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Advise and Consent


Hundreds of local residents serve on dozens of volunteer boards that advise the AthensClarke County Mayor and Commission on various issues from transportation to tree policy, but as last week’s meeting showed, commissioners don’t always trust their advice.

Before a vote on raising the county’s stormwater fee, member Cassidy Lord explained the role of the Stormwater Advisory Committee.

“You are all very busy, too busy to become experts in all the matters you address, and you asked us to become experts in stormwater, to provide you with vital guidance and recommendations, and we did,” she told commissioners. “… I hope you take it under consideration that these recommendations are coming from a group that you tasked with this charge.”

In this case, the commission did, tentatively voting

6–3 to raise the fee, currently about $40 for the average homeowner, by about $10 a year, the first such increase since 2005. The Stormwater Advisory Committee recommended the fee hike because the county has fallen behind on stormwater drainage projects, with a $16 million backlog, according to Manager Blaine Williams. Recent storms caused flooding that undermined roads, such as a

giant sinkhole on Olympic Drive that forced its closure for several months earlier this year. The additional revenue will also allow ACC to provide a higher level of service, for example by helping homeowners with drainage problems on their property under certain circumstances, whereas currently the county only works within the public right-of-way. A proposal for a bond issue will come to the commission at a later date.

footage of impervious surfaces like roofs and driveways, which prevent the soil from naturally absorbing rainfall. While ACC was one of the first governments to adopt such a fee, more than 80 Georgia communities now charge one, and most are higher than Athens’.

Commissioners Patrick Davenport, Melissa Link, Allison Wright, Dexter Fisher, Jesse Houle and John Culpepper voted

such bond issue for the $151 million arena. But the nod came with a caveat—Hamby’s commission-defined option also created a “Bond Oversight Committee.” This despite the fact that the bonds are already overseen by the Classic Center Authority appointed by the mayor and commission, as well as the mayor and commission itself.

The arena is an example of the commission ignoring advice from advisory groups it appoints. The SPLOST 2020 project selection committee did not recommend funding the arena through a property tax referendum, but a majority of commissioners added it onto the project list anyway.

The creation of the Bond Oversight Committee spurred Thornton—who is often skeptical of or hostile toward walking and biking—to suggest an oversight committee for Athens in Motion, an advisory board for bike and pedestrian transportation projects. Houle called AIM “a committee that we appoint to essentially be our oversight committee for transportation projects,” and all of its recommendations go through the mayor and commission for final approval. The mayor and commission has gone against AIM recommendations in the past, such as with the Barber Street multi-use path.

The federal 1987 Clean Water Act mandated that urban communities form stormwater management plans to prevent runoff from carrying pollution into rivers and streams. In 2005 the commission opted to fund the plan with a fee, rather than property taxes, so that tax-exempt entities like the University of Georgia would share in the expense. The fee is based on square

in favor of the hike. Commissioners Mike Hamby, Ovita Thornton and Carol Myers voted no because they wanted to delay the vote by a month. Commissioner Tiffany Taylor was absent.

After delaying a decision twice over the past month, the commission voted unanimously to approve a $25.8 million bond issue for the Classic Center arena, the third

Thornton’s comments came during a discussion on amending AIM’s bylaws. The commission voted to allow the group to meet with a lesser quorum, pending a review of all boards and authorities by the commission’s Government Operations Committee.

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turn it into a restaurant, a cell tower on Highway 29 near Kroger where reception is often spotty, public art for the arena and solar panels in the ACC Library parking lot, which will require cutting down 12 trees. (Former commissioner Russell Edwards questioned why the panels could not be built over parking spots instead.) In addition, the commission renewed the Neighborhood Leaders program and adjusted the downtown “parklets” program to restrict what kinds of semi-permanent structures restaurants can build in on-street parking spaces. [Blake

Historic House Will Become Community and Event Space

More than two years after the Junior League of Athens ended its lease of the Taylor-Grady House, a new tenant will be moving into the historic building. The Athens-Clarke County Commission approved the lease during its Sept. 5 meeting.

The nonprofit Landmark Commons at Taylor-Grady House, formed by caterer Lee Epting and others, will preserve the 1844 house as both a house museum and a community center. The Taylor-Grady House was built in the mid-1840s and bought in 1863 by the father of newspaper owner and journalist Henry W. Grady, namesake of the journalism school at the University of Georgia. The City of Athens bought the house in 1966, with the Junior League as its steward. The Junior League did not renew its lease when the commission raised the rent, and the house has been vacant since July 2022.

So named because of Taylor-Grady’s status as the only official national historic landmark in Athens, Landmark Commons is dedicated to serving the city’s many and various nonprofits, charging them special rates to hold meetings, training seminars, events and fundraisers of all sizes in the house. It will also host weddings, banquets, art openings and conferences.

The group’s board is hoping to use the first floor to display the African-American past of the house through historic interpretations, artifacts and displays, but the county hasn’t yet agreed. According to a board press release, “Until the ground floor is available, Landmark Commons will work with local historians and librarians to expand what is known about the enslaved and free men who contributed to the history of Athens and Taylor-Grady House.” County officials currently plan to use the first floor for government offices.

The board also plans to restore the original dovecote kitchen, outbuildings and summer dining room, and promote the Taylor-Grady House as an interactive experience for school groups, tours and community events.

There will be a reception in the house on Sept. 17, following a 4 p.m. panel discussion featuring students who integrated Clarke County public schools in the 1960s at CCSD’s central office. Both events are free and open to the public. [Rebecca

Girtz Supports Gun Control

Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz spearheaded a likely quixotic effort by four dozen city mayors to convince Gov. Brian Kemp and the Republicans who control the state legislature to tighten Georgia’s gun laws.

“We believe there is no single act that will immediately end the epidemic of homicides, suicides and gun injuries that scar our communities,” the group of mayors wrote in an open letter to Kemp and legislators on Sept. 1. “However, just as decades of progress have led to cleaner air, healthier drinking water and safer roadways, you have in your authority the ability to diminish gun violence. “We currently live with the reality that gun violence has become the No. 1 killer of children, and in which Georgia has become a top exporter of illegal weapons. We come to you with this request because our residents rely upon us to be the front line of efforts to enhance their quality of life.”

The letter asks for continued mental health resources, closing background check loopholes, safe storage requirements, a

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“red flag” law and a focus on high-powered, high-capacity weapons like AR-15s. Among the bipartisan group of 47 original signers were Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, Winterville Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, Mayor Rusty Paul of Sandy Springs and Mayor Corey Williams of Greensboro.

However, the requests are likely to fall on deaf ears. Republicans in recent years have expanded access to guns, for example allowing guns on college campuses and ending permit requirements for carrying concealed weapons. [BA]

Prosecutors Oppose DA Oversight Law

More than 90 current and former elected prosecutors and federal law enforcement officials submitted a brief to Fulton County Superior Court last week seeking to overturn Senate Bill 92, which created an oversight commission for district attorneys.

The legislation was aimed at “reigning in” recently elected progressive DAs like Athens’ Deborah Gonzalez, who Republicans say are neglecting their duties by refusing to prosecute some cases like minor drug offenses. Four Georgia DAs— three Democrats and one Republican—led by DeKalb County DA Sherry Boston filed a lawsuit in August seeking to overturn the new law, which created a panel with the power to discipline or even remove elected DAs. Gonzalez was not among those who sued, but she did sign on to the brief from advocacy group Fair and Just Prosecution.

Other signers include two former U.S. solicitors general, several current and former U.S. attorneys and Department of Justice officials, and numerous current and former prosecutors from Georgia and other states.

The amicus brief argues that SB 92 infringes on prosecutors’ discretion, undermines local control, politicizes the justice system and threatens the public’s trust. Fair and Just Prosecution pointed to state Sen. Colton Moore’s recent call to investigate Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who is prosecuting Donald Trump and 18 associates for conspiring to overturn the 2020 election.

“The impact of SB 92 is no longer hypothetical—already, some politicians are seeking to use it to protect their political interests and power, and it is fundamentally at odds with our democracy to allow these intrusions on local control and prosecutorial independence to stand,” Miriam Krinsky, Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution and a former federal prosecutor, said in a news release. “We hope that the court will protect the well-established apolitical role of prosecutorial discretion and ensure that the people of Georgia maintain the right to choose leaders who best reflect their community’s vision of justice.” [BA]

Superintendent Addresses School Violence

At community conversation sessions last week on school safety, Clarke County School Superintendent Robbie Hooker delivered a message for Athens: When

people chat about public education and problems, and the heads nod and the talk shifts to “those kids,” he said, “those kids are our kids,” because public schools are an extension of the community. If we want to have a better city, we need to have better schools, and that can happen only through community involvement. Hooker stressed the importance and impact of mentoring students and “listening to their concerns.” People should be asking, “What’s my role in making our system better?”

Take the employees at Creature Comforts. Employees from the local brewery visit Stroud Elementary at least once a month to read, individually for an hour, with second and third graders, hoping to increase their reading abilities. They’ve committed to this pilot program until 2026, and Hooker said the program is helping students improve.

The conversations happened at Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central high schools, and more will be scheduled for the next few weeks. Hooker said he hopes to hold work sessions with interested participants from the community to devise ways to make schools better.

Two changes in school policy are on the horizon: requiring middle and high school students to carry only clear backpacks and to wear school ID badges so that officials can easily identify non-students. The clear bag policy has been enforced at middle- and high-school sporting events and it’s working well, said district police chief Terry Reid.

When asked about misbehaving students, Hooker said most of the disruption in high school classes is caused by 30 or so students at Central and 43 students at Cedar who’ve earned only one or two credits after having been enrolled as high school freshman for three years. Hooker said principals will meet with those students’ parents to find “the best place for those students,” whether that means earning a GED, enrolling in Athens Tech, attending alternative school or participating in a nine-week life skills program to help them make better choices and finish high school.

“They’re coming to school, eating lunch and wandering the hallways,” Hooker said. “We can’t allow them to impede the learning of others.”

When asked about gang activity, Reid said his officers deal with it daily “so we don’t have a big blowup.” The school administration also gets involved, and the school district can reach out to county and even state officials if need be. He said his officers are spending time talking with ninth graders about the perils of joining gangs.

Hooker said one way to combat gang problems is to improve students’ reading abilities. “Our prisons are built on thirdgrade reading levels,” he said. The students most interested in joining a gang struggle with reading, so he encouraged those attending Wednesday’s meeting to “come in and read with students.”

Each middle school and high school has an officer on campus, but there aren’t metal detectors at every door because a huge team would be needed to staff every door throughout the school day. Chief Reid said he constantly stresses the message to students of “see something, say something.”

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Presidents and Prisons


A presidential candidate was photographed and fingerprinted at a jail in Atlanta while his campaign hawked merchandise featuring the candidate’s prison photo. The candidate vowed to pardon himself if elected, and his supporters promised to vote for him no matter what. The year was 1920, and perennial Socialist Party presidential candidate Eugene V. Debs was behind the walls of Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. The candidate had campaigned for president under the Socialist banner in 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912.

In 1920 Debs was in jail for his fiery speeches opposing World War I, but he campaigned from his jail cell, garnering nearly a million votes in an impressive though unvictorious third party run. His campaign sold prison-themed Debs merchandise, including buttons with a photo of Debs in his prison uniform and the slogan “For President Convict No. 9653.” Other Debs memorabilia included small metal statues of the candidate clad in his convict clothing.

Democrat Woodrow Wilson had been re-elected in 1916 with the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” but by 1917 America had entered the war. Debs and many of his anti-war supporters were jailed under harsh sedition laws, and Wilson vowed that he would never pardon a “traitor” like Debs. The story had a happy ending when the GOP’s Warren Harding became president after defeating Democrat James Cox in the 1920 election. Just in time for Christmas in 1921, Harding commuted Debs’ sentence, and the old activist walked out of the prison gates after serving nearly three years behind bars. Debs merchandisers were quick to publish photos of the beaming candidate doffing his hat in a gesture of farewell outside the Atlanta prison walls. In all of his mugshots and merchandise, Debs looks serene, saintly and smiling—unlike the glowering jailhouse image of Donald J. Trump seen by millions recently and by readers of history forevermore.

The same Harding who sprang Gene Debs from jail would himself be caught up in legal and personal quagmires that threatened to sink his presidency. His untimely death in 1923 spared Harding from later public revelations about his womanizing ways and the Teapot Dome oil scandal during his administration. Fifty years later, the spotlight of scandal shined again on the White House as Richard Nixon’s promises of law and order turned into the lawless disorder of the Watergate scandal that led to his resignation in 1974.

