Music, Math, and Mitch

By day, Mitch Rothstein is a member of the math faculty at UGA. By night, he is among the most accomplished jazz keyboardists in our town. On most Mondays, you can find him at Ciné between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., sitting in at the weekly jam session. I’m headed over there in a few minutes, and I hope Mitch shows up. I love listening to his music.

Friends of Athens Jazz?

Some of us have been kicking around the idea of an organization of some sort -- maybe a "Friends of Athens Jazz" -- to support jazz in our town and the surrounding area. We thought such a group could have an organizational role and a fund-raising role for local jazz initiatives, including partnering with the School of Music on the Twilight Jazz Festival. Is there enough enthusiasm for jazz in these parts to justify the time and money it would take to put together and run such an organization? Let me know what you think. Send me an email at jazzfriends@rdb180.oib.com or post your ideas on my new Facebook Page for athensjazz411.com.


Homer Banks County Festival

Not Athens related, but another festival... 2009 Homer Banks County Festival September 4-6. We are celebrating Homer's 150th Anniversary.

Friday night features "Rambin Country" music singers 7:00 - 9:00.

Saturday - Parade at 10:00 with all kinds of contest and entertainment during the day. The main attraction for Saturday night will be guest artist Brantley Gilbert.

Sunday (after church) will be Gospel Singing in the Park starting at 1:00. There will be plenty of food vendors so you can have lunch once your there. Guest singers for this event will be Archie Watkins, Georgia, The Tony Brothers, and The Browns. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon in the park.


Half Dozen Brass Band Live Now

Check out WUGA for the Half Dozen Brass Band on the 4 pm Friday show. http://www.wuga.org/listen_online.html

Car & Bike show

Just passing along info...
Car & Bike Show

Presented by:
Buster’s Appliances
To benefit:
“Friends of Advantage”
(Supporters of people with Mental Illness, Developmental Disability or Addictions)

Saturday, August 29
6:00 - 9:00 pm

The Varsity
(1000 West Broad Street, Athens, GA)
All Vehicles are Welcome !!
Trophies and plaques to be awarded
$10 Registration fee

Cruzin to the Oldies - Tommy Landrum
50/50 / Door Prizes

For More Information:
Tammy Dalton (706)296-8086/Terry Dalton (706)614-6143
Lisa Lee (706)201-6724

Project Safe Benefit Photos

Last night at Ciné, some of our town's funniest and most talented folks gathered to throw a benefit show for Project Safe. I captured some of the action. I'm posting images over at my tumblr blog for athensview.com. Drop by.


Soaring at SPOA

Dustin Peckham takes a break from his studies for his Masters to catch a little air at the Skatepark of Athens.


It's Grogus Day!

¡Buenos dias! It's Grogus Day over at the tumblr blog for my athensview.com. We had a blast yesterday evening at the Grogus concert under the stars at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Beginning at 9 a.m., and every fifteen minutes, I'll be featuring one of my photographs of the event, focusing either on the band or on the kickin' audience. Athenians can dance! Here's a sneak peak at one of the images.


Notes for An Insider's Guide to Athens

I'm just back from my Monday morning walkabout downtown. I parked on Clayton near College. It had occurred to me as I turned off of Broad onto Lumpkin that I hadn't checked to see whether I had coins for the meter. After I parked I looked in the usual places in the car for change from fast-food drive-thru episodes. Not much. Mostly pennies and a few dimes. Wait, a quarter (a little sticky from something, but worth a try). After I gathered up my things and locked the van, I strode up to the parking meter. It was one of those double meters with buttons for the left space and the right space. Does anybody know whether you are supposed to put in the coins first and then push the button, or push the button first and then put in the coins? Anyway, I can't remember what I did, but whatever I did, it worked. Except for one thing. When I put in a penny, the machine would eat the penny, but not give me any minutes. I must have fed it fifteen or twenty pennies. I looked around on the meter to see whether it took pennies. I couldn't find anything prominent. Then I looked inside the glass below the minutes indicator. Ah. Nickels, so many minutes. Dimes so many minutes. Quarters so many minutes. No mention of pennies either way. So, deploying the inductive reasoning we're discussing now in 8th grade science: 1) Putting pennies in the meter has no effect on minutes. 2) The meter instructions, when you find them, make no mention of pennies either way. Conclusion: The meters like pennies, but not enough to give you even a minute of their time in return. Fine. Got it. I know where we stand.

