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Zarate Wins Clerk of Court Race PLUS, CCSD REACCREDITATION, DOWNTOWN PANHANDLING AND MORE LOCAL NEWS
By Blake Aued and Xinge Lei email@example.com Elisa Zarate won a special election Tuesday “They did everything right, and they pulled for Athens-Clarke County Clerk of Court out a victory in a low-turnout special elec5,420 votes to 2,989 for Andrew Griffeth in tion that Republicans were determined to what several top Democrats described as a win,” Edwards said. dry run for the 2024 election. While minor in the grand scheme of “I felt like I had a lot of support, not things, Zarate’s win was in keeping with just from the judicial system, but from my a good night for Democrats nationally. community,” said Zarate, who has worked Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear won in several capacities in the legal system, re-election in the red state of Kentucky, most recently court administrator, and was Democrats were able to gain control in the appointed interim clerk of court by Probate Virginia state legislature, and Ohio votCourt Judge Susan Schaffer after longtime officeholder Beverly Logan retired earlier this year. Griffeth worked for Logan for 12 years. “I was transparent from the beginning that I was the Democrat,” Zarate said, while Griffeth described himself as nonpartisan. That may have backfired, as Zarate said many people contacted her with questions after learning through Griffeth’s mailers and social media that he would not reveal his party affiliation. Twelve percent turnout may not seem like much, but it was surprisingly high for an Elisa Zarate off-year special election for an obscure office with nothing else on the ballot except a Winterville city ers enshrined abortion rights in the state council race. Because Logan served for so constitution. long, voters haven’t had to think about a In Winterville, incumbent Melissa clerk of court race in 30 years, Zarate said Metzger and Jonathan Mosely won two in explaining the relatively high interest. posts on the city council with 199 and 129 “It is a very important position that votes out of 501, respectively, defeating affects a lot of people, directly or indirectly,” Dianne Greene (93) and Kenneth Tweedell she said. The clerk of court’s main duty is to (80). Ferrelle and council candidate Tina maintain the records for State and Superior Mills were elected unopposed. [BA] courts in Clarke County, such as court filings and trial transcripts. ACC Democratic Committee Chairman After four years of review, the accreditaTim Denson had a different take: “To me, tion agency Cognia has affirmed the Clarke this was a test run for next year. It was a County School District’s accredited status, test run for district attorney,” he said at citing improved relations among board Zarate’s Little Kings watch party. members and between the board and the Griffeth attempted to tie Zarate to superintendent. embattled Western Circuit DA Deborah A Cognia report released by CCSD on Gonzalez, who will be up for re-election in Tuesday, Oct. 31 said that an accreditation 2024. Assuming she runs again, Gonzalez review team found that the district has will have at least one opponent, defense made significant progress toward the goal attorney and former prosecutor Kalki Kalaof “adher[ing] to a code of ethics and funcmanchili, who says he will run as an indetions within defined roles and responsibilpendent. There are parallels, but Denson ities,” the last of four issues Cognia—then acknowledged that Democrats are not as united behind Gonzalez as they were Zarate. known as AdvancEd—found during its initial 2019 review. Making the battle lines clear, Zarate was “We’ve endured some of the most signifendorsed by Logan, the ACC Democratic Party, Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz, Winterville icant challenges in the recent past. Yet, the board’s ability to work effectively through Mayor Dodd Ferrelle, retired Magistrate difficult experiences while strengthening Court judge Patricia Barron and Drive-By our effectiveness as a team is commendTruckers frontman Patterson Hood. Her able,” LaKeisha Gantt, the school board husband, Zack “Z-Dog” Hosey, previously president, said in a news release. “The vast worked at the 40 Watt Club and is a member of the popular DJ trio Booty Boyz. Their majority of our most vulnerable constituents are unable to vote, but they depend 7-year-old son attends Oglethorpe Avenue on a strong governance team—which I’m Elementary. proud to say we are. We remain committed Hosey and the rest of Zarate’s campaign to continuing our progress and sharpening team also deserve a lot of credit, former our focus on improving outcomes for our ACC Democratic Committee chairman and children.” county commissioner Russell Edwards said.
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The Cognia team visited Athens in late August to interview board members, administrators and other stakeholders, and reviewed months’ worth of meetings. The report noted that, after training and retreats, the board now has a “civility pledge” and 10 “board norms” for behavior, and that discussions around sensitive issues have been largely collegial as of late. The report by Cognia regional accreditation evaluator Cynthia Anderson said the board was able to have courteous conversations about topics like devoting future tax revenue to a Georgia Square Mall redevelopment project and renaming two elementary schools for groundbreaking Black teachers, despite differing opinions. However, the school renaming process was rushed and allowed limited opportunity for public input, the report said. The report also lauded Superintendent Robbie Hooker for engaging the board and the community, and putting a renewed emphasis on strategic planning, reading and math curriculum, and partnerships with the University of Georgia. Parents and school leaders told the accreditation team that board members seem more prepared under Hooker, whereas previously meetings were viewed as entertainment. In terms of the board’s overall demeanor, prior to Hooker stakeholders rated it as a three on a scale of one to 10; now it’s between a six and a nine. “The Board of Education has done the necessary work of building a productive, professional and visionary body with whom
I am proud to partner,“ Hooker said. “I commend them for their commitment to working together to close out this chapter so that we can focus on the important work that needs to be done to support our students, faculty, and staff.” During a drama-filled period for local education, then-superintendent Demond Means, who was feuding with several board members at the time, invited AdvancED to investigate in 2019 after anonymous individuals filed a complaint with the agency. Cognia placed CCSD on probation a year later. Means would go on to threaten resignation, backtrack, and eventually reach a settlement to leave the district, but Cognia’s review continued under his successor Xernona Thomas and then Hooker, who was hired last fall upon Thomas’ retirement. Cognia’s reinstatement finally closes the book on that tumultuous chapter. [BA]
Do-over on Eastside Fire Station Athens-Clarke County officials will start over on the process of finding a site for a new Eastside fire station after the commission unanimously voted down three options. Rural Eastsiders, particularly those in the Shoals Creek Farm neighborhood, opposed all three sites—located around the Morton Road-Old Lexington Road intersection—because of concerns about sirens and traffic. “People move out to the agricultural zones because they like their peace and quiet,” Commissioner Patrick Davenport said at the Nov. 7 meeting. “They like the deer. They like to see the stars at night.” In addition, commissioners said the owners of the three properties had contacted them and said they did not want to sell those parcels, raising the prospect of using eminent domain. “I’m 100% against that,” Davenport said. While they went along with rejecting the three sites, Commissioner Carol Myers said the commission needs to decide whether a fire station should be located in an agricultural zone at all. Commissioner Allison Wright said no, but Commissioner Jesse Houle said rural residents deserve services, too—especially since a majority of calls the
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fire department responds to are medical in People who visit downtown commonly confronted Houle about texts and emails nature. they had sent to the rest of the commission, (and falsely) assume that panhandlers The current 50-year-old fire station that are homeless or vice versa, which ADDA presumably about the Atlanta Highway/ serves the area is on Whit Davis Road, but Mitchell Bridge Road issue. “I don’t appreci- board members view as a problem. They fire officials want to move it further east to ate your rhetoric,” Fisher said. “You want to agreed that panhandling, both the visual better cover the eastern edge of the county representation and the presumed behaviors talk to me, you call me on the phone, we’ll and reduce overlap with other stations. associated with it, gives the area a bad rap. have a discussion man to man.” ACC Manager Blaine Williams also noted The question, then, as proposed by board “I would ask that you do the same when that the station’s location could affect the member Jeff Bishop, is how does the ADDA you’re introducing a commission-defined county’s ISO rating, which in turn affects legally discourage people from loitering or option,” Houle said. insurance rates. panhandling? “I didn’t think I needed your permission In a more controversial move, comMayor Kelly Girtz said one factor that to do that,” Fisher responded. missioners Mike Hamby, John Culpepper enables panhandling is the naivety of young “No permission, just a notice,” Houle and Dexter Fisher successfully raided a people. According to Girtz, instead of said. “Just a heads up.” TSPLOST (Transportation Special Option donating to service providers or homeless It didn’t change the outcome of last Local Sales Tax) 2018 fund earmarked shelters such as Bigger Vision or the Athens month’s vote on winding down the First for Atlanta Highway to cover cost overHomeless Coalition, young people tend to Step homeless camp off Barber Street, but runs for a multi-use path along part of give money to panhandlers they encounter Thornton made a motion to reconsider Mitchell Bridge Road. A separate $6 milon the street. Girtz described this tendency because she had changed her mind and lion TSPLOST 2023 fund is only enough as an “authentic human response” despite wanted to vote no. “The money we spent to cover the Timothy Road portion of the the harm that it perpetuates. In the past, [on the $2.5 million project], we could have project, so the three commissioners prothe city had tried hosting drop boxes downdirectly helped a lot more people,” she said. posed taking $2 million from Atlanta Highway. Hamby said the Timothy Road/Mitchell Bridge project could be considered part of Atlanta Highway because both roads connect to it. “The language is written in such a way that it could help the streets that lead to Atlanta Highway,” he said. Houle and several other commissioners disagreed. The Mitchell Bridge project is a mile and a half away from the Atlanta Highway corridor, as defined in ACC planning documents, Myers said. “You’d be depleting another project that was approved in a referendum by the voters of this county,” Commissioner Sen. Joe Manchin and former Sen. Roy Blunt discussed political civility at UGA last week. Melissa Link said. As Houle pointed out, town to collect donations for those facing the $2 million would only cover a portion The second time around, the plan was homelessness. Unfortunately, they were of the Mitchell Bridge Road path between approved by a 6–4 vote, with Davenport, not popular with the public, and the last Westchester Drive and Ben Burton Park, Taylor, Wright, Culpepper, Hamby and ending about two miles from Atlanta Myers in favor, and Fisher, Houle, Thornton box was removed during the construction of Clayton Street. ADDA Vice Chair Drew Highway. To complete the rest of the path, and Link opposed. The plan calls for closing ACC needs permission from the Georgia the camp at the end of December and giving Dekle pointed out that putting change in a box doesn’t feel as compassionate as Department of Transportation and funding hotel vouchers to former residents. But it directly giving to someone, which was probto replace a bridge, which could take years, only includes enough funding for half the ably why the project wasn’t very successful. Houle said. approximately 50 camp residents to stay Thus, the general lack of knowledge on how Houle read off emails from various adviin hotels, and the money would run out in to best aid homeless individuals likely consory board members involved with Atlanta April, with no plan in place for what to do tributes to the panhandling situation. The Highway saying they always envisioned after that. Houle called for county officials ADDA then discussed working with comthe Atlanta Highway funds going towards to come up with a better plan by the community groups to address this concern. projects directly involving Atlanta Highway. mission’s December meeting. [BA] When asked what tools would be use“I don’t even know how we can justify that ful to police, Daniel responded that the this is related to Atlanta Highway,” Houle department is short 48 officers, although said, accusing Hamby of having “selective One aspect of downtown Athens that he quickly acknowledged that deploying amnesia” about previous discussions for authorities have been yearning to fix for more officers on the street corners can send using the Atlanta Highway funds. years now is the prevalence of panhandling. a different message. Over-policing one speThe money is no longer needed for Atlanta Highway because private developers Panhandling, or soliciting money, is not ille- cific part of Athens is not the goal here, but gal—it is a First Amendment right, which additional staff would improve the departand GDOT are already building sidewalks means individuals who panhandle cannot ment’s capabilities, he said. Surveillance along the corridor, Hamby said. Link disbe prosecuted unless they are actively technology is also crucial. In addition to the agreed. “Atlanta Highway is a mess,” she threatening the safety of others. That’s new cameras that have been installed downsaid. “I don’t want to wait for GDOT to fix categorized as aggressive panhandling, town, ACCPD is currently setting up a realit.” which Athens-Clarke County does have a time crime center. This is essentially a joint Link proposed a three-month hold so law against. Deputy Police Chief Harrison effort between the 911 center and partner that the TSPLOST and Athens in Motion Daniel said at the Nov. 9 Athens Downtown organizations to monitor real-time video committees could review the proposal Development Authority meeting that this footage, whether through security cameras to shift funds from Atlanta Highway to issue occurs when a panhandler becomes or body cams. Daniel said that live surveilTimothy Road. Her motion was supported hostile and relentless in their effort even lance can speed up information relayed to by Houle, Myers and Davenport. After after being declined. As described in secthe office and be a source of evidence in it failed, Davenport supported Hamby, tion 3-15-1 of ACC’s code of ordinances, certain cases. Culpepper and Fisher’s plan, along with behaviors such as accosting, following after In regards to panhandling itself, the only commissioners Ovita Thornton and Tiffany someone and being boisterous under the direct action authorities can really take is Taylor. influence are all prohibited. to regulate the time, place and manner of Later in the meeting Fisher publicly
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signage or requiring permits for signage, regardless of content. Since rules are already in place for aggressive panhandling, it is unlikely that ACC would double down and employ these tactics anytime soon. [XL]
Senators Call for Bipartisanship The day after he announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election—a decision that could hand control of the U.S. Senate back to Republicans and the presidency to Donald Trump—Sen. Joe Manchin visited Athens to extoll the virtues of bipartisanship. The West Virginia Democrat did not directly address his decision not to run again in his increasingly red home state during his Nov. 10 appearance at UGA, nor rumors that he could run for president on a third-party ticket that would siphon support from Joe Biden. Manchin did say that civility and working together on issues is more important than partisanship. Calling the Senate “polarized,” he said he often angered his Democratic colleagues by signing on to Republican bills or refusing to support Democratic challengers against GOP incumbents. “I didn’t get involved in politics because of party affiliation,” he said during a discussion at the UGA Chapel. “I got involved in the political process because I wanted to change things in our system.” Manchin noted that 120 of the 134 state legislators in West Virginia are now Republicans in a once solidly blue state. “They’re all good people,” he said. “Most of them were Democrats when [my political career began].” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was originally scheduled to appear, but in his place was former Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who like Manchin had a reputation for working across the aisle. Blunt said bipartisan support is essential to get anything passed in the Senate—and to ensure it’ll stick once power changes hands. “I’m not going to be part of any bill that’s not bipartisan, because it won’t go anywhere, and if it does it won’t last,” he said. Manchin is perhaps most famous for spiking Biden’s Build Back Better plan, which morphed into the much smaller Inflation Reduction Act. On Friday, Manchin maintained that Build Back Better overreached, but praised the bipartisan infrastructure law and the CHIPS Act, which funds domestic microchip and semiconductor manufacturing. The two senators appeared as part of the first Isakson Symposium on Political Civility, which UGA plans on hosting annually. Johnny Isakson—who served 14 years in the U.S. House, ran unsuccessfully for governor, won a Senate seat in 2004 and died in 2021—was famous for his saying that “there are two types of people in the world: friends and future friends.” Both senators paid tribute to Isakson, his even temperament and his sense of practicality. “He liked to get things done,” Blunt said. “And it didn’t have to be perfect. He was focused on the best possible solution.” [BA] f
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still following seasonal patterns and continues to spread. In our current post-pandemic/endemic reality, the potential threat of the virus doesn’t even rank in comparison to the public experience at the height of the pandemic, and people are just generally less motivated to get vaccinated. A lack of precaution and low vaccination rates can’t just be tied to one or two factors. Our lengthy
the current variant is mild or of little consequence,” she said. “And COVID-19 fatigue also continues to plague public behavior as well.” Then there’s the continued dissemination of misinformation about the virus, as well. And the list goes on, said Morgan. “We continue to see diminished trust in our regulatory agencies, such as the FDA and CDC,” she said, “and political polarization also continues to play a large part in low vaccination rates now. Democrats are more likely to receive an updated vaccine than Republicans, and we see similar demarcations with flu shots as well.” Despite current low vaccination uptake, social norms and expectations may help explain why recent polling data shows that many adults say they still plan to receive the booster dose of the vaccine before the end of the year.