Nixon’s resignation kept him out of jail and preserved his post-presidential perks and pension, but history books will always record him as the only president to resign the office in the face of impeachment and a possible prison term. Unlike those in today’s political cult of Trump, many Republicans during Nixon’s time joined in the national call to oust a criminal president who made a mockery of his party’s slogan of law and order.

On April 27, 1974, I was in Washington during what The Washington Star called “the first large-scale march” in the nation’s capital calling for Nixon’s impeachment. Ten thousand people turned out on a sunny spring day to urge that the president be held accountable to the rule of law. Chanting “Throw the bum out” and “Jail to the chief,” the crowd followed behind an Edsel automobile towing a faux jail cage with a man inside wearing a Nixon mask and a striped convict uniform. A sign on the Edsel said, “Don’t trade a lemon for a used Ford.” The advice went unheeded as President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Nixon, just a month after Nixon’s August 9, 1974 resignation. Ford’s pardon of Nixon was widely seen as a factor in his defeat by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.

Trump’s legal woes are far more troublesome than those faced by his predecessors Bill Clinton, Nixon and Harding, and Trump’s campaign style bears none of the courtly dignity and selfless sacrifice shown by Debs. Still, Trump’s indictments are just incitements to his MAGA minions who send the money and buy the merchandise to keep the Trump train rolling. Trump and his crew could be back in the White House unless voters in 2024 heed George Washington’s sage advice from 1796: “Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism.” f

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Student Debt Relief, Take Two


Following the Supreme Court’s summer ruling against 40 million federal student loan borrowers who would have qualified for debt relief, the Biden administration crafted a year-long delay in repayments. The policy, known as an on-ramp, is set to begin next month.

Additionally, hours after the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Education unveiled a new repayment plan for those with federal student loans, known as Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE. The new income-driven repayment plan calculates payments based on a borrower’s income and family size and forgives balances after a set number of years.

It’s estimated by the administration that more than 20 million borrowers will benefit. Borrowers can apply at studentaid.gov. A campaign is being launched to publicize the new program by the Department of Education in collaboration with groups like the Student Debt Crisis Center, UnidosUS and the NAACP.

“This plan is a game changer for millions of Americans, many of whom are putting off having children, buying their first home, or even starting a business because they can’t get out from under their student loans,” said White House Domestic Policy Advisor Neera Tanden on a call with reporters. “Student loans will be manageable.”

Last year, the Biden administration rolled out a debt forgiveness plan for borrowers with federal student loans that would have been a one-time cancellation of up to $10,000. Borrowers who had received Pell Grants—federal aid to help low-income students pay for higher education—could qualify for an additional $10,000 in forgiveness.

The conservative bloc of the Supreme Court on June 30 ruled that the Biden administration did not have the legal authority to enact that one-time student debt relief program. The case was filed by Republican attorneys general of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina, and they argued the Biden administration overstepped its reach.

Following that decision from the court, the Biden administration initiated rulemaking through the Higher Education Act to try again to enact debt relief, and finalized a rule for the new repayment plan known as SAVE.

Here are some questions and answers about the on-ramp policy and SAVE plan.

When does the on-ramp program start?

Federal student loan repayments are set to resume in October, but while borrowers have a year of leniency to begin repayments, interest will continue to accrue starting in September. The on-ramp program starts Oct. 1 and will extend until Sept. 30 of next year. “Financially vulnerable borrowers who miss monthly payments during this period are not considered delinquent, reported to credit bureaus, placed in default, or referred to debt collection agencies,” according to a fact sheet released by the White House. The Department of Education did not respond to questions from States Newsroom asking how the agency would prevent loan servicers from reporting borrowers to credit bureau or debt collectors.

How is the on-ramp policy different from the pause on federal student loan repayments?

The pause on federal student loan repayments was first put in place by the Trump administration in 2020 at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and has been extended several times. The pause meant those with federal student loans did not have to repay, and no interest accrued. With

this new policy, interest will still accrue, but borrowers have a year before having to start paying back their loans.

What does a final rule for the SAVE plan mean?

This is an income-driven repayment plan that the Department of Education said will cut borrowers’ monthly payments in half. “This is a giant step forward in decreasing the burden of crushing debt that rests on so many borrowers’ shoulders,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “Low-income students, whose burdens will be cut in half, and most other students, who will never pay more than 5% of their income, will breathe a sigh of relief across every corner of America.

“While there will be those that will challenge this in court, the administration has carefully crossed the legal t’s and dotted the legal i’s. The fight to cancel student debt is far from over, but this is a massive step in the right direction. President Biden deserves accolades and support for this action.”

A borrower could save more than $1,000 per year on payments, compared to other income-driven repayment plans. And, depending on income levels, it will allow more than 1 million additional borrowers to make $0 monthly payments without their interest accruing, the Department of Education estimates.

How does the SAVE plan work?

Borrowers with undergraduate loans will pay 5% of their discretionary income, rather than the 10% required under previous income repayment plans. Borrowers with undergraduate and graduate loans will pay a weighted average between 5–10% of their monthly incomes. The White House said a borrower’s monthly payment will be based on their discretionary income, defined in the plan as the difference between their adjusted gross income and 225% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services poverty guideline amount for the family size. Borrowers who earn a minimum wage of $15 an hour will not have to make a monthly payment. According to the Department of Education, that means borrowers will not owe loan payments if they are a single person earning $32,800, or less or a family of four earning $67,500 or less, though the amounts are higher in Alaska and Hawaii. The plan also forgives loan balances after as little as 10 years of payment, rather than 20 years under previous income repayment plans. The plan also does not charge borrowers with unpaid monthly interest, as long as those borrowers are making their monthly payments.

Who qualifies for the SAVE student loan repayment plan?

Most federal student loan borrowers are going to qualify for this plan. However, those with Direct PLUS loans to parents and certain other loans will not qualify for it; the list can be found at studentaid.gov. Borrowers signed up for the current Revised Pay as You Earn (REPAYE) plan will automatically be enrolled in SAVE.

How is SAVE different from previous federal student loan repayment plans?

With this plan, if your calculated payment ends up to be less than the amount of interest that accrues every month, that remaining interest will be forgiven. The previous plan did not have that element, so borrowers were continuing to see their balances grow. f

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Film and TV Strikes


It’s been four months since TV and film writers went on strike, and two months since actors followed suit.

While the strikes had an immediate chilling effect on workers in California, their effects in Georgia are a bit more muted—so far. But as productions slated to gear up this fall are now on hold, many Athens residents with ties to the entertainment industry are starting to move their Plan B to a more permanent position.

“It feels like the COVID shutdown was a pretty good dress rehearsal,” said Andy Rusk, a stuntman who has been spending his free time staying in shape with horseback riding and by hitting the gym. “COVID prepared us for being out of work for six, eight, 10 months and not knowing exactly what to do with the time.”

Most stunt professionals, though, have a full-time job and do stunt work as a side gig. So, when SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors GuildAmerican Federation of Television and Radio Artists) announced the strike, many just picked up more hours with their primary job, or added a new side hustle to pay the bills.

Others have been able to pick up work in the industry, although it’s inconsistent.

Because the strikes are over a labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, or AMPTP, guild members can still work on productions not affiliated with major studios. This means music videos, commercials and independent productions are still on the table. That’s how Allen Rowell has been getting by in recent weeks. (However, the loophole no longer applies to indie films after studio executives tried to exploit it by forming their own “independent” companies.)

Rowell is part of a crew that sets up set lighting and had planned on a steady gig for the next year working on Season 5 of “Stranger Things.” When that production was put on hold in June, he turned to working on commercials,

occasional work with productions at The Classic Center when they come through town and even a few promotional videos with departments at the University of Georgia. The pause for “Stranger Things” had an unintended benefit, too: He was able to work on a friend’s independent film.

“I didn’t think I’d be able to work on it here in Athens because of my commitment with my gaffer [chief electri-

their support for members. Without a change in the payment structure with studios and streaming services, they wrote, the profession will no longer be an option for future generations of performers.

“SAG-AFTRA stands ready to negotiate a fair deal for our members, but our resolve to secure fair compensation that accounts for inflation and includes revenue sharing, protection from AI technology (that includes consent, compensation and control) and updates to our pension and health contribution caps, which haven’t been changed in decades is unwavering,” they wrote.

Local entertainment industry workers also noted how the strike is highlighting the larger issue of residual payments, which have long been a staple in TV and films but no longer exist with streaming services. On top of that, studios have been inconsistent with existing residual payments, adding to actors’ and writers’ stress.

Hammering out a deal with studios on residuals is key, said Rusk, because they can serve as actors’ retirement plans. Studios affiliated with streaming services are also where most of the work is these days.

“When I started as a stunt man 13 years ago, 90% of my work was in feature films that would have a theatrical release or be on network or cable TV, and 10% would have been a streaming service,” said Rusk. “Thirteen years later, my work is 90% streaming.”

Because of that shift, what was once a motion picture that would result in a residual check of a couple hundred dollars from a popular movie has now become a fraction of that amount. At the same time, costs for groceries, gas and health insurance have risen.

cian] and my team in Atlanta, but since that wasn’t happening, I got to work on it, which was great,” said Rowell. The film, shot over a seven-day period at Athena Studios, took place just as the SAG-AFTRA strike began. Then, a storm blew through Athens, knocking out power to the studio for several days. “These folks were stressed,” Rowell added.

The Atlanta office of SAG-AFTRA did not have an estimate of the number of members in the Athens area, but Atlanta chapter president Eric Goins and past president Mike Pniewski sent Flagpole a joint statement affirming

It’s a pinch to take part in the strike, local entertainment professionals say, but it’s worth it when considering long-term effects and retirement plans. Some have savings to rely on. Some have a second job. Some, like Rusk, are staying busy with hobbies and being patient.

Rowell chuckles when he considers the situation—on the one hand, he has a well-paying, stable job for the next year that’s on hold. It’s so close, but so far. But that’s just the nature of the business, he said.

“You can’t be in this business without a slush fund and being able to get by when you have to,” he said. “I could apply for unemployment at this point, but I haven’t done that yet. I’m going to see how long it’s going to go.” f

American Deadbolt, directed by Bryan Redding, was able to continue filming at Athena Studios in Athens after the strikes began because it was an independent production. COURTESY OF BRYAN REDDING

Creatures of Athens Unite


After seven months of hearings, the National Labor Relations Board has sided with the workers of Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and granted their petition for a union election. Production, maintenance and taproom employees of Creature Comforts who were employed as of Aug. 20 will soon get to vote on whether they want to be represented by the Brewing Union of Georgia in labor negotiations.

The BUG originally requested a union election back in January, when it became clear that Creature Comforts would not voluntarily recognize it. The company then filed a petition with the NLRB seeking recognition for the union, triggering a lengthy hearings process.

The NLRB decided in favor of Creature Comforts workers on every point except one—their desire to include seasonal workers in the union. Only full-time and regular part-time workers employed as of Aug. 20 will be allowed to vote in the upcoming union election.

“We founded Creature Comforts to build something different. At our core, we are focused on fostering human connection. For us, that includes creating an environment where anyone can discuss anything over a beer,” CEO Chris Herron said in a statement to Flagpole. “With that in mind, we fully respect those employees who are exercising their rights and have always supported individual voices to be heard. We have all been awaiting the NLRB’s decision for seven months, and while we do not agree with the recent ruling on the bargaining unit, we will continue to follow all the appropriate processes and rules as we move forward. We look forward to having an opportunity to defend ourselves against the unfair labor practice claims in the future, and we remain committed to ensuring that all our employees feel supported and empowered.”


That’s Me in the Corner


Two weeks into the college football season, the Georgia Bulldogs are 2-0 while working toward a third consecutive national title, and I don’t have a take.

I’m sorry. It’s at this point in the young season that I typically want to spice things up, to get the take machine fired up and either tell you A) why we’re definitely going to win another title, or B) why we’re not going to win another game and need to fire everybody. But I’m just not there.

Had things gone according to plan, the Dawgs would have played Oklahoma last weekend, but that was kiboshed ahead of the Sooners’ move to the SEC in 2024. If it had gone ahead, I’m sure I would’ve had piping-hot takes about Carson Beck or Mike Bobo or our chances at a threepeat. But two games into this season, there aren’t many takes to be had, piping hot or otherwise.

Instead of a marquee matchup with Oklahoma, the Dawgs followed up their season-opening 48-7 win over UT Martin with a 45-3 win over Ball State. And while dominating any opponent and scoring lots of points is always a good time, what

By the same token, anything that seems bad needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as well. The season is young, and we’re all looking for things to be worried about. The success of the last two years has done a lot to erase the self-doubt and Munsonitis from the fanbase, but we’re Georgia fans, and it’s in our very nature to look for the impending disaster around the corner. This year, we’ve selected the run game as our hobby horse.