REM playing the Georgia Theater 4.1.06

REM 4.01.06


The Big Easy's Just Down the Street -- Thomas Street, Not Bourbon Street

Folks, there’s no need to drive the ten hours to the French Quarter to hear some kickin’ New Orleans jazz. Just check out Chuck Arnold (pictured) and the Half Dozen Brass Band the next time they play right here in Athens. Dude, were they hot this afternoon on the outdoor stage at Mule Fest! And they’re playing Mule Fest again tomorrow (Sunday, August 23), joining Lefty Hathaway at 3:30, again on the outdoor stage.

Fresh from the Farmers Market

Young Music Fan. Athens Farmers Market. August 22, 2009. Check out more of my images from today's stroll through the farmers market at my tumblr blog for athensview.com.


Troubling Words from a Local Business Owner

A very good friend of mine runs a small business in the Athens area associated with the construction industry. Tonight he expressed extreme frustration with the failure of the Bush Administration and now the Obama Administration to do anything meaningful to stimulate small business. He said that half of his customers can't pay him, that his customers generally have no new orders and no orders on the horizon. In good times, he said, he'd fill 20 orders a week. Now it's three. His sector is running about 30 percent below the capacity it takes to make money. He's frustrated that all of the attention now is on health care, which should be addressed, but only after the economy really has been put on a sound footing. He says that the initial mistake was to target assistance to the banks without safeguards to ensure the money would be spent to make loans. The banks, he says, continue to demand credit ratings beyond what many businesses can muster in these times. In his view, governments should have kick-started things by giving small businesses a three-month break from paying taxes. My friend is worried. He's having trouble sleeping at night. Just FYI.

Response to Landowner Abbe (see comment to my previous post)

To Landowner Abbe


I feel your pain, dude. EVERY SINGLE TIME -- well, almost every single time -- certainly, there have been occasions when I've been crosswise with the local authorities and been frustrated by their, shall we say, bureaucratic approach to things. There was, for example, the time when our son, who had just celebrated his seventh birthday, was attacked by a pair of pit bulls in our own driveway. Almost the first question the local authorities asked was this: "Did your son do anything to provoke the dogs?" (To be fair, the authorities ultimately came around to our point of view about the dogs in question.) Then there was the whole gray water thing during the drought. My wife, who is an avid gardener, thought it would be a great idea to use the water we'd otherwise let go down the drain after our monthly baths to water the plants. No go. Illegal. Not even a "great idea, but our hands are tied." More recently, of course, with the easing of the drought, ACC apparently is looking at the innovative idea of using gray water.

I've lived almost 60 years now. That's just a teeny tiny piece of geologic time, but it's long enough, I think, to draw some tentative conclusions about how things are. And one thing that is, is that bureaucracies find it difficult to operate like Mickey D's. So you go into the clerk's office to record the plat, and the deputy clerk says, "Good morning, Landowner Abbe, would you like to try an iced mocha today?" "No thanks, I just want to record this plat." "Would you like to supersize that plat?" "No, I'd like to record it in its present size." "Any condiments with that?"

Of course, Mickey D's is not perfect, either. (Conservatives tend to understate how well government does and to overstate how well private enterprise does.) So you roll up to the drive-thru for the clerk's office and the deputy clerk comes on the intercom: "a;ldkfjadkfjalfja;lskdfj iced mocha .ad.dasf.mas.f.sm" "No thanks, I just want to record this plat." "dkfjasldkfjskjsdkjd first window." You pay, then you drive up to the second window. "Your hat, please," says the deputy clerk. "My hat? I don't have a hat. I want to record this plat." "Oh, we thought you said you wanted us to hold your hat."

Landowner Abbe, I wish I could be more supportive regarding your particular points about separation of powers. But several obstacles stand in the way. First, that was a really LONG post you posted. The reason I retired from teaching law was that I'd lost my zeal for reading disquisitions on such subjects as separation of powers. I confess I didn't read your post all the way through with the diligence required for then offering a legal opinion. Second, I'm constrained, I think, not to approach too closely the offering of a legal opinion, because it would be illegal for me to do so. You see, I am not at the moment an active member of the bar. I could pay my fee for active membership and then do the required hours in Continuing Legal Education watching a video on Recent Developments in Cell Tower Regulation, but I'm afraid that's not going to happen. Third, if I were to offer a legal opinion regarding your position on separation of powers, I'm afraid I wouldn't necessarily come down on your side. I concede that your approach is a theoretically available one, but as for its ever having been either the doctrine or practice in this country...well, I'll have to stop there to avoid approaching too closely the boundary between chewing the legal fat and offering legal advice without the appropriate CLE credits.


