and J.V. Martin. Through Apr. 1. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Anna Marie Ruch Lehman’s paintings are inspired by nature, color and movement. One-night 3Thurs Pop-up Mar. 16, 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 work of portrait artist Diana Paradise is currently featured in the Claire and Robert Clements Gallery. Open Sunday mornings or by appointment at 706-546-7914. WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Lane, Winterville) Nature photography by Ken Storey. Through Mar. 24.

Help Out MULTIPLE CHOICES BOARD MEMBERS (Athens, GA) Seeking a new board member for Multiple Choices Center for Independent Living, a nonprofit agency of disability advocates serving individuals throughout a 10-​county area of Northeastern Georgia. Call for information. 706-​ 850-​4025 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 CAMP REGISTRATION (Athens, GA) The ACC Leisure Services Department offers a variety of summer camps. Registration begins Mar. 18 for residents and Mar. 20 for non-​ residents. www.accgov.com/myrec 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 SPARK WEEKEND ACADEMY (UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel) “Be Audit You Can Be: Accounting 101” for ages 15–17 is held Apr. 22–23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $15. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/ youth/spark STUDENT ART COMPETITION (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Students in ninth grade and above (including college) can submit original artwork that may be used to create gift shop items such as note cards, T-​shirts, scarves and mugs. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Deadline Mar. 31. botgarden.uga.edu/event/ student-​art-​competition-​submission-​deadline SUMMER ART CAMPS (K.A. Artist Shop) A variety of half-​day or full-​ day camps are available for pre-​ teens and teens. Subjects include drawing, painting, calligraphy, creative journaling, printmaking, collage and more. Weekly camps run June 1–July 17, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1:30–5:30 p.m. $250/week of half days, $450/week of full days. www.kaartist.com SUMMER CAMPS (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will launch registration for summer camps on Mar 18 for residents and Mar. 20 for non-​residents. www.accgov. com/myrec SUMMER CAMPS (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Camps are offered a variety of themes including digital design and illustration, Halloween, apothecary and flora, glow in the dark and blacklight, food trucks, slime and more. Check website for dates and

descriptions. www.treehousekidand craft.com SWIM LESSONS (Athens, GA) Swim lessons for children ages 3 and older are offered at Heard Park, Lay Park, Memorial Park and Rocksprings Park pools. $33–50/ session. The ACC Leisure Services’ Kinderswim program for 5-​year-​old children is free. www.accgov.com/ myrec TUTORING (Online) The Athens Regional Library System is now offering free, live online tutoring via tutor.com for students K-​12, plus college students and adult learners. Daily, 2–9 p.m. www.athenslibrary. org

Support Groups ACA ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) This support group meets weekly. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. annetteanelson@gmail.com 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 GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP (ACCA Center for Active Living) First Wednesday of the month, 10:30–11:30 a.m. abarefoot@ accaging.org LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month, 6–8 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/ welcoming-​congregation MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY GROUP (Nuçi’s Space) Participants support each other through life’s challenges by sharing from their skills, experiences and proven coping mechanisms. Newcomers welcome. First Tuesday of the month, 4–6 p.m. pr@nuci.org, www.nuci.org 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 OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (24th Street Clubhouse) Learn to stop eating compulsively or curb other unwanted food-​related behaviors. Every Tuesday, 12 p.m. FREE! Text: 678-​736-​3697 PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP (First Baptist Church) This group is to encourage, support and share information with fellow sojourners who manage the challenges of Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Second Friday of every month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ bellsouth.net PROJECT SAFE (Family Protection Center) Project Safe hosts a support group for survivors of domestic violence. Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m. www. project-​safe.org RECOVERY DHARMA (Recovery Dharma) This peer-​led support group offers a Buddhist-​inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for details. Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE! www.athens recoverydharma.org 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



District 2 Special Election

Word on the Street FORMER COMMISSIONER, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SEEK SEAT ATHENS BEER TRAIL TROLLEY TOURS (Athens, GA) A new trolly tour will provide transportation between six local breweries: Akademia, 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 ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS (40 Watt Club) ABR is a fundraiser for Nuçi’s Space through which local businesses form bands and perform. Registration closes Mar. 15. Top six fundraising bands as of Apr. 14 will perform on May 6. www. nuci.org/athens-​business-​rocks FREE HEALTH CLINICS (Nuçi’s Space) Nuçi’s will offer a free health clinic Mar. 27. No insurance, no problem. Call to book an appointment. 706-​227-​1515, www. nuci.org 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 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.rabbithole studios.org/calendar ROLLERGIRL BOOT CAMP (Fun Galaxy Athens) The Classic City Rollergirls host a spring boot camp for aspiring rollergirls or those who would like to learn some tips and tricks. Saturdays, 9–11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m. Through Apr. 5. $20 (gear rental), $3 (skate rental), $2 (mouthguard). www. classiccityrollergirls.com SPRING PROGRAMS (Athens, GA) The ACC Leisure Services Department offers a variety of activities highlighting the arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events for adults and children. Now registering. Scholarships available. www.accgov.com/myrec SUMMER JOBS (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will hire over 100 summer positions including camp counselors, lifeguards and more. Hourly pay ranges $15.60–17. Now accepting applications. www. accgov.com/jobs TIRED OF LITTER SPRING TIRE ROUND-​UP (ACC Landfill and CHaRM) There is no disposal fee for residents of ACC and Oglethorpe Counties to drop off up to six abandoned or used tires. Mar. 26–Apr. 1. www.accgov.com/8116/Tire-​ Round-​Up-​Event WORK.SHOP (160 Winston Dr.) Open rehearsal and performance space for theater, comedy, dance, classes and events. $10/hour. lisayaconelli@gmail.com, www. workshopathens.com f