So far, the Dawgs are averaging 129 rushing yards a game, ranking 93rd in the country. Even taking into account a myriad of injuries in the backfield—Daijun Edwards hasn’t played and Kendall Milton isn’t 100%—this group is a far cry from the Gurshall or Chubb/Michel days. Wide receiver Dillon Bell looked like our biggest threat at the position when called upon to line up at tailback, scampering for a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Ball State. (He needs to get rid of that No. 86 if he’s gonna keep playing tailback.) The run game is something to keep an eye on as the season progresses, but not something to get bent out of shape over right now.

While the union wanted to represent all of Creature Comforts, management fought during the hearings to whittle down the size of the union. The company argued that some employees were actually managers and shouldn’t be allowed to join. Creature Comforts also tried to limit the union to one facility only—the newer one at Southern Mill, a renovated former denim factory in the Boulevard area—arguing that production and maintenance employees of that facility do not share a community of interest with taproom employees at its original downtown location.

“It’s about controlling the company,” BUG organizer Joseph Carter said. “They wanted a tiny unit in Southern Mill, mostly in packaging, but the union wanted to cover the whole company. If you have a unit that covers both of the warehouses [including the original Snow Tire location], you gain a lot of power.”

In the decision, essentially all of the arguments made by management were rejected for lack of evidence. Creature Comforts workers, on the other hand, were able to convincingly demonstrate to the NLRB that the company’s two facilities are tightly connected, with materials and maintenance crews going back and forth between the two quite often. Furthermore, they demonstrated that some positions referred to as “managers” by the company do not actually have decision-making power and should rightly be allowed to join the union.

A vote on forming the union will be coming soon, although it’s still unclear exactly when. Since so much time had passed since the original petition in January, the NLRB has asked both parties to submit new dates for when they want the election to take place. The board—which dates back to the New Deal and enforces laws related to collective bargaining and unfair labor practices—consists of five members appointed by the president for five-year terms.

“Originally, we proposed mid-February, and the company proposed mid-March,” Carter said. “We’re well past that. We would like to have [the election] as soon as possible. The workers are ready to vote.”

The Brewing Union of Georgia will ask for an election date sometime at the end of September or early October, according to Carter, but management may continue to ask for delay. Management could also appeal the NLRB’s decision, but even if they do, they can’t delay the election. Once a date is set, which should be soon, that date will almost certainly be final.

Carter said he believes that the resistance Creature Comforts management has shown to unionization actually makes it more likely the union will win the election. “It’s been a long haul,” Carter said. “There’s been a lot of frustration, but I think we have a great chance of winning. Management continues to show that they just don’t care about workers. I think we’re going to win.” f

can we learn from beatdowns of inferior opposition?

There are plenty of positives we can hang our hat on early. You’ll be shocked to learn that a Kirby Smart-coached defense is once again outstanding. The Dawgs gave up fewer than 300 total yards of offense in each of the last two weeks and only allowed one touchdown, and that came in garbage time. Many of the names are somewhat new, since many of the new starters have served in backup roles over the last few seasons, but the results are the same.

But those positives must be taken with a grain of salt. As nice as it is to force three turnovers against Ball State, it’s a different story doing that against Michigan or Ohio State in January. So, yeah, the defense looks great. But how great is it compared to the Georgia defenses of the last few years, or compared to the offenses it will need to face to win another title? It’ll take some time to get that answer.

The Dawgs are in a strange spot. We are the reigning back-to-back national champions, No. 1 in the polls, yet are still coming in under the radar. The weak early schedule is partially to blame, as is the lack of bigname players compared to the last few seasons. College football fans know who Brock Bowers is, but they don’t know Carson Beck, Mykel Williams and Malaki Starks the way they knew Stetson Bennett, Jalen Carter and Kelee Ringo. Yet.

Meanwhile, the media is busy shining its spotlight on a number of resurgent powers. Texas, Florida State, Colorado and Miami are going to suck up a lot of oxygen this season. There was a time when it would’ve bothered me that Georgia is ranked first in the country and no one is talking about them. After a couple of national titles, I can live with it. We’ll crawl under the radar with one of the most talented rosters in college football until it’s time to step back into the spotlight. f

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Creature Comforts employees held a rally at Little Kings in January to kick off their union drive.
Georgia’s best running back so far this year is actually a wide receiver, Dillon Bell.

Athens Spaces Turned Chain Places


EMMY SQUARED PIZZA (199 Prince Ave., 762-315-4005, emmysquaredpizza. com): What is it like walking into the space on Prince Avenue that was The Grit for years and years and now houses a fancyish Detroit-style-by-way-of-Brooklyn pizza place? It’s weird. Some things feel the same, including the at-times indifferent service.

sausage, Gouda) was the best balanced pie I tried, neither toppings nor crust dominating. The meatballs in the appetizer section are delicately textured but far too salty, especially at a painful $15. The marinated cucumbers with soy sauce and sesame seeds are also intensely salty, and not in a good way. You’re better off with a massive Brussels sprout salad with blue cheese, cashews, dried cherries, nicely pickled red onions and a miso dressing. Honestly, you could probably split the salad for lunch with a friend and feel like you got a great deal.

The beautiful bones of the former grocery remain untouched, although they’ve been scrubbed up a bit. The haint blue paint here and there, the large windows, the serving station in the corner of the side room, the plaster walls with brick peeking through all feel familiar. But in the end, they’re not. It’s disorienting, and one can’t help but feel that the restaurant, through no real fault of its own, managed to annoy exactly the people (Boulevardians, Cobbhamites) who otherwise would have made up its regular clientele. Even with school back in session, it’s not particularly busy. Students are more apt to grab a cheap slice. Athens hasn’t really embraced the fancy pizza trend, probably because most of us don’t make enough money to do so.

Enough preamble. How’s the pizza? It’s pretty nice stuff, and once you figure out how much to order you might be happier about the price ($17–25 for the non-gluten-free pies). A six-slice pie will definitely feed more than one person—possibly two, but probably not three unless you also get a gigantic salad. It’s thick, like a focaccia, but lighter and less oily than a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, with cheese scattered around the pan that melts and crisps around the crust. Vodka sauce makes a lot of appearances on the menu, but isn’t enough to balance the heftiness of the crust, which requires more substantial toppings than a Neapolitan- or New Yorkstyle slice. Some ingredients are mischaracterized. Order the Seoul Mate, which says it comes topped with vegan spicy kimchi, sausage, peppers and mushrooms, and you may look in vain for cabbage, finding only a Gochujang-accented drizzle across the pie. The Good Paulie (caramelized onions,

The other thing Emmy’s prides itself on is its burgers, available in two almost indistinguishable versions. One has “Emmy sauce” and lettuce, and the other has “Sammy sauce” and caramelized onions, and my waitress admitted that both sauces were a Thousand Island variation, but that she couldn’t tell the difference between them. That said, it is a delicious burger, well cooked, on a pretzel bun that doesn’t dissolve into a wet wad in your fingers. Is it $17–19 worth of deliciousness, considering that it doesn’t come with a side? That’s up to you to weigh. If you’re looking to get a deal at Emmy’s, the weekday lunch specials can be useful, and there is a kids menu. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday but open for lunch and dinner every other day. It also has a full bar and some high-end-sounding cocktails.


S. Lumpkin St., 706-493-7377, jenis.com): How is this pricey, chichi chain different from the above, apart from not occupying the shell of a beloved restaurant? That might be enough of a difference! Jeni’s isn’t cheap, but it is charming, tucked into a former bank building in Five Points that looks like a little house. The standard ice cream will run you almost $7, but does come with two scoops. Make sure you pick two flavors that complement one another if it’s a hot day and you sit on the big, lovely deck out back, as they will begin to mingle quickly. It’s best known for flavors that can be more salty than sweet: salted peanut butter, salted licorice, salty caramel. The licorice is fun and a great way to protect your ice cream from your children, but it’s not as good as a classic like milkiest chocolate, which is smooth and simple. Coffee with cream and sugar is possibly the best flavor on the menu, starting out like your usual coffee ice cream before deepening into something that tastes like fresh-ground beans. Jeni’s is well known for its creaminess, but the vegan flavors are good, too, and there are a number of them, including a lemon bar coconut-cream-based ice cream with shortbread. You can get more flavors if you want, including a flight of 10 options if you are a big spender. There are pints in the freezer, too, if you want to lay out $12 for one rather than picking it up at the grocery store for $8. Jeni’s is open from noon to 11 p.m. daily. f

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Alexei Gural’s Altar


WHATCHA GHANA DO?: Pre-orders are open now for CD, vinyl and digital download copies of the upcoming re-release of the album Is What You Make It by TaxiCab Verses. This project is the brainchild of musician Jim Wilson with his cast of thousands, and this album was done in collaboration with Kofi Atentenben and the Warriors (Accra, Ghana). The album originally came out seven years ago in 2016, but this re-release arrives courtesy of Strolling Bones Records. The music here was inspired by Wilson’s time in Ghana, and the group name comes from the various slogans and statements Wilson observed written on taxis while there. Lay your money down over at strollingbonesrecords.com or preview a track and buy it at taxicabverses.bandcamp.com. It is slated for release Oct. 20.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Visual artist and musician Alexei Gural, who has made art in Athens for decades, released a fulllength album last month titled Altar. It’s a largely ambient record, but quite deliberately performed and full of instrumentation. Its deft use of rhythm (especially on sparse tracks like “Uncharted Chasm”) is a really charming aspect, and probably reaches its apex with the barely-there trip hop of “Raindrop Toast.” What’s so great about this release is how utterly listenable it is. For the most part, even among records I sincerely enjoy and artists I sincerely respect and appreciate, the ambient/experimental/noise arena can be a real test sometimes. This record is like a cool breeze whose reappearance is welcome. Find it at alexeigural.bandcamp.com.

ONE OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD: Punk rockers Beat Up have a new split single out with the folky-anarcho Cowboy Kerouac named We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Sub. Beat Up’s contribution to this is the song “Straight to the Bottom of the Ocean (Sub song),” the group’s pull-no-punches viewpoint on the implosion of the Titan submersible craft. It’s an uncharacteristically folk-based tune that depends heavily on the Irish folk tradition for its music, and the folk tradition in general for its storytelling and moral stance. Basically, it makes the point that those who died in the deep sea accident were victims of their own hubris. But it really feels like the point the band is making is that their actual crime was being rich. Their individual paths to such status—some of which may indeed be unseemly, inhumane and unethical—aren’t even discussed, though. Plus, the song ends with the morbid wish of “…it’s such a shame it couldn’t hold a hundred more.” The tune itself is fine, but the whole thing seems really mean spirited and a lost opportunity to really dig deeper into the song’s subject. Cowboy Kerouac’s track “Rise

Up” is a by-the-numbers punk folk tune that name-checks all the usual suspects and boogeymen, and ends with the Chairman Mao-level murder-as-retribution wish of “All the landlords, managers and financial kings/They all bleed the same when their necks are wringed/When the masses rise we’ll be seeing red/And we won’t stop ’til every billionaire is dead.” So, all you billionaires out there better watch out, because here comes Cowboy Kerouac. All the above said, these topical songs attempt to undertake serious issues that are important to talk about, but each fails in its own particular way. In other news, Beat Up released a teaser single for another split single it has coming out named “A Million Lifetimes,” and it succeeds greatly in expressing much of the same sentiment mentioned above. It’s poetic, thoughtful and genuine, and also rocks. Find all of this stuff at beatup. bandcamp.com, and for more information, please see facebook.com/beatupband and cowboykerouac.com.

THE FUTURE MAY NOT BE WRITTEN, BUT IT’S SCHEDULED: Pre-sales are still open for the Futurebirds-curated festival experience Highball which takes place at Atlanta’s Pullman Yards Oct. 21–22. Single day tickets are $65 ($125 for VIP) and two-day passes are $95 ($225 for VIP). This lineup is like a reunion of old friends in a lot of ways, and it’s easy to imagine Futurebirds putting this bill together. Featured artists are Band Of Horses, The Head and The Heart, Futurebirds (of course, and they’re playing each night), Wednesday, Seratones, T. Hardy Morris, The Whigs, S.G. Goodman and Hotel Fiction. While this event is not age-restricted, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. There are some specific restrictions regarding re-entry, bags, etc. so please be sure to read the FAQs on the event’s website. For all other information and to purchase tickets, please see highball.live.

