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Athens’ Slow Republican Coup


For the second election cycle in a row, conservatives gained ground on the Athens-Clarke County Commission, as a Republican-backed candidate took an open seat currently held by one of the commission’s most progressive members.

Stephanie Johnson won 58% of the vote in District 6 against 42% for Rashe


“This has been quite a journey. I am ending this campaign the exact way I started it: Declaring that I will ALWAYS put People over Politics! When I take office, you will know where I stand. You will have an advocate behind the rail. You will feel engaged, supported, and heard,” Johnson posted on social media.

Malcolm, who was endorsed by the AthensClarke County Democratic Committee in a race that most observers thought would be closer. But by the time Malcolm got in, Johnson had been laying the groundwork for months, and had already sewn up the support of local Republicans while retaining enough Democrats to put her over the top.

Johnson also raised nearly $24,000—not including the last three weeks of the campaign—compared to just over $3,000 for Malcolm. And Johnson had support from the Republican-affiliated political action committee Athens for All, which sent out several mailers on her behalf.

Malcolm could have amplified questions about Johnson’s performance as ACC internal auditor—a job the mayor and commission fired her from in 2021—as well as Johnson’s subsequent lawsuit against Mayor Kelly Girtz and Manager Blaine Williams, which was settled during the campaign after Johnson could not produce evidence that she was dismissed because she was about to expose financial malfeasance by Williams, and her threat to file a restraining order against a local journalist. Instead, Malcolm took the high road and ran a positive campaign.

Malcolm emphasized that she will still be a presence in the community through her businesses and nonprofit work.

“Congratulations to Ms. Johnson,” she said at local Democrats’ Election Night party at the downtown bar Little Kings. “I look forward to working with whoever is on the commission.”

How Johnson will fit in remains to be seen. She’s joining a commission that still includes six members who voted to fire her, plus Girtz.

2022, when commissioners Mike Hamby, Allison Wright and Ovita Thornton opened the door for Athens’ Republican state legislators to unilaterally redraw commission districts and oust three progressive commissioners. Link later regained a seat in a special election. With Republican backing, Dexter Fisher and John Culpepper dispatched progressive opponents. Republicans opted not to challenge Wright, Hamby or Thornton.

Without a high-profile race like governor or senator at the top of the ticket, turnout May 21 was less than 20% of registered voters, and in a low-turnout race, “anything can happen,” Mayor Kelly Girtz said. Yet it was just six years ago that a blue wave swept the most liberal commission in Athens history into office. Even though the mayor is term-limited, he acknowledged that Republicans are currently better funded and better organized, and told Flagpole he’s determined to reverse the rightward trend in 2026 by “making sure people who share Athens values are on the ballot,” and forming a group to do something akin to what Athens Grow Green did in the aughts and Athens for Everyone did in the 2010s. He cited Myers as a “thoughtful and forward-looking” commissioner who’s a “bellwether” for Athens.

“We’re definitely in an era where Republicans are putting a lot of money into these races, they themselves or through their PAC,” Girtz said. “It’s also a similar case that there’s no progressive movement that’s a counterbalancing influence.”

Combined with the $1 million Girtz already included for a “strike fund” to buy and rehab distressed rental properties when they come on the market, that $5 million total represents the full amount that a 2023 affordable housing study recommended the ACC government devote to housing subsidies each year. In addition to the strike fund, the money can serve as gap financing for new multifamily construction funding by federal tax credits (such as the Bethel Midtown Village redevelopment) or to subsidize single-family home ownership for low-income buyers.

At an earlier work session, Commissioner Jesse Houle called rising housing costs in Athens “a crisis,” and on May 23 they presented a budget proposal that called for $4.6 million in funding for housing. A separate proposal from Commissioner Mike Hamby included the full $5 million.

Neither Houle nor Hamby’s budgets relied on raising the property tax rate, which will remain at 12.45 mills. But revised estimates for property tax revenue indicate that the county will receive $1.7 million more than previously expected, and each commissioner took about $10 million from reserves. The local government has been running a large fund balance—money left over from the previous fiscal year— because of interest collected on recent years’ influx of federal dollars and a high number of staff vacancies.

In two other commission races, progressive incumbents won overwhelmingly: Melissa Link defeated Jason Jacobs 68%–32% in District 2 (mainly Boulevard and Normaltown), and Carol Myers fended off Sidney Waters 72%–28% in District 8 on the Eastside.

Jacobs significantly outraised Link, posting a total of about $22,000 for the period ending Apr. 30—not counting mailers paid for by Athens for All—compared to Link’s $7,000. “Despite the tens of thousands of dollars this guy dumped in the garbage, it shows the voters in District 2 ain’t buying the Republican bullshit,” Link told Flagpole Conversely, Myers had a significant fundraising advantage over Waters. Rather than credit that edge for her win, Myers cited her campaign team and her willingness to work hard both behind the rail and on the campaign trail. “I do the kind of campaigning you need to do, and I do the kind of commission work you need to do,” she said.

If the election were indeed a referendum on crime, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution declared, Sheriff John Q. Williams would have lost. He weathered criticism of the way the jail handles undocumented immigrants in the wake of Laken Riley’s murder as he coasted to a 30-point victory over Tommy Dorsey. Waters’ criticism of Athens as a “sanctuary-style city” also fell flat with voters, as did Jacobs’ assertions that homeless individuals are attracted to Athens by its social services.

In the end, though, the commission now has just four of 10 commissioners—Link, Myers, Patrick Davenport and Tiffany Taylor—who were not elected with at least tacit Republican support. It started in

In other races, J.P. Lemay was elected tax commissioner over Brant Spratlin, and Michael Eberhart won the coroner’s race over William Gaulden Jr. State Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) and Rep. Marcus Wiedower (R-Watkinsville) easily fended off primary challenges. Lexy Doherty will be the Democratic candidate against U.S. Rep. Mike Collins, defeating Jessica Fore. [BA]

More Money for Housing

Athens-Clarke County commissioners agreed last week to add $4 million for affordable housing to Mayor Kelly Girtz’s proposed budget for fiscal 2025.

Commissioners also tentatively agreed to add $750,000 to the budget to address a pay discrepancy between police and sheriff’s deputies, as well as fund a $40,000 composting educator position, buy higher-quality bulletproof vests for police, boost fire department funding by $700,000 to account for a collective bargaining agreement with the new firefighters’ union, increase funding for the library and the public defenders’ office, start a new leaf and limb-style “bulk waste” pickup program to divert large items like mattresses from the landfill, hire contractors to mow rural rightof-ways, put another $1 million toward a SPLOST-funded judicial center and allocate $750,000 in federal funds to a new Center for Racial Justice and Black Futures, among

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other adjustments.

The underfunded judicial center could still receive more revenue from the voter-approved sales tax through Hamby’s proposal to raise downtown parking rates. Parking fees are split between the ACC government and the Athens Downtown Development Authority, and Hamby said the ADDA could use its share to finance bonds to finish the College Square pedestrian plaza. That would free up SPLOST funds for other projects.

Any remaining details will hopefully be squared away before the commission votes on the budget at a Wednesday, June 5 meeting. Last June, Houle and Hamby were forced to negotiate a final budget on the floor after neither could muster enough votes. This year, “I think we’re so much better and closer than we were in the past. I don’t think you would hit each other,” Mayor Pro Tem Ovita Thornton joked. [BA]

More Oversight for Ambulances

Athens-Clarke County has reached a tentative deal with Piedmont Athens Regional regarding transparency on emergency medical response time data, with Oconee County and St. Mary’s hospital coming to a similar agreement in February.

Piedmont Athens Regional has agreed to provide quarterly reports and a semi-annual presentation to the mayor and commission, including metrics like the number of ambulances and their coverage zones, total response times and a breakdown of the top complaints received about the service.

Ambulance services in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties have been run by National EMS, a for-profit company, since 2013. At that time, the two county governments, Athens Regional and Saint Mary’s hospitals established an oversight committee to track National EMS’ performance regarding response times and other metrics. The oversight committee carried out their responsibilities behind closed doors until 2020, when they stopped meeting altogether after learning they were subject to Georgia sunshine laws. The proposed agreement calls for the oversight committee to be officially dissolved, with quarterly reports and semi-annual presentations taking its place. That data will be publicly available, unlike information presented to the oversight committee.

“I’m very encouraged that we’re replacing the oversight committee model, which clearly hasn’t functioned. I’ve been appointed to that my entire tenure on this commission and we’ve never met,” Commissioner Jesse Houle said at a May 22 agenda-setting meeting.

Even so, Houle and Commissioner Carol Myers expressed a few concerns that they’d like to see addressed before voting to approve the final document, such as a lack of clarity on whether paramedics are guaranteed in certain ambulances.

Former emergency medical technician Sam Rafal, who has been a persistent critic of National EMS, expressed serious concerns about the agreement. Not only was he worried about the lack of a paramedic requirement, but Rafal told Flagpole that crucially important information would be missing from Piedmont’s quarterly reports. The agreement states that the mayor and commission will not receive National EMS’

raw response time data, only the average of all response times. This could be a problem, because even if the commission finds National EMS’ average response time to be satisfactory, Rafal said there could still be many patients suffering through extremely long response times which would be hidden within a “misleading” average.