You're right! It's the new addition to the Tate Center!

Rainy August Night in Georgia

Dennis Baraw laying down some sweet bass lines for Mary Sigalas and Baby’s Blue Swing Set at Square One Fish Co. on a rainy August night in Georgia. August 20, 2009. -- reblogged from my athensjazz411.com


Solve the Mystery?

I snapped this photo this morning right here in Athens. Can you identify the location?


Second Thursday is on the Way!

The fall music season is upon us in Athens! On September 10 at 8 at the UGA Performing Arts Center, the curtain goes up on another season of Second Thursday concerts with a program featuring the works of Stravinsky and Brahms. It’s not too late to grab some season tickets. Call the box office at 706 542 4400 or 888 289 8497 for more info.

Old School Athens

You might be old school Athens if ...

1. You know who said this: "Keep smiling until 10 o'clock, and the rest of the day will take care of itself."

2. You know what occupied the Five Guys Hamburgers location before the video arcade.

3. You remember the overpowering aroma of sweetness at the A & A Bakery.

4. You can name Athens' morning paper when the Banner-Herald was the afternoon paper.

5. You actually knew the gentleman for whom Bishop Park is named.

Got some more?


Ciné Scenes

Scenes from the regular Monday evening jazz jam session at Ciné. August 17, 2009.


Were it not for a certain modesty, we would confirm — if only to shoo the inevitable chatter elsewhere — that last night we were indeed inducted into membership in Ciné, the premier art theatre in Athens and unique venue for the city’s most brilliant and glamourous. Called to the bar by Amanda, we humbly accepted the laminated Proofs of Membership. Overwhelmed by the gesture, we spontaneously presented Amanda with 60 tokens of our gratitude, and we look forward now to the annual Renewal of Membership. In referring to us, please use the customary athensview.com and not the more formal athensview.com, c.m. (c.m., of course, being the short form for “Ciné Member”) as your browser may become confused.


fresh from the farmers market

Over at my tumblr blog for athensview.com, I'm posting images (one per half-hour) from our Saturday morning sojourn to the farmers market at Bishop Park. Here's a sneak peak at some onions.


Indy, is that you?

Who knew that a priceless artifact might be hidden somewhere on the grounds of the bot garden! How else might one explain the apparent interest of Dr. Jones in reaching the heart of this dense greenery? It is you, isn't it, Indy? (To find out, visit my tumblr blog for my athensview.com!)


Not-So-Hot Wheels at SPOA

Patio Mendino, the dean of Athens-area skateboarders, is giving everyone the heads-up about an ACC Leisure Services program that apparently will close SPOA, the Skate Park of Athens, to the public for 4 prime skating hours during most of September, all of October, and the first part of November. The program, called Hot Wheels, has the laudable purpose — at least, I assume this is the purpose — of helping beginning and intermediate skaters (ages 6-14) to improve their skills. Great! But does this mean that SPOA will be closed to the public every Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. and every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for two months just as we enter prime skating weather? Doh! And bear in mind that ACC Leisure Services doesn’t even open SPOA until noon on Sundays. How much input do the SPOA folks at Leisure Services seek from the skate community? I gotta think things would be different, in a good way, if skaters were regularly consulted about SPOA affairs. I have a call in to Camille Branch at Leisure Services to ask about all this. She apparently will be out of the office until Monday. Her number is (706) 613-3871 if you’d like to ask your own questions or offer feedback.

From my archives

Haunted by memories of the hundred-year drought we’ve just left behind (haven’t we?), we’re happy to adjust our routines this morning to accommodate some visiting rain. Please stay while, clouds. Have a cup of coffee with us. (We have Jittery Joe’s and Thousand Faces, not taking sides and not wanting to in the debate about which local beans are more heavenly. Okay, we may be a little partial to Charlie Mustard, because we’ve been friends with the Mustards since before Tad McMillan was the principal at Barrow Elementary, but we love our 1000 Faces on Saturday mornings at the farmers market and on other mornings at Trappeze, but I digress.) Instead of strolling, camera at the ready, this morning, I’ll prepare homeschool lessons, practice some half-diminished chords, and post some images from my archives over at my Tumblr blog for my athensview.com. Beginning at 9, and once per hour, I’ll post a photograph in a series that might be called “Downtown From Other Points of View.” Hope you like ‘em.