THE AGE OF QUARREL: Hardcore rockers Snuki put out its newest release Deprived Of Life in July, but reported to me that they just had cassette versions come in stock. Man, I’m telling you, this thing just smokes. While it certainly pulls a lot from classic 1980s hardcore, any particular reference points are extraneous as this era provides the musical linguistics for huge swaths of the heavy music scene. That said, Snuki’s ability to hook listeners by swinging reliably between blast beat intensity and four-onthe-floor circle-pit rhythms is spot on. Hell, the entirety of “Yellow Sea” followed immediately by “Deathproof” would be a sufficient introduction to the entire genre. The whole thing is utterly enjoyable and undeniably invigorating. Find it at snuuuki. bandcamp.com. f




Ifyou frequent the new wave of youthful indie folkrock shows around Athens, it’s likely that you’ve seen guitarist and pedal steel player Cannon Rogers on stage. Since moving to Athens in 2018, he’s recorded or performed with artists like lighthearted, Hotel Fiction, Elijah Johnston, Clover County, Bea Porges, Sarah Mootz and more, while also becoming a full-time member of the nationally touring Charleston-based psychedelic country band Susto. Over the last five years, as Rogers has worked hard to become a staple musician among his contemporaries, he’s also firmly established his own band, CannonandtheBoxes, which is releasing its first full-length album High Life on Sept. 14.

school at the Moe’s Southwest Grill in Rome, GA. The cast of musicians on High Life truly spans the reaches of Rogers’ network and journey as a musician.

CannonandtheBoxes first came together while Rogers was still in high school in Rome, and it formed out of his desire to play original songs after having a brief stint in a cover band. But he says it wasn’t until he moved to Athens that the band really came together. He reminisces on playing live shows for the first time at Caledonia Lounge and The Foundry, then taking to the house show scene with bands like Monsoon, Aldente, Hoyas, CLOUDLAND, ozello and Nuclear Tourism. Rogers has remained the only consistent member of CannonandtheBoxes, and the band has become a vehicle of experience that allows him to experiment with songwriting, learn the ins and outs of booking shows, and understand the process of funding records and tours.

“I truly love writing songs, and having a space where I can write a song like ‘High Life’ and not have to explain myself to other folks before presenting it as a thing we’re all going to learn is really special,” says Rogers of leading a band in comparison to being a member. “I think I’m also more of a folk music nerd than a lot of the bands I play in, and it’s nice to have a project where I can cover Steve Earle and Woody Guthrie or set T. S. Eliot poems to music, because that’s what I love.”


Rogers says he and bandmates Jordi Lara (bass) and Gideon Johnston (drums) “holed up” at Patrick Doherty’s studio Racquet Recording for a little over a week in January 2022 to track the bones of the album, with the exception of “Pastel Houses.” From there, it became a collective effort over the following year, involving collaborations with old friends and musicians Rogers admired to round out the songs. Gracie Huffman of lighthearted sang harmonies and played piano on the album, and also contributed to writing “Boston, MA.” Coming off the high energy jam “Professional Wrestling,” “Boston, MA,” with its thoughtful arrangement, has a much softer touch that builds its energy in a rolling fashion, quick to drop off just as it picks up. Mason Palanti played synth and piano, as well as arranging the ragtime intro to the album, setting a playful tone—a sound heavily tinged with nostalgia throughout the album.

“Gene Woolfolk is no shit my favorite guitar player in town, and getting to hang in the studio and have him shred over my take on a Steve Earle song meant so much to me,” says Rogers. “All the strings on the record were played and arranged by one-time roommates/long-time friends Jordi Lara and Will Ruff, and taking a mobile recording rig to their house in Atlanta to record strings in their living room will remain a goofy and amazing memory of making this album.”

The aforementioned track “Pastel Houses” is described by Rogers as an outlier on the project. Tommy Trautwein of We Bought a Zoo produced the song, and that may explain its slight departure from the very Americana-driven sound found elsewhere in the album. However, it’s not jarring or incongruent, just noticeably more cutting in guitar tone and gruffer in Rogers’ delivery. It features Matt Megginson on drums, with whom Rogers says he covered R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” during his freshman year of high

Beyond a love and careful consideration for the music, it’s very apparent that Rogers has also been fostering a love for Athens since before he even moved here. He says that he grew up coming to Athens every year for all-state chorus events at The Classic Center.

“I will never shake the feeling that I had stumbled upon the coolest wall in the world at age 12 or 13 looking at the show posters at Jittery Joe’s downtown. At one of those chorus events, I bought a Kissing Booth cassette at Wuxtry—the record was perfecto, and it’s an 11/10 banger by local folk legends Patrick Brick and Erin Lovett—and I wore it out the year I got my license and a car with a tape deck,” says Rogers.

Now he’s been able to take that Athens love on the road regularly with a busy touring schedule. Most recently Rogers has been playing around the country with Susto, whose tour coincides with the kickoff of CannonandtheBoxes touring, which slides right into the album release. The last full week Rogers was able to spend at home was before he graduated from UGA in May, he says, and although it’s been an exhausting adventure, it’s been a very rewarding one. The next chance to catch CannonandtheBoxes locally will be its album release show at Flicker Theatre & Bar this Saturday, Sept. 16.

“Athens has been the mecca-of-cool for me for pretty much as long as I can remember, and to be a part of the scene here and be able to turn other folks onto it means the world to me.” f

WHO: CannonandtheBoxes, ozello, Gracie Huffman WHEN: Saturday, Sept 16, 8 p m (doors) WHERE: Flicker Theatre & Bar HOW MUCH: $10

285 W. Washington St Athens, GA 30601 706-549-7871 Ticket info at 40watt.com facebook.com/40wattclub @40WattAthens @40WattAthens All Shows 18 and up • +$2 for Under 21 THURS. SEPTEMBER 21 • DOORS 7:00PM ORBITING HUMAN CIRCUS (DUO) FEATURING SONGS OF THE MUSIC TAPES TUES. SEPTEMBER 26 • DOORS 7:00PM CIRCLE JERKS TSOL • NEGATIVE APPROACH FRI. SEPTEMBER 22 • DOORS 7:00PM BOY NAMED BANJO WITH BROTHER ELSEY SAT. SEPTEMBER 23 • DOORS 8:00PM OF MONTREAL LOCATE S,1
Cannon Rogers (left) recording with Patrick Doherty (right) at Racquet Recording.


TICKETED PERFORMANCES $15-20; $3 with UGA student ID

THURS 9/14

7:30 p.m. HODGSON HALL

Symphony Orchestra: Power of Prokofiev

Featuring Prokofiev’s popular Symphony No. 5.; plus UGA Faculty David Starkweather, cello, performing Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra by Prokofiev, considered to be one of the most challenging pieces in cello repertoire. $20-adults, $3 - UGA student ID

TUES 9/19

7:30 p.m. HODGSON HALL


FRI 9/22 3:30 p.m. RAMSEY HALL

Wind Ensemble: A World of Blue

Featuring “Rhapsody in Blue,” with 2022 Concerto Winner Jia Meng as piano soloist; “The Blue Marble” music and film by Julie Giroux; the world premiere of “Alla Rondo World” by recent UGA graduate Jackson Riffle and “Globe and Eagle March” by John Phillip Sousa. $15-adults, $3 - UGA student ID


UGA Repertory Singers

The UGA Choral Department welcomes two new conducting students, Rayvon Love & Braden Rymer in their debut performances with the UGA Repertory Singers.

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All events at the UGA Performing Arts Center, 230 River Road, Athens, GA 30602

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Art Party Extravaganza

Dodd Galleries • 6–8 p.m. • FREE!

The Dodd Galleries will host the grand opening of five new exhibitions in conjunction with graduate open studios. On view in the Bridge Gallery, “Expression of the Superorganism” by art education PhD student Jiayi “Eva” Guo and entomology postdoctoral fellow Haolin “Horace” Zeng is a blend of both nature and experimental artistic concepts. The duo imported red fire ants to create art by sculpting clay with their nest building instincts and walking in lines through acrylic paint to create beautiful patterns. Eliza Bentz showcases “To Wander a Well Worn Path” in the Lupin Foundation Gallery, which demonstrates her experimental weaving techniques and pieces. She focuses on the journey of one line. In the Margie E. West Gallery, Ansley West Rivers has her collection “Holding Time,” which includes three bodies of landscape photography. In the Suite Gallery, “Spirit Duplicator” is an exhibition of art by Sarah LaPonte, Gabriel Slavitt and Dylan Lewis, whose works encompass both desire and loss through photographs and ink drawings. Finally, Katheryn Réfi displays her woven chain-linked “Wall Work” in the Plaza Gallery. [Analiese Herrin]


‘The Book of Life’

Fine Arts Theatre • 7:30 p.m. • $30–40

Pistol Stoessel on pedal steel, Dan Nettles on guitar, and William Kissane on drums and vocals to create a dreamy sound unlike any other in Athens. Diners will then take the stage as a West Coast multi-genre act whose sound is reminiscent of both power pop and rock and roll. It will perform tracks from the newly released album Four Wheels and the Truth, on which songwriter Blue Broderick expands on her anxieties, dreams and inner thoughts, expressing vulnerabilities of a person who has recently realized that no one can truly have it all together and that life comes with both ups and downs. [AH]


‘Legacy’ Tour

Special Collections Libraries • 3 p.m. • FREE!

Come in, and Joy in Art! 35 minutes south of Athens



4200 Bethany Road

Buckhead, Georgia 30625


Adapted from the true story of Rwandan artist and activist Kiki Katese and her “Book of Life’’ comes a theatrical performance of shadow puppetry, storytelling and drumming filled with symbolism that represents the perseverance of the Rwandan people. In 1994, the Rwandan genocide took place, an event in which 1 million people were killed over the course of 100 days. The “Book of Life” was a collection of letters written to the victims of this tragic event. The performance highlights life’s sacredness and its ability to emerge from tragedy and death through hope and resilience. The play also highlights the power of women and girls and the potential of dealing with grief through art. Katese stars in the production alongside an all-women drumming troupe named Ingoma Nshya, and will offer a Q&A session following the performance. [AH]


Diners and Night Palace

Flicker Theatre & Bar • 8 p.m. (doors) • $12

Presented by Attaboy Tapes, bands Night Palace and Diners are making their way to Flicker for a night of indie pop. Night Palace opens the show with a special set of cosmic country tunes. For this set, vocalist Avery Leigh Draut will be joined by Andrea Demarcus on double bass and vocals, Matt

A rare look inside the life of former UGA Athletics Director and head football coach Vince Dooley is currently on display in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library. Entitled “Legacy: Vince Dooley 1932-2022,” this exhibition includes never-before-seen photographs and significant items from the coach’s life. The works are meant to showcase Dooley’s successful four-decades-long career in athletics as well his personal interests. The exhibit is timed perfectly with the start of the 2023 UGA football season, and exhibition curator Jason Hasty will take guests on a free tour at 3 p.m. on Fridays before each home game. Located in the Rotunda Gallery on the second floor, the collection will remain on display until the spring of 2024. [AH]



Georgia Theatre • 8 p.m. • $27 Elizabeth Eden Harris, better known as the music artist CupcakKe, is making her way to the Georgia Theatre. Born in Chicago, the rapper began her career at the young age of 14 and initially wrote and sang church poetry. Her first notable song as a rapper was “Gold Digger,” which went viral and projected her into the rap spotlight in 2012. In 2015, she took a different direction and gained traction for hyper-sexualized songs such as “Deepthroat.” She then released her first mixtape in 2016, which landed on Rolling Stone’s list of the year’s best rap albums, followed by another mixtape later that year and four studio albums since then. [AH] f

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Georgia Theatre

6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show).

$15. www.georgiatheatre.com

JOSH BENNETT BAND Local fivepiece band blending Southern rock, bluegrass and funk.

CHRISTINA VANE Songwriter, singer, slide guitar and clawhammer banjo player based in Nashville.

ELI CAIN Young country singersongwriter from Watkinsville.


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 Josh Allen, Seth Hendershot and various guests.

Wednesday 13

Athentic Brewing Co.

7–10 p.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com


Choose from a catalog of over 51,000 songs ranging from pop, rock, musical theater and more.

Creature Comforts


Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket. net


Hot jazz and swing band offering music from the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s. (6 p.m.)

Georgia Theatre


7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $30. www.georgiatheatre.com

COLONY HOUSE Landlocked surf rock band playing hopeful, light rock and roll.

LUNAR VACATION Atlanta band with dream-pop and surf-rock influences.

Georgia Theatre


11 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre. com

THE ECHOLOCATIONS Local rock band embracing a retro, ’60sinspired sound.


7 p.m. (sign-ups). FREE! www.hendershotsathens.com


OPEN MIC Emcees, poets, rappers and freestylers of all styles are invited to perform with the backing band playing the tempo of their choice.

Porterhouse Grill

6–8:30 p.m. www.porterhousegrill athens.com

JAZZ NIGHT Longest running jazz gig in Athens captained by drummer Mason Davis and featuring a rotating cast of familiar faces performing American songbook, bossa nova classics and crossover hits.