“The only way we’re ever going to get transparency in terms of response times and level of care is if we fully implement the commission-approved upgrades to our 911 center where we handle all 911 calls from beginning to end, including medical calls,” Rafal said, referencing a decision made in 2020 that has still not been implemented. Currently, the ACC 911 center dispatches fire and police vehicles, but does not handle dispatching for medical calls, which they pass along to National EMS.

Commission meetings have often run quite long in recent years, in part due to commission rules that allow anyone to speak at voting sessions for three minutes on any topic. Commissioners have been faced with long lines of speakers on topics that they feel at times are not directly related to their work in local government.

For example, protesters have packed meetings in recent months calling for a resolution in support of a ceasefire in Gaza. In addition, right-wing agitators have been a constant presence since the murder of nursing student Laken Riley in February. Earlier this month, a right-wing street preacher caused a disruption, then forcefully resisted a police escort out of the commission chamber, leading to his arrest. In response, the local government is installing enhanced security at City Hall, and the commission suspended its rules so that it could limit public comment.

The commission was preparing to adopt new rules to ban protest signs inside the commission chamber and to limit public comment to two minutes per speaker, down from three minutes. The new rules would also require those wanting to speak on a topic not on the commission’s agenda to sign up in advance of the meeting. Yet, at a called voting meeting, Commissioner Patrick Davenport spoke against the new rules for limiting signs and public comment, saying they need further discussion.

“It’s a disservice for our constituents… to reduce the amount of minutes that they speak,” Davenport said. “I think signs are freedom of speech.”

Commissioner Ovita Thornton—who ordered a speaker removed after an outburst in April while serving as mayor pro tem—agreed. “The time things got a little hairy, it wasn’t the three minutes [that was responsible]. It was when folk got out of control, more so. They can get out of control in two minutes.”

Despite coming to an agreement on this topic at a recent retreat, most commissioners sided with Davenport to deny the public input changes. Only Houle and Commissioners Allison Wright and Mike Hamby voted to limit public input, with Commissioner John Culpepper absent.

Houle told Flagpole that their reasoning for voting to push the changes forward was simply so that the commission could stop talking about it as a body after spending a lot of time to come to a compromise on the topic. “We should be talking about affordable housing, but instead we’re talking about whether people should be able to speak for two or three minutes,” Houle said. [CD] f

Donald J. Capone


“Don’t get the idea that I’m one of those goddamn radicals. Don’t get the idea that I’m knocking the American system.” So said gangster/patriot Al Capone in 1929. Nearly a century later, a once and—he hopes— future president named Donald Trump hugs the American flag while romanticizing gangsters like Capone and today’s thuggish political strongmen in Russia, China, North Korea, Turkey, Hungary and other countries where authoritarian regimes hold power.

During recent rallies, Trump has thrown red meat to his base of supporters by railing that he has more lawyers than “the late, great gangster, Alphonse Capone… He was seriously tough, right?” Like a mob boss or a tinhorn dictator, Trump will demand toughness and blind loyalty if he wins the 2024 election.

In January, The Atlantic magazine ran a roster of writers on the topic, “If Trump Wins.” In its Apr. 30 issue, Time magazine echoed that title in a cover article. A second Trump term, says Time, “would concentrate the powers of the state in the hands of a man whose appetite for power appears all but insatiable.”

Of the members of the MAGA mob who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump said, “I call them the J-6 patriots” and would consider pardons for all of them. Trump also does not dismiss the possibility of political violence during this year’s election. When asked if his “talk of a dictatorship” was “contrary to our most cherished principles,” Trump answered, “I think a lot of people like it.” Sadly, he is right. Millions of Americans are ripe for the bloviating blandishments of a faux populist political demagogue with a mafioso mentality.

undermined the country’s election process and meddled with the media by controlling Hungary’s public television while his political cronies control private media. Trump extols Orban’s rule, saying that there’s “no better leader” on the world stage. “He’s the boss,” says Trump of Orban.

Trump draws enthusiastic support from right-wing extremist groups and individuals today, but 60 years ago the specter of extremism haunted another political campaign. In 1964, Republicans nominated conservative Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater to run against President Lyndon Johnson in that year’s election. Johnson had occupied the Oval Office since the murder of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The assassination and the rise of hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan after the passage of civil rights legislation in 1964 put the topic of domestic extremism on the front burner during that election year.

Trump’s trumpery for his hoped-for second term was revealed recently in the Project 2025 agenda released by the conservative Heritage Foundation and more than 100 other right-wing groups. In a lengthy manifesto called “Mandate for Leadership,” the agenda flies in the face of traditional conservative tenets like smaller government and rule of law. Instead, in the Trumpworld of Project 2025, the already formidable powers of the presidency would be increased, and policies like anti-abortion legislation, detention camps for undocumented migrants and a rollback of environmental protections would be quickly foisted upon America.

Like Trump, officials at the Heritage Foundation cozy up to Victor Orban, who was elected Hungary’s prime minister in 2010. Since then, Orban has pushed for “Christian values” and has railed against LGBTQ rights in Hungary. He has packed Hungary’s courts with lickspittle loyalists,

Goldwater stirred the pot of extremism to the boiling point when he accepted his nomination as GOP standard-bearer by declaring “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.” Conservatives cheered while millions of others jeered. Goldwater billboards said, “In your heart you know he’s right.” Democrats countered with the slogan, “In your guts you know he’s nuts.” Goldwater lost in a landslide to Johnson in 1964 but, unlike Trump in 2020, Goldwater conceded defeat graciously: “I have no bitterness, no rancor at all,” he said. Goldwater later led the charge to remove his fellow Republican Richard Nixon from office in 1974 during the Watergate scandal, and he warned against the takeover of the GOP by religious fundamentalist extremists. Goldwater’s assessment of Nixon 50 years ago could apply to Trump today: “The best thing he can do for the country is to get the hell out of the White House.” f

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Rose Hotel

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

Atlanta musician Jordan Reynolds’ writing and vocals, which explore female rage, intergenerational trauma, temptation and many other deeply connective topics, are the center of her newest 10-song collection, A Pawn Surrender, out June 7 under musical moniker Rose Hotel. The strong thematic showing is enhanced by a through line of lush psychedelic rock and indie folk. Reynolds’ contributions to the music scene don’t stop with Rose Hotel, though. She started her career as the keyboardist for psych-rock group Buffalo Rodeo, and is also an in-demand musician with acts like Faye Webster, Neighbor Lady, Susto and She Returns From War. She stretches out into her own musical interests and proclivities for this release, though, explaining it like a chessboard: “I started to think about these songs as if they were all different pieces on the board representing varying aspects of my songwriting, personality, and experience. Each piece has its own specific purpose and its own strength to utilize.” Reynolds will be joined by local acts McKendrick Bearden and Honeypuppy. [Mary Beth Bryan]


of Montreal

Georgia Theatre • 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show) • $18

Local legend Kevin Barnes is returning to Athens to perform with their longtime musical project, of Montreal. The band is known for intricate and compelling live performances, complete with alter egos represented by idiosyncratic costumed dancers and unpredictable setlists that pull from dozens of albums and EPs released over the past 27 years. Of Montreal is touring in support of its most recent album, Lady on The Cusp, which is a meeting of past and future, all through the lens of Barnes’ unique multifaceted pop style. This release works as a sort of reintroduction to the band amidst a new chapter of Barnes’ life; much of the album was recorded solo right before a move by the Athenian to a quieter space in Vermont. Godcaster, a Brooklyn-based rock band that is similarly known for its maximalist live shows, will be opening the show. [MB]


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Lords and Ex-Gentlemen will also be joining the lineup. DJ Nate from Wuxtry Records and DJ Kurt Wood will be spinning records between sets to keep the fun going. [MB]


Red Dakota

Flicker Theatre & Bar • 8 p.m. (doors) • $10

Local indie-rock band Red Dakota was originally formed by self-taught musicians Alyssa and Derek Terry, who set out to make music to satisfy their own creative itch, later adding like-minded members Christian Gerner-Smidt on guitar and Lauren Leathers on bass. The group released its first single, “Moving Forward,” in 2020, inspired by musical influences including Paramore, Maggie Rogers and Death Cab for Cutie, followed by its debut EP 4311

in 2021. Now the band is live-testing new songs from its upcoming EP, which is being recorded this summer at Full Moon Studio in Watkinsville. Red Dakota will be joined by Swear Jar and Karma Kat, making for a lineup of all-female vocalists. [MB]


Symphonic Story Time

Athens-Clarke County Library • 3 p.m. • FREE!


CARRY ON PHENOMENON: The upcoming fulllength album by Kishi Bashi, Kantos, is available for preorder now. It is described by the artist as “a party album about the possible end of humanity as we know it, at turns deeply unsettling and sublimely joyful.” It’ll be released as a compact disc, a vinyl album and digital download on Aug. 23. It features 12 tracks, and the first available, the cinematic “Colorful State,” is out now. In other news, tickets for his international fall and winter tour—which spans a huge chunk of September through December—are also on sale now. He next plays Athens on Oct. 22 at the Georgia Theater. For more information, please see kishibashi.band camp.com, kishibashi. com and facebook. com/mrkishibashi.

SONG FOR YOU: It’s been a while since we had anything new to shout out from songwriter and musician Julia Nyunt, but that’s all solved now. She has a new single out named “Leftovers,” and it’s less draped in the classic studio majesty of some of her previous work. It is, however, no less focused and, indeed, revels in an arrangement worthy of early Chicago. This song in particular is more funky than folky, and the arrangement is grittier. It’s thoroughly enjoyable all around. Find this on Spotify, and for more information, please see facebook.com/Julia Nyuntmusic and julianyunt.bandzoogle. com.

ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT: Athens hip-hop/ psychedelic rock group Trvy & The Enemy will release its new EP, the six-song Choose Your Enemy, this week on Friday, May 31. The opening track, and the EP’s first single, “Matthew McConaughey” is a throwback of a track just dripping in psych-funk, and there’s a video to go along with it, too. Trvy’s vocals are earnest throughout this record but also a little grimy at points. “Break Free” shakes up the production a little bit and nearly exists in a dream state. Probably the highlight of the whole thing is the steady rocker “Sirens.” If you’re reading

this the night Flagpole gets distributed on Tuesday, May 28, you may still have time to hop over to Flicker Theatre and Bar to catch Trvy & The Enemy play with Slater and Tony Velour. Find this wherever you normally find things online, and for more information, please see trvyandtheenemy. com.

Southern Brewing Co. • 2 p.m. (doors), 3 p.m. (show) • $10

The ninth annual Athens Surf Stomp is congregating a diverse lineup of surf rockers to call in the summer season. Surf Stomp refuses to let surf rock be shoehorned, with each act bringing its own unique take on the genre, from jubilant instrumentals to post-apocalyptic iterations. This year’s performers include returning acts Genki Genki Panic, a horror-surf outfit from Atlanta, surf and hot rod combo The Frigidaires, the enigmatic Mystery Men?, instrumental band The Spectre of Surf, The Creature Preachers’ swampy surf rock and Kinky Waikiki’s relaxing steel guitar tunes. Serf

Symphonic Story Time, presented by Quintet Athens, brings writings by local youth to life. Students ages K-5 from around the Athens area submitted original stories for the Stories By Classic City Kids program, several of which were then selected and converted into chamber music works by composers Bethany Lambers, Andrew Steck, Taylor Roland and Nikolas Geerken. These musical pieces, designed for young listeners and music lovers alike, will be showcased in a recital program through a partnership with the Athens Regional Library System with funding from the Athens Area Arts Council. Quintet Athens’ goal with this creative project is to share its music in an accessible and educational way while helping children learn more about themselves and their own creative spark. Another Symphonic Story Time event, a performance of “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev, is scheduled for 4 p.m. on July 20. [MB] f

TWIN INFINITIVES: If you find yourself near the Nowhere Bar on Saturday, June 1 go ahead and pay your 10 bucks and go inside. You’ll be able to catch the new solo project by Al Daglis named Rauncher. Plus, you’ll enjoy a double-single release show courtesy of Pervert and Schmuk. I have absolutely zero idea what these sound like or even what they’re called. Normally, that seems like important and relevant information, but the promo gods apparently disagree. Things will get going around 9 p.m. That’s it. There is no more information.

WORDPLAY: The recital program “Symphonic Story Time: Stories By Classic City Kids,” featuring the playing of Quintet Athens, happens Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The material from which these compositions sprung was a story writing challenge hosted by the library, and the selected stories written by local kids were then set to music. The specific composers who worked on this are Bethany Lambers, Andrew Steck, Taylor Roland and Nikolas Geerken. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, please see quintet athens.com/storychallenge.

KEEP YOUR DREAMS: Synth-punk duo Obscurity has a three-song EP available to hear now well in advance of its debut show. It’s titled New Disease and opens with the full-on heavy groove of “Cacophony.” The second song, “Beatdown,” is an OK place holder but nothing too thrilling. It closes, though, with the two-minute-long nerve shaker “On Obscurity” which is totally worth the wait. Jump on this if you ever dug Ministry, Front 242, Atari Teenage Riot/Alec Empire, et al. The band plays its debut show Sunday, June 9 at Buvez along with San Antonio’s Sex Mex as well as Athens rockers Beer Piss. Find the EP over at obscurityy.bandcamp.com and follow along at instagram.com/obscurityband.

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live music calendar

Tuesday 28

Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. (doors). $15. www.flicker theatreandbar.com

SLATER Alternative pop artist from Southern California whose discography ranges from club bangers to therapeutic nighttime cruising tunes.

TONY VELOUR Altanta-based artist who blends hip hop and hyperpop. TRVY AND THE ENEMY Hip-hop band that blends trap, funk and psychedelic rock.


No Phone Party. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens.com

KENOSHA KID Instrumental adventure-jazz group centered around the rollicking compositions of Dan Nettles and featuring Josh Allen, Seth Hendershot and various guests.

Normal Bar

8–11 p.m. FREE! booking@rudymontayremusic.com

OPEN MIC Held Every Tuesday evening.

Terrapin Beer Co.

6:30 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $10. www.terrapinbeer.com

JESSE RAY SMITH San Diego artist with a groovy brand of Americana for fans of Van Morrison, Jackson Browne and Chris Stapleton.

HUNLO Electrified, soulful artist with a soft, inspiring sound.

Wednesday 29

Creature Comforts

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



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

The Foundry

Aubrey Entertainment Presents. 6 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $15. www. facebook.com/AubreyEntertainment AthensGA

MOUNTAIN GRASS UNIT Three Birmingham pickers adding a bluegrass touch to country, jazz, funk, rock and even metal.

Little Kings Shuffle Club 5 p.m. www.instagram.com/littlekings shuffleclub

LITTLE KINGS IS TURNING 20 Party like its 2004 with DJ Dick Loverboy, DJ Q, DJ Mahogany, DJ Quincy and DJ Reindeer Games.

Thursday 30

Flicker Theatre & Bar

Primordial Void Presents. 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

ANDY LOEBS Philadelphia-based producer and multi-instrumentalist who creates electronic music.

CRY9C Philadelphia-based atmospheric electronic music.

MARCEL SLETTEN California-born and Athens-based electronic music producer, composer and artist whose sound varies from peaceful to intense.

OHMU Winston Parker’s ambient compositions are simultaneously meditative and chaotic, invoking apocalyptic feelings at times but not without an element of hope.

Hendershot’s 8 p.m. $10. www.hendershotsathens. com

BIG BAND ATHENS 18-member Athens band whose swinging tunes consist of cover music from the ’40s to the ’70s.

Hotel Indigo Live After Five Series. 5:30 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/Aubrey EntertainmentAthensGA

MICHAEL WEGNER Local guitarist and member of Abbey Road Live performs a solo set of originals and covers.

Little Kings Shuffle Club

40 Years of Dyson. 8 p.m. www.instagram.com/littlekingsshuffleclub

DONKEY PUNCH Raucous, longrunning local hard-rock band.

JD PINKUS Longtime Butthole Surfers member playing psychedelic, punky “spacegrass” on banjo. Southern Brewing Co. 6–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

KARAOKE NIGHT Every Thursday evening.

Winterville Cultural Center

7:30 p.m. $25. www.wintervillecenter. com

JIM WHITE Winterville-based singer-songwriter with a canny lyrical style and a Southern gothic flair.

SOFIA TALVIK Swedish singersongwriter whose folk and Americana tunes have Nordic influences.

Friday 31

1818 Brewing Company

6–9 p.m. FREE! www.1818brewing. com

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

40 Watt Club

8 p.m. (doors). $10. www.40watt.com

VINCAS Dark post-punk with doomy, psychedelic flourishes.

PSYCHIC DEATH Dark no wave goth-punk group with elements of psych and shoegaze.

COMA THERAPY Muscular, dark post-punk influenced by goth and no wave.

Athentic Brewing Co.

6–8:30 p.m. www.athenticbrewing. com

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ STOMPERS Specializing in the historic “hot” syncopated dance music from the early 20th century. Buvez

7–10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ darkentriesathens

DARK ENTRIES KARAOKE Sing your favorite song from a curated catalog of classic to modern goth, post-punk, punk, ’80s and J-Pop. Ciné

First Annual BMFest. 8 p.m. $10. www.athenscine.com

POWDERKEG New Atlanta band blending hardcore punk and metal influences.

UNUS MUNDUS Southern industrial blues-tinged doom metal by Steve Fitzpatrick and Rob Fluhr.

BRYANT PEREZ Local musician dabbling in hip hop and multiple other genres.

RAT BABIES Doomy, psychedelic, long-running local two-piece. Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. $12. www.flickertheatreandbar. com

ROSE HOTEL “Bedroom-rock” alter ego of Kentucky songwriter

Jordan Reynolds. Album release show!

McKENDRICK BEARDEN Athensbased alternative-rock artist whose music depicts the negatives and positives we all experience in life.

HONEYPUPPY Four-piece indie rock band self-described as a “menace to society.”

Georgia Theatre

7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m. (show). $18. www.georgiatheatre.com OF MONTREAL Long-running psych-pop group known for its outlandish stage presence. Touring behind the new album, Lady on The Cusp.

GODCASTER Brooklyn-based rock band known for its explosive and maximalist live shows.

Georgia Theatre


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

ANIMAL PRINCE Captivating and soulful art-pop project from singer-

playing ’90s hip hop, trap, remixes, moombahton and bounce while also DJ-ing for Linqua Franqa. Today’s performances will begin after the parade concludes.

SARAH MOOTZ Indie pop and rock artist with a lot of soul.

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

ALYS WILLMAN Athens singersongwriter. (8 a.m.)

MARION MONTGOMERY & GLYN DENHAM Bluesy local acoustic folk duo. (10 a.m.)


8 p.m. (doors), 9 p.m. (show). $10. www.athenscine.com

CAGED AFFAIR Neo grunge-punk from Asheville, NC that has been compared to Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana and Royal Blood.