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irrena Gallagher ran for the Clarke infrastructure investment. They don’t have County Board of Education in 2020 the commercial investment” like the largely because she wanted to help students. But white neighborhoods along Prince Avenue. once she got on the board, she realized her As property values and taxes go up in impact was limited. East Athens, ACC should direct more ser“As a school board member, I was frusvices that way, Gallagher says. “If we’re trated,” says Gallagher, the mother of two going to raise property taxes, we need to teenage sons and owner of make sure we have quality a small daycare business everything,” she says. that’s on hiatus during One infrastructure the campaign. “I wanted issue the new commisto help [families] navigate sioner may have to face the system, but I didn’t almost immediately is the have the power. There’s fate of a multi-use path on not much we can do to Barber Street. The comdirectly impact students.” mission voted in February So when Mariah Parker to table it until the new announced their resignaDistrict 3 commissioner tion from the District 2 takes office. seat on the Athens-Clarke Link supports the County Commission in multi-use path along August, Gallagher saw an most of Barber, but has opportunity. She quit the resigned herself to UGA school board in December Kirrena Gallagher students who live between and signed up to run for Prince and Boulevard the vacant seat, believing she could use bringing their cars, so she opposes removher influence as a commissioner to guide ing on-street parking there. Instead, she resources toward youth. supports speed humps to slow down Melissa Link also saw an opportunity. drivers. She was already on the commission, but Gallagher says she’s not privy to enough was about to lose her District 3 seat because information to make up her mind until Republicans in the state legislature had she gets behind the rail. As a greenway and moved the district lines. However, she was Firefly Trail user, “I appreciate us being or eligible to run in the new District 2 once moving toward being a more walkable city,” Parker left. “A majority of my constituents she says. But she doesn’t think many people got screwed over,” Link says. “They lost are using bike infrastructure like the new their chance to vote for protected lanes on Prince. their representative for As a commissioner basically a full cycle.” and previously as an The new District 3 activist, housing and shares no territory with transportation have been the old one that Link Link’s wheelhouse, while represented, but about Gallagher readily admits 70% of the old District 3 she’s still learning about are now part of District those topics. 2. It’s a crescent-shaped Gallagher is more district that runs from focused on youth issues. Hawthorne Avenue and More broadly, she wants the Hancock Corridor to be a fresh, younger through Normaltown and voice on the commission. Boulevard, skirts downShe also touts her breadth town to the north near of experience, from livMelissa Link Bethel Midtown Village, ing in public housing to and extends across the serving on the Athens North Oconee River to the Chicopee-Dudley Land Trust and Department of Family and or inner East Athens area. Both candidates Children Services boards. “I’ve been on both agree that the new district lines and the sides of things,” she says. timing of the special election are a challenge Link says she supports ACC-funded in engaging voters. programs like the Athens Land Trust’s Link already knows most of the terriYoung Urban Builders, which employs tory, having represented it for eight years. high-school students to fix up low-income Residents of Newtown and Pulaski Heights seniors’ houses, and wants to see more like have been calling her for years, she says, so it. However, she says, “If your main interest those areas aren’t entirely unfamiliar either. is helping the youth, you probably belong East Athens is gentrifying, but Link says on the school board or working for Leisure the older Black residents who remain tell Services.” her they appreciate her efforts to protect Early voting runs through Friday at the Black neighborhoods. ACC Board of Elections, ACC Library and Across the district, Link says the conMiriam Moore Community Center. Election cerns are similar: the influx of student Day is Tuesday, Mar. 21. Check the Georgia housing, lack of sidewalks, a need for traffic secretary of state’s My Voter Page at mvp. calming. The difference is, traditionally sos.ga.gov to find out if you are registered Black neighborhoods “haven’t gotten the to vote in District 2. f

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food & drink

grub notes

Remembering Robert ‘Pete’ Harris

Poquitos Revives Familiar Space

By Dera Weaver editorial@flagpole.com

By Hillary Brown food@flagpole.com


ou may have seen him walking down Lumpkin Street toward Park Hall, or walking back in the opposite direction, headed home for lunch. In his later years his pace slowed, but colleagues in the classics department could still set their clocks by him, could depend on his daily routines as a reflection of their own. “In a way,” says Erika Hermanowitz, a longtime colleague, “we revolved around him.”


Robert Harris, known to his friends and family as Pete and to his colleagues as Bob, was 89 years old at the time of his death on Dec. 13, 2022. He came to the University of Georgia in the fall of 1963 and taught in the Department of Classics for 57 years. In colleges and universities, some exposure to classical education has long been considered necessary to the creation of a literate citizenry, and Robert’s life as a teacher through the changes of over half a century never lost that sense of necessity, that urgent connectivity to the past that enlivened his teaching of medical terminology, classical culture, classical mythology and Latin for each new generation of students. As Robert’s brother Richard Harris says, “When I first learned of my brother’s passing, I couldn’t help but think of the ‘Superman’ lyric from the Crash Test Dummies: ‘And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him.’” Robert’s students loved him. Thiela Falkenstrom Schnaufer, who taught Latin for 33 years after graduating from UGA, says, “He was the best teacher I ever had. He had a permanent twinkle in his eye which seemed to come from the delight he took in what he did. He loved to play the part of eccentric classicist while beguiling students who pursued every major and vocation with his ability to make word derivatives fascinating, ancient history brand new, and dead languages come alive.” According to Hermanowitz, “They would


start out with his medical terminology course and then take every single class they could with him. He brought in his stamp collections, flowers from his garden, the clavichord he had built himself. They found him charming.” Robert had a mischievous sense of humor. He once said that the secret to good teaching was “to belabor the obvious.” According to Schnaufer, “There were rumors that he never made a left-hand turn in his car, and that the clavichord in his office was really a child’s coffin. He did nothing to dispel these rumors, and may have even been their source.” Lee Shearer, longtime Athens journalist, recalls a class in which Dr. Harris was describing the Acropolis of Athens and how it symbolized the Greek ideals of democracy and civilization. “Then he said, ‘We have a similar landmark here in our Athens, also symbolizing our ideals: the C&S Bank building downtown,’ which at that time had a lighted sign visible from miles away.” In his early years at UGA, Robert walked to work wearing one of his two shiny black suits, “heavily impregnated with chalk dust,” according to his wife, Ellen. During the late ’60s he adopted the more casual styles then in vogue, but at some point—nobody is quite sure exactly when—Robert began to dress more distinctively: brightly colored trousers, windowpane plaid jackets, brilliant bow ties and his favorite brick-red shoes. In summer, he might sport a straw boater; in winter, a brown felt hat or perhaps a stocking cap with ear flaps and tassels. His brother Richard suggests that Robert saw in himself the image of the Southern 19th century professor; his manner of dress was—with his lovely garden, his collection of antiques, his accomplishments on the piano—all part of a “commendable task of self-realization.” Hermanowitz echoes this view: “He was a throwback to another century. His office had no desk, no fluorescent light, only a big overstuffed chair, beautiful 19th century books, stationery, antique rugs—it was like a gentleman’s study from the past.” Teachers, it’s said, never know where their influence ends. Robert was present in the lives of his students at the moment when, for so many of them, a college classroom could be a portal to the future they were just beginning to imagine for themselves. Robert’s ability to animate the past and his generosity in offering up the example of his own qualitative life for observation and study offered a throughline of more than half a century. As Erika Hermanowitz observed, “He taught an elegant and simple aesthetic. He taught beauty. He showed his students a gentle side of the world.” f A memorial mass and reception will be held on Saturday, Mar. 25, at 11 a.m. in the Catholic Center at the University of Georgia, 1344 S. Lumpkin St.

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POQUITOS (195 Prince Ave., 706-8508706, poquitosathens.com): Started by the folks behind The Grit and Ted’s Most Best in the former Go Bar, Poquitos is automatically in the position to have to justify its existence to anyone who remembers and misses two out of those three places (and perhaps would rather have them back). In addition, the Athens market is not light on good options for Mexican food, including ones that are pretty darn close to Poquitos. What it does have is a lovely patio, whether it’s filled with awkward and beloved memories for you personally or not. The atmosphere is lovely, with food coming out speedily after you order at the counter, fun music and an overall feeling of cheerfulness. The food doesn’t always match up, although it does have some highlights. If you were to graph it, it would be a line with some high spikes. Taquerias habitually charge for chips and salsa, and Poquitos is essentially a taqueria, so that’s no surprise, but the product is a real disappointment. The restaurant says it makes everything fresh in house, but the salsa is in the ballpark of marinara sauce. Better to opt for the two sauces that come to your table in squeeze bottles, one orange and one green, neither of which is especially hot, but both of which have good flavor. Or skip the chips (I know this is heresy to some) and go right to your meal. One of the best things on the menu is an absolutely delicious michelada preparada, made with your choice of Mexican beer and Clamato, served in a glass rimmed with chamoy and Taijin, and topped with a small cup of shrimp, cucumbers and corn nuts. It’s a snack and a drink at the same time, and the flavors are big and fresh and very well executed. Sangria isn’t bad either. If you wanted to treat Poquitos primarily as a lowkey drinking destination, there’s grounds to do that. The restaurant makes its own tortillas and sopes, and both are quite good, soft in texture and in taste. The tacos are fine, but they fall solidly in the middle of what Athens has to offer, which (again) is fairly rich. It’s great that Poquitos has two vegetarian options for toppings/fillings (sauteed mushrooms and zucchini, and a jackfruit version of tinga), but like many of the things on the menu, they tend to have a sweet, light flavor profile, without any low-end oomph. You can also get chicken tinga, carnitas, al pastor, birria and chorizo and potato, listed approximately from worst to best. None is embarrassing. None is a real standout. If you’re watching your