experience with the looming threat of viral spread has affected public behavior in this third year and shows no signs of changing any time soon. For Jayne Morgan, executive director of health and community education and former executive director of the COVID-19 Task Force at Piedmont Hospitals, low vaccination uptake and other changes in public behavior in the U.S. is the result of a long list of factors. “Many people believe that
Many of these same adults with children do not plan to have their children immunized, she added, “because many parents feel that it is unnecessary for healthy children.” The trend is concerning for public health experts. “Certainly in this prolonged wave of milder disease, that could be a correct calculation on the part of parents. However, there are many children who have chronic conditions who could be devastated by a COVID infection.”
Exhausted and Over It COVID FATIGUE SETS IN PRIOR TO HOLIDAY SEASON
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e’re just over a week away from Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. In previous years, the season often brought anxiety, and a lot of people were cautious and took the extra step to update their vaccinations before visiting with family and friends at this very social time of year. Timely reliable data about viral spread is not as available as it once was, and that seems to be just fine with the general public these days. If Georgia’s low vaccination rate—with just 11% of the population getting the updated vaccine dose that was made available in September—is any indication of public sentiment, a lot of people are just no longer interested in taking the same precautions that were commonplace for many for the first two years of the pandemic. Initial uptake for the updated vaccine was also plagued by distribution problems, similar to what Georgians saw in other rollouts of the vaccine and booster, but eventually availability became easier. For some residents, the problem was not availability, but rather how they were going to afford it. For the first time since the pandemic began, the government is no longer footing the bill, and some insurance companies were initially trying to charge patients rather steep prices. For those without insurance, the vaccine is available at the local health department, CVS and Walgreens, among other pharmacies, thanks to the BRIDGE access program. At this point, the updated vaccine rollout is going more smoothly compared to its initial rollout, but there’s a lot less motivation to get the updated vaccine at this stage in the game. While wastewater data and Georgia Department of Public Health data both show lower rates of viral spread in comparison to last November, the virus is
Public behavior and views about COVID19 have veered into a path that will continue to promote the existence of the virus in our communities for the foreseeable future. “The ‘me instead of us’ and ‘I instead of we’ mentality, the view that ‘it’s not my problem,’ is short sighted,” Morgan noted. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It’s everyone’s problem. “We, as a society, have not been able to put this virus to bed,” she said. “Arguably, although it may be in the rear view mirror currently, we are still having to glance into that mirror and check. Still having to look over our shoulder. Further, although you may escape more severe disease if infected, not only may others not and suffer greatly, but both you [with mild disease], as well as the person with severe disease are serving as vessels for further mutations to arise. And round and round we go.” Rates remain much lower than previous years, but the last year has not been without new cases and deaths. In Clarke County, from Nov. 9, 2022 to Nov. 8, 2023, there were still 1,909 new cases reported to DPH. Given that many people stopped testing altogether or used at-home testing that isn’t reporting to DPH, that’s not a small number. COVID killed 21 Athens residents in the past year, bringing the total deaths to 254. “The concern is less the wave of infection, but whether the wave of flu, RSV and COVID would all crest at the same time,” Morgan said. “Last year, we escaped a tridemic because COVID peaked after the peak of the flu and RSV season. There is no predicting nor preventing this. We just have to wait and see. Without real time data from the community, we have to rely on wastewater, hospital admissions and deaths. Thus far, hospital admissions have plateaued for the past two months… Adding to this is the fact that many do not even bother to get tested even with home tests. And so not only is the data not reported, there is little to report as it is often not created nor gathered.” Now is a good time to get vaccinated for COVID-19, the flu and RSV. Both the flu shot and the COVID updated vaccine can be given at the same time. The RSV vaccine should be spaced from those two and given during a separate visit. f
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It was an ordinary autumn Friday 60 years ago. I was a 16-year-old student in high school history class when history came to life. The school’s assistant principal burst through the classroom door, red-faced, frightened and angry. “President Kennedy has just been shot in Dallas,” he shouted. It was Nov. 22, 1963, and we students who had been learning about past history were experiencing history as it happened. Within minutes word came over the school intercom—and over radios and televisions across America—that the president had died. It was appropriate that my classmates and I heard the announcement in history class, but at the time I recalled words of poetry. In literature class we had studied Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain!
Lt. Gov. Burt Jones came up with a helin Great Britain, Japan, Australia and many luva idea the other day. He wants to turn other countries with low murder rates— Georgia teachers into guns for hire. they have the same human hearts that Mr. Smith, the kindergarten teacher? we do, right? I’m pretty sure the human Mrs. Sanchez, the media specialist? heart is standard equipment, regardless of Literally, guns for hire. national borders. Yet those countries have Under Jones’ proposal, Mr. Smith nowhere near the murder rate that we do. and Mrs. Sanchez could be paid an extra Is Johnson telling us that American hearts $10,000 a year to pack heat on school are somehow different, that our hearts are grounds. If you believe, as Jones does, that more cruel and bloodthirsty than hearts the only acceptable solution to the carin other countries? Is that why God hath nage of gun violence is more guns, in more forsaken us? places, in more hands, then his idea makes a perverted kind of sense. But me? I think it’s damn crazy. Politically, you can see what Jones is up to. He wants to run for governor in 2026, and as a Republican running in a GOP primary, he has to demonstrate to the Gun Cult that he is a fellow true believer, that he too is certain that any problem involving guns must be solved with even more guns. However, with passage of open-carry legislation and other changes in recent years, including allowing guns on college campuses, Georgia Republicans have pretty much exhausted the supply of gun-safety laws that they can drag out to be publicly executed. They need to get creative about showing their gun worship, and if that means reaching deep into the abyss of the absurd for new ideas, Jones for one is willing to do that. A few hours after Jones issued his guns-for-hire proposal, news broke of another mass murder, this one in Maine, with 18 innocent people shot Lt. Gov. Burt Jones dead by a madman armed with an AR-15. Maine has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, with a high Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis offers yet rate of gun ownership, but oddly, once another explanation, arguing on the presiagain no “good guy with a gun” rode to the dential campaign trail that we have a high victims’ rescue. Instead, in the aftermath murder rate “because of liberal, soft-onof the shooting, we have been treated to crime policies.” Again, though, we have a yet another iteration of calls for action problem. If putting more people in prison by Democrats and calls for thoughts and could solve gun violence, we should be the prayers from Republicans. safest country on the planet, because the Here’s something to think about, United States has the highest incarceration though: When other nations pray for less rate on the planet. We put people in prison violence and death, God apparently answers at 200 times the rate of Japan, four times them, judging from low murder rates and the rate of Australia, five times the rate of rare cases of mass shootings in Britain, France and nine times the rate of Germany. France, Japan and other developed counYet those countries, with their “liberal, softtries. Why has God turned a deaf ear to on-crime policies,” have much lower gun such prayers from Americans? Are we doing fatality rates than we do. something wrong? Has God hardened His So here’s where we find ourselves: We heart against us? pray, but those prayers aren’t working. Or maybe it’s not God’s heart, but our We look for answers in our hearts, and we own that’s at fault? I ask that because of find none. We imprison and imprison and something said by Mike Johnson, our new imprison, but that too isn’t working. We speaker of the House up in Washington. The buy more guns, and allow them in more Maine shooting occurred on his first day places, but if anything our sense of safety in in that high office, and when asked on Fox public spaces has gotten worse, not better. News about the tragedy, Johnson offered And now we talk about turning teachers this line of analysis: “At the end of the day, into guns for hire. It’s almost as if we know the problem is the human heart. It’s not what the real source of the problem is, but guns. It’s not the weapons.” those in power are willing to do anything That’s too bad. If the problem was guns, and say anything, even truly silly and we could maybe do something about it. But absurd things, to avoid acknowledging it. f if the problem is the human heart… well, This column originally appeared at georgiarecorder. that gets a little trickier. com Again, though, something’s off. People
REMEMBERING PRESIDENT KENNEDY’S DEATH 60 YEARS AGO
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Force One: “Kennedy Is Killed By Sniper As He Rides In Car In Dallas; Johnson Sworn In On Plane.” Here in Georgia, The Atlanta Constitution’s headline was more succinct. As I read the front-page headline on the morning paper, the few words of the headline crackled like gunshots: “Kennedy Assassinated; Johnson Takes Oath.” Also on page one of The Atlanta Constitution the morning after the Kennedy killing was a column titled “Before We Begin to Mourn” by the newspaper’s crusading editor Ralph McGill. Celebrated as “the conscience of the South” for his writings against Jim Crow segregation in the region, McGill was also vilified by the forces of hatred and regression in darkest Dixie, and his words from 1963 still apply today: “Before we begin to mourn,” wrote McGill, “we would do well to understand that hate can kill a president, and if unchecked on behalf of morality, decency and human dignity, it can kill a nation, or so weaken it that it will die.” Kennedy was assassinated just days before Thanksgiving in 1963, and the holiday was muted because of the murder. Millions of Americans viewed constant TV coverage of the event, and newspapers printed updated editions President John F. Kennedy riding in a Dallas motorcade minutes before he during the weekend was shot. after the crime. A front page editorial My Captain!” that he wrote in the afterprinted by the Athens Banner-Herald on the math of the assassination of President day of Kennedy’s funeral was headlined Abraham Lincoln. The words of that 19th “Kennedy Achieved Much, Leaves Great century poem leapt back to life in the 20th Challenge.” The editorial said, “Although we century. On black and white television and often disagreed with Mr. Kennedy about on transistor radios, millions of Americans domestic policies, we always admired him heard the somber and sonorous voices of as a man of purpose, determination and network news reporters reading Whitman’s dedication. He was a pragmatist who never poem to a shocked nation. lost his idealism.” President Kennedy and his vivacious Today, pragmatism is lacking and idewife Jackie were cheered by thousands alism is mocked in an America of sordid, during their motorcade through Dallas. surly reactionary politics and a mad march Large and happy crowds thronged the toward authoritarianism. Millions are willstreets and sidewalks, surging forward to ing to trade the promise of democracy for get a glimpse of the president and first lady. the blandishments of a demagogue. In 1963 The scene was reminiscent of Whitman’s America had its problems with a Cold War line, “For you they call, the swaying mass, arms race, racial injustice and economic their eager faces turning.” Then history hardship, but there was a sense that the changed in one horrific instant on that dark young President Kennedy could, in his day in Dallas 60 years ago. words, “get this country moving again,” and Television news is said to have come that the citizenry would help. America lost of age with its coverage of the Kennedy its innocence in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, and newspapers worked and for those old enough to remember that overtime to bring readers in-depth coverage day, the words of poet Whitman echo still of the awful event. The New York Times ran down the long hallways of history: “Here a 17-word banner headline summarizing Captain! Dear father!/ This arm beneath the murder in Texas and Lyndon Johnson’s your head;/ It is some dream that on the ascendancy to the presidency aboard Air deck/ You’ve fallen cold and dead.” f
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How College Towns Can Thrive
By Xinge Lei email@example.com
By Xiaodan Pan, Isaac Elking and John-Patrick Paraskevas
NEW NAXALONE VENDING MAP CAN SAVE LIVES
are homeless. Rather, it is equally possible for a teacher, a nurse or a parent to suffer from drug addiction. The goal of the naloxone map is to quickly direct people to the resources they need, no matter who or where they are. Gish said GOP strives to educate Georgians regarding overdose-related laws and to distribute naloxone kits to anyone at risk. The organization has played a large part in passing Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty Law which protects callers and victims from being prosecuted when requesting medical assistance at the scene of a suspected drug overdose. A simple tagline sums up this call to action: “Don’t run–Call 911!” Working beside the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, the group offers medical training, informational workshops and volunteer opportunities as well. GOP has received more than 9,300 reports of overdose reversal using naloxone since the medication was legalized in 2014.