COLTON BEASLEY TRIO Rock singer-songwriter from Columbia, SC joined by his band.

power-pop akin to early Weezer. (8:45 p.m.)

Front Porch Bookstore

6 p.m. FREE! Find Front Porch Bookstore on Facebook

JIM COOK High-energy solo acoustic blues, rock and country. Happy Top Lodge & Rest

Bryan St. Magic Hour IV. 6:30 p.m. (doors). $10. www.happytoponline. com

MYSTERY OPENER No info available. (7:30 p.m.)

LOCAL NOMAD Charleston-based pop artist. (8 p.m.)

KIVE Local hip-hop artist. (8:40 p.m.)

EARATTIC Local punks with evocative, poetic songwriting. (9:10 p.m.)

PIERCE ALEXANDER Nashvillebased songwriter with carefully crafted arrangements. (9:45 p.m.)

CARDYNAL Local upstart who raps, sings, produces and engineers. (10:25 p.m.)

violinist Fae Nageon de Lestang and percussionist Grant McLeod.

11 p.m. (doors), 11:30 p.m. (show). FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com

NEW WEIRDOS Atlanta powerpop band with a wide variety of influences.

The Globe

10 p.m. FREE! greylowmusic@gmail. com

GREYLOW Athens rock band that has post-rock, alternative, garage and psychedelic influences.


Know When To Fold ’Em. 7 p.m. (doors), 8 p.m (show). $10–40. bit. ly/KennyRogersTributeAthens


ERS Todd Cowart, Bo Hembree, Curt Spell, Fester Hagood, Kimberly Morgan York, Joshua Walker, Brodye Brooks and Casey King come together for this Kenny Rogers tribute show.

Saturday 1

440 Foundry Pavilion

Athens Pride Parade & Resource Fair.

2 p.m. FREE! www.athenspride.org


DJ and musician best known for

THE VASSAR BLONDES Local indie-pop four-piece. Flicker Theatre & Bar

8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar. com

RED DAKOTA Athens-based indie rock group consisting of Alyssa Terry, Derek Terry, Lauren Leathers and Christian Gerner-Smidt.

SWEAR JAR Local ’90s inspired rock band exploring new horizons in punk, indie and alternative.

KARMA KAT Athens local band with sounds of rock, pop and funky jazz. They’ll rock your whiskers off! Forest Heights

Neighborhood Forest Heights Blueberry Festival: Blueberry Jam. 5:30–9:30 p.m. FREE! regenerators.earth/festival

ALYS WILLMAN Athens singersongwriter playing with an acoustic trio with guitar and fiddle. (6 p.m.)

RON HENDON Local saxophone player. (6:45 p.m.)

THE VINYL STRANGERS Melodic local folk-rock band. (7:45 p.m.)

THE UKULADY Outgoing and kidfriendly act described as the love child of Gilda Radner, Pee-Wee Herman and Cyndi Lauper. (8 p.m.)

THE WARM FUZZIES Local indie quartet that plays hooky, melodic

THE MYSTERY MEN? Enigmatic members of the instrumental surf movement. (7:30 p.m.)

THE FRIGIDAIRES Atlanta-based surf and hot rod combo performing vocal and instrumental hits plus originals. (8:15 p.m.)

DJ NATE & DJ KURT WOOD Spinning between sets.

Sunday 2

ACC Library

3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

QUINTET ATHENS The special program “Symphonic Storytime” presents a collection of songs inspired by stories written by children.

The Foundry

5:30 p.m. (doors), 6:30 p.m. & 7:45 p.m. (two sets). $15 (adv.), $20. bit.ly/SegarJazzJune2


DJ Dwain Segar curates a night of smooth jazz.

MADOCA & HER BAND Worldclass pianist, keyboardist and composer whose style is a fusion of contemporary and classic jazz, soul, funk and Latin.

Tuesday 4


8 p.m. FREE! www.athenscine.com

KARAOKE WITH THE KING Show off your pipes to the world. Every first, third and fifth Tuesday. Flicker Theatre & Bar Primordial Void Presents. 8 p.m. $10. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

SUPERBITCH Noise-punk outfit hailing from Florida.

WARM FRAMES Orlando noise rock band.

DROOK Indie-pop band from Richmond.

KIT New Athens-based kaleidoscopic rock band expanded from the eponymous solo project Catt Malonius. (11:11 p.m.)

Meson Park 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ LexingtonGaDDA

RICK FOWLER ACOUSTIC BAND Original, guitar-driven local bluesrock group.

Southern Brewing Co.

Athens Surf Stomp. 2 p.m. (doors), 3 p.m. (show). $10. bit.ly/AthensSurf Stomp2024

THE SPECTRE OF SURF Instrumental surf rock band playing covers and originals. (3 p.m.)

SERF LORDS Post-apocalyptic surf-rock. (3:45 p.m.)

THE CREATURE PREACHERS Creepy surf rock from the darkest depths of the Georgia swamps. (4:30 p.m.)

GENKI GENKI PANIC Instrumental horror-surf group from Atlanta. (5:15 p.m.)

KINKY WAIKIKI Relaxing, steel guitar-driven band following the traditions of Hawaiian music. (6 p.m.)

EX-GENTLEMEN Full force surf rock from the depths of the cold, murky, muddy waters of the Missouri River. (6:45 p.m.)

DELTA 8 Hardcore punk supergroup with members of Beer Piss, Snuki, McQQeen and Rubber Udder. Normal Bar 8–11 p.m. FREE! booking@rudymontayremusic.com OPEN MIC Held Every Tuesday evening.

Wednesday 5

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.

Down the Line

6/06 Blues and Brews with Rick Fowler Acoustic Band (Athentic Brewing Co.)

6/06 Better Yet, Hotel Hugo, Jack and Jealous (Flicker Theatre & Bar)

6/07 Confederate Railroad (Innovation Amphitheater)

6/07 Kennedy Puckett (MaiKai Kava Lounge)

6/07 Being Dead, Elijah Johnston, Antlered Aunt Lord (Ciné)

6/08 Repent at Leisure (Front Porch Bookstore)

6/08 Liliac, CADENCE!, Kamenar (40 Watt Club) f

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event calendar

Wednesday 29

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: Salsa Dancing (El Carretonero) Join SALSAthens for Cuban salsa lessons meeting a variety of dance abilities. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. (advanced), 7:30 p.m. (beginner/intermediate). $10. SALS AthensDancing@gmail.com

COMEDY: Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez) Townie improv that invites you to bring suggestions to help create improv magic. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. www.flying squidcomedy.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 spent. Wednesdays, 5–8 p.m. www.athens farmersmarket.net

FILM: Silent Films and Cocktails (Hendershot’s) Settle in with a drink for a night of silent film showings. 7 p.m. www.hendershotsathens. com

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

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

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: Shadow Puppetry (Bogart Library) Mr. Damon brings fairy tales to life with shadow theater. Best for ages 3 & up. 3 p.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

KIDSTUFF: SRP Kickoff (Oconee County Library) The library’s Summer Olympics programming kickoff will have international snacks, a flag activity and other cultural crafts. Grades 6–12. 6–8 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

MEETINGS: Film Athens (Flicker Theatre & Bar) Meet and network with others in the filmmaking community (actors, directors, etc.) during happy hour. 5 p.m. FREE! www.flickertheatreandbar.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, 6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenticbrewing.com

Thursday 30

CLASSES: AI for Image Generation and Editing (ACC Library) Learn how to use tools to generate and edit content, and to create images and art from text prompts. Registration required. 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org

COMEDY: Comedy in the Cellar (Onward Reserve) Athens Comedy presents a lineup of touring and local comedians. Thursdays, 8 p.m. $7–12. www.facebook.com/ athenscomedy

FILM: Club Ned Anime Society (ACC Library) Join club members to watch and discuss episodes of “Serial Experiments Lain,” “Kaguya-sama: Love is War” and “Erased.” 6:30–8:30 p.m. FREE! www.animefandom.org

GAMES: Mahjong Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. $1. www.wintervillecenter.com

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/baddog athens

KIDSTUFF: Open Play (Oconee County Library) Drop in for bubbles, playtime, children’s music and companionship. Ages 5 & under. Thursdays, 11 a.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: LEGO Club (Oconee County Library) Drop in to free build and create, or do one of the fun LEGO challenges. Ages 5–12. Thursdays, 3:30–5:30. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

LECTURES & LIT: Across the Board Book Club (Oconee County Library) Discuss books chosen by the group. New members welcome. Fourth Thursdays, 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

LECTURES & LIT: To The Left of Time (Avid Bookshop) In recognition of the life and legacy of writer Thomas Lux there will be readings of his work followed by a light reception. 7 p.m. FREE! www.avid bookshop.com

MEETINGS: Coffee Hour (Oconee County Library) Drop in to drink some coffee, while supplies last. Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

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

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

Friday 31

CLASSES: Rosé-a-Thon (J’s Bottle Shop Tasting Room) Drop in to learn about and taste from over a dozen bottles of the season’s featured rosés. Registration required. 5:30–7:30 p.m. $25. www.pinta schoolofwine.com

CLASSES: Dance After Dark (DanceFX Athens) Dress up and bring your heels for dance classes in beginning heels, chairs and tricks, and advanced heels. Ages 18 & up. 6–9 p.m. $15–35. www. dancefx.org