salt intake, you could go here and skip the Taijin. Sopes beat out tacos because of the beans, cheese and crema that they add, although you’re either going to get your hands dirty or have a tough time cutting them with a plastic knife and fork in a plastic basket lined with waxed paper. On the shorter specialty menu, it’s nice to see a pambazo (a torta soaked in a gently bitter red sauce), something that’s rarer to find around here but will definitely require some wet wipes and a thorough hand washing. My napkin looked like a murder scene. The quesabirrias are good, with a rich broth. The pozole verde is too light, heaped with shredded lettuce and lacking zing. On the other hand, the tres leches cake, served as a fat, ice-cold slice in a plastic clamshell, is wonderful stuff. It’s not fancy in the slightest, but the cool, juicy cake may remind you of a treat from childhood eaten standing in front of the open refrigerator. SAM LIPKIN


Poquitos is open 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Friday, until 10 p.m. on Saturday and until 8 p.m. on Sunday. BADDIE’S BURGERS (1592 S. Lumpkin St., 706-850-8331, @eatbaddies): Yes, it’s another Joe Nedza project, taking over his former Nedza’s in Five Points right by Mediterranean Grill. Started as a pop-up, it’s now serving its extremely simple menu six days a week. When all you have is burgers (prepared basically one way), fries and banana pudding, your product had better be good. Fortunately, it is. The burgers are smash-style, flattened on the griddle to create a whole bunch of crisp, browned edges, then topped with cheese, caramelized onions, housemade pickles and “Baddie sauce,” which is jazzier than the usual Thousand Island. They’re small and very nicely cooked, staying away from sweet and favoring savory. Fries are good, but not Cafe Racer good, especially dunked in said sauce. I did not try the banana pudding, because bananas are the one thing I do not eat. Order at the counter and take your food to go or eat there. The dining room is relatively busy. The restaurant serves soft drinks only, does online orders for pickup, will cater events and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. f

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Terminally Phil


By Sam Lipkin editorial@flagpole.com


hether you know him from Modern Skirts and Palace Doctor, seeing him on stage with a plethora of other Athens musicians, or as the Athens Meme Boy, Phillip Brantley is firmly planted in the local culture. In Athens fashion, there always seem to be too many plates spinning, and after a few years of getting his project Terminally Phil off the ground, Brantley is debuting his solo album Soft As You Want Me on Friday, Mar. 17. Terminally Phil started just before the pandemic, but the bulk of the writing for his three prior EPs, and even this album, happened while stuck at home during the pandemic. The three EPs were essentially recorded straight into his phone through GarageBand out of his bathroom. As he was writing and recording, he set aside songs that stuck out to him and had a similar vibe, which eventually became the collection of songs for Soft As You Want Me. “Matt Martin, who used to play in Wanderwild and ran a studio here called Gift Horse, he and I holed up. It’s almost been a year and a half plus in his studio over there, the Chase Street Warehouses, and just like knocked out this debut record in four days. No one allowed because we had both just gotten over COVID, and it was just weird times,” says Brantley. Martin engineered and played drums on the album, while Brantley covered everything else. Emphasizing that the production, recording and writing of the songs are all in the same vein, there is such a cohesive quality to the tracks that they meld together and carry the same noticeable mellow, but

sometimes funny, vibe. Brantley describes it as “indie rock with a sense of humor,” and places the inspiration somewhere between Ray Davies and Jeff Tweedy. Although the album was finished over a year and a half ago, the industry delays in vinyl production are responsible for holding up the release. Brantley worked with the local plant Kindercore Vinyl, where fulfilling

orders in under a year is a thing of the past. Beyond being eager for people to finally hear what Brantley considers his strongest songwriting, he’s also looking forward to performing his solo work live for the first time in over two years. “The quicker I can finally put this thing out, I think the quicker I can focus on doing it all over again. Move on to that next step, that next sound. Once you’ve accepted music as no longer a possible career path,

but just your favorite thing to do, there’s something kind of liberating about that,” says Brantley. “It’s just a little cycle that keeps me happy.” For the Soft As You Want Me release show with Heffner at Roadhouse on Friday, Mar. 17, longtime friends will be joining Brantley on stage. Nick Robbins, who played with Brantley in Palace Doctor, will be playing bass, and Will Heffner will be pulling double duty on drums. The future of Terminally Phil will likely feature a rotating cast of musicians, and Brantley has no shortage of connections, considering he’s still actively playing with multiple other acts. “The more you play with different people, you become more well-rounded, not just in how you play your instrument, but how you think about it. Having done it for 20 years now with so many talented Athens musicians, I think it’s rounded me out more than I would have been had I always just been a one-band man,” says Brantley. “The coolest thing about the scene to me is that it is incestuous and so many bands share so many members. That’s how you make friends and meet people and share gear.” Soft As You Want Me is a straightforward acoustic album in comparison to Brantley’s project Palace Doctor’s more grungy and “unhinged” sound, both contrasting to Modern Skirts classic Britpop influence. However, it’s too soon to nail down Terminally Phil’s sound as a whole, and what’s up next is promised to be different from what’s heard here. “I think Terminally Phil is something that I just won’t stop doing from here on. Not because I think the name is great,” says Brantley. “It’s hokey enough to enjoy, but it’s indicative of how I don’t want to take myself seriously.” If that or the album name Soft As You Want Me doesn’t fully convince you, then a look into his @philthrottle meme stash might. The niche meme account on Instagram, where most anything Athens is fair game, started in 2018. Brantley recalls that there’s a “line in the sand” when his

account stopped being the usual photos of meals, family and dates and turned into even more niche jokes about his and friends’ bands. What started as inside jokes turned into a new creative outlet. During the pandemic, having extra free time and needing an outlet more than ever, Brantley’s meme-production increased. They’ve drawn a lot of attention and engagement across the internet, even becoming topics of townie conversation on the street. For the most part, the response has been very positive, but jokes are never without critics. Brantley has had to diffuse situations where people have been legitimately upset. “You know how protective of this place its citizens are, and not just politically… People are also protective of it culturally, and little things that change or big things that change. I always see an opportunity for humor,” says Brantley. “So as far as the town being protective of the culture, the amount of messages I got from friends and strangers alike when they heard The Grit was closed down that were either half-heartedly or almost sincerely like, ‘Look what you did…’ It kind of sealed [in] my mind that this town is just like a bunch of literal bulldogs about their thing.” Although the nature of memes are to make fun of something, Brantley earnestly explains that he does this because of how much he loves Athens and its unique parts. For him, times have been so hard and “wacky” right now that everyone needs a reason to smile. One line he’s not willing to cross is collaborating with others to push an agenda, worthy or not. The intent behind the account is to be funny and overall positive about Athens, and he doesn’t find activism to be “funny” or have a place in his memes. May the memes and music keep flowing, Brantley’s solo project is a threat that Athens has a terminal case of Phil. f