shown any addictive properties or abuse potential. It stays in the body for 30–90 minutes, and in certain cases, multiple doses are needed to fully dispel the opioids. Naloxone has become more accessible in the past decade, after a 2014 law was passed legalizing the prescription of it. Rescue kits are priced around $30–50 at most pharmacies. However, many people still aren’t aware of this miracle medication. To spread awareness on this topic, Andy Gish, the director of advocacy group Georgia Overdose Prevention (GOP), has designed a Google Map locating naloxone distribution boxes around the state. The kits from these emergency boxes are free, and they are accessible 24/7. The map went live in early September, and outside organizations have been adding their own boxes to it since then. There are 13 boxes available as of now, with the Athens Clinic hosting one of them. Gish was working with GOP for 10 years before becoming director. With a background in nursing, she had watched the opioid epidemic unfold, along with the lives it had taken. She said that fighting stigma is an essential part of her role, as many individuals with substance abuse issues are secretive about it. Gish said that the overdose problem affects more than just young adults, party-goers and those who
In Athens, GOP regularly conducts street outreach with the nonprofit group Access Point of GA. Like many other organizations focused on substance abuse issues, it emphasizes the need for harm reduction. “Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users ‘where they’re at,’ addressing conditions of use along with the use itself,” the group writes. Using this principle, Access Point provides syringe exchange services, HIV/AIDS testing and fentanyl test strips in addition to naloxone kits and other health-related services. Furthermore, UGA carries its own emergency naloxone supply called the ONEbox. As a collaborative effort between The Fontaine Center, the University Health Center and other student affairs programs, ONEboxes are strategically placed throughout campus, similar to first aid kits. Video instructions of how to administer naloxone are included inside. The university urges witnesses of a drug overdose to call 911 immediately, administer naloxone and then stay with the person until help arrives. On UHC’s website, there are also sample responses of what to say once the person wakes up, with additional resources on opioids. f
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ince the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rate of drug overdoses has grown both in Georgia and across the nation. Between 2019–2021, fatal overdoses involving opioids in Georgia have increased by 101%, from 853 to 1,718. Much of this increase can be attributed to the popularization of fentanyl, a highly potent pain reliever. The prevalence of drug overdoses signals the need for more countermeasures. Naloxone, a medication known to reverse the effects of opioids, is one vital tool. As an antagonist agent, naloxone attaches to receptor sites in the nervous system to prevent a drug overdose. It only works on opioids and opiates such as heroin, methadone, morphine and fentanyl. The medication is primarily administered through a nasal spray (this version is commonly referred to as “Narcan”) but can also take the form of intramuscular injections. Both types have been FDA approved, as naloxone hasn’t
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THE PANDEMIC CHANGED COLLEGE TOWNS’ ECONOMIES
niversities are more than just halls of learning; they are vibrant ecosystems and often the beating heart of the towns they reside in. Their reach goes beyond academia and plays a significant role in shaping the local economies of North American college towns. However, the COVID-19 pandemic affected college towns profoundly. In doing so, the pandemic highlighted the complex relationship between universities and their host communities. College towns can be classified into two distinct types in North America. The first category includes towns with a strong academic ethos. In these cities, universities are the lifeblood flowing through their communities. Examples of this group include Ithaca, NY; Manhattan, KS; and Kingston, Ontario. The second category features academic powerhouses nestled within capitals or major cities. These universities are essential components of the broader social, cultural and economic landscape, rather than being the defining feature. Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montréal are examples of this group. These cities combine vibrant academic atmospheres with big-city life, and they consistently rank among the top choices for students to live. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the constant influx of students, faculty, families and alumni in college towns created a consistent economic rhythm. Local businesses, ranging from cozy cafés to quaint bookstores to major retailers, thrived on the foot traffic from college students. But the pandemic changed all this. Our recent study conducted an analysis of foot traffic data from universities situated in 38 small and midsize cities in the U.S., along with 157 Walmart and Target stores in these towns, from 2018 to 2020. Our findings indicate a positive correlation between university foot traffic and store visits. Stores that were closer to universities benefited more from this relationship. In addition, stores in college towns that offered a wider range of commuting options, especially eco-friendly ones like public transit and biking, saw even greater advantages from their proximity to universities. These findings emphasize the importance of improving accessibility for retailers looking to make the most of university foot traffic. Such measures not only bolster local business, but also highlight the wider environmental and communal benefits of adopting sustainable practices. The pandemic had an immediate and devastating impact on college towns. Universities closed campuses, shifted to remote learning and canceled in-person events, causing these lively communities to become shadows of their former selves. The economic repercussions were severe. Without a steady stream of visitors, local businesses experienced a sharp decline in revenue. Those located farther from the
university faced even greater challenges, as the increased distance resulted in fewer in-store visits. However, our research revealed that a broad range of commuting options continued to have a positive effect on the connection between university visits and store visits. In fact, this effect actually intensified. Businesses, despite being hit hard by the disruptions, refused to succumb without a fight and began to adapt and innovate. They embraced online sales, hosted virtual events and provided contactless deliveries. Universities also showcased remarkable resilience and innovation. They transitioned to remote and hybrid teaching and virtual tours and events. They also supported students and local businesses through external partnerships, as evidenced by initiatives like campus robot food delivery programs. These adaptations did more than just address immediate challenges—they also revealed untapped innovation potential, redefined the relationship between education and local businesses, and fundamentally transformed the nature of connectivity and interactivity in college towns. The pandemic, despite its chaos, shed light on the importance of university visits in driving local economies. It also underscored the need for local businesses to tailor consumer experiences to the post-pandemic landscape by integrating physical and digital experiences. This encompasses everything from self-service technology to express delivery services. Local governments and universities must play a crucial role in post-pandemic economic recovery by improving public transit systems and bike-sharing programs. A deeper collaboration between these entities is vital for boosting student enrolments and reinvigorating local economic activity. This should go beyond improving marketing and campus amenities and work on making higher education more accessible and affordable. These initiatives are not just about recovery; they are a commitment to a more resilient future. The economic vitality of college towns is tied to the ebb and flow of university life. While the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of this relationship, it also revealed a path forward characterized by adaptability, innovation and an unyielding sense of community. By embracing a future that blends the physical with the digital, and tradition with innovation, college towns are not just surviving; they are redefining what it means to thrive. f This article originally appeared in The Conversation and is being reprinted under a Creative Commons license. Xiaodan Pan is an associate professor at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business; Isaac Elking is an associate professor of supply chain management at the University of Houston; and John-Patrick Paraskevas is an associate professor of supply chain management at the University of Tennessee.
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Classic City Wrestling WHERE MUSCLE AND MUSIC COLLIDE
By Jessica Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
art independent live wrestling, part rock-and-roll show, Classic City Wrestling matches are pure spectacle. In true Athens fashion, straightforward athleticism is elevated into an art form of its own through live music and elements of improvisational theater and character building. Classic City Wrestling began in 2015 as a series of viewing parties held at Flicker Theatre & Bar, where host Cole Taylor would throw old wrestling classics onto the big screen for audiences to yell at and laugh over. The parties eventually petered out, but Taylor held on to the fantasy of one day owning his own pro wrestling promotion company. He knew that he would want it to feel distinct and have the same sort of energy that makes the local arts scene thrive. It wasn’t until the COVID pandemic hit and Taylor’s career as a tour manager in the music industry was put on hold that he revisited that idea. Looking to get involved with the local wrestling scene in his new free time, he contacted Justin Legend, a wrestler and musician with whom he had become friends through the viewing parties, and eventually became a ring announcer at Southern Violence and Wrestling gigs. As the pandemic subsided, venues reopened and life slowly returned to near-normal, Taylor and Legend realized they were ready to launch their own wrestling promotion company they had both been dreaming of. “We treat wrestling as a true art form,” says Taylor. “We believe that pro wrestling deserves to be in the same conversations that all of the other great art forms from Athens, GA are in. Our wrestlers are artists, Justin—who books the show—is an artist, the bands are artists, referees, film crew and so on… With our intention of creating true art and entertainment, we create an
environment that is different than many other wrestling shows.” While Taylor primarily coordinates with live bands and venue staff, Legend is responsible for writing the scripts that propel the sport into performance art. Wrestlers are given direction about the core plot ahead of the big night, but are able to lean into their personas and embellish dialogue as they see fit to bring the storylines to life. “What makes wrestling so special is that in many ways it’s one of the last remaining forms of live improvisational theater,” says Legend. “I have the specific stories in mind, and the major points we need to hit to get to a resolution. The performers in the ring are the ones making it come to life by telling the story. Storytellers have different techniques. The final product is a memorable performance as a result of so many creative minds working together.” On the surface, what distinguishes CCW from other promotion groups of its kind is most visibly (and audibly) the live musicians who pump up the wrestlers and energize the audiences. CCW events also, however, feature consistently diverse lineups of wrestlers from all across the region, and—despite all of the performative smack talk and competitive maneuvers that might be happening within the ring—maintain an inclusive, safe and friendly environment for all. “We are not trying to make a political statement, but we are simply being ourselves,” says Taylor. “We believe in inclusion. Before every show we make a statement saying, ‘You can yell all you want, but no racist, homophobic, or transphobic comments will be tolerated.’ We have every walk of life as a part of the show and in our audience as well. I love the fact that a punk rocker and a grandmother can cheer together over the same body slam. That is
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part of what makes us special.” Since its live debut at Southern Brewing Company with Classic City Jukebox in April 2022, Classic City Wrestling has nestled into the 40 Watt Club, hosted bands such as The Dexateens and Five Eight, and steadily broadened its aspirations. Just last month, CCW hosted a packed event at The Eastern in Atlanta with St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Taylor and Legend plan to continue expanding into the Southeast region and beyond, hoping to become nationally recognized for the exhilarating, unusual experience CCW offers. Classic City Wrestling will return to the 40 Watt Club on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. to kick off a new holiday tradition, “Thanksgiving Classic,” with musical guest Monsoon. Highlights include “the 7-foot nightmare” Krule facing off against Austin Towers, Robert Martyr versus Najasism versus Rico Gonzalez in a triple threat match, the return of ultimate tag team CREEPS, and the CCW debut of Suge D against Duncan Mitchell Avecilla. For the main event, Dominick Stuckley will challenge Owen Knight—who appears on this week’s cover of Flagpole alongside Avecilla—for the Classic City Wrestling heavyweight title.