GAMES: Chess Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Join others for a weekly chess competition. Fridays,

6–10 p.m. FREE! www.winterville center.com

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

KIDSTUFF: Meet & Play (Bogart Library) Drop in for facilitated open play with age-appropriate toys. Best for ages 6 & under. Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

KIDSTUFF: Fantastic Friday (Bishop Park) An instructor supervises while a parent/caregiver leads their little ones through obstacle courses. Ages 1–4 years. Register online. 10–11:30 a.m. $7.50 (ACC residents), $11.25 (non-ACC residents). www.accgovga.myrec.com

KIDSTUFF: Popsicles in the Park (Oconee County Library) Enjoy popsicles, chalk and fun outdoor activities. 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

PERFORMANCE: GOD SPANK (ATHICA) This series of performances by contemporary Athensbased artists Mickey Boyd, Ethan Snow and Ahndhi Sticha explores the future of humanity. 6–9 p.m. FREE! www.athica.org

Saturday 1

CLASSES: First Saturday Pottery Workshop (Southern Star Studio) This adult workshop includes a demo of basic hand-building techniques with time to make pieces that will be fired for pickup later. Registration required. 2 p.m. $60. www.southernstarstudioathens.com

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

EVENTS: Open House Pottery Sale (Farmington Pottery) Geoff and Lisa Pickett will have a selection of pots of all kinds for house and garden, handmade soaps and botanical skincare products for sale. June 1–2, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.pickett pottery.com

EVENTS: Forest Heights Blueberry Festival (Forest Heights Neighborhood) The annual neighborhood festival raises money for a community blueberry planting project. Activities include a children’s bike rally, cooking competition, garden tours, outdoor concert, food trucks and a silent auction. 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. FREE! www.regenerators. earth/festival

EVENTS: STEAM Saturday (Bogart Library) Join LeAnn Rutledge from the Oconee River Resource Council to learn about birds and create a birding journal. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

EVENTS: West Broad Farmers Market (Rocksprings Park Pavilion) Vendors will be on site with fresh produce, local fare, rare plants, artisan goods and more. Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE! www.athens landtrust.org/wbfm

EVENTS: Orphintage Vintage Market Pop-Up (Historic Athens) Browse vintage vendors from Athens and Atlanta selling T-shirts, dresses, jackets, hats and more.

June 1, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. June 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. www.vintagemarket pop-up.com

EVENTS: Historic Athens Heritage Walk (Historic Athens) Mayor Kelly Girtz will guide an exploration of the history of Pulaski Street area. Registration required. 2 p.m. $25. www.historicathens.com

EVENTS: Athens Pride Parade (Downtown Athens) Athens Pride and Queer Collective hosts a parade marching through downtown and ending at a Resource Festival featuring nonprofit vendors, food trucks and entertainment at the Classic Center Pavillion. 2–6 p.m. FREE! www.athenspride.org/parade

KIDSTUFF: Family Fun Day (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Summer reading kickoff with attractions including talks with Ranger Sarah of Watson Mill State Park, a balloon twister, survival skill lessons and more. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oglethorpe

KIDSTUFF: Lego Mania (Bogart Library) Drop in to free build and create. All ages. 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

PERFORMANCE: Athens Showgirl Cabaret Drag For All (Hendershot’s) Enjoy a fabulous night of drag fun for all ages kicking off Pride Month. 8–11 p.m. $5. www. athensshowgirlcabaret.com

PERFORMANCE: Union Pride (Athentic Brewing Co.) United Campus Workers of Georgia hosts an open drag night to kick off Pride Month. 8–10:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

SPORTS: OCB Unbroken (Morton Theatre) Widmer Unbroken Nutritional Coaching & Unbroken Movement host this health and fitness competition with a variety of categories and divisions. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $20–75. www.mortontheatre.com

Sunday 2

EVENTS: Open House Pottery Sale (Farmington Pottery) Geoff and Lisa Pickett will have a selection of pots of all kinds for house and garden, handmade soaps and botanical skincare products for sale. June 1–2, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. www.pickett pottery.com

EVENTS: Orphintage Vintage Market Pop-Up (Historic Athens) Browse vintage vendors from Athens and Atlanta selling T-shirts, dresses, jackets, hats and more. June 1, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. June 2, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. www.vintagemarket pop-up.com

FILM: Mocktails & a Movie (Oconee County Library) Enjoy a mocktail and screening of the Wizard of Oz set to a Pink Floyd soundtrack. 6 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

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

KIDSTUFF: Symphonic Storytime (ACC Library) Join Quintet Athens to hear musical stories written by local children, learn about instruments and make friends. All ages. 3 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

SPORTS: Classic City Pétanque Club (Lay Park) New players welcome. Scheduled days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at

10 a.m. info@petanque.org, www. athenspetanque.org

THEATER: But God the Stage Play (Morton Theatre) A dysfunctional family works through their lies and secrets through their faith. 3 p.m. $15–30. www.mortontheatre.com

Monday 3

COMEDY: Sake Bomb Open Mic Comedy (Cozy Bar) Watch a variety of comedians perform new material or join in with your own standup routine. Mondays, 9 p.m. FREE! www.athenscomedy.com

GAMES: Open Chess Play (ACC Library) Drop in for a game open to all skill levels with light refreshments served. Mondays, 3–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

GAMES: General Trivia with Erin (Athentic Brewing Co.) Test your trivia knowledge with host Erin. Mondays, 7–9 p.m. FREE! www. athenticbrewing.com

GAMES: Classic City Trivia (Dooley’s Bar and Grill) Test your trivia knowledge with host Garrett Lennox. 7 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/ ClassicCityTriviaCo

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

KIDSTUFF: Monday Funday (Bogart Library) Join Ms. Donna for songs, fingerplays, storytelling and STEAM activities. Ages 3–7 years. Registration suggested. 10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

MEETINGS: Classic City Rotary (Athentic Brewing Co.) The local chapter meets weekly. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. FREE! www.athentic brewing.com

MEETINGS: Goop Group (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Meet with others going through seasons of change like breakups, career changes, loss of a loved one, moving and divorce. 5:30 p.m. $50. www.revolution therapyandyoga.com

Tuesday 4

CLASSES: ESOL (Bogart Library) Learn or polish your English skills using Mango languages online and in-person basic conversation and vocabulary. 12:30 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/bogart

EVENTS: Petting Farm (Oglethorpe Co. Library) Meet, pet and feed a variety of farm animals including miniature cows, donkeys, ducks, rabbits and more. 10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/oglethorpe

EVENTS: Read the World Book Sale (VFW Post 2872) Browse international books ($1 paperbacks, $2 hardcovers) in benefit of the nonprofit Humble Warrior. 3–8 p.m. mightyathens@gmail.com

EVENTS: Tiki Taco Tuesday (Live Wire) Enjoy live music, craft cocktails and a taco pop-up from Don Carne. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www. livewireathens.com

FILM: Love Free or Die (Ciné) Screening of the film about the first openly gay person to become a bishop, followed by a Q&A with Bishop Gene Robinson and director Macky Alston. 5:15 p.m. FREE! (ticket required). www.cineathens. com

GAMES: Mahjong Club (Winterville Cultural Center) Learn to play the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. $1. www.wintervillecenter.com

GAMES: Tuesday Night Shenanigans (Southern Brewing Co.) Play board games and arcade games on site, bring your own games or even your D&D group. Tuesdays, 5–10 p.m. www.sobrewco.com

GAMES: Dirty South Trivia (White Tiger Deluxe) Test your trivia knowledge. Tuesdays, 6 p.m. www. facebook.com/DirtySouthTrivia

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

GAMES: Singo! (Beef O’Brady’s) Win gift certificates and prizes at this music bingo night. Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m. www.beefobradys.com/athens

KIDSTUFF: Crafternoon (Oconee County Library) Drop in for a craft or two. Supplies Provided. All ages. Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

KIDSTUFF: Choose Your Own Adventure (Bogart Library) Stop by the library for an afternoon with the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series from R.H. Montgomery. Ages 9–12. 4 p.m. FREE! www.athens library.org/bogart

LECTURES & LIT: Bogart Bookies (Bogart Library) Pick up a copy of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons and discuss it with the group. 1–2 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary. org/bogart

MEETINGS: Knot Just For Knitters (Oconee County Library) Bring your own crafting project to work on while chatting with fellow crafters. Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m. FREE! www. athenslibrary.org/oconee

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

Down the Line

6/05 Industry Open House (State Botanical Garden of Georgia)

6/05 Busy Bee Toddler Time (Bogart Library)

6/05 Athens Homeless Coalition Board of Directors (Princeton United Methodist Church)

6/05 Tour At Two (Georgia Museum of Art)

6/05 Science Adventure (Bogart Library)

6/05 LEGO & Builder’s Club (Bogart Library)

6/05 Athens Farmers Market (Creature Comforts Brewery)

6/05 Teen Prism Club (Oconee County Library)

6/05 Avid Writers’ Collective (Avid Bookshop)

6/05 Salsa Dancing (El Carretonero)

6/05 Gorgeous George’s Improv League (Buvez)

6/05 Classic City Trivia (The Local 706)

6/05 Blood Everywhere (Flicker Theatre & Bar)

6/06 Roaming Readers (Oconee County Library) f

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

AAAC QUARTERLY GRANT (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council offers $500 grants to visual and performing artists in any medium to support specific projects that enrich the culture of Athens. Rolling deadlines are June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15 and Mar. 15. Apply online. www. athensarts.org/support