Latest issue of moonshine arts magazine is up

Several local writers & artists (including me) participate in moonshine arts magazine. Latest issue is up at http://www.southerncreativity.com/moonshine/

Moonshine moves to its own domain in October.

Interesting in contributing? Drop me a line at


Jazz Tuesday

Folks, next time you happen to be in the audience for a performance by Athens jazz songbird Royce Anne Waldorf, ask her to sing "Summertime." Ask her to sing it the way she did yesterday evening at the regular Monday Ciné jam session. In-CRED-ible. Reminder: Tuesday is jazz night at Farm 255 downtown. House bands are the Dan Nettles Trio and the Carl Lindberg trio. If you haven't heard Marlon Patton, who's played drums for these gigs, you are in for a treat. The music tends to start 8:30 ish, and if the weather cooperates, they'll be out on the patio. House wines are half-price.


Hog for a golden summer?

As I went walkin’ with my Nikon along Prince Ave this morning, my short-range photo op sensors tripped the master alarm, but before I could wrap my right-brain around the frame, much less bring my camera up to shooting position, the op was gone, gliding toward downtown, another of the thousands of shimmering ephemeralities (Whoa, no dotted red line! That’s actually a word!) that haven’t made it to my compactflash card. What had it been? It had been a female Brando, astride her mechanical stallion, wearing black leather armor anchored to her chest with golden rivets. (My editor will blue-pencil that last sentence, saving me from the embarrassment of having my readership think me trés over the top.) I walked awhile longer, stopping short of the Dunkin’ Donuts for the same reason that Odysseus’s crew wore earplugs and Odysseus had himself lashed to a mast when passing a certain island. All of a sudden, as I strolled back toward downtown, I spotted, not far in front of me, the very image that had eluded me just moments ago. (This NEVER happens!) The cyclist! Ms. Brando! Stopped on a side street! Not only that. When I gestured to my camera and then to her, she smiled and nodded her head!

Well, it turns out I know her! And you probably do, too. She’s Claire Campbell, one half of the heavenly musical duo “Hope for a Golden Summer.” She’s riding the 1978 Kawasaki 400 that she picked up only a few months ago when her life started to get too busy for just riding a pedal-power bike or walking where she needed to go.

Thanks, Claire, for posing for me. I still want to photograph you taking command of Prince Ave :)

P.S. I’m pretty sure that the word “hog” refers technically only to Harleys, and maybe only to some Harleys. Anyhow, guys, no hard feelings, right? I’m just using a little literary license. Guys?


Jazz Brunch at Square One

I'm planning to head over to the Square One Fish Co. this afternoon for the regular Sunday jazz brunch around 1 p.m. I'm almost certain that the trio will be Rand Lines on the keys, Carlton Owens on drums, and Chris Enghauser sitting in at bass. I can recommend the shrimp and grits :)

That Smile

After an exhausting session posing for a local painter, Mona Lisa kicks back with a soda at the Jittery Joe’s in Watkinsville, or “Watkinsvilla,” in Italiano. Might it be the passionfruit? Or just lime? Ahhh, the mystery. Chow, y’all.


Fresh Pix From the Farmers Market

We're back from our weekly jaunt to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park. I'm posting photos every half hour over at my tumblr blog for athensview.com. Drop by and have a cup of virtual joe with me.


Georgia Museum of Art news

news from GMOA....
This week we want to keep you up to date on some of our ongoing and upcoming exhibitions and events. Check out:

The South in Black and White: The Works of James E. Routh Jr., 1939–1946 Prints and drawings of images gathered on Routh's travels throughout the South during the Depression. On view at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., from now until October 2, 2009.

The American Scene on Paper: Prints and Drawings from the Schoen Collection 55 prints and drawings that reflect the vast political, social and economic changes that occurred in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II. On view at the Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ga., from now until September 27, 2009.

Finally, mark your calendars for:
Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection
Lyndon House Arts Center
August 8 –October 24, 2009

Lord Love You, a special exhibition organized by the Georgia Museum of Art for the Lyndon House Arts Center as part of GMOA on the Move, will feature 83 paintings, drawings, sculptures and whirligigs created by the Georgia self-taught artist, Reuben Aaron "R.A." Miller.
Opening Reception for Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection 

Lyndon House Arts Center

Saturday, August 15, 2009
6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Have a great week and be sure to check out our blog, www.gmoa.blogspot.com , for museum construction updates!