General admission tickets are $10, reserved second-row ringside seats are $20, and front-row VIP seats—which throw in a CCW koozie and limited-edition art print of the event poster—are $25. The last several events have sold out in advance due to the event’s popularity and limited standing room, so reserving tickets before the Turkey Day tryptophan sinks in is recommended. “At Classic City Wrestling we believe that wrestling is for everyone,” says Legend. “The world is hard enough. We wanted to create a place where people of all backgrounds can come together and maybe for a couple of hours, take the focus off of our differences, and just have fun and raise all kinds of hell celebrating what makes us the same, which is a love for music, wrestling or hopefully both.” f
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By Cy Brown email@example.com While walking through the rain up Jackson Street following Georgia’s 52-17 thumping of Ole Miss, I was struck with a realization: It’s been a long time since I walked out of Sanford Stadium after a loss. The last time, in fact, wasn’t even after a loss. It was during one, on a much more rainy day. Back in 2015, we thought we might finally have the measure on the Alabama juggernaut when we welcomed them for an early-season game—“thought” being the operative word. I sat drenched to
third consecutive SEC East title, in the final season of divisional play at that, setting up yet another showdown with Alabama in Atlanta. The vibes were strong Saturday. I wrote years ago about being tired of having to harken back to Georgia football stars of the 1980s glory days. But this generation has its own stars now. With the fan base’s relationship with Herschel Walker now, shall we say, complicated, Jordan Davis has taken his place as the biggest star when KARI HODGES / UGAAA
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the bone through the first half as the Tide put on full display how large a gap there was between the two programs. Trailing 24-3, I resolved to wait to see if the Dawgs would show life after halftime. We threw a pick six on our first offensive play. So began my last unceremonious exit from Sanford Stadium. I had no idea it would be so long until my next one. That game was the beginning of the end for Mark Richt, while a man across the sideline that day, Kirby Smart, waited to take the program to the top of the sport. Walking out of Sanford on Saturday, another season with an undefeated home record in the books, I couldn’t help thinking about how good we have it. I’ve missed a handful of seasons between that final year of the Richt era and now, which partially accounts for the gap between losses I’ve witnessed. But even if you go to every home game, you haven’t walked out after a loss since being upset by South Carolina in 2019. If you went to all regular season games, you’d have to go back to Florida in 2020. If you went to every single game, you haven’t walked out after a loss since the 2021 SEC Championship game against Alabama. And then you saw us win a national title two games later. The streaks we’re on at the moment are remarkable. We’re on a 27-game winning streak, tops in school history, third-most in SEC history. We’ve won 25 consecutive home games. We’ve won 26 consecutive regular season games. We also clinched our
he returns to Athens, as he did Saturday, alongside Eagles’ teammates Nolan Smith and Kelee Ringo. There was also a roaring ovation for Richt, as both he and the fans have set aside the animosity of his final years as coach so he can take up his rightful place as an elder statesman. Even Stetson Bennett, who is somehow the greatest quarterback in Georgia history, made a surprise return to thunderous applause. This late into the season, it’s been fun to see players begin to come into their own. Freshmen linebackers Raylen Wilson and C.J. Allen were outstanding in relief of the injured Jamon Dumas-Johnson. Kendall Milton, whose career has been marred by injury at every turn, put up a career-high 127 yards and two touchdowns in his final game between the hedges. Nazir Stackhouse got a sack and is starting to burnish his reputation after waiting his turn for years. Carson Beck, who passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns, has come into his own. He forged strong connections with transfers Rara Thomas (54 yards against Ole Miss) and Dominic Lovett (77 yards), as well as Ladd McConkey (81 yards and a touchdown). Oh, and Brock Bowers is already back and caught another touchdown. I know that there’s still a long way to go for another national title, and that Alabama is now awaiting us in Atlanta. But I want to worry about that later. We just finished another wonderful football season in Athens and we can’t have any complaints. It’s a good time to be a Dawg fan. f
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Methods of Mulching
ADD MULCH TO YOUR GARDEN IN FALL FOR SPRING SUCCESS
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By Erin France firstname.lastname@example.org Mulch protects tender roots from temperature extremes and can help retain soil moisture during dry spells. Google “mulch,” and you’ll get all sorts of conflicting, headache-inducing advice. I opt for cheap and easy instead of paying top dollar for the premium options. Here are a few ideas for how to find your mulch match this fall. BAGGED LEAVES: Leaves make some of the best mulch. They easily decompose, are full of nutrients, and people just leave them on the curb, packaged and waiting for you. This is a cheap option, but one that works best for someone with a truck, van or car with a large trunk. You’ll want to load the leaf mulch pretty thick and wet it
down more mulch instead of moving any cardboard positioned a few weeks on the ground. WOOD CHIPS: I skip wood chips from the gardening stores because most are dyed. To me, it seems silly to dye brown wood a different brown color. It’s also relatively expensive to buy the bagged wood chips. Several local landscaping companies have good deals on a truck bed of wood chips ($10–15 per load). If you’ve got a truck (or a friend with a truck) and a small- to medium-sized garden, this could be your best option. I’ve been told that some tree cutting companies will dump large loads of chipped wood at a property for free. I’ve called and
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to keep it in place. Leaves don’t stay tidy, either—they’re going to scatter away from their intended target. This might be a good option for more of a cozy garden than a formal one. Try to stick to a familiar neighborhood so you can avoid the yards with dogs. CARDBOARD: Cardboard works well as an insulator and weed barrier. It’s easy to find free options otherwise headed to the recycling bin. Cardboard can work by itself, but it’s best used with another mulch on top to hold it in place and make it look prettier. Halfway decomposed cardboard sloughing off and littering pathways made my garden look trashier than I liked. For veggie gardens, you might want to stick to plain brown cardboard with only black ink. White cardboard is bleached, and colored inks come from a variety of chemicals not tested for their composting safety. National Certified Naturally Grown standards ask growers to only use brown cardboard with black ink to avoid any possible chemical contamination. Whether you wish to follow those guidelines or not, I would suggest removing any stickers, tape and staples from the cardboard. Picking them out of the soil months or years later can be gross and annoying. Also, be certain of your cardboard mulch placement. Cardboard takes a lot longer to break down fully, but only needs a few rainstorms to start coming apart in your hands. I’d suggest laying
asked, but never received this mulchy treasure trove myself. I also chip my own wood with a Yardmax chipper. This is a great option for me because I can make clean goat and chicken bedding all winter long. The chipper helped process the 31 pine trees I cut down on the farm. If you’ve got a big project, I highly recommend borrowing or renting one. Be sure to read the instructions and wear safety glasses. It’s easy to imagine losing a finger or hand to such a fast, hungry machine.
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UNUSUAL ITEMS: If something can be thrown into a compost bin, it could work as mulch. Right now, I’ve got pounds of coconut flakes covering the front porch garden. My husband, who works at Creature Comforts Brewing Co., brought the coconut home after it was steeped in this year’s Koko Buni. We’d like to know if the flakes could work as mulch for the garden, but decided to experiment on the ornamentals first. I’m excited to see how fast the coconut rots and if it adds much to the soil. So far, the malty smell of the garden bed promises many a tasty dinner for the Joros waiting above. Any materials that rot relatively fast (avocado peels or eggshells, for example) are a bad bet for indoor plants, especially if applied on top as mulch. Rot will attract fruit flies or other insects—great for a compost pile, not so great for your coffee table. f 11-8-G.indd 1
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ART | THU, NOV. 16
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A resident of the nearby town of Ila, Kip Ramey’s vibrant folk art paintings capture the friendly charm and simple beauty of rural Southern landscapes. Inspired by the history, folklore and people of the Northeast Georgia mountains, where he grew up, his artwork celebrates the rolling mountains and quaint architecture of the area. Working with bright, saturated colors, the self-taught artist conveys the invisible atmospheric quality of wind with swirling blue-on-blue patterns accented with polka-dotted clouds. Whether it’s a welcoming roadside fruit stand or an old, eerie, boarded-up house on a hill, his scenes feel instantly familiar. Tonight’s closing reception is held in conjunction with the citywide Third Thursday event, and a portion of proceeds will benefit Project Safe. Next month, tiny ATH gallery will host receptions for Elizabeth Hanes on Dec. 1 and 21, and the annual Holi-LADDER-day Market will be held Dec. 2 and 9. [Jessica Smith] MUSIC | NOV. 16–17
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THEATER | NOV. 16–19
The Morton Theatre • 7:30 p.m. (Thu–Sat), 3 p.m. (Sun) • $10–15
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd, the age-old story of the murderous barber of Fleet Street, London. Set in the 19th century, the play follows the journey of barber Sweeney Todd as he sets off on a path of revenge after a judge kills his wife, kidnaps his daughter and frames him for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his return to London, he sets up above a meat pie shop, where he offs his victims and then sends their bodies to be baked into the meat pies below. The show is being put on by Athens Creative Theatre and hosted by the historic Morton Theatre. The show will be performed Nov. 16–18 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on
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FILM | NOV. 17–18
Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show Ciné • 10:30 p.m.
Ciné is hosting underground cult film studio Gonzoriffic for the 15th consecutive year of screenings at the art house theater. Since its founding, Gonzoriffic has earned a reputation for promoting progressive and empowering roles for women. The films display these themes through comedic violence, thrills and horror. This year’s program will be hosted by Dee Flowered, with a screening of past fan favorite short films she’s starred in. The event will also show the world premiere of “Zombikini,” which is a horror comedy directed by Kat Wood, and “Holey Foley,” a mockumentary directed by Ebony Delight, among other films. The event is unrated and recommended for audiences 18 and up. There will also be a YouTube live stream of the show on Gonzoriffic’s channel Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. [AH]
Bolo Bolo • 7 p.m. • $12
The Cloud Recordings Festival is an event founded by musician and label owner John Kiran Fernandes, who is a prominent member of The Elephant Six Collective. It all started when he and several other members of the music collective joined The Olivia Tremor Control, the local Athens psychedelic pop outfit, in 1994. Since then, Fernandes has expanded his musical reach as well as his artistic influence within the Athens community, releasing more records and solo work and putting together other bands around the Classic City. The idea for hosting a festival spotlighting artists on his label alongside artists he loves came to Fernandes during his sets at the 2012 AthFest as he was criss-crossing across downtown. This year, the festival will showcase 10 acts over the course of two nights with something for any and all Athenians to enjoy. Thursday features Oceanic Sound Research, Kiran Fernandes, Vile Body, Wolfli and Caleb Darnell. Friday includes Joseph Allred, Kevin Coleman, The Rishis, Yes Selma and Organically Programmed. [Analiese Herrin]
Jasmine Best ART | SAT, NOV. 18
Jasmine Best and Kelly Taylor Mitchell
Lyndon House Arts Center • 2 p.m. • FREE!
The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to present new bodies of work by Jasmine Best and Kelly Taylor Mitchell, opening with a reception on Nov. 18 and remaining on view through Mar. 12. Each artist explores the idea of storytelling through memories. Best’s exhibition, entitled “Tell Me a Story,” includes textural narrative works that combine fabric, yarn and digital sewing to weave stories inspired by personal memories, Black female identity and folklore of Black Southern culture. She is a current MFA candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Mitchell is an artist and educator in Atlanta working as an assistant professor at Spelman College. Her current work approaches oral history and ancestral memory through textiles and handmade paper under the exhibition title of “Memory Worker.” [AH] f
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ALL WE ARE SAYING: The most recent Athens in Harmony show that happened back in September sold out in a flash, so the organizers are hosting an encore performance Sunday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. This event, like its original instance, takes place at The Foundry. These performances are structured by pairing up musicians across different genres (rock, hip hop, soul, gospel, etc.) to perform as duets. The crescendo of the event is a sing-along of John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” with new verses contributed by Athens’ hip-hop artists Nony1, P.O. The Priceless One and Cardynal. Tickets are available now for $20 and up via tinyurl.com/36edpe7x.
EASTBOUND AND DOWN: Cowboy Kerouac just released a totally NSFW song set against a grimy but classic-sounding garage track that rocks in a Cramps sort of way. The crux of the lyrics is a fantastical story of a creature who lives underneath truck stops (“…in the sewer underneath the Buc-ees”) and performs specific actions for truckers stopping by. Oh, yeah, he’s called “The Lot Lizardman” and the song is named the same thing. This play on words comes courtesy of the pejorative title (i.e. “lot lizard”) bestowed upon certain, uh, service providers who work truck-stop parking lots. Honestly, I can’t tell if the good cowboy is just trolling everyone with this or not. It’s not his first foray into blue material. Further, it certainly couldn’t have taken more than five minutes or so to conceptualize and compose, and you can hear the entire thing in less than two minutes. So, consider this all both an announcement and
RELAX AND FLOAT DOWNSTREAM: Beloved Apothecary is hosting a series of events, each taking place on Friday evenings, named Beloved Apothecary’s Sacred Space. In addition to facilitating these nights, Beloved Apothecary will provide “donation-based alcohol alternative beverages [while] gathering individuals in the Athens community to show off their music, art, workshops and other gifts.” Events are now scheduled all the way into next year, but the ones closest to us in the calendar are Medicine Songs with Tatiana Kiselyova (Nov. 17), Friendsgiving and acoustic jam with Victoria (Nov. 24), Seven Sacred teachings with Robert Black Eagle (Dec. 1) and Sound Bath with Ben Cirou (Dec. 8). The suggested donation for each evening is $20, and Michael Wegner these events are located at 1001 Winterville Road, which you know fair warning if you decide to head over to as the location of Rabbit Hole Studios. cowboykerouac.bandcamp.com and check For more information on these, please see this out. belovedapothecary.org and instagram.com/ beloved_apothecary. SEE YA NEXT MONTH: The previously schedCATCH UP: It’s been a long time since any uled November dates for Kenosha Kid mention of Athens experimental composer, at Hendershot’s are now off the calendar. performer and instrument builder Killick These events will resume on Tuesday nights has appeared in the pages, but it’s high time in December. For more information, please for this to happen now. The occasion is his see kenoshakid.com. head-turning live performance recorded INWARD AND OUTWARD: The new album by at Plataforma Lavardén in Rosario, Michael Wegner (Cosmic Charlie, Fuzzy Argentina (released as Live at Plataforma Sprouts, Whisper Kiss, Abbey Road Live, et Lavardén) on Sept. 23 of this year. This live al) came out at the start of the month, and performance was simulcast on radio to it’s named Hive Mined. This 10-song album Argentina and Chile. The entire set runs showcases Wegner’s work in a nice way, and just over 43 minutes, with the first half I admit I enjoyed this more than I thought being quite forward-looking and progresI would. Wegner opens with the lovely sive in its melodic structure, which can be, “Half Life,” which is punctuated by tasteful admittedly, difficult to discern. The second guitar flourishes as well as a subtle horn half leans more into Killick’s self-billing of arrangement. There’s a similar gentleness in “Appalachian trance metal” but, even so, tracks “Right Kind Of Love,” “Melancholy” this is a launching point for this deeply and “Seriously.” The whole album is deeply explorative set. Killick is now, and has been focused and emotionally deep in a familiar, for many years, an elder and authoritative somewhat comforting way. Wegner will figure for the Athens experimental music celebrate this release with a show at The community, and this new release is just the Foundry on Dec. 8 with guest Caroline current cherry on top. His discography is Aiken. Find it on all major streaming serextensive, to say the least, and has likely vices, and for more information, please see grown in large amounts since the last time you surfed over to killick.bandcamp.com, so michaelwegner.com and facebook.com/ MichaelWegnerMusic. f take some time and dive deeply.