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Wednesday 15

ART: Tour at Two (Georgia Museum of Art) These drop-​in public tours feature highlights of the permanent collection and are led by museum docents. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgia museum.org CLASSES: Financial Management Workshop (Online) Hosted by Athens Land Trust, this workshop focuses on your income and expenses. Registration required for Zoom link. 5–6:30 p.m. FREE! housingcounseling@athens landtrust.org CLASSES: Bolognese, Barolo, Buon Appetito! (Athens Cooks) Chef Filippo Trapella will teach attendees how to create a Bolognese dish and what Italian cuisine goes with a glass of Barolo. 6–8 p.m. $100. www.athenscooks.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 EVENTS: Madison County Library Friends Book Sale (Madison County Library) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Through Mar. 18. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/ madison EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods and a variety of arts and crafts. Live music begins at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m. www. athensfarmersmarket.net EVENTS: UGA Humanities Festival Opening Reception (UGA Founders Memorial Garden) Celebrate UGA’s first Humanities Festival with refreshments and conversation. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.willson.uga.edu EVENTS: Arts and Drafts (Southern Brewing Co.) Tap into your creative side and socialize with others. All skill levels welcome. Ages 18 & up. 6:30–8 p.m. $25. www.kaartist.com FILM: Latitude Zero (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1969 film about a scientifically advanced underwater utopia whose inhabitants work for the betterment of mankind. 7 p.m. FREE! www.flicker theatreandbar.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (I Heart Mac & Cheese) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/baddogathens GAMES: Disney Trivia (B&B Theatres) Test your Disney trivia knowledge with Quizmaster David. 7:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ bbathens12 KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for


rhymes, songs, puppets and a simple story. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Homeschool Club (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for art and science projects and STEM challenges. 2:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee KIDSTUFF: Lego Builders Club (Bogart Library) Lego lovers of all ages are invited; blocks will be available for younger builders under the age of 7. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart 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 KIDSTUFF: A Night in Italy (Oconee County Library) Create and enjoy a pasta bar while watching Luca. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary/oconee.com 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 MEETINGS: Developers of Athens Happy Hour (Southern Brewing Co.) Software developers in the Athens area are invited to participate via presentations, as attendees or presenters, and open hack nights. Professionals and students welcome. 5–7 p.m. FREE! www. meetup.com/developers-​of-​athens PERFORMANCE: Feelin’ Lucky (40 Watt Club) Dance performances by the Bombshells Burlesque Company with Dancefx. 7 p.m. (doors). $10 (adv.), $12. www.40watt.com

pick up. Every Thursday, 4–6 p.m. www.athenticbrewing.com EVENTS: Boulevard Brass Band (595 Nanthahala Ave.) Bring your instrument, meet outdoors and rehearse songs for beginners and advanced musicians. Every Thursday, 7–8 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: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for activities that help build brain function and encourage early literacy. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Oconee County Library) Reading aloud to a dog helps children develop their reading skills and build confidence. All ages. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.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: Odum Environmental Ethics: Jack Davis (Jackson Street Building) Jack Davis specializes in environmental history and sustainability studies. His latest book The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird received several accolades in 2022.. 5 p.m. FREE! www.willson. uga.edu MEETINGS: KnitLits Knitting Group (Bogart Library) Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share craft ideas and knit to their hearts’ content. Thursdays, 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart 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

Thursday 16

ART: Morning Mindfulness (Georgia Museum of Art) Instructor-​led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques in the galleries. Email to RSVP. Every other Friday, 9:30 a.m. gmoa-​tours@uga.edu ART: Puzzle Piece Art (Oconee County Library) Use puzzle pieces to make bookmarks, magnets and canvas art. Supplies provided. Registration required. 4–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary/oconee.com CLASSES: Help I Yarned (Bogart Library) Learn new patterns and techniques for knitting and crochet. 1–2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart COMEDY: The Badger (Work.Shop) The Flying Squid’s homegrown, longform improv show. 8 p.m. $5. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com EVENTS: Madison County Library Friends Book Sale (Madison County Library) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Through Mar. 18. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/ madison EVENTS: Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration (Athentic Brewing Co.) The celebration will include an Irish food menu from Homy’s Kitchen, the release of the Irish red

ART: Third Thursday (Athens, GA) Many local art galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month for after-​hours viewing. Check the website for this week’s participating venues. 6–9 p.m. www.3thurs.org ART: Art Opening (tiny ATH gallery) As part of Third Thursday, Anna Marie’s pop-​up exhibition will celebrate its opening with art to take home. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www. tinyathgallery.com CLASSES: Line Dancing Lessons (Athentic Brewing Co.) Becky and Patty will lead line dancing lessons in the taproom. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com EVENTS: Madison County Library Friends Book Sale (Madison County Library) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Through Mar. 18. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/ madison EVENTS: Diamond Hill Farm Produce and Flower Pickup (Athentic Brewing Co.) Vegetables and fresh flowers are available at this community supported agriculture

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ale Phelan Good and music by The Fusiliers Band. 2–11 p.m. (doors). FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com EVENTS: St. Paddy’s Celebration (Southern Brewing Co.) Celebrate the holiday with food from Cafe Racer, commemorative brewery glassware and performances by Velvet Willow and The Mixtape. 3–10 p.m. (doors). FREE! www. sobrewco.com EVENTS: St. Patrick’s Day Party (Creature Comforts Brewery) There will be prizes and live art by the Lawn Bois with holiday featured beers on draft. 3–10 p.m. FREE! www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com EVENTS: Keepin’ It Green & Brew-​ tiful (Terrapin Beer Co.) Celebrate St. Patty’s Day and help Keep Athens-​Clarke County Beautiful. Attendees can expect food for sale from Agua Linda, music provided by DJ LaDarius Thomas, a performance from the Carpenter School of Irish Dance and more. 5 p.m. FREE! www.keepathensbeautiful.org EVENTS: Shamrockin’ Good Time (Athens Cooks) Wear your best green garb and enjoy a night of music, socializing, beer and finger foods. 5–7 p.m. $35. www.athens cooks.com KIDSTUFF: Meet & Play (Bogart Library) Drop in for facilitated open play with age-​appropriate toys. Best for ages 6 & under. Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Art Card Club (K.A. Artist Shop) In this weekly club led by local artists Katy Lipscomb and Tyler Fisher, participants will draw, paint, collage and create a collection of Art Cards. Pre-​teen club, 4:30–6 p.m. Teen club, 6:30–8 p.m. $25 (drop-​in), $180 (semester pass). www.kaartist.com LECTURES & LIT: Paula M. Krebs: The Humanities at Work (Delta Innovation Hub) Paula M. Krebs, executive director of the Modern Language Association, administers the programs, governance and business affairs of the MLA and is the general editor of the association’s publishing and research programs. 4 p.m. FREE! www.willson.uga.edu