Genealogy events

Thursday August 13 6:00 - 8:45 pm in the Educational Technology Center classroom on second floor
Athens-Clarke Co. Library, off Baxter Street near IHOP & St. Mary's

Registration is required - class is limited to 9 people.
Participants must know how to use a mouse, complete a search on a search engine, and must not be a beginner at genealogy. First 2 hours are lecture, then last part is hands on.

You will receive a detailed handout so you can work at home.

To register call 706-613-3650 Ext. 350 and give name, phone number and email address.

and this one:
The Athens-Clarke County Library's annual Night Owl Prowl, a genealogy lock-in let's you research until midnight. From Noon until midnight you can work in the Heritage Room. When the library closes at 6:00 pm family history researchers can spread out all over the 2nd floor of the library. Food, drinks, and caffeine galore - plus access to computer lab and 2 more copy machines. Registration is required and there is a registration fee of $20.00 to
cover cost of food and security guard. We will let you leave before midnight if you must, but it's lots of fun. Registration form and more information online at

Visual Rhythms of an Athens Morning

I'm back from a morning walk downtown, and I've posted some images from my stroll over at my tumblr blog for athensview.com. Drop by and have some virtual joe with me.


Incident at the Drive-Thru

So I’m at the Drive-Thru window at the Mickey D’s on Gaines School Road ready to order two hot-cakes-and-sausage breakfasts — one for my son and one for his friend — plus four chocolate milks (the chocolate milk bottles are insanely tiny). I push the button to open my driver’s side window. As the window lowers, I spot a fly on the order confirmation screen. Not just any fly. Not a house fly. A really really big fly. A fly so big you could saddle it and ride it. A fly so big you could throw a rope around its neck and skitch behind it with a skateboard. And with prominent stripes across its back. I’m thinking this fly should be excluded from the interior of the van at all costs. I order Gertrude, my GPS, to sound general quarters and seal the vehicle. (She thinks I say “air conditioning off,” which is about the last thing I would say under the circumstances. Her interface needs work.) I push the button to roll up the window. But just at that moment it’s my turn to order. “Would you like to try a mocha today?” No, I’d like you to come out here NOW with a spatula and dispatch this creature — poised to do what flies do, and possibly much, much worse — that is stationed menacingly between me and the kids’ breakfast. So I ask myself. Which do I fear more — the monster hungry to invade my van while I’m strapped in and sandwiched between cars at the drive-thru, or the monsters at home ready to devour me unless I arrive with breakfast? I catch my window midway of its travel upward, place my order as if it were any other Tuesday morning, then seal the van and roll to the first window with my Visa card (the fastest way to pay at Mickey D’s in the twenty-first century). The fly moves nary an inch. So I figure I was never the target. The fly was waiting for somebody else. Somebody behind me in the line, or somebody fated to try Mickey D’s for lunch. I suppose I’ll never know who it was or how it all went down. I’ll check the police blotter in the paper (online) the next few days, but it’s the sort of thing that the city likes to keep quiet. Giant insect attacks at fast-food drive-thru’s are not good for attracting the best students to UGA.

Athens Power Guide 2009-2010


By Dan Lorentz
[This was originally posted at My Athens on Aug. 3, 2009]