Jason Alan Fuller
SHARING SECRETS AND SEVENS SOLO ALBUM
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ince moving to Athens in 1996, professional musician Jason Alan Fuller has made a living as a touring and recording artist, from traveling with bands like Ween and Tishamingo to performing a rotation of private gigs. These days, the keyboard/piano/organ player and singer-songwriter can often be seen playing with bands such as Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Night Fever, Athens All-Stars and Cosmic Charlie. However, this weekend Fuller will celebrate the release of an album of original songs under his own name, Secrets and Sevens. This will be the first full album he’s released under his name since 2007’s GrooveHitLatinBluesFunk by Jason Alan Fuller Presents… Snap!, although just a few
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years ago, Fuller recorded an instrumental project at Tweed Recording with Seth Hendershot and Stephen Spivey. Fuller spent many years in multiple bands that saw a rise and fall, but as he leaned more into gig-focused work, he felt a lull in his own personal creative productivity. But he never left songwriting behind. Over the last year and a half, he’s had more alone time to fill and emotions to drive his songwriting. He began picking unfinished songs back up—one in particular now 20 years old— and creating this album. Although the collection of songs vary greatly in when they were first created and the genres similarly bounce between inspirations, the tone and production of the album as a whole anchors its cohesiveness. The album was recorded with Jay Rodgers of Full Moon Studio, who convinced Fuller that the various vibes would not feel conflicting given they were recording with the same set of musicians and his voice. The result is a ’70s classic rock-inspired arrange-
ment with polished, modern production that translates into easy listening—with enough skillful piano playing to live up to Fuller’s reputation without feeling ostracizing to the casual listener. “It’s me. It’s hard for me to describe what me is,” says Fuller. “I’ve played with so many different bands, from country to Motown to funk to rock and roll to jazz to solo piano to New Orleans, a huge influence of mine. So all of that comes through in the album in one way or another.” One of the particularly unique and special tracks on the album is “She Loves to Dance,” featuring Fuller’s 9-year-old daughter Talulah on lead vocals. He says they often come up with melodies and little jingles together, and while this specific song is now two years old, there’s the potential for more “Jason and Talulah” songs to come out. For this one, a music video was released last week featuring the duo plus some of Talulah’s friends from school and dance class. Scenes take place in The Tree Room and The Studio with all the heart-warming and positive energy you could want from such a collaboration. “To have my daughter singing lead with me is such a special thing, and she’ll have it forever,” says Fuller. The album release party at Hendershot’s is meant to be a true listening experience of the full album, surrounded by festivities meant to spark community and a good time. Early entry will begin at 7 p.m. with a meet and greet in addition to a gumbo dinner, then at 8 p.m. Fuller will perform the seven-song, 30-minute album. Fuller says his wish is for everyone to give their full attention for that time to “just digest what [he’s] put [his] entire year into.” He’s also devised a trivia game to go along with the album, so three close listeners have the opportunity to win Hendershot’s gift cards. The rest of the evening will be more social, with lively music performed by an all-star cast of local musicians, including some fun surprise guests. “I think I just needed to put this out for myself, for my heart,” says Fuller. “When the album is over, I hope that people continue to listen to it and it affects people in a positive way. And then for the most part, I will be continuing the life that I live, which is a wonderful life.” f
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live music calendar Tuesday 14
40 Watt Club 6 p.m. (doors). $31. www.40watt.com PLINI Songwriting project of Australian instrumental prog rock guitarist Plini Roessler-Holgate. STRAWBERRY GIRL Salinas, CA band that specializes in all things purely instrumental. STANDARDS LA math rock duo enthusiastic about everything fruit. Buvez Primordial Void Presents. 7 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/buvezathens PSALTERY Angular indie/folk rock from Atlanta, featuring Paris Young of PV-affiliated band Team Deathmatch. ANTLERED AUNT LORD Local cult favorites producing feedback- drenched noise pop, led by songwriter Jesse Stinnard (Tunabunny). VIV AWESOME Folky shoegaze from Athens. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $45. www.georgiatheatre.com MARCUS KING Grammy Award- nominated Southern rock artist with a bluesy, soulful sound influenced by Duane Allman, B.B. King and Waylon Jennings. JOSHUA RAY WALKER Country singer-songwriter and storyteller full of personality. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens THE RINGERS Super-group bringing together rock, funk, jazz, blues and African music. Rabbit Hole Studios 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ whiterabbitproductionsllc OPEN MIC NIGHT A night of community in music. Ramsey Hall 7:30 p.m. music.uga.edu LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE Part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts.
Wednesday 15 Buvez Attaboy Tapes Presents. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. www. facebook.com/BuvezAthens GRUMPY Rocking indie pop led by New Yorker Mason Schmitt. JOEY NEBULOUS Light-hearted queer pop from Chicago. DOG PERSON Organ-driven pop with breezy ennui from members of The Buddy System, Nana Grizol and Circulatory System. Creature Comforts Brewery Athens Farmers Market. 5–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket. net MRJORDANMRTONKS Tommy Jordan and William Tonks’ collaboration features rootsy guitar picking and paired vocal melodies. (6 p.m.) Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $45. www.georgiatheatre.com MARCUS KING Grammy Award- nominated Southern rock artist with a bluesy, soulful sound influenced
by Duane Allman, B.B. King and Waylon Jennings. JOSHUA RAY WALKER Country singer-songwriter and storyteller full of personality. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. music.uga.edu WIND SYMPHONY AND SYMPHONIC BAND Part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts. Hugh Hodgson School of Music Band Room. 7:30 p.m. music.uga.edu CHINESE MUSIC ENSEMBLE Part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens SNAP! Athens band with Jason Alan Fuller and Carlton Owens. 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 16 Bolo Bolo Athens Cloud Recordings Festival. 7 p.m. $12. www.cloudrecordings.com OCEANIC SOUND RESEARCH Ambient electronic trio from Athens featuring Elephant 6 pioneer John Kiran Fernandes (Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System), Oliver Domingo (Organically Programmed) and Kyle MacKinnel (Casual Ether) perpetually scanning the depths. KIRAN FERNANDES Multi-instrumentalist and visual artist crafting psych folk with influences ranging from American primitive guitar to Saharan desert rock. VILE BODY Cello, harmonium and vocals by Lydian Brambila and Mat Lewis. WOLFLI Somber and reflective songs. CALEB DARNELL Member of the Darnell Boys plays quiet songs that sound similar to Mississippi John Hurt. Ciné 7 p.m. $10. www.athenscine.com SONGWRITER SHOWCASE This month’s featured performer of the showcase hosted by A.M. Rodriguez is touring musician Alma Russ. Georgia Museum of Art 5 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum. org MUSIC IN THE GALLERIES A jazz quartet will perform American jazz standards in the galleries of “Southern/Modern.” Georgia Theatre 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $40. www.georgiatheatre.com ERNEST Experimental singer- songwriter whose influence spans from Eminem to George Jones. JAKE WORTHINGTON Texas native and folk singer-songwriter touring behind his new album. CODY LOHDEN Country artist from Nashville. Hendershot’s 7 p.m. (sign-ups), 8 p.m. (show). FREE! www.hendershotsathens.com JAZZ JAM Seth Hendershot and the house band Unstarched host an open jazz jam.
Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $3 (w/ UGA ID), $20. pac. uga.edu UGA WIND ENSEMBLE Tonight’s performance includes the Georgia premiere of “Pounce” by Holly Harrison, “Cheetah” by Karel Husa and others. JOKERJOKER Gallery LIVE In The Studio. 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.jokerjokertv.com/watch LIGHT BEAMS JOKERJOKERtv presents a virtual performance of a D.C.-based band influenced by ’80s-era dance music. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.
Friday 17 40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10 (adv.), $12. www.40watt.com LIGHTHEARTED Local alternative folk rock band anchored by the gorgeous harmonies of twin sisters Eliza Lemmon and Gracie Huffman.
Buvez 8 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ buvezathens 72ND & CENTRAL Four-piece psych-grunge act out of Greenville, SC. GETAWAY COMPANY Three- piece grunge-alt band from Athens. SWEAR JAR Local ’90s-inspired rock band exploring new horizons in punk, indie and alternative. Flicker Theatre & Bar Shadebeast Presents. 9 p.m. (doors). $12. www.flickertheatreandbar.com DEAD VIBES ENSEMBLE Sludge metal duo fueled by whiskey and loud amplifiers. BONGFOOT Appalachian stoner- thrash metal group hailing from Boone, NC. LUNGBURNER Atlanta-based stoner metal group dedicated to amp worship through “slow riffs and bong rips.” Georgia Theatre 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $30. www.georgiatheatre.com KAMERON MARLOWE North Carolina songwriter who has built his sound around an edgy, electric twang and visceral folk undertones.
ATHICA’s Sonic Space series will host Tatsuya Nakatani on Sunday, Nov. 19. WELL KEPT Athens alternative rock band led by Tommy Trautwein that combines modern indie and classic emo. Athentic Brewing Co. 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com MIXED MEDIA Contemporary saxophone quartet pushing the genre’s boundaries through collaboration and the commissioning of new works. Bolo Bolo Athens Cloud Recordings Festival. 7 p.m. $12. www.cloudrecordings.com JOSEPH ALLRED Fingerpicked folk tunes rooted in Appalachian folklore and mystic spirituality. KEVIN COLEMAN Folk guitarist from Virginia fingerpicking in the American primitive tradition. THE RISHIS Psych-folk featuring members of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power and The Apples in Stereo. YES SELMA Meditative hammered dulcimer music from Asheville. ORGANICALLY PROGRAMMED Electronic space-themed act utilizing primitive drum machines and synthesizers to create disco-pop, jazz and easy listening inspired compositions.
The Globe 9 p.m. $2. www.globetavern.com GREYLOW Genre-blending garage rock. Hendershot’s 8 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com DIM WATTS Psych-folk project led by Jim Willingham. Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. $50–70. uga.pac.edu TERENCE BLANCHARD Seven- time Grammy Award winner and twice Oscar-nominated film composer will perform on trumpet with The E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet. No. 3 Railroad Street 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $20 suggested donation. www.3railroad. org RUPERT WATES London-based musician who creates melodic folk music and has released 11 albums. Nowhere Bar 9:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/ NowhereBarAthens DEAF ANDREWS Charlotte-based rock band. The Root 8 p.m. www.therootathens.com REUNION Rock and roll cover band.
40 Watt Club 7 p.m. (doors). $10 (adv.), $12. www.40watt.com THE OBSERVED Athens-based alternative rock band. PARKING GARAGE Self-proclaimed “salt rock” power trio of multi-instrumentalists. BARRETT MEADOWS Singer- songwriter of the Three Sixteen band in Athens. Boutier Winery & Inn 8 p.m. $10. www.boutierwinery.com PRINCESS AND ROYAL BLUE Motown, soul, blues and smooth R&B. Ciné 9 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (show). $10. www.athenscine.com THE MAXINES Grunge rock band that captures the spirit of the ’90s. NECKROMANCE Emo punk rock band with a garage edge and psychedelic angst. COMMÜNE Local political/feminist punk band living in revolt. Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $12. www.flicker theatreandbar.com TELEMARKET Driving, angular indie-rock band from Athens. THE SILVER DOORS Four-piece Appalachian desert rock group from Asheville, NC. GOOD HOST Upbeat and energetic indie-alternative group utilizing an experimental and dreamy edge. Georgia Theatre 8 p.m. (doors). $25. www.georgia theatre.com EMO NIGHT BROOKLYN Founded by best friends Alex and Ethan, this production travels worldwide to deliver emo dance nights to all kinds of audiences. Hendershot’s 7 p.m. (doors). $12 (show), $20 (includes gumbo). bit.ly/Jason FullerNov18 JASON ALAN FULLER Southern singer-songwriter celebrating the release of his brand new album with a night of music and food. No. 3 Railroad Street 7 p.m. $10. www.3railroad.org THE LICKSKILLETS Southern gothic band playing traditional Appalachian murder ballads, original murdery ballads, and murder-adjacent classic folk and country tunes. REIGN AND REVELRY Folk, country and rock. ETHAN HARRISON SMITH Modern folk singer-songwriter. Nowhere Bar 8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $10. www.facebook.com/NowhereBar Athens THE RITUALISTS Goth/glam rock quartet from NYC whose sound recalls Depeche Mode and The Cult. THE SHUT-UPS Georgia’s preeminent new wave anti-heroes play favorites from their latest LP, The Shut-Ups Are Girls Singing Songs, as well as surprises from their illustrious catalogue. MARK LAWRENCE Stand-Ins and Eskimos’ member plays catchy rock and roll numbers from his new project, Persistent Little Beeps. First venue show! The Root 8 p.m. www.therootathens.com EVERYDAY DOGS Skateboarding, Capri-Sun drinking, surfer-punk rockers of Atlanta.