(Athens, GA) The ACD is a platform to connect creatives with patrons. Visual artists, musicians, actors, writers and other creatives are encouraged to create a free listing. athenscreatives@gmail.com, www. athenscreatives.directory

BIPOC ARTIST/CURATOR PROJECT OPEN CALL (Lyndon House Arts Center) Seeking BIPOC individuals residing in Georgia to develop an art exhibition to be on display for 6–8 weeks at the LHAC. A stipend of $1500 is provided. www.accgov. com/9799/ArtistCurator

CALL FOR ART (Winterville Cultural Center Gallery) The WCCG is seeking submissions for its first annual juried art exhibition. Online submissions will be accepted June 13–July 12. Exhibition runs Aug. 31–Oct. 30. $30/submission fee for up to three entries. wintervillecc gallery@gmail.com, www.wintervilleccgallery.com

CALL FOR COLLECTORS (Lyndon House Arts Center) The LHAC’s “Collections from our Community” series features unique collections of objects found in the closets, cabinets and shelves of Athenians. Email if interested in displaying your collection. shelby.little@acc gov.com

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Artists, artist groups and curators can submit original exhibition pro-

posals for consideration in the arts center’s gallery schedule. Arts can also submit images of their work for consideration in larger group or themed shows. Deadline Sept. 20, 11:59 p.m. www.accgov.com/6657/ Exhibition-Proposal-Form CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Athens, GA) The Athens Downtown Development Authority and Lyndon House Arts Center are seeking proposals for Art Decko, a public art project consisting of 4’x8’ murals in a downtown parking deck stairwell. Selected artists will receive a $1,100 stipend and a three-month studio membership at LHAC. Application deadline June 2. form. jotform.com/241293354723153

EMERGING BLACK ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP (Athens, GA) The Athens Area Arts Council will award a $500 scholarship annually to one Black artist from a Clarke County high school who is attending, or has been accepted to, a college or university to study the arts. Deadline June 30. www.athensarts.org/ support

JOKERJOKERTV CALL FOR ARTISTS (Online) JOKERJOKERtv is actively accepting proposals for collaboration from visual, musical and video artists and curators living in Athens. Artists worldwide can also submit music videos, short films, skits and ideas to share with a weekly livestream audience. www. jokerjokertv.com/submit MUSIC AND ARTS EDUCATION GRANTS (Athens, GA) AthFest Educates will award a total of $65,000 to music and arts education programs for local students. Applicants may request up to $5,000. Check website for requirements. Applications accepted through Aug. 24. www.athfest educates.org OPEN STUDIOS (Lyndon House Arts Center) Studio members have

art around town

ATHICA@CINÉ GALLERY (234 W. Hancock Ave.) Jason Matherly presents “What Will He Do with It?,” an exhibition of early ink drawings and new paintings emphasizing the relationships between shape and color. Through June 25.

BOGUE GALLERY AT ACC LIBRARY (2025 Baxter St.) The Athens Photography Guild presents 34 prints by 19 APG members. Through June 23.

CLASSIC CENTER (300 N. Thomas St.) In Classic Gallery I, “Spotlight” features works by painters William Ballard, Jaci Davis and Ella Hopkins. • In Classic Gallery II, Kristin Roberts’ “The Fables” illustrates Aesop’s Fables with detailed works that are both whimsical and dangerous.

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART (90 Carlton St.) “Richard Prince: Tell Me Everything” includes a suite of works based on the joke archives of comedian Milton Berle. Through June 16. • “Decade of Tradition: Highlights from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through July 3. • “Kei Ito: Staring at the Face of the Sun” uses photography to examine the intergenerational trauma of nuclear disaster and the possibilities of healing and reconciliation. Through July 14.

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

HENDERSHOT’S (237 Prince Ave.) Nirvinyl Album Art presents “Room by Room: The Kitchen Set.” Through mid-July.

JITTERY JOE’S DOWNTOWN (297 E. Broad St.) Susan Pelham’s collages are influenced by Magic Realism, nursery rhymes, limericks and children’s

access to spaces for painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and woodworking. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $65/month. www. accgov.com/7350/Open-StudioMembership PUBLIC ART SELECTION PANELS (Athens GA) The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is seeking community members to participate in upcoming public art selection panels. Panels review, evaluate and select from submitted proposals for ACC-funded public art commissions. www.accgov.com/9656/ Public-Art-Selection-Panels


THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (Elberton Arts Center) Seeking six adult men and two adult women for a comedic production. Be prepared to read excerpts from the script. Open reading held June 5, 5:45 p.m. Auditions held June 17–18, 6–8 p.m. Performances held Sept. 27–29 & Oct. 4–6. tking@cityof elberton.net


A COURSE OF LOVE (Unity Athens Church) Learn a positive path for spiritual living based on A Course in Miracles. Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. FREE! www.unity athens.com


(Ancient Suns Intuitive Arts at work. shop) In “Introduction to Animal Communication,” find out what your animal hopes to share as you learn how to send and receive messages telepathically. June 15, 12–3 p.m. $65. During “Pet Loss Grief Healing,” support your grieving

camp songs. Through May.

process in a sacred, comforting way using meditation, intuitive skills and energy healing. June 29, 12–3 p.m. $65. hello@ancientsunsacademy. com, www.ancientsunsacademy. com

ART CLASSES (K.A. Artist Shop)

The shop offers a range of fine art classes and workshops for adults, private classes and parties, summer camps, and art clubs for youth. Topics include acrylic, aqua oil, bookmaking, calligraphy, gouache, printmaking, and watercolor. Register online. www.kaartist.com

ART CLASSES (Winterville Cultural Center) “Beginning Acrylic Painting” covers the basics of value, composition, opacity and hue. Mondays, June 3–July 1, 7–9 p.m. $75. “Beginning Relief Printing” covers how to design, carve and print blocks. Thursdays, June 6–July 11, 7-9 p.m. $75. winterville campus@gmail.com

BLACKSMITHING CLASSES (Greenhow Handmade Ironworks, Washington) A variety of classes include “Forge a Spear” (May 31 or July 27), “Forge Grilling Tools” (June 1), “Forge a Bottle Opener” (June 7), “Forge Garden Tools” (June 8), “Forge a Firepoker with Decorative Handle” (June 14), “Christmas Ornaments in July” (July 13), “Forge a Tomahawk” (July 25) and “Forge a Railroad Spike Knife” (July 26), . Classes run 10 a.m.–5 p.m. www.greenhowhandmade.com/ blacksmith-classes

JUST PHO… AND MORE (1063 Baxter St.) Oil paintings by Joseph Leone. Through May.

LYNDON HOUSE ARTS CENTER (211 Hoyt St.) Guest curated by Lizzie Zucker Saltz, “RESCUE: Waste and Redemption” presents 22 artists who transform industrial byproducts into artworks or craft objects. Through June 15. • “Inflections: Works by Kaitlin Thurlow, Maria Canzano & Morgan Auten Smith” brings together three painters who create intimate worlds to enter and reflect upon. Through June 15. • Collections from our Community presents Nate Mitchell’s 45 record box collection. Through June 22. • The Window Works series presents a site-specific artwork by Atlanta artist Michael Reese that questions the perception of the Black Body against cyanotype photography popular with architectural blueprints. Through spring 2025.


“John Lewis Series: Painting by Benny Andrews” features 17 paintings by Andrews depicting the life of late U.S. Congressman John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement. • The gallery shares 13 photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864–1952) taken in Madison in 1939 of seven antebellum homes and one church as part of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. Through May.


“Southeastern Pastel Society: All About Pastels” is a juried members exhibition featuring works from across the region. Through June 1. • “Perspective: A Journey into Mental Health” is a solo exhibition by Bobbi Johnson. Through June 1.

OGLETHORPE GARAGE (1560 Oglethorpe Ave.) Bart King’s exhibition consists of images produced with a flatbed scanner and natural objects. Through mid-June.

CANOPY CLASSES & SCHOLARSHIPS (Canopy Studio) Canopy offers a variety of trapeze and aerial arts classes for children and adults. Scholarships and financial aid are available. outreach@canopystudio. org, www.canopystudio.org/out reach/scholarships

COOKING CLASSES (Athens Cooks) “Giro Italiano” will be held May 30, 6–8 p.m. $105. “Paella Fiesta” will be held June 1, 6–8 p.m. $103. “Weekend Dinners with Chef Hunter” will be held June 5, 6–8 p.m. $103. “Knife Skills and Sharpening” will be held June 12, 5–7:15 p.m. $75. “Sake to Me Sushi” will be held June 15, 6–8 p.m. $103. “Date Night Culinary Affair” will be held June 19, 6–8 p.m. $103. Register online. www.athenscooks.com

PÉTANQUE CLUB OF ATHENS (5 Alumni Dr.) Learn to play Pétanque. RSVP for a free Wednesday introduction. athenspetanqueclub@ gmail.com, www.athenspetanque club.wixsite.com/play


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


YOGA AND MORE (Revolution Therapy and Yoga) Revolution is a multipurpose mind-body wellness studio offering yoga and therapy with an emphasis on traumainformed practices. Check website for upcoming classes and programs. www.revolutiontherapyand yoga.com

YOGA CLASSES (Let It Be Yoga Studio, Watkinsville) Classes are offered in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, beginner, gentle and other styles. Check online calendar for weekly offerings. www.letitbeyoga.org

Help Out

ADOPT-A-MOM (Athens, GA) The Ark’s 10th annual Adopt-a-Mom distributes flower bouquets and cards to nursing home patients and single mothers. Donate $25 to “adopt a mom” for Mother’s Day. Proceeds also benefit The Ark’s Single Working Mother’s Fund. Through May 31. www.athensark. org/adopt-a-mom

ADOPT AN ANIMAL (Bear Hollow Zoo) Different sponsorship levels are available to “adopt” a zoo resi-

CLASSES (Live Oak Martial Arts) Traditional and modern-style Taekwondo, self-defense, grappling and weapons classes are offered for all ages. Classes in Jodo, the art of the Japanese staff and sword, are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. Visit the website for a full schedule. liveoak martialarts@gmail.com, www.live oakmartialarts.com


Two new collections celebrating the connection between art and nature include a complete Jasperware tea set from Wedgewood in England and a series of hand-carved coconut vessels.