Saturday 18 CLASSES: Homebuyer Education Workshop (Online) Athens Land Trust hosts this HUD-​certified course for first-​time homeowners to learn about the home-​buying process in Georgia. Registration required. 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $10. housingcounseling@athens landtrust.org CLASSES: From Scene to Song (Work.Shop) This workshop teaches musical improv through exercises involving improv techniques and musical themes. 12–3 p.m. $80. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com/ classes EVENTS: Chess and Community Conference Enjoy a day of community building, learning and growth. This year’s theme is “Harnessing the Power of Tech: Reimagining What’s Possible” with keynote speaker Mohamed Massaquoi. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! www.chessand community.org/conference EVENTS: Madison County Library Friends Book Sale (Madison County Library) Browse books,

children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Through Mar. 18. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. www.athenslibrary.org/ madison EVENTS: Abnormal Bazaar (Indie South) This market features vendors selling soaps, jewelry, vintage, vinyl and more. Third Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE! www.theindie south.com EVENTS: SCNC Golden Anniversary Celebration (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Come out and celebrate Sandy Creek Nature Center’s 50th anniversary with special guests, speakers, entertainment, activities and environmental education. 1 p.m. FREE! www.sandy creeknaturecenterinc.org EVENTS: St. Patrick’s Day Bash (Southern Brewing Co.) There will be food trucks, a special dance performance by Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and performances by That’s Rad!, Green Flag Band and a Pogues tribute by The Knockouts. 3 p.m. (doors). $7 (adv.), $10. www. sobrewco.com EVENTS: Dancing with the Athens Stars (The Classic Center) Project Safe’s annual fundraising event pairs local celebrities with dance instructors to compete. 7:30 p.m. $16–21. www.classiccenter.com GAMES: Chess Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in for open chess play with instruction from Tina Majsztrik. Open to all skill levels, ages 10 & up. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary/oconee.com KIDSTUFF: Family Day: Wonder Women (Georgia Museum of Art) Check out the current exhibitions and participate in fun Art Cart activities about Women’s History Month. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org KIDSTUFF: Sasquatch Adventure (Tallassee Forest) Hike off-​trail in search of cryptids and evaluate evidence. Go online to register. Ages 10 & up. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $3 (ACC residents), $4 (non-​residents). www.accgov.com/148/leisure-​ services KIDSTUFF: STEAM Saturday MARTHEMATICS (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Blaine to explore the connections between math and art. 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Movement and Cycles in Nature (Little Rose Farm) Students will discuss the movement of wind, water and the cycles and patterns of nature with Leigh Harvey and Mary Clair Mixon. Attendees must bring lunch. Ages 6–12. 1–4 p.m. $35. www.ocaf.com LECTURES & LIT: Book Party: Sabrina Orah Mark (Ciné) In Happily, author Sabrina Orah Mark reimagines the modern fairy tale, searching for the wisdom to better understand our contemporary moment. 5 p.m. FREE! www.avid bookshop.com

Sunday 19 ART: Art + Wellness Studio (Georgia Museum of Art) Art therapist Meg Abbot will lead in exploring art and creating something together. RSVP by email to gmoa-​tours@ uga.edu. 2–4 p.m. FREE! www. georgiamuseum.org ART: Sunday Spotlight Tour (Georgia Museum of Art) This drop-​in

public tour features highlights of the permanent collection and is led by museum docents. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org 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.athica.org CLASSES: Intuitive Childbirth Workshop (By Your Leave Family Resource Center) Learn about topics such as labor, partner support, comfort measures and more. 1–5 p.m. $100. www.byyourleave.org CLASSES: Knitting & Crochet (Oconee County Library) Rebecca Bontempo will lead an hour of instruction and problem solving for all skill levels and ages. Bring your own needles. 3–4 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee CLASSES: UGA Salsa Club (UGA Memorial Hall) No partner necessary and no experience required for this Cuban-​style salsa class. Room 407. Every Sunday. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.ugasalsaclub.com COMEDY: Blaugez Open Mic (Buvez) This show-​up/go-​up open mic is open to professional and amateur comics alike. Every Sunday, 7 p.m. (show). FREE! www. facebook.com/buvezathens 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: OLLI Memoir Writers Annual Reading (ACC Library) Writers from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will read from their memoirs. 3 p.m. FREE! www. olli.uga.edu EVENTS: The Plant Connection: Movement and Meditation (Foxglove Plantbar) A 45-​minute class including light yoga, chanting, breathwork and meditation to the soothing sounds of plant music. 4 p.m. $22. www.facebook.com/ foxgloveplantbar 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 (The Foundry) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Sundays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Georgia Questival (State Botanical Garden of Georgia) Participants of all ages will engage in adventurous activities showcasing Georgia’s natural history and resources. 1–5 p.m. $5/individual, $20/family. www.botgarden.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: Sexuality Book Club (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Discuss Bonk by Mary Roach for insights into the physiology of sex. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. revolution therapyandyoga@gmail.com PERFORMANCE: Drag Brunch (Hendershot’s) Presented by Athens Showgirl Cabaret, enjoy breakfast and drinks served with a show. All ages. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $25. www. tinyurl.com/athensdragbrunch SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tues-

days, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org

Monday 20 CLASSES: Gentle Hatha Yoga (Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA)) McKenzie Raymond from Feel Free Yoga leads this class. All skill levels welcome. Every Monday, 1–2 p.m. $5 (CAL members), $10 (non-​members). abarefoot@ accaging.org CLASSES: Get Fit (Lay Park) This senior fitness class consists of chair movements, the use of exercise bands, ankle weights and aerobic movements. Registration required. Every Monday, 1–2 p.m. FREE! www.accgovga.myrec.com EVENTS: The Classic Center Cultural Foundation Golf Tournament (The Georgia Club) This annual tournament supports the foundation’s mission to provide resources to entertain and educate the local community and fund student scholarships. 8:30 a.m. $150. www.classiccenter.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Dooley’s Bar and Grill) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Monday Trivia with Erin (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Erin. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com GAMES: Trivia with Marissa (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Test your trivia knowledge with host Marissa. 8 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday Story Time (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for movement, songs, crafts and learning fun. Ages 3–5 years. Registration suggested. 10 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Tiny Tales at the Zoo (Memorial Park) Enjoy stories, crafts and animal encounters. Ages 6 & under. Every Monday, 10:30–11:30 a.m. $3, $4.50 (non-​ACC residents). www.accgovga.myrec.com KIDSTUFF: NBA Math Hoops (Bogart Library) This program includes board games, curricula and apps that help students gain math speed and fluency using the game of basketball. Grades 3–8. 5–6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Dungeons & Dragons (Oconee County Library) All skill levels are welcome, and DMs are encouraged to join this one-​shot interactive game. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee LECTURES & LIT: Third Monday Book Club (Oconee County Library) This month’s book is T.J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea. Meets the third Monday of the month, and new members are always welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee PERFORMANCE: Spring Equinox Celebration (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens) Experience the element of air with flute and aerial arts from Canopy Studio. 7 p.m. FREE! www.uuathensga.org