Work.Shop 9:30 p.m. $10. www.facebook.com/ volumeshiphop MACK2TONE Athens-based hip- hop artist with a unique style. SON ZOO Lyrical rapper with a carefully crafted flow. JAYCEE Young femcee with catchy raps. AY3K Local contemporary rapper. SAVINGXSALEM Hip-hop and metal artist dabbling in both genres. BIG DEISEL Local hip-hop artist with hype raps.
Sunday 19 ATHICA Sonic Space. 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (music). Donations encouraged. www.athica.org TATSUYA NAKATANI Avant-garde percussionist, composer and sound artist who has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. MICHAEL POTTER Experimental ambient and improv musician of The Electric Nature and tape label Null Zone. Boutier Winery & Inn Wine Down. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www. boutierwinery.com DROR Acoustic classical music with a modern twist. Hendershot’s 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com PAUL REEVES Alternative rock artist reflecting on surviving cancer through song. CASUAL AMERICANS Indie altrock outfit led by Justin Reynolds.
Monday 20 Flicker Theatre & Bar 8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.flicker theatre.com TABLA ROSA Hard-hitting rock band with shoegaze and post-punk elements. CHAINHEAD Driving post-hardcore band for fans of Drive Like Jehu and Sonic Youth.
Tuesday 21 Ciné 8 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com KARAOKE WITH THE KING Show off your pipes to the world. Every first, third and fifth Tuesday.
Wednesday 22 Athentic Brewing Co. 7–10 p.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com WEDNESDAY KARAOKE NIGHT Choose from a catalog of over 51,000 songs ranging from pop, rock, musical theater and more. Flicker Theatre & Bar 9 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreand bar.com DR. FRED’S KARAOKE Featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more. Porterhouse Grill 6–8:30 p.m. www.porterhousegrill athens.com JAZZ NIGHT Longest running jazz gig in Athens performing American songbook, bossa nova classics and crossover hits. f
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ART: 4’33” Competition (The Athenaeum) This contest highlights University of Georgia student research in the arts. A Spotlight on the Arts event. 4–6 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu 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 FILM: Club Ned Anime Society (ACC Library) Join club members to watch and discuss episodes of “Yokohama Shopping Log” and “Golden Boy.” 7:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.animefandom.org EVENTS: Holiday Open House (Lexington Vintage) Enjoy vendors, refreshments, door prizes and a selfie with Santa. 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/lexington vintageathens 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: 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: 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 LECTURES & LIT: Historic Athens History Hour (Lyndon House Arts Center) Hope Iglehart will discuss “Looking Back Over the Years” and The Athena Awards. 12 p.m. FREE! www.historicathens.com LECTURES & LIT: Monthly Book Swap (Athentic Brewing Co.) Browse free books to take home or settle in to read in the front lounge. Donating books is encouraged but not required. Second Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com MEETINGS: Athens Fibercraft Guild (Lyndon House Arts Center) Weaver Bonnie Montgomery will demonstrate making patterned rag rugs, and members can show and tell their latest projects. 12:30–2:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensfiber.org MEETINGS: Memoir Writing Group (Bogart Library) During this monthly group, hear memoirs from others and learn tips on how to write your own. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart MEETINGS: Athens Rock and Gem Club (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Club business is followed by an educational program, this month Jim Maudsley will present on Arkansas Quartz. 7:30 p.m. FREE! www.athensrockandgemclub.org PERFORMANCE: Next Act Cabaret (Hendershot’s) UGA’s student-run musical theatre group will put on a performance based on Disney Channel original movies. 7 p.m. $10. www.hendershotsathens.com SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tues-
days, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org
Wednesday 15 ART: Tour At Two (Georgia Museum of Art) These drop-in public tours feature highlights of the permanent collection. 2 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org CLASSES: Cuban Salsa (Starland Lounge & Lanes) Join SALSAthens for lessons that meet a variety of dance abilities, including beginners. 6:30 p.m. (advanced), 7:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate). $10. SALSAthensDancing@gmail.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, art and crafts. Live music at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars. Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m. www.athens farmersmarket.net EVENTS: Holiday Market (Athens Academy) Over 80 vendors from across the Southeast offering a variety items including jewelry, pottery and more. Nov. 15, 5–7 p.m. $5. Nov. 16, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! www. athensacademy.org EVENTS: Wines for the Thanksgiving Table (Tapped Athens Wine Market) Enjoy a six-selection wine tasting to find the perfect bottle for your holiday celebration. 6:30 p.m. $40. firstname.lastname@example.org FILM: Lavender Lens Movie Night (ATHICA) This series presents queer and diverse films in a safe space. This week’s screening is short films by independent and emerging filmmakers. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org/updates/ lavenderlens FILM: Pachinko Pop (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1967 Japanese chambara film Zatoichi Challenged. 7 p.m. FREE! www. flickertheatreandbar.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 story. 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart LECTURES & LIT: Colson Whitehead (UGA Chapel) The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will give a public talk as part of the Ferdinand Phinizy Lecture series. 5:30 p.m. FREE! willson.uga.edu
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LECTURES & LIT: Author Talk & Book Signing (Ciné) Local author Lindsey Harding celebrates her book Pilgrims 2.0 with an author talk followed by book signing. 7–8 p.m. FREE! www.avidbookshop.com MEETINGS: Athens Reparations Action (Athentic Brewing Co.) Learn about Athens Reparations Action’s mission to promote recognition of the financial impact of urban renewal and other racist policies. 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com OUTDOORS: ‘Normal’ Run (Athentic Brewing Co.) Join the Athens Road Runners for a 1–3 mile run that starts and ends at Athentic Brewing. Every other Wednesday, 6 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com PERFORMANCE: “Transcend” (UGA New Dance Theatre) A series of performances featuring the Senior Exit and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. A Spotlight on the Arts event. Nov. 15–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18–19, 2 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu PERFORMANCE: Sweet Dreams (40 Watt Club) DanceFX presents and evening of candy-themed dance performances. 7:30 p.m. $8. www.40watt.com
EVENTS: Holiday Market (Athens Academy) Over 80 vendors from across the Southeast offering a variety items including jewelry, pottery and more. Nov. 15, 5–7 p.m. $5. Nov. 16, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE! www. athensacademy.org 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 GAMES: Teen Dungeons & Dragons (Bogart Library) Volunteer-led gaming session for teens of all skill levels. Grades 6–12. 6–7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart GAMES: Thursday Trivia (Johnny’s New York Style Pizza) Test your trivia knowledge with host Jon Head. 6:30 p.m. www.johnnyspizza. com GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (The Foundry) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens GAMES: Rock ‘n Roll Trivia (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host The Music Man. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com
Look What I Can Do, a Love.Craft Athens benefit, will feature an art show, auction and live music performance at The Foundry on Friday, Nov. 17. THEATER: Mother Courage & Her Children (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents a play about Mother Courage navigating a post- apocalyptic war to support her children. Nov. 15–18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. $6 (UGA students), $18 (public). www.ugatheatre.com
Thursday 16 ART: Artist Reception (tiny ATH gallery) During Third Thursday, works by Kip Ramey will be on display. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.tinyathgallery. com CLASSES: Yoga in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) Enjoy a yoga class in the art galleries led by instructors from Five Points Yoga. Open to all skill levels. Attend in person (first come, first served) or via Zoom. 6 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org COMEDY: FlyingSquid Open Improv Jam (work.shop) A weekly meet up open to everyone looking to practice improv comedy. 8–9:30 p.m. Donations encouraged. www. flyingsquidcomedy.com
KIDSTUFF: Read to Rover (Bogart Library) Reading aloud to a dog helps children develop their reading skills and build confidence. Ages 4 & up. 4–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart LECTURES & LIT: Athens Science Café (Little Kings Shuffle Club) This month Isabella De Luna and Rachel Hankin will present on the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center. 7 p.m. FREE! www.athenssciencecafe.wordpress.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: “Transcend” (UGA New Dance Theatre) A series of performances featuring the Senior Exit and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. A Spotlight on the Arts event. Nov. 15–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18–19, 2 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org
THEATER: Sweeney Todd (Morton Theatre) In this infamous tale, ACT presents an unjustly exiled barber returning to nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance against a lecherous judge. Nov. 16–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 3 p.m. $15. www. mortontheatre.com THEATER: Mother Courage & Her Children (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents a play about Mother Courage navigating a post- apocalyptic war to support her children. Nov. 15–18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. $6 (UGA students), $18 (public). www.ugatheatre.com
Friday 17 ART: Morning Mindfulness (Georgia Museum of Art) Instructor-led meditation, movement and mindfulness techniques in the galleries. Email to RSVP. 9:30 a.m. FREE! gmoa- email@example.com COMEDY: John Mulaney (The Classic Center) The two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor and comedian will perform a stand- up set. 7 p.m. $52–210. www. classiccenter.com COMEDY: Cable TV (work.shop) Take This! Comedy will improvise prime-time television dramas. 8–10 p.m. $10. www.flyingsquidcomedy. com EVENTS: Dodd Market (Lamar Dodd School of Art) Annual market with a variety of items from UGA art students. 10 a.m–6 p.m. FREE! www. doddmarket.com EVENTS: Look What I Can Do: “Ignite” (The Foundry) A Love.Craft Athens benefit with live art show featuring various local artists plus an auction and a performance by the Love.Craft Band. 5–8 p.m. $50. www.lovecraftathens.kindful.com EVENTS: Christmas Marketplace (Historic Crawford Depot) Browse goods from local entrepreneurs and artisans, and participate in the silent auction. Nov. 17, 5–8 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Nov. 19, 12–5 p.m. www.facebook.com/oglethorpe countychamber EVENTS: One Night Stand: A Sexuality Powerpoint Party (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) A monthly edu-taiment event with micro talks by experts and enthusiasts about anything within the realm of sexuality. 5:30–7:30 p.m. www. revolutiontherapyandyoga.com EVENTS: Beloved Apothecary’s Sacred Space (Rabbit Hole Studios) This week’s gathering serving alcohol alternative beverages will highlight medicine songs with Tatiana Kiselyova. Fridays, 6 p.m. $20 suggested donation. www.instagram.com/beloved_apothecary EVENTS: Tales on the Porch (Sandy Creek Nature Center) Enjoy a small fire, a hot beverage and stories from storyteller Jackie Elsner. Registration required. 7–8 p.m. $3. www.accgovga.myrec.com FILM: Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show (Ciné) The local cult film studio will celebrate its 15th year at Ciné screening a selection of short films. Nov. 17–18, 10:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/gonzoriffic films 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: Spanish Storytime (Oconee County Library) Come listen to and practice Spanish songs and stories. Knowledge of Spanish not required. All ages. 5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee MEETINGS: Celebrate Recovery Free Dinner (Living Hope Church) Christ-centered 12-step program to help anyone with heart hurt, hang- up or habit. Free childcare, and bus route accessible. FREE! 5:30 p.m. (dinner), 6:30 p.m. (large group). 706-207-2396 PERFORMANCE: “Transcend” (UGA New Dance Theatre) A series of performances featuring the Senior Exit and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. A Spotlight on the Arts event. Nov. 15–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18–19, 2 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu THEATER: Sweeney Todd (Morton Theatre) In this infamous tale, ACT presents an unjustly exiled barber returning to nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance against a lecherous judge. Nov. 16–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 3 p.m. $15. www. mortontheatre.com THEATER: Mother Courage & Her Children (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents a play about Mother Courage navigating a post- apocalyptic war to support her children. Nov. 15–18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. $6 (UGA students), $18 (public). www.ugatheatre.com
Saturday 18 ART: Opening Reception (Lyndon House Arts Center) Exhibits “Memory Worker” by Kelly Taylor Mitchell and “Tell Me A Story” by Jasmine Best will be featured. 2 p.m. FREE! www.accgov.com/lyndonhouse ART: Drawing in the Galleries (Georgia Museum of Art) This workshop is led by a teaching artist and provides drawing instruction, art supplies and space to spread out. Registration required. 2–4 p.m. FREE! firstname.lastname@example.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Bishop Park) Markets offer locally grown groceries and handmade goods. Attendees can enjoy free live music and children’s activities. AFM doubles SNAP dollars spent at the market. Every Saturday, 8 a.m.–12 p.m. www.athensfarmers market.net EVENTS: Ride SoFAR Fundraiser (Sweet Olive Farm) First annual leisurely fun bicycle ride raising funds and awareness for Sweet Olive Farm Animal Rescue. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. $35 –65. www.sweetolivefarm.org/ pages/ride-sofar-ride-to-the-rescue EVENTS: Christmas Marketplace (Historic Crawford Depot) Browse goods from local entrepreneurs and artisans, and participate in the silent auction. Nov. 17, 5–8 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Nov. 19, 12–5 p.m. www.facebook.com/oglethorpe countychamber 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 pro-