THE ROOK & PAWN (294 W. Washington St.) “Serenade” features works by over 20 artists including Keith P. Rein, Sierra Kirsche, Kendall Rogers, Jesse Raven and Delaney Dusch. Through June.

STATE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF GEORGIA (2450 S. Milledge Ave) Kathy Rogan’s oil paintings raise funds for Parkinson’s research. Through June 23. STEFFEN THOMAS MUSEUM OF ART (4200 Bethany Rd., Buckhead) “Peace in Our Time: Steffen Thomas Meisterwerke from the Lowrance Collection” shares works collected by Marjorie and Richard Lowrance over the span of 60 years. Through July 23. • The “Student Art Exhibition” features works by students from five different schools. Through July 27.

UGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER LOBBY GALLERY (230 River Rd.) The new gallery debuts with large-scale paintings from Margaret Morrison’s “Paradigm Shift,” a series created after Morrison began questioning historical aspects of her closely held Mormon faith. Through July 26.

UGA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIES (300 S. Hull St.) Developed by James W. Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology emeritus at UGA, “Sunken Treasure: The Art and Science of Coral Reefs” explores the marine lives of coral through specimens and photographs. Through July 3.

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF ATHENS CLEMENTS GALLERY (780 Timothy Rd.) “The Three Graces” is a collaborative art exhibit by Elizabeth Bishop-Martin, Starr Ramsey Helms and Kim Kendall. Through June 23.

WINTERVILLE LIBRARY (115 Marigold Ln., Winterville) The 2024 Marigold Festival Art Show features this year’s winning festival artwork by Mary Ann Cox as well as other entries from the call for art. Through May.

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Local artist David Hale recently led students in creating a new mural at Barnett Shoals Elementary School. The mural was funded through a grant from AthFest Educates awarded to art teacher Betsy Bush.

dent. Donations are used for exhibits, food and wildlife education.



(Sandy Creek Nature Center)

Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., is seeking new members for its board of directors. Brochures and applications are available online. scncinc@gmail.com, www.sandy creeknaturecenterinc.org/boardmembers

SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS (Morton Theatre Corporation) The Morton Theatre Corporation is seeking new members for its board of directors and volunteers. The application is available online. board@morton theatre.com, www.mortontheatre. com/join-the-board


AN EPIC ADVENTURE AT SEA (First Baptist Church) Children who have completed Pre-K through 6th grade can participate in a summer camp. June 10–13, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! sharon@firstbaptistathens.org, www.firstbaptistathens.org


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


(Greenhow Handmade Ironworks) Ages 13 and up can learn basic blacksmithing skills through different hands-on projects like making fire pokers, tomahawks, scrolls, hooks and more. Materials, fuel and tools are included. July 8–12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $525. www.greenhow handmade.com/blacksmith-classes

BRELLA ACTIVITIES (’BRELLA STUDIO) After-school art lessons for ages 6–11 include drawing and mixed media activities and are held Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Family Playgroups are for ages 0–5 and their caregivers. Check website for descriptions and meeting times. www.brellastudio.com/events

CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES (Treehouse Kid & Craft) Treehouse offers a variety of art-centric activities for children, such as “Crafty Maker Mondays,” “Storytime with Mr. Doodles,” “Digital Art Designer,” “Baby Artists,” “Toddler Process

Art,” “Creative Playtime,” “Saturday Craft” and more. Check website for current schedule. www.treehouse kidandcraft.com

FARM CAMP (Sweet Olive Farm) This all-outdoor camp for ages 6–12 includes caring for and interacting with the animals, creek time in the woods, outdoor crafts, games, music, art-making, writing and exploring the farm. Mondays–Fridays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. during the summer. Register online. www. sweetolivefarm.org

GROUPS AT REBLOSSOM (ReBlossom) A variety of classes, playgroups and support groups are offered for parents and young children. Topics include birth and breastfeeding, prenatal and parent-baby yoga, instrument play, maternal mental health and more. Check website for a schedule. www. reblossomathens.com

LEARN TO SWIM (Multiple Locations) The ACC Leisure Services Department offers swim lessons for children ages 3 and up at Heard Park, Lay Park, Memorial Park and Rocksprings Park including “Swim School” and “Parent/Tot Swim School.” $33 (residents), $50 (non-residents). The department’s Kinderswim program is offered to five-year-olds at no cost. www.acc gov.com/myrec

LIBRARY STORYTIMES (ACC Library) Storytime for preschool aged children and their caregivers is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. www.athens library.org

LUTHEROAD DAYCAMP (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) Camp for rising 1st–6th graders runs June 24–27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and June 28, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. www.holycrossathens.com/ lutheroad

NATURE AND FARM SUMMER CAMPS (Foxfire Woods and Farm) Offering three weeks of outdoor summer camp, including a half-day camp for preschoolers ages 3.5–6. Themes include survival skills, kinetics and simple machines, and outdoor exploration. www.foxfire woodsandfarm.com


Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade can receive a free pool pass by bringing a report card will all A’s or E’s. A report card with all A’s and B’s or all E’s and M’s can

earn 10 free swims. www.accgov. com/pools

SUMMER ART CAMPS (K.A. Artist Shop) Art Camps for Promising Young Artists are offered for half or full days Mondays–Fridays during the summer. Activities range from drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, illustration, calligraphy and character design. www.kaartist.com

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION (Athens, GA) ACC Leisure Services Department offers camps highlighting art, nature education, sports and theater. Now registering. www. accgov.com/myrec


(Treehouse Kid & Craft) Camps are offered in a variety of themes including “Mini Museum,” “Wonderful Wizards,” “Craft Inc. Business,” “Mouse Palace Camp,” “Camp Swiftie” and more. Visit the website for details, dates and to register. www.treehousekidandcraft. com

UGA SUMMER ART CAMP (Lamar Dodd School of Art) High school students with a passion for the arts are invited to participate in a fourday camp featuring drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. June 24–27. summerartcamp@ uga.edu, art.uga.edu/programs/ community-programs/uga-summerart-camp

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (Athens First United Methodist Church) Kids entering grades K-5 in the fall can participate in a summer camp exploring faith and the deep blue sea through various games, music, snacks and activities. June 3–6, 9 a.m.–12:25 p.m. www.athensfirst um.org/scuba

WILD EARTH CAMP (Piedmont Preserve) Wild Earth Camp offers summer camps and homeschool programs for ages 4–13. Participants explore the natural environment through games, storytelling, free play and teaching earth skills. Register online. www.wildearth camp.org

WORKSHOPS (On Stage Playhouse) “Villains!” is a theater workshop for rising kindergarteners through third graders. Workshop held June 3–8, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Performance held June 8, 11:30 a.m. $95. “Improvability Two!” is an improv workshop for rising fourth through eighth graders. Workshop June 17–22, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Performance held

June 22,11:30 a.m. $95. www.on stagewalton.org

Support Groups

ACA ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS AND DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES (Holy Cross Lutheran Church) This support group meets weekly. Tuesdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. annetteanelson@gmail.com

AL-ANON 12 STEP (Multiple Locations) Recovery for people affected by someone else’s drinking. Free daytime and evening meetings are held several times throughout the week in Athens. Monday meetings, 6:30–7:30 p.m., are held at the Commencement Center. Tuesday meetings, 1:30–2:30 p.m., are held at Watkinsville United Methodist Church. www.ga-al-anon.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

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP (St. Mary’s Hospital, 5th Floor Therapy Room) This support group for survivors of traumatic head injury, their families, friends and caregivers offers friendship, information about resources and opportunities for advocacy. Every third Monday, 4:30–6 p.m. Contact Floretta Johnson, 706-353-1892, floretta. johnson@stmarysathens.org


(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! joannehnamihallga@gmail.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. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.byyourleave.org

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP (First Baptist Church) This group is to encourage, support and share information with fellow sojourners who manage the challenges of

Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. Second Friday of the month, 1 p.m. gpnoblet@ bellsouth.net


(Revolution Therapy and Yoga)

This open support group for adults practicing or considering polyamory or nonmonogamy discusses navigating jealousy, polysaturation, relationships with metamours and polyamorous parenting. Thursdays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. $10 donation. www.revolutiontherapyandyoga.com

PROJECT SAFE (Family Protection Center) Project Safe hosts a support group for survivors of domestic violence. Mondays, 6:30–8 p.m. www. project-safe.org

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

RECOVERY DHARMA (Athens Addiction Recovery Center) This peer-led support group offers a Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from any addiction. Visit the website for details. Thursdays, 7 p.m. www.athensrecoverydharma.org