Thursday 14

40 Watt Club

Fly Fishing Film Tour. 6:30 p.m. (doors). $15 (adv.), $20. www.40watt.com


BLOOD Indie rock act from Athens whose sound varies from grunge to folk.

TERMINALLY PHIL Athens-based singer-songwriter and meme lord

Phillip Brantley (Modern Skirts, Palace Doctor) creates indie rock with a sense of humor.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Attaboy Tapes Presents. 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $10. www. flickertheatreandbar.com

DINERS West Coast troubadour

Blue Broderick plays catchy and sincere pop melodies.

NIGHT PALACE Ethereal dreampop group fronted by Avery Draut. Tonight’s show is a special set of cosmic country tunes.

Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $28. www.georgiatheatre.com

SISTER HAZEL Gainesville, FLbased alternative rock band who mixes pop, folk pop, country and Southern rock.

MIDNIGHT SOUTH American folk and country band from Arkansas that merges rock and roll and pop.


7:30–11 p.m. $10. www.hendershots athens.com


L.A. Darius leads a Latin dance party with salsa, bachata, merengue and cha-cha-cha. An hour-long lesson is followed by open dancing.

Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $20. music.uga.edu


“The Power of Prokofiev” features Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra. This concert will celebrate cello professor David Starkweather’s retirement after 41 years of teaching.


LIVE In The Studio. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.jokerjokertv.com/watch

BRYANT PEREZ JOKERJOKERtv presents a virtual performance. Local musician dabbling in multiple genres.

LIBBALOOPS Local electronic music and looping artist.

No. 3 Railroad Street

6 p.m. FREE! www.3railroad.org

CHRISTIAN MONTCRIOL Accordion player from Athens who plays to bring friends together.

Southern Brewing Co.

6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.

The World Famous 10 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www. facebook.com/theworldfamous athens

SNUKI Punks in the beer light.

SMELLS LIKE PAINT Hardcore crust punk from Jacksonville, FL.


Sludge noise straight from the depths of the sex shop psych ward.

Friday 15

40 Watt Club

7 p.m. (doors). $12 (adv.), $14. www.40watt.com

DIRE WOLF Local Grateful Dead cover band. Tonight’s event features two sets.

ATHICA Sonic Space. 7 p.m. Donations accepted. www.athica.org

SHANE PARISH Self-taught guitarist communicating through emotion, unexpected melodicism,

technical whimsy, a nuanced sense of form and rich timbre variety.

IN A KYTHE Drone project of Lydian Brambila featuring cello loops and field recordings.

Athentic Brewing Co.

6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com

MCHANIX Married musical duo Allen and Laura McHan perform acoustic and electric arrangements of popular pop rock and country songs.


7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. www.facebook.com/buvezathens

EARATTIC Yallternative queercore punk trio.

PARKING GARAGE Self-proclaimed “salt rock” band from Athens, now with trumpets.

RUBBERBAND MUSIC Debut of a new local outfit comprised of Deaf Condors’ Bob Jesus Alvarez and Hunger Anthem’s Cameron Kelly.


Local project of Brandon Quarles combining elements of indie rock, electronica and contemporary classical music.

ANNIE LEETH Local recording artist from Athens with an indiepop, electronic sound incorporating violin and live looping.



6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $25. www.innovationamphitheater.com

BACK ’N’ BLACK AC/DC tribute band from Athens playing all the great bands hits.

VINTAGE VINYL Featuring Tommy Lee Thompson, this Atlanta act covers the best classic rock and hard rockin’ hits from the ’70s to 2000s.

Nowhere Bar

10:30 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/


JAMES HALL & THE LADIES OF Band performing songs filled with

Bishop Park Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmers market.net

DAVID COURT One-man band playing harmonica, dulcimer and foot tambourine. (8 a.m.)

THE PG SHOW No info available. (10 a.m.)

Creature Comforts


UGA Watch Party. 11 a.m. www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com

DJBOBFISH Setting the stadium vibes before, during and after the Georgia Bulldogs versus South Carolina Gamecocks game.

Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker theatreandbar.com.


Rogers leads a rotating cast of musicians in mixing fuzz and folk with an upbeat energy. Album release show!

OZELLO Atlanta-based folk-punk band whose sound reflects on the queer experience in the Deep South.

GRACIE HUFFMAN Singer-songwriter of the Athens-based band lighthearted.

Front Porch Bookstore

6 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Bookstore on Facebook KATE MORRISSEY BAND Literate, sincere local group whose live shows come punctuated with an offbeat sense of humor.

Georgia Theatre

8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $20. www.georgiatheatre.com


A night of dancing to the famed Puerto Rican sensation Bad Bunny.

Georgia Theatre


TATTOO LOGIC Local funky five piece.

GRAND MAL Down tempo downer rock from downtown Athens. THE DOWNSTAIRS The youth gone wild.

Tuesday 19


6:30–8 p.m. FREE! contact.theladies network@gmail.com

THE LADIES NETWORK KARAOKE NIGHT Join The Ladies Network for a night of singing. Bonus points for choreography. Georgia Theatre

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $30. www.georgiatheatre.com

CUPCAKKE Rapper from Chicago known for her hypersexualized, brazen tracks.

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 Josh Allen, Seth Hendershot and various guests.

Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $15. music.uga.edu

UGA WIND ENSEMBLE The program “A World of Blue” features the Gershwin favorite “Rhapsody in Blue,” Julue Giroux’s “The Blue Marble” and the world premiere of UGA graduate Jackson Riffle’s “Alla Rondo World.”

Wednesday 20

Clarke’s Collective

10 p.m. FREE! www.clarkescollective. com

MALIBU COWBOYS Atlanta pop rock band sharing originals and covers of ’80s-2000s rock hits. Flicker Theatre & Bar Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. (doors). $12. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

DEMONAUT Atlanta-based metal band that utilizes two bassists to create a wide-ranging doom sound.

RED BEARD From West Texas, this post-hardcore sludge metal band focuses on heavy tones and soaring melodies.

MARSES Heavy, fuzzy, riff-riddled rock band.

The Foundry

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $20 (adv.), $25. bit.ly/SwinginMeds Sept15


Best known for its 1966 hit “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love),” today the Medallions are made up of relatives of the original lineup and bill themselves as “the party band of the South.”

Georgia Theatre

8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $23. www.georgiatheatre.com

THE VEGABONDS Five-piece alternative rock and roll band from Nashville that brings high-energy, hook-heavy songs to the table.


Local alternative, folk-pop songwriter and his band rooted in Americana and neo soul sounds.


8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com

power-hungry guitar riffs, impeccable vocals and thunderous grooves. THE CANCELLATIONS No info available.

Paloma Park

9 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (show). $10. bit.ly/GuardiansSept15


Tribute to MTV’s pop, rock, new wave and new romantic era.

The Root

9 p.m. FREE! www.instagram.com/ therootathens

DIABLO SANDWICH AND THE DR. PEPPERS Performing a plethora of country, bluegrass, jazz and rock.

UGA Fine Arts Theatre

Performances for Young People Series. 10 a.m. pac.uga.edu

INGOMA NSHYA This eightmember ensemble of women has shattered cultural norms of pregenocide Rwanda by taking part in the art form of drumming and singing.

VFW Post 2872

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. www.facebook.com/vfwpost2872

COUNTRY RIVER BAND Classic western and country rock band. Line dancing held during the breaks.

Saturday 16

40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors). $15 (adv.), $20. www.40watt.com 22 & GOOD 4 U Dance the night away to songs by Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo.

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com

NORDISTA FREEZE Nashville psych-pop artist whose eccentric energy gets crowds on their feet.

No. 3 Railroad Street

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (singing), 12 p.m. (potluck). www.3railroad.org

SHAPE NOTE SINGING Experience the early American a cappella singing tradition using The Social Harp, compiled in 1855 by John Gordon McCurry, Jr., and The Sacred Harp, first published in 1844 by B.F. White. Bring an item to share at the potluck.

Nowhere Bar

9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens

LIQUID DYNAMITE A tour-deforce of funk fusion, soul, rock and classic hip hop.

SKYBALLS Atlanta-based Phish tribute band.

The Root

9:30 p.m. FREE! www.therootathens. com

THAT’S RAD! Pop-punk cover band playing all the hits of the late ’90s to early 2000s.

Sunday 17

Creature Comforts Brewery

3–5 p.m. www.creaturecomfortsbeer. com

LIVE JAZZ Every Sunday afternoon. The World Famous 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www. facebook.com/theworldfamous athens

Creature Comforts Brewery

Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net


Local bluesy, alt-country singersongwriter. (6 p.m.)

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. (doors). $12. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

DONKEY PUNCH Raucous, longrunning local hard-rock band.

CARDIEL Mexico City skate punk band with elements of psychedelic rock, dub and stoner rock.

MULTIPLE MIGGS High-octane local hardcore band.

Georgia Theatre

6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $80. www.georgiatheatre.com


SIC TAB Guitarist and leader of legendary jam band Phish performs with a backing band that includes drummer Russ Lawton, keyboardist Ray Paczkowski and bassist Dezron Douglas.

Locos Grill and Pub


6–9 p.m. www.facebook.com/thelucky jones

THE LUCKY JONES Old school rockin’ rhythm and blues out on the patio.

Porterhouse Grill

6–8:30 p.m. www.porterhousegrill athens.com

JAZZ NIGHT Longest running jazz gig in Athens captained by drummer Mason Davis and featuring a rotating cast of familiar faces performing American songbook, bossa nova classics and crossover hits. f

Ingoma Nshya will perform for K-12 students on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Fine Arts Theatre as part of the Athens Regional Performances for Young People series.

event calendar

Wednesday 13

ART: Curator Talk (Georgia Museum of Art) Shawnya Harris, curator of African American and African Diasporic art, will give a special talk in the galleries. 2 p.m. FREE! www. georgiamuseum.org

ART: Artist Q&A (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Exhibiting artist Ansley West Rivers and curator Erin Dunn will discuss their work in creating “Ansley West Rivers: Holding Time” currently on display. 6:30 p.m. FREE! art.uga.edu

COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Homegrown 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

EVENTS: Meet the Distiller with Chemist Spirits (The National) Drop in for a guided tasting and meet and greet with Chemist Spirits founder and UGA alum Danielle Donaldson. 5 p.m. FREE! www. thenationalrestaurant.com

FILM: Clifford (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Enjoy a film screening by Three Star Cinema. 7 p.m. FREE! www. flickertheatreandbar.com

GAMES: Shadowfist Power Lunch (Tyche’s Games) Come down with your lunch and play Shadowfist. New players welcome. 12 p.m. FREE! www.tychesgames.com

GAMES: Boybutante Fall Bingo (40 Watt Club) Play Bingo with your favorite Boybutante queens to win prizes, hosted by Sophia Lorent, Lacie Bruce and Karmella Macchiato. 6 p.m. (doors). FREE! ($10 Bingo card). www.40watt.com

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (The Local 706) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/


GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Amici at The Falls) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ baddogathens

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: Afternoon Play Group (reBlossom Mama & Baby Shop) Meet new friends and build current relationships with indoor and outdoor play for little ones. Ages 1–4. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.reblossom athens.com

KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Young engineers can drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Drawing Club for PreTeens and Teens (K.A. Artist Shop) In this weekly club for teens led by local artist Holly Hutchinson, participants will learn a new fundamental skill for drawing with ink

and graphite each session. 5–6:30 p.m. $25 (drop-in), $200 (semester pass). www.kaartist.com

LECTURES & LIT: Symposium on the Book (UGA Special Collections Library) This two-day event unites talks from book historians and practicing book artists to demonstrate the diversity and range of contemporary book arts and book history. Sept. 12–13, 11 a.m. FREE! calendar.uga.edu

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. www. athenspetanque.org

Thursday 14

ART: Art Party Extravaganza (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Celebrate five new exhibitions in the galleries. 6–8 p.m. FREE! art.uga.edu

CLASSES: Lines and Wines (Tapped Athens Wine Market) Learn to use various calligraphy tools and methods while enjoying a selection of wines on tap. Registration required. Every second Thursday, 6–7:30 p.m. $25 (workshop only). www.kaartist.com

CLASSES: Masturbation Ritual Workshop (Sisters of the Moon) Explore the world of pleasure and redefine your relationship with it in a class led by Amanda Auchebpaugh. 6 p.m. $25. www.shopsotm.com

COMEDY: Best of Atlanta Comedy (Rialto Club) Laughing Skull Lounge and Aubrey Entertainment present the best of Atlanta’s comedians. 7 p.m. (doors). $12–75. www.facebook.com/Aubrey


COMEDY: Secret Comedy Show (Onward Reserve) From standup to improv and alternative comedy, every week will feature something unique. Thursdays, 8 p.m. $5–7. www.athenscomedy.ticketleap.com