duce, locally raised meat and eggs, baked goods, flowers, artisan goods and more. Online ordering is available Sundays–Thursdays for drive- thru pick up. Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.wbfm.locallygrown.net EVENTS: Ecstatic Dance (Work. Shop) This ceremony of rejuvenation and inspiration is a substance-free and inclusive musical celebration. 1:30–3:30 p.m. $10–15 (children under 12 free). www.ecstaticdanceathen.wixsite. com/xstaticdanceathensga EVENTS: Salsa Dancing Social (Athentic Brewing Co.) Come have fun on the dance floor and learn some new moves. No partner or experience required. 8 p.m.–12 a.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing. com FILM: Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show (Ciné) The local cult film studio will celebrate its 15th year at Ciné screening a selection of short films. Nov. 17–18, 10:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/gonzoriffic films KIDSTUFF: Family Saturdays: Art Workshop (Lyndon House Arts Center) A drop-in family-oriented series of art projects that are inspired by current exhibitions. This week is making doll magnets inspired by Madame Alexander. 12 –2 p.m. FREE! www.accgov.com KIDSTUFF: Just My Imagination: Bead Weaving (Bogart Library) Artist Toni Carlucci leads a workshop on how to make your own beaded work of art. Ages 9–14. 2–3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart PERFORMANCE: “Transcend” (UGA New Dance Theatre) A series of performances featuring the Senior Exit and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. A Spotlight on the Arts event. Nov. 15–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18–19, 2 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu THEATER: Sweeney Todd (Morton Theatre) In this infamous tale, ACT presents an unjustly exiled barber returning to nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance against a lecherous judge. Nov. 16–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 3 p.m. $15. www. mortontheatre.com THEATER: Mother Courage & Her Children (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents a play about Mother Courage navigating a post- apocalyptic war to support her children. Nov. 15–18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. $6 (UGA students), $18 (public). www.ugatheatre.com
Sunday 19 ART: Closing Reception (ATHICA) Roundtable discussion on the 2023 Juried Exhibition “SURFACE.” 4–6 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org CLASSES: Pelvic Floor Health and Pleasure (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) During this workshop learn about pelvic health in perimenopause and menopause. 9 a.m. $60. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com 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: Cuban Salsa (UGA Memorial Hall) Join UGA Salsa Club for lessons that meet a variety of dance abilities, including beginners. 4–6 p.m. FREE! www. ugasalsaclub.com EVENTS: Christmas Marketplace (Historic Crawford Depot) Browse goods from local entrepreneurs and artisans, and participate in the silent auction. Nov. 17, 5–8 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Nov. 19, 12–5 p.m. www.facebook.com/oglethorpe countychamber
EVENTS: 1850 Athens Properties (ACC Library) During this presentation, view a 3D digital replica of various historical Athens properties. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org GAMES: Bad Dog Trivia (Southern Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Sundays, 4 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddog athens PERFORMANCE: “Transcend” (UGA New Dance Theatre) A series of performances featuring the Senior Exit and Emerging Choreographers Showcase. A Spotlight on the Arts event. Nov. 15–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18–19, 2 p.m. FREE! arts.uga.edu SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org THEATER: Mother Courage & Her Children (UGA Fine Arts Theatre) UGA Theatre presents a play about Mother Courage navigating a post- apocalyptic war to support her children. Nov. 15–18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, 2 p.m. $6 (UGA students), $18 (public). www.ugatheatre.com THEATER: Sweeney Todd (Morton Theatre) In this infamous tale, ACT presents an unjustly exiled barber returning to nineteenth-century London to seek vengeance against a lecherous judge. Nov. 16–18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, 3 p.m. $15. www. mortontheatre.com THEATER: Pretty Woman The Musical (The Classic Center) Based on the Hollywood romantic story, the contemporary fairy tale comes to life as a musical. 8 p.m. $25–87.25. www.classiccenter. com
Monday 20 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 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: Teen D&D Club (Oconee County Library) Play a one-shot game suitable for all skill levels. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee MEETINGS: Classic City Rotary (Athentic Brewing Co.) The local chapter meets weekly. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com MEETINGS: Meditation Monday (Sisters of the Moon) Join others for a collective tarot reading followed by a guided meditation, breath work, journal prompts and more. All ages. 7–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.shopsotm.com
Tuesday 21 CLASSES: Adult Personal Growth (Statham Public Library) This class will help you discover valuable strategies and tools to enhance your self-awareness, boost confidence
and more. 5:30–6:30 p.m. FREE! www.prlib.org/statham 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: 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 FILM: The Wizard of Oz (Bogart Library) An all ages interactive screening of the movie The Wizard of Oz (1939). 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart FILM: Club Ned Anime Society (ACC Library) Join club members to watch and discuss episodes of “Future Boy Conan,” “Crossing Time” and more. 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.animefandom.org FILM: Attaboy Tapes Double Feature (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Screening of the 1971 film The Point (7 p.m.) and the 1973 film Fantastic Planet (9 p.m.). FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.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: Toddler Tuesday: Giving Thanks (Georgia Museum of Art) Enjoy art and storytime in the galleries, then complete an art activity. Ages 18 months to 3 years. RSVP by email. 10 a.m. FREE! email@example.com KIDSTUFF: Chapter Chat (Bogart Library) This month’s chat will feature L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of OZ with quizzes, trivia, snacks and more. Ages 8–12. 4:30p.m. FREE! www.bogartlibrary.org MEETINGS: Help I Yarned (Bogart Library) Learn new patterns and techniques for knitting and crochet. 1–2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. www.athenspetanque.org
Wednesday 22 EVENTS: Thanksgiving Feed the Hungry (The Sparrow’s Nest) A buffet-style lunch and hygiene products will be served for those in need. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. sheatssocialservices.org EVENTS: Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery) Markets offer fresh produce, flowers, eggs, meats, prepared foods, art and crafts. Live music at 6 p.m. AFM doubles SNAP dollars. Every Wednesday, 5–8 p.m. www.athens farmersmarket.net 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 knowledge with host TJ Wayt. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. www.facebook.com/baddogathens KIDSTUFF: Open Play (Bogart Library) Join the fun with open play and toys. 10 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart KIDSTUFF: LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library) Drop in to use LEGOs and other building materials. All ages. 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart f
Pass the Peace at the Table ADVICE FOR ATHENS’ LOOSE AND LOVELORN
By Bonita Applebum firstname.lastname@example.org My in-town sibling is having a medical procedure next week that will not allow us to make the eight-plus hour drive back to our home state for Thanksgiving. Of course their surgeon doesn’t want them in a car for that length of time, and they’re the one with the road trip-worthy vehicle out of the pair of us, so we’ll be doing Thanksgiving in Athens this year. I don’t even have to pretend to be disappointed—they know how much I hate that long, slow drive through the scariest parts of the Deep South, and anyway, Mama is going to come here instead! This will be our first Thanksgiving in Athens with our mother, and I’m thrilled to show her around and treat her to her every want and desire. I’m buzzing about the prospect of cooking my cornbread dressing for her, which evolved from her
recipe and now shines with my own distinctive culinary touches (like mushrooms and carrots—just call me a hobbit). We’ll order our bird from that UGA meat shop everyone raves about, and I will be making the dressing and greens. I’ll ask Mama to make the hot water bread and giblet gravy, mostly so she can teach me how to do it. To say that I’m relieved to be spending the holidays in Athens is an understatement. I’ve become sensitive to startles and yelling and loud noises over the years, and I begin to feel overstimulated and overwhelmed within about 30 minutes of inescapable screaming children and tipsy relatives cheering and reveling. I’m not good at lying much these days, either—if someone asks me how I feel about organized religion or Israel/Palestine or queer people existing, they’re highly likely to get my very honest answer. I don’t give a crap about telling somebody about how stupid and limited their worldview is directly to their face, and I’m also very prone to just taking walks and naps and completely avoiding everyone until it’s time to go. Y’all, I just enjoy my alone time and value peace and quiet enough to put it above any obligation I feel to show my face in a certain place. Just writing about my worst case scenarios is making my jaw tense and my
ears throb like I’m standing in front of a subwoofer. It’s literally triggering a painful physical response in my body, so I’ll let go of any guilt I feel about staying in town on the 23rd. Not every anxious person is going to get such a lucky roll of the dice this holiday season, and lots of folks are going to be trapped in situations that will absolutely wreck their physical and mental health for the sake of performing Thanksgiving correctly. It took me years to be comfortable with being myself in these environments, but that doesn’t necessarily mean being the loud, brash, confrontational leftie that I idealize in my mind. Being myself these days doesn’t encompass confrontation or arguing about rhetoric to the point of spoiling a family gathering. That also doesn’t mean lying about my views
in order to keep the peace. I’m really talking about choosing to let things go, to not participate when I don’t want to. If you’re going to be stuck with closeminded or abrasive family members who want to argue about this or that, ask yourself what good comes of it. There is definitely good in expanding someone’s worldview with your own experiences or standing up for what you believe in, but it’s imperative that we pick our battles lest we end up a nervous wreck and feeling excluded. I’m saying that it may cause a person tangible harm to argue their right to exist to someone who’s set in their ways and determined not to give an inch, so focus on having conversations instead of arguments. Find your cool relative and chat with them about how life is going instead of bringing up your multicultural pansexual polycule to your MAGA uncle. I mean, does he need to know that? Would you have told him if you’d run into him in the grocery store randomly? No? Then protect your peace and pass the gravy. Share what you’re comfortable sharing, and don’t be afraid to end a conversation and walk away. f Need advice? Email email@example.com, or use our anonymous online form at flagpole.com/get- advice.
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Art ATHENS CREATIVE DIRECTORY (Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. www.athenscreatives.directory CALL FOR ARTISTS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Applications are now open to fine arts and craft vendors who would like to participate in the Lyndon House Art Mart. Applications are free, but the vendor fee is $60 if accepted. Deadline Jan. 15. Market held May 11. www.lyndon houseartsfoundation.com CALL FOR ARTISTS (Spaceball Bazaar) Seeking entries for the upcoming gallery show “Planes, Trains & Cryogenics: Modes of Transport.” Artists may submit up to three works. Send pictures and a short bio with “Gallery” in the subject line. Deadline Nov. 18. Opening reception Nov. 24. space email@example.com CALL FOR ENTRIES (ATHICA) Now seeking entries of tattoo flash art as well as non-tattoo artwork produced by tattoo artists for “Enframing,” a salon-style pin-up exhibition celebrating local tattoo artists. Deadline Nov. 15. Exhibition runs Nov. 30–Dec. 9. Free entry. www. athica.org/calls CALL FOR MAKERS (Spaceball Bazaar) Seeking local and regional
makers to sell handmade goods. Deadline Nov. 20 to participate in a Saturday Shindig Nov. 25 on Small Business Saturday. Submit up to three photos and a short bio. space firstname.lastname@example.org JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is accepting proposals for collaboration from local visual, musical and video artists. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. www. jokerjokertv.com/submit OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. www. accgov.com/7350/Open-Studio- Membership
Classes ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop) A variety of classes are taught in painting, digital editing, photographing artwork and more. “Abstract Art in Acrylic” is held Dec. 6, 6–8 p.m. $35. “Holiday Postcards in Watercolor” will be held Dec. 12 or Dec. 13, 6–8 p.m. $25. Visit the website for dates and to register. www.kaartistshop.com BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Wash-
art around town 1055 BARBER (1055 Barber St.) Stephen Humphreys presents “Ukraine: Photos from the Front Line,” a collection of wartime photographs taken during the last year. Through November. ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) Tatiana Veneruso’s exhibition “Yalla: Memories of Maroc” is a series of small mixed-media works inspired by travels in Morocco. Through Dec. 3. ACE/FRANCISCO GALLERY (675 Pulaski St., Suite 1500) San Diego-based photographer J. Grant Brittain presents “80s Skate Photography,” a collection of iconic images. Through December by appointment. 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. Through Nov. 18. ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: ATHICA (675 Pulaski St.) “SURFACE: 2023 Juried Exhibition” features contemporary art in all media that explores or references the term “surface.” Artist roundtable discussion on closing day, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. ATHICA@CINÉ (234 W. Hancock Ave.) An exhibition spotlighting visual artists of the Elephant 6 Recording Co. includes works by Beth Sale, W. Cullen Hart, Lucy Calhoun, Andy Gonzales, Hannah Jones, Jill Carnes and Jeremy Kiran Fernandes. Through Dec. 25. AURUM STUDIOS (125 E. Clayton St.) Greg Benson presents “Next Places,” a collection of oil paintings. Through January. CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) In Classic Gallery I, “Wild Thing” features animals, plants and people intermingling through the works of Margo Rosenbaum, Shelby Little, Carolyn Suzanne Schew and Amanda Burk. • In Classic Gallery II, “LOVE.CRAFT Athens” features works by Melanie Jackson, Hannah Jo, Norman Austin Junior and Brittany Wortham. 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. DONDEROS’ (590 N. Milledge Ave.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, nursery rhymes, Surrealism and fables. Through Nov. 16. EARTH FARE (1689 S. Lumpkin St.) Recent abstract paintings by Tom Hancock. Through November.