Tuesday 21 ART: Crafting at Midday (Bogart Library) Learn about quilling monograms, and make your own. 1 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart 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 GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Crafternoon (Oconee County Library) Drop in for a craft or two. Supplies provided. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee KIDSTUFF: Builder Club (Oconee County Library) Build your own creations with STEM toys such as Magna Tiles, Brain Flakes and Bristle Blocks. Ages 8–12. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee LECTURES & LIT: Stories of Lumbee Women (UGA Special Collections Library) This Women’s History month keynote address features Malinda Maynor Lowery, a historian, scholar and documentary film producer who is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. 4 p.m. FREE! www.libs.uga.edu LECTURES & LIT: Kaywin Feldman (Georgia Museum of Art) This lecture by the director of the National Gallery of Art in D.C. will honor museum director William U. Eiland on the occasion of his retirement. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.georgia museum.org LECTURES & LIT: The High Cost of Cheap Meat (UGA Miller Learning Center Room 213) Leah Garcés will discuss how modern meat production harms animals, people and the environment. 7–8 p.m. FREE! sos@uga.edu MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Paul Severns will lead an interactive Amber polishing workshop. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensrockand gemclub.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 22 ART: Artful Conversation: Clementine Hunter (Georgia Museum of Art) Sage Kincaid, associate curator of education, will lead an open-​ ended dialogue on Clementine Hunter’s painting “Good Angels/ Bad Angels.” Registration required. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org 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 EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods and a variety of arts and crafts. Live music begins at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m. www. athensfarmersmarket.net FILM: The Snake Prince (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1976 romance fantasy film about a

snake prince who wants to marry a beautiful village woman, but people want to kill him. 7 p.m. FREE! www. flickertheatreandbar.com GAMES: Classic City Trivia (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (I Heart Mac & Cheese) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook. com/baddogathens GAMES: 2000s Music Bingo (B&B Theatres) Win prizes at this 2000s music-​themed bingo night. 7:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ bbathens12 KIDSTUFF: Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for rhymes, songs, puppets and a simple story. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for songs, stories and crafts. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oconee KIDSTUFF: Homeschool Club (Oconee County Library) Join Ms. Carley for art and science projects and STEM challenges. 2:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee KIDSTUFF: Lego Builders Club (Bogart Library) Lego lovers of all ages are invited; blocks will be available for younger builders under the age of 7. 3:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart 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 KIDSTUFF: Anne of Green Gables Birthday Tea Party (Oconee County Library) Enjoy tea snacks, raspberry lemonade and tea while learning to embroider and watching Anne with an E. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary/ oconee.com LECTURES & LIT: Real Estate Twitter Live (Georgia Theatre) Nick Huber and special guests will give a market update, 2023 predictions, tips and strategies for real estate investment. 4 p.m. $100. www.georgiatheatre.com LECTURES & LIT: The Oglethorpe Echo (No. 3 Railroad Street) Kendall Strickland, owner, editor and publisher of The Oglethorpe Echo for 40 years, will give a presentation on the history of the publication. 6:30 (doors). FREE! www.3railroad. org LECTURES & LIT: Reading and Book Sale (Ciné) Athens Word of Mouth and Neighborhood Books host a night of readings by local authors and an opportunity to purchase work by featured writers. Music will be provided by Mark Katzman. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/athenswordofmouth LECTURES & LIT: Virtual Avid Poetry Series (Online: Avid Bookshop) This reading and conversation will feature Jenny Sadre-​Orafai and Jennifer K. Sweeney. Registration required for Zoom link. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop. com/upcoming-​events

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Legacy Reunion of Earth, Wind & Fire

The Classic Center • 7:30 p.m. • $33–127

It may be mid-March, but at the Classic Center it will soon be the 21st night of September as a special legacy reunion of Earth, Wind & Fire takes the stage. Few bands need less explanation than EWF, whose deep grooves and cosmic dance hits, for the most part, found confident companions in bands like Sly and The Family Stone and George Clinton’s P-Funk endeavors. EWF, however, seemed distinct in its ability to create jazzy, unpredictable and infectious songs that even today circulate like wildfire. The performance will feature many members of EWF from throughout the years playing a robust catalog of classics with support from members of the Athens Symphony. [Patrick Barry]

until the end of the year, visitors can enjoy a writer’s talk, an art exhibition, a youth art contest and more. Everything kicks off with the Golden Anniversary Celebration and Open House, an afternoon party featuring special guests, speakers, activities and environmental education. A roll out event for Athentic Brewing Co.’s new Trail Hopper Ale, a lightly hoppy pale ale that will donate a portion of proceeds to SCNC, Inc., will follow with a social hour and trivia contest on Mar. 24 from 6–9 p.m. The year will culminate in the burying of a time capsule, to be dug up 50 years from now. [PB] MUSIC | SAT, MAR. 18

St. Patrick’s Day Bash

Southern Brewing Co. • 3 p.m. • $7 (adv.), $10

It’s been nearly 1,500 years since St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and


Chess and Community Conference

The Classic Center • 9 a.m.–2 p.m. • FREE!

Local nonprofit organization Chess and Community is celebrating its 10th annual conference with the theme “Harnessing the Power of Tech: Reimagining What’s Possible.” This year’s focus on youth development in the form of using cutting edge technology to approach modern problems and pathways exemplifies the group’s overall mission and goals for the future. The

conference is open to the public, and it’s an inclusive experience for families to explore how Chess and Community provides opportunities for leadership and participation in exciting activities. Attendees can watch and participate in chess, robotics, coding, VR and more. It’s also a time to celebrate local students’ achievements, including recognizing the winners of the Think Before You Move scholarship. This year’s keynote speaker is Mohammed Massaquoi, founder of VESSOL, former UGA Bulldog and NFL Browns wide receiver. [Sam Lipkin] EVENT | SAT, MAR. 18

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Golden Anniversary Celebration & Open House

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Sandy Creek Nature Center has been providing effective and engaging environmental education for 50 years now, and to celebrate, the staff has an entire year of events and activities planned. From now

Sandy Creek Nature Center • 1–4 p.m. • FREE!

That’s Rad!

drove every snake into the sea. Boy, time flies, doesn’t it? Luckily, we Americans are doing plenty to keep the lad’s good name alive, namely by drinking copious amounts of alcohol. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations pop up everywhere, but Southern Brewing Co. went all out this time around, with a family-friendly mini music festival. The St. Patrick’s Day Bash will feature performances from pop-punk cover band That’s Rad!, The Donner Party (no doubt named after the illfated pioneering expedition of the same name) playing a Pogues cover set and a special dance performance by the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance. [PB] EVENT | SAT, MAR. 18

Dancing with the Athens Stars

The Classic Center • 7:30 p.m. • $21

Dancing with the Athens Stars is an annual fundraising event for Project Safe, a nonprofit that works to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, systems change advocacy, prevention and education. Prominent figures in the Athens community volunteer to participate, and they are paired with an instructor in a specific style or form of dance. They then perform as a duo with their instructor to garner audience approval. Teams can win in three categories: Judges’ Favorite, Community Favorite (most tickets sold), or Audience Favorite (most funds raised). [PB] f

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: If you, too, are in Austin this week, do not miss the Athens In Austin Day Party. This year’s event is coordinated by Super Canoe, Strolling Bones Records, Athens Resonates and Bitter Southerner. It happens at Antone’s (305 E 5th St.) from 12–6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 16 with doors opening at 11 a.m. Featured artists are Susu, Alaska Reid, The Pink Stones, Tommy Lefroy, Hello Mary, Steele FC, Immaterial Possession, CDSM, Klark Sound and Tody Castillo. It is free and open to the public. Later that night, at the same venue, is the official Athens In Austin SXSW Showcase which requires either a badge or wristband for entry. Doors are at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Featured artists for this are Future Crib, Kibi James, Bonny Doon, Say Zuzu, Chickasaw Mudd Puppies, Call Me Spinster and Elijah Johnston.