EVENTS: Diamond Hill Farm Stand (Athentic Brewing Co.) Vegetables and fresh flowers are available on hand and pre-ordered. Every Thursday, 4–6 p.m. www.diamondhill farmathens.com

EVENTS: Oconee County Library

Friends Fall Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Thursday is Preview Night (for members only; $10/ individual, $25/family), Saturday is 50% Off Day and Sunday is $10/Bag Day. Sept. 14–17. www. oconeelibraryfriends.org

EVENTS: Athens Community Chorus (Rabbit Hole Studios) New community chorus dedicated to holding and providing space for community-led singing for social connection and unity. Second and fourth Thursdays, 7 p.m. FREE! ringunn6.wixsite.com/athcommunity chorus

GAMES: Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Test your trivia knowledge with host Jon Head. 7–9 p.m. www.johnnyspizza. com

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (The Foundry) Test your knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

GAMES: “Arrested Development”

Themed Trivia (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your “Arrested Develop-

ment” trivia knowledge with host Erin. Costumes encouraged with a best costume prize. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com

KIDSTUFF: Gigantic Stamp Party (ACC Library) Bring your creativity and clean solid-colored clothing that you’d like to stamp. All ages. 2–3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org

KIDSTUFF: Preschool Art: Read Make Play (Brella Studio) Miss Alyssa leads this play-based class by reading a book and creating art inspired by it. Ages 2–6. 9:15 a.m. $50. www.brellastudio.com

KIDSTUFF: Athens Reads Together Storytime (ACC Library) Join Miss Rebecca for stories and songs with special guest Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz. All ages. 10:30–11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

KIDSTUFF: Open Playtime (Oconee County Library) Drop in for activities that help build brain function and encourage early literacy. Ages 5 & under. 11 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: LEGO Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in and build your own unique LEGO creations. Ages 5–12. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: After School Art Class: Just Add Paper (Brella Studio) Get creative and messy with Miss Alyssa as she teaches simple and effective painting techniques for young artists. Ages 5–10. 4 p.m. $20. www.brellastudio.com

LECTURES & LIT: Dr. David Hurst Thomas (Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library) An illustrated talk describing the exhibition of “Indigenous Georgia and Franciscan Survivance at Mission Santa Catalina de Guale (1570-1680).”

6-7:30 p.m. FREE! libs.uga.edu

LECTURES & LIT: Book Talk (Avid Bookshop (Five Points)) Michael Reynolds, editor-in-chief of independent publisher Europa Editions, will discuss the founding of the business and world of independent publishing. 7 p.m. FREE! www. avidbookshop.com

MEETINGS: KnitLits Knitting Group (Bogart Library) Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share craft ideas and knit to their hearts’ content. Every Thursday, 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

PERFORMANCE: “The Book of Life” (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) This uplifting theatrical experience blends storytelling, shadow puppetry and drumming to explore how people contend with tragedy through the joyful assertion of life.

7:30 p.m. $30–40. www.pac.uga. edu

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. www. athenspetanque.org

THEATER: We’ll Meet Again (The Classic Center) An inspiring story about overcoming adversity told with wry humor and the music of the 1930s–1940s. 7:30 p.m. $36.60–50.50. www.classiccenter. com

Friday 15

ART: “Legacy: Vince Dooley, 1932-2022” (UGA Special Collec-

tions Library) Each home football game weekend, fans can take a free tour of the exhibition “Legacy: Vince Dooley” displaying original artifacts and rarely seen photos of the late UGA head coach. 3 p.m. FREE! hasty@uga.edu

ART: 90 Carlton: Autumn 2023 (Georgia Museum of Art) Join the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art for a reception featuring a first look at the exhibition “Where Shadows Cross.” Registration recommended. 6:30–8:30 p.m. $15. www.georgiamuseum.org

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: Comedians in Chairs Getting Conversational (work. shop) A night of improvisational responses to various adult-themed prompts followed by a discussion with a panel of local comedians. 8–9:30 p.m. $10. www.flyingsquid comedy.com

COMEDY: A$$$$CAT (Work.Shop) Members of Gorgeous George’s Improv League perform longform improvised scenes inspired by a guest monologist. 9:30 p.m. $10. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com

EVENTS: Oconee County Library

Friends Fall Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Thursday is Preview Night (for members only; $10/ individual, $25/family), Saturday is 50% Off Day and Sunday is $10/Bag Day. Sept. 14–17. www. oconeelibraryfriends.org

GAMES: Friday Night Initiative

(Online: Tyche’s Games) Learn how to play a new RPG game with others on Discord. New players welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! www.tychesgames. com

KIDSTUFF: All Ages Playgroup (reBlossom Mama & Baby Shop) Join caregivers with their little ones (typically ages 1–5) in play clothes for indoor and outdoor activities. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.reblossomathens.com

KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Friday (Bishop Park) An instructor supervises while a parent/caregiver leads their little ones through amazing obstacle courses. Ages 1–4 years. Register online. 10–11:30 a.m. $7.50 (ACC residents), $12.25 (non-ACC residents). www.accgov. com/148/Leisure-Services

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: After School Art Class: Yarn & Thread (Brella Studio) Get messy with Miss Ansley as she leads crafts working with yarn, string and other threads. Ages 5–10. 4 p.m. $20. www.brella studio.com

KIDSTUFF: Spanish Storytime (Oconee County Library) Come listen to and practice Spanish songs and stories. Knowledge of Spanish not required. All ages. 4:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

KIDSTUFF: Art Card and Button Club (K.A. Artist Shop) Pre-teens and teens are invited to draw, paint, collage and create a collection of

Art Cards and buttons. Every Friday, 6:30 p.m. $25. www.kaartist.com

MEETINGS: Celebrate Recovery

Free Dinner (Living Hope Church)

Christ-centered 12-step program to help anyone with heart hurt, hangup or habit. Free childcare, and bus route accessible. FREE! 5:30 p.m. (dinner), 6:30 p.m. (large group). 706-207-2396

Saturday 16

ART: Open Gallery (Southern Star Studio) Browse the studio’s collection of local artist-made pots for sale. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! www. southernstarstudioathens.com

EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Markets offer locally grown groceries and handmade goods. Attendees can enjoy free live music and children’s activities. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net

EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Fall Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Thursday is Preview Night (for members only; $10/ individual, $25/family), Saturday is 50% Off Day and Sunday is $10/Bag Day. Sept. 14–17. www. oconeelibraryfriends.org

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: West Broad Farmers Market (West Broad Farmers Market) The market offers fresh produce, locally raised meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, artisan goods and more. Online ordering is available Sundays–Thursdays for drivethru pick up. Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.wbfm.locallygrown.net

EVENTS: Rosh Hashanah Storytime (Oconee County Library) Celebrate and learn more about the Jewish holiday with a story, snack and craft. Best for ages 5 & up. 11 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/ oconee

GAMES: Dungeons & Dragons (Oconee County Library) Whether looking for a group to play with or if you just want to give it a try, this adult Dungeons & Dragons group is beginner friendly. Registration required. 12:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/events

PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret Drag For All (Hendershot’s) Enjoy a fabulous night of drag fun. Ages 12 & under get in free. 8 p.m. $5. www.athensshow girlcabaret.com

SPORTS: Georgia vs. South Carolina (Sanford Stadium) Cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs football team as they face the South Carolina Gamecocks. 3:30 p.m. www.georgiadogs.com

Sunday 17

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.


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: Athens YOGA Collective (Athentic Brewing Co.) Enjoy a yoga class on the patio. First and third Sundays, 12 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

CLASSES: Brush Lettering Calligraphy (K.A. Artist Shop) Kristen MacCarthy provides guided instruction on how to write with a flexible brush nib to create beautiful letterforms. Registration required. 1-3 p.m. $45. www.kaartist.com

CLASSES: Cuban Salsa (UGA Memorial Hall) Join UGA Salsa Club for lessons that meet a variety of dance abilities, including those who have never danced before. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.ugasalsaclub.com

CLASSES: Crafternoon (Athentic Brewing Co.) Kristen Ashley MacCarthy of K.A. Artist shop will lead a beginners calligraphy class. Registration required. 5–7 p.m. $15. www.athenticbrewing.com

EVENTS: St. Joseph 150th Anniversary (St. Joseph Catholic Church) Join the celebration with a community mass followed by a brief reception and a historical display in the gallery. 11 a.m. FREE! www.stjosephathens.com

EVENTS: Rabbit Hole Sunday Market (Rabbit Hole Studios) Small businesses, artists, farmers, musicians and creative entrepreneurs will be showcased. A drumming and song circle will be held for the last three hours. Every Sunday, 1–5 p.m. FREE! www.rabbitholdstudios. org/markets

EVENTS: Uncommon Valor During Turbulent Times (Clarke County School District) Honor the five African Americans who broke the Clarke County schools color barrier 60 years ago this month with a panel of special guests. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athens-asalh.org

EVENTS: Oconee County Library Friends Fall Book Sale (Oconee County Civic Center) Browse books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Thursday is Preview Night (for members only; $10/ individual, $25/family), Saturday is 50% Off Day and Sunday is $10/Bag Day. Sept. 14–17. www. oconeelibraryfriends.org

EVENTS: September Mini Market (Athentic Brewing Co.) This minimarket features a small, curated group of local vendors. 1–6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Southern Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Sundays, 4 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

KIDSTUFF: Drawing Club for PreTeens and Teens (K.A. Artist Shop) In this weekly club for teens led by local artist Holly Hutchinson, participants will learn a new fundamental skill for drawing with ink and graphite each session. 5–6:30 p.m. $25 (drop-in), $200 (semester pass). www.kaartist.com

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. www. athenspetanque.org


SPORTS: Classic City Roller Girls: Green vs. Black (Fun Galaxy Athens) Watch CCRG split into teams and go head to head. 10:30 a.m. $12. www.instagram.com/classic cityrollergirls

Monday 18

EVENTS: Monday Marigold Market (100 North Church Street) The market features fresh produce, preserves, snacks and meat with a lunch special available (until 2 p.m.). 11 a.m.–6 p.m. FREE! www. facebook.com/marigoldmarket


EVENTS: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Ciné) Enjoy a South American wine tasting, a Viva Argentine! mini-restaurant pop-up and Spanish- and Latin Americaninspired music performed by the Clarke Central Orchestra. FREE! (wine and food for purchase). 5 p.m. www.athenscine.com

EVENTS: Written Wishes Foundation (MaiKai Kava Lounge) Storytellers are invited to this open mic featuring poetry, spoken word, stories and songs. Third Mondays, 7 p.m. (sign-ups). FREE! www. instagram.com/bulaatmaikai

GAMES: Monday Trivia with Erin (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Erin. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. 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: Trivia with Marissa (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Test your trivia knowledge with host Marissa. 8 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar. com

KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for songs, fingerplays, storytelling and STEAM activities. Ages 3–7 years. Registration suggested. 10 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Preschool Art: MessFree Mondays (Brella Studio) Miss Alyssa leads leads super fun art and sensory activities. Ages 1–5. 10 a.m. $20. www.brella studio.com

KIDSTUFF: Beginner Guitar Club (Lay Park) Learn the basic fundamentals of the guitar. Registration required. Every Monday. Ages 8-11, 5:30-6:20 p.m. Ages 12-17, 6:307:20 p.m. FREE! www.accgovga. myrec.com

KIDSTUFF: Dungeons & Dragons (Oconee County Library) Join this one-shot game fit for any skill level with a prize drawing at the end. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/events

LECTURES & LIT: Third Monday Book Club (Oconee County Library) This month the group is reading The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. New members welcome. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

Tuesday 19

CLASSES: Help I Yarned (Bogart Library) Learn new patterns and techniques for knitting and crochet. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

CLASSES: Teen Art (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Blaine to learn about collage, monochromatic art, and how color can affect one’s mood. Ages 12–18. 6–7 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: West Broad Farmers Market and Garden (Athentic Brewing Co.) Vendors will be on site with fresh produce, local fare, rare plants, artisan goods and more. Tuesdays, 5–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

EVENTS: Voter Registration Drive (Athentic Brewing Co.) The Economic Justice Coalition is hosting a non-partisan event open to all potential voters. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.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: Lunch and Learn New Games (Tyche’s Games) Come down with your lunch and try out some new games. 12 p.m. FREE! www.tychesgames.com

GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Amici Athens) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Akademia Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

KIDSTUFF: New Parents, Infants and Crawlers Play Group (reBlossom Mama & Baby Shop) Meet other parents and their babies to discuss how you’re feeling and what’s new. Ages 1 & under. 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.reblossom athens.com

KIDSTUFF: Storytime (Oconee County Library) Drop in 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: After School Art Class: Watercolors (Brella Studio) Get creative with Miss Alana as she leads crafts using watercolors. Ages 5–10. 4 p.m. $20. www.brella studio.com