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ington) A variety of classes include “Forge Christmas Ornaments” (Nov. 18, Nov. 25 or Dec. 9), “Forge a Firepoker” (Dec. 2 or Dec. 16), “Blacksmith Boot Camp: Santa’s Workshop” (Dec. 19-22), “First Time at the Forge” (Jan. 6 or Feb. 17), “Railroad Spike Knife” (Jan. 13) and “Basic Tong Making” (Jan. 20). Classes run 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.greenhowhandmade.com/ blacksmith-classes COLLAGE (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation) This four-week course explores tips and tricks for making collages. Mondays, Nov. 27–Dec. 18, 12:30–3 p.m. edriscoll60@ gmail.com NIA TECHNIQUE CLASSES (RxGym) Nia combines dance, martial arts and mindfulness with uplifting music to create a holistic fitness experience. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. $15-20/class. athens pt.com/rx-gym/athens QPR SUICIDE PREVENTION 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. email@example.com, www.nuci.org/qpr SPANISH CLASSES (Multiple Locations) Casa de Amistad offers beginning and intermediate GED and ESL classes in-person and online. An eight-week course to learn Spanish meets Mondays and
Wednesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. $60. www.athensamistad.com TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes are offered for all ages. Classes in Jodo, the art of the Japanese staff and sword, are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Visit the website for a full schedule. liveoakmartial firstname.lastname@example.org, www.liveoak martialarts.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
Help Out BE A SANTA TO A SENIOR (Athens, GA) Special trees at 16 different locations are decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. People are encouraged to take an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it unwrapped to the location with the ornament attached. Through Dec. 1. Visit the website for locations. www. beasantatoasenior.com SEEKING MENTORS (Athens, GA) The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement’s End School to Prison
FLICKER THEATRE & BAR (263 W. Washington St.) Artwork by Andersen Rodriguez. Through November. GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “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. • “Nancy Baker Cahill: Through Lines” is a mid-career survey demonstrating the artist’s progression from drawing into digital works of art in augmented reality. Through May 19. • “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.) Jack Burk presents a collection of works using pastels, colored pencil and collage. Through November. LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Collections from our Community presents Peggy Curran’s collection of Madame Alexander Dolls. Through Jan. 13. • Ato Ribiero presents “Growing Together,” a solo exhibition of wooden assemblages referencing both Ghanian strip-woven kente cloth and Black quilting traditions of the American South. Artist talk Dec. 14, 6 pm. Through Jan. 13. • Curated by Keith Wilson, “The Image Moves: New Film and Video Work by Athens Artists” includes Drew Gebhardt, Katz Tepper, Jamie Bull, Selia Hooten, Vivian Liddell, CC Calloway, Shawn Campbell and AJ Aremu. Through Jan. 13. • “The 8th Collegiate Paper Art Triennial” includes works by 36 students from 11 different schools. Through Jan. 13. • Abraham Tesser presents “Maquettes,” a collection of smallscale works in wood used as drafts for larger pieces. Artist talk Feb. 8, 6 p.m. Through Mar. 1. • “Memory Worker: Kelly Taylor Mitchell” explores ancestra seeking through hand-sewn stitches and handmade paper. Opening reception Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Through Mar. 12. • “Tell Me A Story: Jasmine Best” presents narrative works combining fabric, yarn and digital sewing to reflect on memories and Black female identity. Opening reception Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Through Mar. 12. MADISON-MORGAN CULTURAL CENTER (434 S. Main St., Madison) Teresa Bramlette Reeves presents “she didn’t really follow a rabbit down the hole, but she thought it was a good story.” Through Dec. 2. • “The John Lewis Series: Paintings by Benny Andrews” is a collection of 17 works chronicling the early life of John Lewis before he became Congressman. •
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
Kidstuff ART CLASSES (Brella Studio) After school art classes are offered several times a week for ages 5–10. Subjects include watercolors (Tuesdays, 4 p.m.), “Just Add Paper” (Thursdays, 4 p.m.), and yarn and thread (Fridays, 4 p.m.). $20/drop-in. “Preschool Art: Mess- Free Mondays” for ages 1–5 is held every Monday, 10 a.m. “Preschool Art: Read Make Play” for ages 2–6 is held every Thursday, 9:15 a.m. $50/drop-in. Programs run through Dec. 15. www.brellastudio.com CCCF SCHOLARSHIPS (Athens, GA) The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is now accepting applications for performing arts and visual arts scholarships. Applications are open to 9th–12th grade high school students living in Northeast Georgia. Deadline Mar. 1. www. classiccenter.com/scholarships GROUPS AT REBLOSSOM (ReBlossom) All Ages Play Group is for children 1–5 years old and their caregivers to play inside 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 1–4 years old and their caregivers to meet each other and build relationships. Wednesdays, 3–5 p.m. www.reblossom athens.com LIBRARY STORYTIMES (ACC Library) Storytime for pre-school aged children and their caregivers is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. www.athens library.org
TREEHOUSE ACTIVITIES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) A variety of crafting and playtime activities are offered for various age groups. Popular activities include Crafterday Saturdays, Storytime with Mr. Doodles and Craft Inc. Kid Business. 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. email@example.com AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Free meetings at lunchtime and evenings throughout the week in Athens and Watkinsville. www.ga-al-anon.org ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) If you think you have a problem with alcohol, call the AA hotline or visit the website for a schedule of meetings in Barrow, Clarke, Jackson and Oconee Counties. 706-389-4164, www. athensaa.org ATHENS COUNCIL OF THE BLIND (Athens, GA) Open to people of all ages with vision impairments, their families and friends. Topics include adaptive equipment, recreational and social opportunities, and advocacy. 706-424-2794, dlwahlers@ gmail.com LGBTQIA+ VIRTUAL ALPHABET FAMILY GATHERING (Online) 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 MENTAL HEALTH PEER RECOVERY GROUP (Nuçi’s Space) Participants support each other through life’s challenges by sharing from their skills, experiences and proven coping mechanisms. Newcomers welcome. First Tuesday of
“The Andrews Family Legacy: Rooted in the Agriculture and Arts of Morgan County” is a new permanent exhibition honoring the artistic and literary contributions of members of the Andrews family. MAGALLERY (125 W. Jefferson St., Madison) Athens quilter and watercolorist Elizabeth Barton shares watercolors and quilts. Through Nov. 25. MASON-SCHARFENSTEIN MUSEUM OF ART (567 Georgia St., Demorest) Nick “NACK” Morris, regional mural artist and organizer behind the School Bus Graveyard, presents “Single File Consciousness.” Through Nov. 16. OCONEE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION (34 School St., Watkinsville) Noah James Saunders presents “Wire and Shadow - Portraits of Poems,” a collection of large-scale hanging wire portrait sculptures inspired by the poems of Marc Zegans. Through Nov. 15. 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. TINY ATH GALLERY (174 Cleveland Ave.) Kip Ramey shares a collection of folk art paintings. Closing reception Nov. 16, 6–9 p.m. 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. 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. • “Paving the Road to Progress: Georgia Interstate Highways” traverses the rocky path of the interstate system’s development through maps, reports, correspondence and legislation. Through Apr. 24. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS (780 Timothy Rd.) Watkinsville artist Leslie Guo presents “Joyful Encounters,” a solo exhibition of watercolor paintings. Through Jan. 2.
Paintings by Hannah Jones are currently on view at Community through December. A reception will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25. the month, 4–6 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nuci.org NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP (Oconee Presbyterian Church) Peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Second Monday of the month, 6:30–8 p.m. FREE! email@example.com 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. Tuesdays, 12 p.m. 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 the 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. Six- week 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. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www. athensrecoverydharma.org SEX ADDICTS ANONYMOUS (Athens, GA) Athens Downtown SAA offers a message of hope to anyone who suffers from a compulsive sexual behavior. Contact for location. firstname.lastname@example.org
SUPPORT GROUPS (Integrity Counseling & Personal Development) ICPD offers several support groups. “LGBTQIA+ Young Adults Group” is offered for ages 18–30. “Survivors of Suicide Loss Group” is offered the first Wednesday of every month, 7–8 p.m. “Veterans, Dependents & Caregivers Benefits Resource & Claim Assistance Group” is offered the first Saturday of every month, 9–10 a.m. www. integrityofjefferson.com
Word on the Street ATHENS MLK JR. DAY PARADE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Hot Corner) Now accepting registration for vendors, parade participants and performers. Event held Jan. 15. email@example.com, www. aadmovement.org BIKE REPAIR STATIONS (Multiple Locations) Over 15 free bike repair stations are located across Athens with tools, an air pump and a QR code for quick guides on basic bike repairs. Visit the website for participating locations. www.accgov. com/10584/Bike-Repair-Stations CLIMATE RESILIENCE STUDY (Athens, GA) The Athens-Clarke County Climate Resilience Study is seeking participants through November for a project aimed to increase preparedness and resilience to natural disasters. Must be a year-round ACC resident and at least 18 years old. Participants can take two online surveys ($10 each) and do an in-person disaster exercise ($20). Fill out the online eligibility survey. accgov.com/7501/Surveys KACCB INJET AND CELL PHONE RECYCLING DRIVE (CHaRM) Celebrate America Recycles Day by recycling cell phones and inkjet cartridges. Fees will be waived Nov. 14, 15 and 18. www.accgov.com/charm MEN’S GROUP (Healing Path Farm) Seventh Generation Native American Church hosts a weekly group meeting. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. www. seventhgenerationnativeamerican church.org 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 SEEKING A TREE (Athens, GA) The ACC Landscape Management Division is seeking a privately owned cedar tree for donation to be used as the public Christmas tree display in front of City Hall during December. The ideal candidate is one that will need to be removed in the near future due to its location or size. The tree will be removed and transported at no cost to the owner. Contact by Nov. 22. 706-613-3561, firstname.lastname@example.org TAD OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS AND SURVEY (Multiple Locations) ACCGov Economic Development Department and the Newton Bridge Allocation District (TAD) Advisory Committee are hosting an online survey. Through Dec. 1. www. accgov.com/tads TIRE ENCOUNTERS OF THE RECYCLED KIND (ACC Landfill & CHaRM) Bring up to six unwanted tires to be recycled for free. Through Nov. 18. accgov.com/ landfill, accgov.com/charm VHS DIGITIZATION (Athens, GA) 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. email@example.com WINTER ACTIVITIES (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services will offer a variety of arts, environmental science, recreation, sports and holiday events this winter for all ages. Now registering. www.accgov.com/ myrec f
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With sparkling eyes, the cutest smile and a sunny disposition, Twister will give your heart a twirl. He’s only 8 months old but he’s smart and ready to learn. Adopt today!
York is friendly and loves to give hugs and kisses. She’s been introduced to other dogs and has enjoyed her playdates outside. Now, she’s ready for her forever home!
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ACROSS 1 No longer fizzy 5 Nobel, for one 10 A deadly sin 14 Poison ivy woe 15 One of the von Trapps 16 "Heat of the Moment" band 17 Yosemite photographer 19 Clay-rich soil 20 Be unsteady 21 Particular 23 "Gunsmoke" marshal 25 Corn holder 27 Crumpet's cousin 28 Train tracks 32 "Wise" birds 34 "Solve for x" subj. 35 Short snooze 36 Oblivious 38 Artist's board 39 Mythical tale 40 Dot follower 41 Postmark part 42 Fear greatly 43 Like windmills 45 "The Simpsons" neighbor
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46 Getting better 49 Winter footwear 52 Certain discrimination 55 Boxcar rider 56 Like some evidence 58 Smell 59 Kitchen invader 60 Like a sad sack 61 Hoe target 62 It talks, in a saying 63 ___ and there DOWN 1 Campus quarters 2 Place for pins 3 Gathering, as of things 4 Letter before iota 5 Key substitute 6 Load of money 7 Wiping off 8 Smile feature 9 Art display stand 10 Coated with plastic 11 Military branch 12 iPhone assistant 13 Barber's supply
18 "___ go!" 22 Snorkeling sight 24 Big name in pineapples 25 "How ___ you?" 26 Deed holder 29 Like some assets 30 Coffee bar order 31 Go 80 m.p.h., say 33 Expletive 35 Averse to being filmed 37 Machu Picchu locale 38 Southern side? 40 Early hunter 43 Haitian witchcraft 44 Quarters, slangily 47 Sweet-talk 48 Stable sound 49 Vegas attraction 50 Stem joint 51 Wind instrument 53 Speak unclearly 54 Viral GIF, e.g. 57 Hotel freebie
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