I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT: The upcoming book on The B-52s by former Athens musicians and writers Scott Creney and Brigette Herron is available for preorder now and is slated for release on May 5. This hefty intellectual tome, The Story of The B-52s: Neon Side of Town, is published by British academic and trade press Palgrave Macmillan. At the moment, preorders are available through Amazon, but you should easily be able to stroll into your local book dealer and have it ordered for you—which is the preferred method, of course. As a heads up, do not expect this to be a fun-time/party-all-the-time book. It is a critical exploration of the band’s history and career in contexts not normally highlighted. Having been privy to early drafts

SWEEPING UP: Every now and then I have to go back through my notes and resurrect something I’ve been meaning to get to. In this case, it’s the demo from hardcore propagators Snuki. This release comes courtesy of Futile Force Tapes and was recorded, mixed and mastered by label chief Reeth Dasgupta (Consec, Foodeater). On this, Snuki reminds us all that one of the reasons the bestloved hardcore bands in history are, indeed, best loved is they were able to lock into a groove while pummeling everything else. Before you brand me as a hippie for saying that, go reference Bad Brains’ “I Against I,” and you’ll hear what I mean. The songs here that best represent what I’m saying are “Snuki,” “Breaking Out Teeth” and “Laura Palmer,” each of which is so pit-ready it’s not even funny. The particular production decision of draping the vocals in just enough reverb to be noticeable was a great choice, too. Find this immediately over at futileforce.bandcamp.com.

of this manuscript, as well as deep familiarity with the authors’ previous work, I can attest fully that this is well worth your time and attention. For more information, please see palgrave.com/gp. Note that this book does not yet appear on the publisher’s website, but I suspect that will be remedied very soon.

RHYTHM FORWARD: The highly obsessive and work-oriented Henry Owings (Chunklet Magazine/Records) has undertaken an exceedingly deep dive into the history of one of Athens’ greatest lost mysteries, Limbo District. In addition to resurrecting the band’s 1982 Mitch Easter-produced demo tape and having it remixed by David Barbe, Owings has been in regular and close contact with photographer Marlys Lenz Cox. She was shooting the band just outside of town the day Jim Herbert filmed them for the now-legendary short film Carnival in 1982, which features her own hand-colored photographs. And that’s all just the tip of the iceberg from what I hear. There are reportedly multiple Limbo District-related events happening throughout the next year. The first is Saturday, Apr. 15 at Ciné. It will feature a screening of the 12-minute Carnival, additional footage of the band, and a Q&A between Herbert and journalist Richard Fausset. It happens at 5 p.m. and costs $5. Proceeds go to the newly formed nonprofit Chunklet Music Preservation Project. ATHICA will be on hand, too, selling reprints of photographs by Cox as well as reproductions of relevant posters by Bill Georgia.

LISTENER’S CHOICE: Athens band The Angelics just released its first six-song EP, Mom’s House, late last month. While the band has steadily grown its audience, both in Athens and Atlanta, it’s high time people stopped using the term “alternative” to describe any type of pop music. I assure you that every aspect of what used to constitute an alternative to mainstream music has been thoroughly absorbed by the machinations of the industry and utterly smoothed over by the sands of time. Anything that is actually an alternative doesn’t bother announcing itself as such, because the evidence is observable. With regard to this particular release, there’s absolutely nothing here that would have ever been categorized as such even back in “the day.” What is here, though, are three tracks of soft rock (tracks 1–3) and three tracks of only slightly harder jam band-style rockers. The actual playing and performance of these is fine and displays the band’s skills thoroughly, but what the whole thing is sorely lacking is personality. I can see pressing play on this once to check it out, as I did, but cannot for the life of me imagine pressing it again. As always, your mileage may vary so head to Spotify, find this, and judge for yourself. f

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Ciné 8 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com KARAOKE WITH THE KING Show off your pipes to the world. Every Tuesday. Hendershot’s No Phone Party. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com KENOSHA KID Instrumental adventure-​jazz group centered around the rollicking compositions of Dan Nettles and featuring Luca Lombardi, Seth Hendershot and various guests. The March residency shows coincide with Hendershot’s No Phone Parties. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). pac.uga.edu U.S. ARMY FIELD CONCERT BAND & SOLDIERS’ CHORUS As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, the band has performed in all 50 states and over 30 countries. Tonight’s program includes epic movie soundtracks, world-​famous operas and solos.

Wednesday 15 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. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net RED OAK STRING BAND Local band playing a feel-​good blend of bluegrass, blues, folk, rock and classic country. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Georgia Theatre Rooftop 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $20 (adv.), $25. www.georgiatheatre. com RYAN MONROE Longtime member of folk band Band of Horses. JOSH ROBERTS Songwriter and front man of the band Hinges.

Thursday 16 40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $8. www.40watt.com SIX PAST SEVEN College jam band from Athens. CONVINCE THE KID Alt-​rock four-​ piece from Athens. KOYAL Atlanta-​based pop rock five-​piece. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $12. www.flickertheatrand bar.com ASYMPTOMATICS Athens indie dance-​pop band. EVELIA Local alternative pop artist creating guitar-​driven, lyrically resonant music. CROCODYLE Four-​piece alternative rock band from Nashville. PICTURE SHOW New melodic indie rock band.


Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. $22. www.georgiatheatre. com THE MOVEMENT Columbia, SC alternative reggae band. TROPIDELIC Cleveland band mixing reggae, hip hop and high energy funk. KYLE SMITH Cali reggae singer-​ songwriter influenced by hip hop, ska and punk rock. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershots athens.com JAZZ JAM Seth Hendershot and the house band Unstarched host an open jazz jam. Bring an instrument or your voice. Every Third Thursday. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $20. music.uga.edu HODGSON SINGERS UGA’s premiere choral ensemble performs “Ambassadors: Music for Sharing,” a concert that includes the world premiere of “i gained it so,” an original composition by Claudia Beroukhim with text by Emily Dickenson. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens SOLID COUNTRY GOLD Diablo boys playing country jams. Red Line Athens 7 p.m. $7. www.instagram.com/ redline_athens WEAPONIZED FLESH Local thrash metal band. BEAT UP Athens agitprop punk. BEER PISS New hardcore punk group. KUDZU Greenville cow punk. LACKING Power violence from Fredericksburg, VA. ROTWL Raw Richmond, VA-​based grindcore. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.