LECTURES & LIT: Lunchtime Time Machine (101 LeConte Hall) Dr. James F. Brooks will discuss the question “where have all the Indians gone?” 12:45 p.m. FREE! history. uga.edu

LECTURES & LIT: Profs & Pints (Graduate Athens) Dr. Joseph Kellner presents a lecture on “What’s Driving the War in Ukraine.” 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $13.50–17. www.profsandpints.ticketleap.com/ athensprofspints

LECTURES & LIT: Food, Power and Politics (Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library) Maurice Bailey will discuss the revival of heritage crops and the preservation of the cultural traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people on Sapelo Island. 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. FREE! libs.uga.edu

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. www. athenspetanque.org

Wednesday 20

ART: Artful Converstation: Preston Dickinson (Georgia Museum of Art) Mallory Lind, associate curator of education, will lead a discussion on Preston Dickinson’s painting “Cubistic Interior.” 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

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: 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: Whiskies of India (J’s Bottle Shop) Experience the rich and diverse flavors of India’s finest whiskies by sampling and learning about their distillation process. 7–9 p.m. $25. www.eventbrite.com/cc/ whiskies-of-the-world-2578279

GAMES: Shadowfist Power Lunch (Tyche’s Games) Come down with your lunch and play Shadowfist. New players welcome. 12 p.m. FREE! www.tychesgames.com

GAMES: Music Bingo (Athentic Brewing Co.) Win prizes at this music bingo night with host Mari. 7–9:30 p.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.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 (Amici at The Falls) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/ baddogathens

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: Afternoon Play Group (reBlossom Mama & Baby Shop) Meet new friends and build current relationships with indoor and outdoor play for little ones. Ages 1–4. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.reblossom athens.com

KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Young engineers can drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Pancakes and Pajamas (Online: Oconee County Library)

Enjoy pancakes and other breakfast foods in your (optional) pajamas while watching a film. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/oconee

MEETINGS: Athens Reparations Action (Athentic Brewing Co.)

Learn about Athens Reparations Action’s mission to promote recognition of the financial impact of urban renewal and other racist policies on members of the Black community in Athens. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 10 a.m; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. www. athenspetanque.org

Down the Line

9/21 Preschool Art: Read Make Play (Brella Studio)

9/21 Secret Comedy Show (Onward Reserve)

9/22 “Legacy: Vince Dooley” (UGA Special Collections Library) f

Apologizing for Past Behaviors


Hey Bonita, I’m a grad student. I had a pretty big conflict with members of my cohort last spring, which was not resolved before the summer break started. The gist is that I regularly acted like an ass during classes and events. I was loud and obnoxious; I sucked all the air out of the room, as they say; and made it very easy for them to be motivated to avoid me. I’m sure I made group projects horrible for them, and I get so embarrassed even thinking about how I acted. Over the summer I started online therapy, decided that my life would be better if I drank way less, and maybe I shouldn’t drink at all. I’m taking a

graduated, because it’s my opinion that being an alcoholic student is only slightly easier than being an alcoholic adult trying to keep a job and a home.

break while I decide. Looking back on those times with my cohort, I have to admit that I was often tipsy during class and probably smelled like alcohol. I’m sure there were days when I was there drunk.

I hate that I played this role in my cohort, and I cringe thinking about how their experience in the program will always be colored by That One Stupid Drunk. I’m not into 12-step culture, but I would like to find a way to make amends. What comes to mind is apologizing to the group during a meeting, but isn’t that just more self-absorbed sucking of air? Should I do something like buy everyone coffee?

Thanks for your help!

No Longer A Stupid Drunk

Hey there NLASD, Congratulations on figuring this out about yourself, and I wish you only the best as you navigate the path to sobriety. It’s really tough to be sober (or even just a light drinker) in this town, and especially if you’re a student at the winningest college football school in the country. Drinking culture is everywhere here, and it can be shocking to go on campus on a game day and see all of the handles of hard liquor at everyone’s tailgate. There’s a lot of pressure to participate in the ra-ra-go-dawgz of it all, and I take my wig off to anyone who makes the choice to remove themselves from that aspect of campus culture. I’m also really glad that you figured this out before you

But now you’re sober and in therapy, and oh snap—you can remember your behavior with brutal clarity, and it’s embarrassing. I’ve been there. Imagine being in a blackout while getting escorted out of a family restaurant in front of all of your coworkers on the university paper, and then running into your opinion editor at Little Kings over a decade later. Because that’s what happened to me during my first year in town, and moments

ory of my first year of college. He remem bered it all, sure, but today it’s not a thing that we mention at all when we see each other. I was a teenager, and I’m not anymore, and running into this person while I was still getting to know Athens was a comfort that I can’t quite describe.

If you did something that was truly transgressive, offensive and unacceptable, then I think you would owe the person your behavior affected a sincere and private apology. There is no need to make this about your entire cohort—people really aren’t watching us or judging us as closely as we think, so there’s no need to assume that all of them think of you as a disgusting drunk. If you want it known that you’ve changed, perhaps you can slip in the fact that you’re now sober and in therapy when chatting. If someone invites you to a tailgate, let them know that you only tailgate sober. Don’t hide the fact that you’re in therapy—as much as you’re comfortable with admitting, of course. After all, it’s a fact of your life, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. I think you can pepper in your truth while also being a good student and a great classmate, and your peers will indeed gather that you’ve changed for the better. f

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hey, bonita…

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CALL FOR ARTISTS (Lyndon House Arts Center) The upcoming exhibition “Rescue: Waste and Redemption” seeks artists who transform industrial byproducts into artworks or craft objects. Artists whose practice involves the use of environmentally conscious processes or materials are encouraged to apply. Fill out online form. Deadline Sept. 20. Exhibition runs Apr. 6–June 1, 2024. www.accgov.com/exhibits


Artists, artist groups and curators can submit proposals for original exhibition ideas. Artists can also submit images of their work for consideration in larger group or themed shows organized by the center. Proposals will be reviewed Sept. 20, 11:59 p.m. www.accgov.com/6657/



Seeking water and nature-themed photos taken in Athens-Clarke County for the 2024 Stormwater Calendar. www.accgov.com/1764/ Stormwater-Management-Program


ISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is open to ideas and actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual/musical/video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. www.jokerjokertv.com/ submit

MUSEUM MADNESS (Georgia Museum of Art) As part of the museum’s 75th anniversary cele-

bration, an art competition pits 64 works from its collection against one another to see which will emerge as the people’s favorite. Vote in person. Winner announced Nov. 5. 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-StudioMembership


A GIFT TO REMEMBER (Elberton Arts Center) Encore Productions hosts auditions for a holiday production. Drop in either evening and be prepared to read excerpts from the script. Auditions held Sept. 18–19, 6–8 p.m. Performances Dec. 1–3, 8–10. 706-213-3109, tking@cityofelberton.net


ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop)

A variety of classes are taught in acrylic painting, watercolor painting, brush pen calligraphy, digital editing, photographing artwork, analog black-and-white photography, aqua oil painting, pet portraits and more. Visit the website for dates and to register. www.kaartistshop.com

BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Washington) A variety of classes include “The Art of Chain Making” (Sept. 16), “Forge a Firepoker” (Sept. 23),

art around town

ATHENAEUM (287 W. Broad St.) Paul Pfeiffer’s video work “Red Green Blue” edits audio and visual recordings of the UGA Redcoat Marching Band to investigate the stadium as a site of ritual. Artist Talk Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Curator Tour Oct. 8, 4 p.m. Currently on view through Nov. 18.

ATHENS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (246 W. Hancock Ave.) “BLOOM” features select works by local artist Courtney Khail. Through Oct. 6.


Artist-in-ATHICA Mickey Oscar Boyd will develop an installation entitled “The Vernacular of Placeless Architecture; or Stairs and Portals to the Same Place.” Reception Sept. 21, 6–8 p.m. Finished exhibition on view Sept. 15–Oct. 12.

ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Curated by Jason Thrasher in conjunction with a co-exhibition at the ACE/FRANCISCO Gallery, “80s Skate Photography” shares images by J. Grant Brittain. Artist talk and book signing Sept. 30, 6 p.m. Currently on view through Oct. 25.

CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) Classic Gallery 1 shares “Flourish,” an exhibition of artists inspired by the botanical world including Dallis Foshee, Mary Mason Sams, Marisa Mustard and Zahria Cook. Classic Gallery 2 shares “Works by Bess Carter,” a series of brightly painted interior spaces.

DODD GALLERIES (270 River Rd.) In “Wall Works: Kathryn Réfi,” the artist uses her own hair as a foundational image to weave organic and irregular material into the familiar pattern of a chain link fence, creating a tension between softness and rigidity. Through Nov. 15.

FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Vibrant artwork by multi-media Philadelphia artist Angela Rio. Through September.

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) In “Sky Hopinka: Lore,” the artist layers imagery, sound and text to center personal perceptions of Native homelands. Through Sept. 24. • “Where Shadows Cross: Photography

“Basic Blacksmithing” (Oct. 7), “Forge a Tomahawk” (Oct. 21) and “Forge a Bottle Opener” (Oct. 28). Classes run 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www. greenhowhandmade.com/blacksmith-classes


TITIONERS (Online) Weekly Zoom meditations are offered every Saturday at 8:30–9:30 a.m. Email for details. richardshoe@gmail.com


TEACHER TRAINING (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) This certified 200-hour yoga alliance-approved teacher training led by Kelsey Wishik combines the holistic practice of yoga with contemporary trauma-informed techniques. Training runs Nov. 4–May 5. $2299. www. revolutiontherapyandyoga.com

FLYING SQUID COMEDY CLASSES (work.shop) Weekly improv comedy classes are held for four different levels of experience. Classes begin in October. $160 (six weeks), $215 (eight weeks). Flying Squid Comedy also hosts improv performances Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Buvez and Fridays at 8 p.m. at work. shop. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com

INNOVATION BOOTCAMP (UGA Delta Innovation Hub) Entrepreneurs in hospitality can learn the fundamentals of building successful startup teams, funding sources, effective branding and marketing strategies, and more. Sept. 18–Oct. 30. research.uga.edu

INTUITIVE PAINTING (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) Explore your inner creative voice through painting. Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. $160 (members), $210 (non-members). www.ocaf.com/courses

EVENINGS (Online) Discuss and practice how to change your relationship with difficult thoughts and emotions. Email for the Zoom link. Second Friday of the month, 6–7 p.m. FREE! mfhealy@bellsouth.net

OPEN/COMMUNITY MEDITATION (Sangha Yoga Studio at Healing Arts Centre) Uma Rose leads a meditation designed to guide participants into stillness and silence. Mondays, 4–5 p.m. Donations encouraged. www.healingartscentre.net


Weekly games are held every Wednesday. Email to participate. RSVP to attend a free Monday intro class, 10–11:30 a.m. athenspetanqueclub@gmail.com, www.athenspetanqueclub.wixsite. com/play

Margaret Agner’s exhibition “Six-Legged Symmetry,” a collection of 17 silk hangings inspired by insects, is currently on view at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia through Oct. 9.

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


TRAINING (Nuçi’s Space) Nuçi’s hosts free monthly QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention sessions for anyone interested, not just mental health professionals. Nuçi’s also offers free training for businesses and organizations. qpr@nuci.org, www.nuci.org/blog/ qpr-upcoming-dates

SALSA DANCE CLASSES (Starland Lounge & Lanes) Join SALSAthens for Cuban style salsa dance classes. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. Every Wednesday, 7:30–8:30 p.m. $10. gwyneth. moody@gmail.com.

by Jim Fiscus. Through Oct. 8. • “Southern/Modern” explores themes of social issues, urbanization, religion, the environment and artists’ colonies through the artwork of Southern artists working between 1913–1955. Through Dec. 10. • “In Dialogue: Power Couple: Pierre and Louise Daura in Paris” features paintings by Louise, engravings by Pierre and several objects that appear in their images. Through Feb. 11. • “Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through July 3, 2024.

GLASSCUBE@INDIGO (500 College Ave.) Zane Cochran presents “Aurora,” a sculptural interpretation of the aurora borealis using 3D geometric figures and lights.

JUST PHO… AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Local watercolorist Mary Ellen Vogel presents “Home and Abroad,” scenes from the Bahamas, Italy, Europe, Thailand, Japan and the U.S. executed in her realistic, impressionistic style. Through Oct. 14.