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE (Nuçi’s Space) SOS is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. Meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5:30–7:30 p.m. www.nuci.org

Word on the Street

ATHENS FLUTE CHOIR READING SESSION (First Presbyterian Church) The AFC is hosting an open reading session to greet old flute friends and meet new ones. The music will be a mix of levels and styles. Bring a C flute and music stand if possible. Masks are requested when not playing. June 20, 7 p.m. RSVP: lhbflute@gmail. com, www.athensflutechoir.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

DIAMOND HILL FARM CSA (Athentic Brewing Co.) The Community Supported Agriculture program offers a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits and/or flowers directly to consumers each week. Check website for weekly pickup locations, home delivery details and to register. $15 (flower share), $25–35 (farm box). www.diamondhillfarm athens.com

POOL AND SPLASH PAD SEASON (Multiple Locations) ACC Leisure Services pools are now open through July 28. The Walker Park Splash Pad will be open on weekends only Aug. 3–Sept. 2, plus regular hours May 25–July 28. The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad is now open for the season. www. accgov.com/splashpad

RABBIT HOLE EVENTS (Rabbit Hole Studios) Weekly events include Open Mic (Tuesdays, 7–11 p.m.), Acoustic Song Circle (Thursdays, 7–11 p.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

SEEKING MUSIC (Athens, GA) Seeking music submissions for the third season of “View Finders,” a locally produced TV series that will air on national PBS. Music can vary from electronic, ambient, hip hop, folk, Americana, rock, country, blues, classical and beyond. Contact for submission form. chrisgreer photography@gmail.com, www. viewfindersontv.com

SEVENTH GENERATION (Healing Path Farm) Seventh Generation Native American Church hosts gatherings on Sundays at 11 a.m., Men’s Group on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Women’s Circle every second and fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. www.seventhgeneration nativeamericanchurch.org

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. bradley.staples88@gmail.com f

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Three years ago the Athens Pride + Queer Collective (APQC) hosted the first annual Athens Pride Parade downtown. What was expected to be a heartfelt gathering of a few hundred people ended up drawing more than 3,000 ecstatic attendees. The main and side streets were flooded with a diverse group of people from Athens and the surrounding areas celebrating themselves and showing support for friends and family.

The theme of this year’s Pride Parade is “Here & Queer,” taking place downtown on June 1 with the parade starting at 2 p.m. and ending with a resource fair at the Classic Center Pavillion from 3–6 p.m. There will be more than 30 organizations with community resource booths, including the Department of Public Health, AthensBorn Birth Services, Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Historic Athens and more.

Also happening that night is Athens Showgirl Cabaret’s Drag For All event at Hendershot’s from 8–11 p.m. Entry is $5 and open to all ages. If you’re still looking for something to do after the weekend ends, there will be a free screening of Love Free or Die, about the first openly gay person to become a bishop, Gene Robinson, at Ciné on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:15 p.m. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Robinson and the director of the film, Macky Alston.

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Forest Heights Blueberry Festival


For many, the Forest Heights neighborhood draws to mind mid-century brick ranches and herds of fearless, wandering deer. But in recent years, the humble blueberry, thanks to the Community Blueberry Project and Blueberry Festival, has come to be a source of pride, symbol of resiliency and opportunity for connection among neighbors.

“The parade is an event that the community really looks forward to. It’s where people come as they are, and are not only loved, but celebrated. With each parade, we continue to add more entertainment, food options and resources. This year’s theme invites everyone to express themselves, which builds a lot of excitement around what is to come,” says APQC President Becky Lynn.

In addition to a family area with face painting and the Books for Keeps bookmobile, there will be a variety of performances suitable for all ages. The lineup includes DJ Reindeer Games spinning danceable tunes, indie pop and rock musician Sarah Mootz, the Classic City Rollergirls and Belli Dance Company. With a mix of activities for everyone, the festival is a great place for those trying to find their place or friends in the local LGBTQ+ community.

“Your people are here, you just have to find them,” says Lynn. “Come with an open heart, and start by saying hi to someone!”

Although APQC isn’t hosting an afterparty this year, the organization is promoting two events held the same night. United Campus Workers of Georgia is hosting an open drag night at Athentic Brewing Co. from 8–10:30 p.m. Then a late-night drag show is happening at Sister Louisa’s Church Bar starting at midnight.

Outside of the annual Pride Parade, APQC has many initiatives and events yearround that work with marginalized communities to support the equity, affirmation, diversity and wellness of local queer populations. Lynn says that the organization has continued to grow and is currently working towards hiring an executive director. She also says that one of APQC’s goals for the year is increasing educational opportunities, and the group is proud that they’ve been able to maintain its support groups that provide an important space for community members. APQC offers four support groups: LGBTQ+ Youth Group, Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth Group, Rainbow Spirit Support Group and Trans Groups. One of the initiatives that means a lot to APQC is its Trans Surgery Scholarship, which the organization has been able to award to multiple recipients over the past two years. This scholarship is largely funded by the Operation Transformation drag show event, which took place May 17 this year and raised $17,000. Lynn says that APQC has a partnership with a doctor who provides these life-changing surgeries. The scholarship is being awarded to two recipients this year, and Lynn is “looking forward to the impact it’ll have on them feeling authentic in their skin.”

APQC has cultivated a vital space within the local community for those who identify as LGBTQ+ to not just exist but thrive, and the Pride Parade is a visual representation of that.

“My absolute favorite part of the Pride Parade is seeing how happy people are when they can be their true, authentic selves. There is pure joy in being able to express yourself, and it’s the most beautiful thing you’ll ever experience,” says Lynn.

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WHO: Athens Pride Parade

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2 p m

WHERE: Downtown Athens HOW MUCH: FREE!

The Community Blueberry Project was co-founded by Bart King of New Growth Communications and Clyde Yates of Hungry Gnome Gardenscapes in 2021. At the time, King, who has specialized in writing about environmental and sustainability issues for much of his career, was keeping an eye out for a small project that could embody regenerative culture. That’s when inspiration struck after hearing Yates’ idea of planting blueberries throughout a neighborhood as a perennial food source. Neighborhood residents with sunny lawns can offer to host a patch of bushes along the street or volunteer to plant, weed, mulch and fertilize bushes. In return, all passersby are welcome to pick and enjoy blueberries—even the occasional deer clever enough to outsmart the plant cages.

After putting a call out to residents in the Forest Heights and Newtown neighborhoods, King and Yates identified the best locations with good sun exposure and safe access to plant a total of 71 blueberry bushes in the pilot year. That summer, the first Forest Heights Blueberry Festival was held to raise funds for additional bushes through donations and merchandise sales, thereby creating a self-sustaining cycle. The festival taps into the talents of the many musicians, chefs and artists who call the neighborhood home, such as Kim Deakins of Pink Goblin Tattoo & Piercing, who designed this year’s festival artwork.

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“I think it’s a terrific hyper-local model for community and resource building that could easily be replicated in other neighborhoods,” says King. “It doesn’t have to be for blueberries, it could be used to fund any shared community resource—a park, a tool shed, a swimming pool. It becomes a virtuous cycle in which the festival raises funds through the celebration of community talent and the strengthening of local culture and pride.”

To accommodate the project’s anticipated growth moving forward, organizers decided to partner with the Athens Land Trust, who will serve as a fiscal sponsor by handing funds. The organization, which works to increase affordable housing and conservation through land stewardship—and even has two houses in Forest Heights—has a compatible mission with the Blueberry Project’s goal of regenerating community and land through food culture.

“I began this after COVID because I wanted to do something to create more community resilience,” says King, who co-directs the festival with Danielle Gilmer and Philip Bishop. “I’m not sure that we could ever be fully prepared for some of the disruptions that might come as a result of environmental, economic or social upheaval, but I do think that we’ve begun to weave a tighter community that can be more supportive of one another and thus more resilient.”

The Blueberry Festival and Community Blueberry Project have both steadily grown over the past four years, with an estimated 600 people attending last summer’s festival and over 150 bushes planted in total between Forest Heights, Newton and Hampton Park so far. King hopes to eventually expand the project to include the entire Oglethorpe corridor between Hawthorne Avenue and the loop. He also says he would be excited to see other Athens residents apply the project’s model to their own

The new partnership with ALT was recently recognized during a festival kick-off and community forum held at Oglethorpe Garage in early May. In addition to launching a custom-brewed blueberry beer from Southern Brewing Co., the event doubled as an opening reception for King’s first-ever solo exhibition, a vibrant collection of images produced with a flatbed scanner and natural objects such as leaves and flowers. The exhibition will remain on view through mid-June, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Community Blueberry Project. This year’s Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 1, with activities centered in Holly Court, a small looped street with a grassy median located towards the back of the neighborhood. The day will kick off bright and early at 9:30 a.m. with the BikeAthens Blueberry Rally for Kids, followed by the popular Blueberry Cook-off Competition at 11 a.m. Garden tours at four different homes will run between 12–3 p.m., with topics ranging from ecological gardening, uncommon fruits and nuts, native plants for pollinators and cascading rain gardens. Finally, from 5:30–9:30 p.m., The Blueberry Jam concert will close out the festival with live performances by Alys Willman, Ron Hendon, The Vinyl Strangers, The Ukulady and The Warm Fuzzies. Visit regenerators.earth/festival for a detailed schedule and information on how to volunteer. f

WHO: Forest Heights Blueberry Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a m –9:30 p m


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