Friday 17 Boutier Winery & Inn St. Patrick’s Celebration. 8 p.m. $10. www.boutierwinery.com COUNTRY RIVER BAND Classic country rock band. Buvez 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook. com/darkentriesathens DARK ENTRIES KARAOKE Sing your favorite song from a curated catalog of classic to modern goth, post-​punk, punk and industrial. The Classic Center 7:30 p.m. $33–127. www.classic center.com LEGACY REUNION OF EARTH, WIND & FIRE Original members of the legendary musical group perform classics with the Athens Symphony. Flicker Theatre & Bar St. Pabst-​rick’s Day Party. 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com WONDERLAND RANGERS Local rabble-​rouser Timi Conley performs dance-​tastic psych-​pop with his all-​ star backing band. CHEESE DREAM Athens-based rock band influenced by 1990s alternative rock and grunge. HONEYPUPPY Local indie rock. The Globe 7 p.m. & 11 p.m. (two sets). www. instagram.com/globeathens

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THE DONNER PARTY A tribute to The Pogues in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Hendershot’s Willson Center St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 8 p.m. FREE! www. hendershotsathens.com HOG-​EYED PADDY A special St. Patrick’s Day collaboration between local folk band Hog-​Eyed Man and Paddy League. International Grill & Bar 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). www.facebook.com/IGBAthensGA JALEN TYRELL EBERHARDT Born and raised in Athens, Jalen has been playing saxophone since he was 11 years old. International Grill & Bar 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ IGBAthensGA

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40 Watt Club 8 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com SPACE GATOR Local jam band. SLAM FUNK No info available. PEACH ICE CREAM BLUEGRASS Athens bluegrass collective with a rotating lineup of musicians. ACC Library 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org CELEBRATING THE IRISH ROOTS OF APPALACHIAN FIDDLE MUSIC Fiddler Jason Cade and multi-​instrumentalists Rob McMaken and Panayotis League present a morning of Irish tunes and Irish-​influenced Appalachian music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall UGA Wind Symphony Family Concert. 10 a.m. FREE! www.pac. uga.edu THE SUPERPOWERS OF MUSIC Join the UGA Wind Symphony as it runs through some of the most famous superhero themes, as well as some contemporary ones. No. 3 Railroad Street 6:30 p.m. (doors). www.3railroad. org JIM COOK Local solo performer playing high-​energy acoustic blues, classic rock and Americana. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens JUST RATS No info available. AD BLANCO Athens three-​piece

THE SEGAR JAZZ AFFAIR WXAG radio DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz. CAROL ALBERT Billboard artist performing a full array of rich jazz and global fusion artistry with spirited, jazzy piano melodies, dreamy vocals, punchy percussion textures and hypnotic ambiences.

Monday 20 40 Watt Club 6:30 p.m. $24. www.40watt.com KNUCKLE PUCK Chicago-​based pop-​punk band. REAL FRIENDS Pop-​punk with emo undertones. BEARINGS Ontario pop-​punk quintet. Ramsey Hall 7:30 p.m. pac.uga.edu FACULTY ARTIST SERIES Composers Adrian Childs, Emily Koh and Peter Van Zandt Lane perform.

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The Red Oak String Band will perform during the Athens Farmers Market at Creature Comforts on Wednesday, Mar. 15. SWING THEORY Local jazz combo performing swing classics. Normal Bar Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. 5:30 & 8 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/normal.bar.7 TIN CUP PROPHETTE Celtic-inspired acoustic folk from local songwriter Amanda Kapousouz. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens THE STOLEN FACES Covering the catalog of The Grateful Dead. The Roadhouse 10 p.m. FREE! www.instagram.com/ roadhouseathens HEFFNER Local indie rock band. TERMINALLY PHIL Songwriting project of Athens musician Phillip Brantley. Album release show! Southern Brewing Co. St. Paddy’s Day. 6 p.m. (doors), 6:30 p.m. (show). FREE! www. sobrewco.com VELVET WILLOW Atlanta-​based rock and roll band. MIXTAPE Cover band focused on hits from the ’90s. Terrapin Beer Co. Keepin’ It Green and Brew-​tiful. 5–8 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com DJ L.A. DARIUS Spinning the hottest dance records, with a mix of dance, Top 40, hip hop, Latin and dancehall. VFW (Post 2872) 7 p.m. (doors). $10. www.facebook. com/vfwpost2872 CHRIS HAMPTON TRIO Athens-​ based band performing a variety of country, western and rock dance music.

Athentic Brewing Co. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com WADE NEWBURY Singer and guitarist playing an acoustic solo act. Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net DAVID COURT One-​man band playing harmonica, dulcimer and foot tambourine. (8 a.m.) 38 STRINGS Multi-​generational acoustic folk music with 38 strings between them. (10 a.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreand bar.com NEWPORT TRANSPLANT Dynamic honky-​tonk band straddling punk rock and sci-​fi wonder. CLEMENTINE WAS RIGHT Denver-​based queer country, bootgaze, western and emo band. PAT BARRY Local songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist in the tradition of English and Irish folk. Georgia Theatre 5 p.m. $25. www.georgiatheatre. com DAILY BREAD Atlanta producer Rhett Whatley creates tracks inspired by reggae, big beat and hip hop. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com JACKSON GRIMM Asheville, NC singer-​songwriter marrying folk-​pop melodies with the lonesome sound of traditional Appalachian music. HIBBS FAMILY BAND Family quartet playing bluegrass-​influenced originals.

blending the sounds of pop and garage. KLEPT Swampy moss covered noise from Savannah for fans of Black Midi, Mr. Bungle and System of a Down. Platt Brooks Estate 7 p.m. FREE! 706-​743-​3113 BARROW CREEK BLUEGRASS BAND An evening of bluegrass songs. Barbecue available. Southern Brewing Co. 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Bash. 3 p.m. (doors). $7 (adv.), $10. www. sobrewco.com GREEN FLAG BAND Playing traditional Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day. (4 p.m.) THE DONNER PARTY Pogues cover band delivering the hallowed electricity that made the group an all-​time Irish classic. (5 p.m.) THAT’S RAD! Pop punk cover band playing all the classics. (7:30 p.m.)

Sunday 19 Boutier Winery & Inn Wine Down. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www. boutierwinery.com JASON & ANNA A tribute to the Beatles. Creature Comforts Brewery 3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomforts beer.com. LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday afternoon. Rialto Club 5:30 p.m. (doors). 6:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. (two sets). $15 (adv.), $20. bit.ly/SegarJazzMarch19

40 Watt Club Presented by Bitter Southerner. 7 p.m. $20. www.40watt.com MJ LENDERMAN Asheville songwriter crafting oblique, emo-​tinged songs. S.G. GOODMAN Kentucky-​born songwriter toeing the line between indie and Americana with her masterful, dynamic vocals. Ciné 8 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com KARAOKE WITH THE KING Show off your pipes to the world. Every Tuesday. Hendershot’s No Phone Party. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com KENOSHA KID Instrumental adventure-​jazz group centered around the rollicking compositions of Dan Nettles and featuring Luca Lombardi, Seth Hendershot and various guests. The March residency shows coincide with Hendershot’s No Phone Parties.

Wednesday 22 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. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net THE HUMDINGERS Acoustic interpretations of pop and soul. (6 p.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com CANARY AFFAIR Indie rock band with an affinity for irregular time signatures and psychedelic grooves. HUNLO Introspective project of lighthearted’s Toni Hunlo inspired by folk rock, R&B, country and western twang. HENSLEYS No info available. f



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