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. • Collections from our Community presents Nena Gilreath’s collection of toe shoes. Through Oct. 7. • “Love.Craft Athens” is a two-part exhibition of artworks created by the crew of Love.Craft Athens, a nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities. Ceramics are on view through Oct. 7. • “The Fables” by Kristin Roberts consists of illustrations inspired by Aesop’s Fables. Through Oct. 7. • “Sanctuary: Works by Mary Engel and Cheryl Washburn” combines works by two artists who share a passion for animals. Through Oct. 7.


Teresa Bramlette Reeves presents “she didn’t really follow a rabbit down the hole, but she thought it was a good story.”


“Tommye Scanlin: Because of Memory” features handwoven tapestries alongside works on paper based on the artist’s experiences of the Lillian E.

SUMMER SCENE WORKOUT (work. shop) In this series of classes, participants will work on building scenes based in reality, believable characters, listening and reacting. Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m. $30/week. www.flyingsquidcomedy.com


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. liveoakmartialarts@gmail.com, www. liveoakmartialarts.com

UPCYCLING WORKSHOP (Winterville Cultural Center) Jamil of “Z as in” assists students in adding buttons, pockets, inches, zippers and flair. Bring a project and/or sewing machine. Mondays, Oct. 16–Nov. 13, 6–8 p.m. $10/class. jamila.

zasin.fashion@gmail.com, www. wintervillecenter.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.revolutiontherapyandyoga.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

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

Smith Center in Clayton, GA. Through Sept. 28.


Margaret Agner presents “Six-Legged Symmetry,” a collection of 17 painted silk hangings depicting insects. Insectival held Sept. 30. Currently on view through Oct. 9.

STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead)

“Something to Declare/Algo para Declarar” represents nine Latin American countries through the works of Jorge Arcos, Yehimi Cambron, Marisa Cerban, Franklin Delgado, Pedro Fuertes, Catalina Gomez-Beuth, Dora Lopez, Morgan Lugo, Paula Reynaldi, Maria Sarmiento, Carlos Solis and Melvin Toledo. Through Jan. 6.

THE ROOK & PAWN (294 W. Washington St.) “Full Circle” is a group exhibition of works by 26 Athens artists including Keith P. Rein, J Anderssen, Sierra Kirsche, Gaby Delliponti and Wiliam Ballard. Through Oct. 21.

UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) “House Party” explores Athens’ house show history through photos and artifacts from The Green House on Milledge across from Taco Stand, The Landfill, Spillage, The Lounge, Saint Mary’s Church, The Ultramod Compound and others. Through December. • “Exploring St. Catherines Island” lays out centuries of American history found in artifacts dating back to the 16th century, tracing the island’s history from the establishment of indigenous towns through Spanish and English colonialism. Lecture held Sept. 14. Family Day held Sept. 30. Through December. • “HBO at 50: The Rise of Prestige Television” highlights some of the groundbreaking programming created by and aired on HBO with items selected from the Peabody Awards Archive. Through May 2024. • “Legacy: Vince Dooley, 1932-2022” celebrates the life and career of the late UGA football head coach and athletic director through photographs and artifacts. Tours held before home games on Fridays at 3 p.m. Through spring 2024.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) “Encounters” features artwork in different media by Linda Gilbert and Hilda Kurtz.

WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Lane, Winterville) Acrylic paintings by Laura Floyd. Through Sept. 22.


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. 706850-4025

RIVERS ALIVE (Dudley Park) Wade into local rivers, lakes and streams as part of a statewide campaign to clean and preserve over 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams. The annual cleanup event will happen Oct. 21. accgov.com/ riversalive


(Athens, GA) The AthFest Educates Board of Directors is now accepting applications for board members to begin in 2024. Send a resume and statement of interest to governance@athfesteducates. org. Deadline Oct. 1. www.athfesteducates.org


The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement’s End School to Prison Pipeline Program seeks community members to support and mentor students who are experiencing bullying, have been suspended/ expelled, or need to complete court-ordered service hours. www. aadmovement.org


ART CLASSES (Brella Studio) After school art classes are offered several times a week for ages 5–10. Subjects include watercolors (Tuesdays, 4–5:30 p.m.), “just add paper” (Thursdays, 4–5:30 p.m.), and yarn and thread (Fridays, 4–5:30 p.m.). $20/drop-in. “Preschool Art: Mess-Free Mondays” for ages 1–5 is held every Monday, 10–11:30 a.m. “Preschool Art: Read Make Play” for ages 2–6 is held every Thursday, 9:15–11:45 a.m. $50/drop-in. Programs run through Dec. 15. www.brellastudio. com

ART CLUBS (K.A. Artist Shop) Draw, paint, collage and create during weekly Art Card and Button Club meet-ups. Fridays, 6:30–8 p.m. Drawing Club, taught by local artist Holly Hutchinson, is held Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 15, 5–6:30 p.m. For ages 10–17. $25/drop-in, $200 (10-session pass). www. kaartist.com


(Sandy Creek Park) Now enrolling children ages 3-6 for fall. AFK is a cooperative preschool that aims to develop initiative, persistence, interdependence and empathy. www.athensforestkindergarten.org

GROUPS AT REBLOSSOM (ReBlossom) All Ages Play Group is for children (typically 1–5 years old) and their caregivers to play indoors and outdoors. Fridays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. New Parents, Infants and Crawlers Play Group is for babies ages 0-12 months and their caregivers to discuss parenthood. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Afternoon Play Group is for children (typically 1–4 years old) and their caregivers to meet each other and build relationships. Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m. www.reblossomathens.com

MY BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL (Contact for Location) Mokah Jasmine Johnson leads an empowerment and self-confidence building workshop for Black and brown girls ages 13–16. Scholarships available. Saturdays, Sept. 23–Oct. 14, 12:30–2 p.m. $50. www.aadmovement.org


(Georgia Center for Continuing Education) Spark invites middle and high school students to attend weekend-long academic courses in American Sign Language or 3D animation. For ages 13–16. Oct. 21–22, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $120. www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/ spark

TREEHOUSE ACTIVITIES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) A variety of crafting and playtime activities are offered for various age groups. Visit the website for details and to register. www.treehousekidandcraft.com

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


This is a safe space for anyone on the LGBTQIA+/TGQNB spectrum. Fourth Sunday of every month,7–9 p.m. uuathensga.org/justice/welcoming-congregation


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

RECREATE JOY (Sunny Days Therapeutics) Nuçi’s Space hosts a recreational therapy support group. Improve coping skills and self esteem while reducing depression and anxiety through adaptive yoga, games and leisure education. Sixweek sessions. Wednesdays, 5–6 p.m. tinyurl.com/rnvuhesa

RECOVERY DHARMA (Athens Addiction Recovery Center) 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.athensrecoverydharma. org


Created by and for socially anxious young adults. Meets every other

Sunday. Contact for meeting information. Jake@avoidendsnow.org, www.avoidendsnow.org


Counseling & Personal Development) ICPD offers several support groups. “LGBTQIA+ Young Adults Group” is offered for ages 18–30. “Survivors of Suicide Loss Group” is offered the first Wednesday of every month, 7–8 p.m. “Veterans, Dependents & Caregivers Benefits Resource & Claim Assistance Group” is offered the first Saturday of every month, 9–10 a.m. www. integrityofjefferson.com

Word on the Street


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

FALL ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will offer a variety of arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events this fall for all ages. Now registering. www.accgov.com/myrec

I VOTED EARLY STICKERS (Athens, GA) Residents can vote on their favorite “I Voted Early” sticker, which will be distributed to voters during early voting for elections that take place in 2024. Deadline Oct. 1. www.accgov.com/votingsticker


(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

NATIONAL DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Diaper Bank encourages volunteers to host diaper drives, serve as drop-off locations, support fundraising initiatives and more. Awareness week runs Sept. 18–24. A reception will be held Sept. 24, 2–3 p.m. at 130 Conway Dr., Suite E. www.athensareadiaperbank.com

RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Weekly events include Open Mic (Tuesdays, 7–11 p.m.), Acoustic Song Circle (Thursdays, 7–11 p.m.), Seventh Generation Native American Church services and community potlucks (Sundays, 11 a.m.), and Drumming and Song Circle (Sundays, 3–5 p.m.). Wednesday Yoga (5 p.m.) is followed by Meditation and Integration (6 p.m.). Events are free or donation based. www.rabbitholestudios.org/ calendar


Brad Staples (of the Athens GA Live Music crew) is seeking previously recorded concerts and events on VHS, VHSC or DVDs to digitize and archive on his YouTube channel, vhsordie (@vhsordie3030). Original recordings will be returned, and credits and dates will be included in the online video description. Digitization services are free. Contact for details and to coordinate shipping. bradley.staples88@ gmail.com

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

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT OCT. 15TH - DEC 7TH HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEDICARE OUR LOCAL E PERTS CAN HELP. CALL (706) 549-4850 This project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living Local assistance is available at no cost for Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug assistance programs, and financial assistance programs.


Basement apt. 2BR/1BA. Spacious/AC/WiFi/furnished. Ideal for faculty, graduate students, roommates looking for shortterm lease. Non-smokers/ no pets. 1750.00 /mo. Quiet Timothy Rd/loop neighborhood. Contact: mike mange36@gmail.com.


3bd/2ba house. $1800/ mo. 1 mile from downtown Athens and UGA. Nicely renovated. Granite countertops, stainless appliances, tin ceiling. 706-247-1259.

Available Nov 1.

House, 3BR/2BA in Normaltown. Central heat/air. Apartment, 2BR/1BA. Furnished. Washer/dryer. Wi-Fi. No smokers, pets. Calls only! 706-372-1505


View online in Zillow FSBO and email owner. Also available for weekend rental to visitors to UGA events/etc or lease entire 3-5 bd. Contact: mikemange36@gmail. com.


F roommate seeks potential renter for sublease. Nice apartment in gated community close to UGA. 1-bedroom/private bath/walk-in closet/&W/D w/kitchen & living room access. Must like cats. $675.00/month. Split/electricity. Call:704-438-3299.



Instant cash is now being paid for good vinyl records & CDs in fine condition. Wuxtry Records at corner of Clayton & College Dwntn. 706-369-9428


Athens School of Music. Now offering in-person and online instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, banjo, mandolin and more. From beginner to expert, all styles. Visit www.athensschoolofmusic.com.706543-5800



REIKI I & II CERTIFICATION TRAINING: Feel Free Yoga + Wellness Studio. Athens, GA. 9/30 & 10/1. 9-4 p.m. $399. Register online www.feelfree yogawellness.com.


HYPNOSIS : Smoking, stress, weight, motivation. Harvard-trained, nationally certified. 678-895-4278, jimhilton911@yahoo.com, www.hiltonhypnosis.webs. com


Need old newspapers for your garden? Call Flagpole and we’ll get a crate ready for you. 706-549-0301

Business Water Solutions offers the cleanest drinking water available through innovative bottle-less water coolers and ice machines. Call 706-248-6761 or visit www.businesswatersolutions.com to set up a consultation.



Athens digital marketing agency seeks organized, detail-oriented Social Media Intern . More info at: lightmarkmedia.com/job.

Join our growing team of well-paid, motivated, hardworking individuals. Junk South offers starting pay of $15/hr + tips (totaling $22+/hr). Learn more about Junk South at www.junk south.com and text us at 706-424-4389.

Needed: Ecological landscape and garden technicians. Clean driving record required. On the job training for installation and maintenance, our projects range from heavy machinery installation to hand-weeding pollinator gardens. Email us! office@royallandscape design.com

UberPrints is now hiring for multiple positions! Both full- and part-time positions available. For more information and applications, go to www.uberprints.com/company/jobs.


Seeking hair stylist for booth rental downtown Athens. Includes: utilities, booking software, stylist station, chair, mirror and shampoostation. Contact salon220 athens@gmail.com


Join a diverse, inclusive workplace and get paid to type! 16–40 hours, Mon–Fri. NEVER be called in for a shift you didn’t sign up for. Must type 65+ wpm. Make your own schedule and work independently with no customer interaction. Starts at $13 with automatic increases. www.ctscribes. com

Part-time line cook needed for dinner service at Puma Yu’s. Send resume to pumayusbaby@gmail.com

Find employees by advertising in the Flagpole Classifieds! Call 706-549-0301 or email class@flagpole.com.



All Georgians ages 6 months & up are eligible for COVID vaccines, and ages 5+ are eligible for boosters! Call 706-3400996 or visit www.public healthathens.com for more information.

COVID self-testing kiosk available in West Athens (3500 Atlanta Hwy. At the old Fire Station on the corner of Atlanta Hwy. & Mitchell Bridge Rd. near Aldi and Publix.) Pre-registration is required! Visit www. register.testandgo.com for more information.

FLAGPOLE HAS NEW MERCH. Choose between a groovy rainbow design & a classic cassette design. Both are available as stickers! Stop by and get yours today or order online www. flagpole.bigcartel.com.

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