“For such a small town, this is really a good guide.”
I said that—or something much like it—to my wife last summer about the Flagpole Guide to Athens 2008-2009. We were just moving to town, and happy to keep discovering good things about our new little home city. Like the freakishly large number of good restaurants. Like helpful city planning department employees. Like an unusually fine weekly newspaper that also puts out a very readable, user-friendly guide to enjoying life in town.
Getting good advice on where to eat, drink and play in a particular place is extremely useful, especially for newcomers. Flagpole’s guide delivers the goods. It’s an excellent orientation on how to live the good life here in Athens. But the guide whetted my appetite for an even broader orientation.
The guide’s first section—under the heading “Athens Stuff”—sketches some basics about city history, population, government structure, the university and key local issues and laws. For a guide devoted to dining and entertainment opportunities, this brevity makes sense. Still, as a newcomer, I felt hungry for more after reading it.
So, to satisfy myself, I propose that Flagpole publish a second guide to Athens—something I think might be fun to call the Athens Power Guide.
This guide should give readers a solid orientation to the issues, politics, leaders and government of Athens. But it shouldn’t be content with offering a bland civics lesson. It shouldn’t focus exclusively on official government. It shouldn’t just be a directory city services and departments…and…well, maybe it would be better to put forward some positive—and more specific—suggestions about what the guide should do.
Paint a survey of major issues, but don’t oversimplify. Pick the seven-to-ten biggest issues currently facing the city. For each issue, prepare a text and infographic package that tell readers what the issue is, why it’s important for the city, who’s involved with it and why, what the alternatives are, when action will likely be taken, and how to get involved with the issue. Don’t be afraid of complex issues—just slow down, and be extra inventive about making things clear and interesting. Be fair to all sides, of course, but not at the expense of lending credence to factually dubious assertions.
Tell us who’s in charge officially, and give us “performance reviews”. Head shots, district maps, job description, contact information—yes, give us all that for every local elected and appointed government official. But give us more, too. Tell us about their major efforts while in office, their voting record on major issues, who their main supporters and allies are, what friends and foes have to say about them.
Part the curtains to show behind-the-scenes players, and tell us what they want. Government officials are hardly the only important people in town. Businesspeople, directors of non-profit organizations, church leaders, neighborhood group presidents, lobbyists, campaign managers and even newspaper editors and publishers are frequently very powerful political players in the local scene. Who are these people in Athens? Tell us who they are, who they’re connected to, what they want, and how they go about trying to get it.
Advise us on how to get involved. Tell us how to get heard at city hall. Give us tips on how to be an effective citizen lobbyist and how to testify at public hearings. Lay out election deadlines. Show us, step-by-step, how to become a candidate for office. Provide contact information for non-profits seeking volunteers.
Yes, yes: include a directory of city services. While boring as journalism, residents find such directories useful. This one probably doesn’t need to be as comprehensive as Athens-Clarke County’s ACC from A to Z, but it should contain phone numbers and web addresses for all frequently requested services.
Write it in the style of Flagpole’s local government reporters. Keep the tone informal, but the thinking and reporting precise. Be patient and civilized, but don’t be taken for a fool. Encourage engagement, gently. Despair infrequently. Just like Ben Emanuel, John Huie and Kevan Williams do.
Those are my main suggestions, and they all concern the editorial content of the guide. But I’ve got a few more ideas about other aspects of the guide.
  • Supplement the guide with a Web site that keeps the information up-to-date, provides alerts on government hearings and votes, and links to relevant ordinances, laws and administrative rulings.
  • Publish the Athens Power Guide every two years just like the Guide to Athens. Pretty soon local history buffs will have a very interesting two-volume biennial series on the city to consult.
  • Distribute the guide to every household or to every voter in Athens. Include an indexed advertising supplement—maybe an expanded version of Flagpole’s Shopping Guide?—with lots of coupons with the Athens Power Guide to help defray costs. Or round-up a group of philanthropists—some local, some national—to float the effort.
Such a guide would satisfy the need of newcomers like me to get a decent feel for local politics. Frankly, it would probably help many longtime citizens get a firmer grasp, too.
I’d also bet that publishing something like the Athens Power Guide would attract national attention as an innovative local public service journalism project. It would—I can see it!—earn kudos for Athens, the small city whose journalists are forging a new, progressive future for local journalism throughout America even as the local dailies die.

Image by Dan Lorentz

Shrooms on North Campus

The recent rains have caused a bloom of mushrooms and various alien looking fungi to spring up in the wood chip beds around the quads. If I can remember to bring my camera in tomorrow I'll try to get a few shots of them. I suspect the squirrels will start munching on them any minute now. In the interim, check it out next time you are in the area.

Today -- Tango Club

The Argentine Tango Club, a collaboration of UGA students and staff and members of the greater Athens community, will host Tango & Latin Dance Night at Buffalo’s, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 7-10 p.m. Admission is $3.00. The Tango Club, which hosts tango lessons by Fuad Elhage, a doctoral student in Language and Literacy Education and Romance Languages, invites the public to come and dance tango, salsa, cha cha, rumba, merengue, or whatever your heart desires. For more information, please call Charles at 706/613-8178.

Library Staff Art Exhibit at the Main Library

As a note there are several artists on staff in the Libraries who have exhibited around town and elsewhere.

Homegrown Talent The 2009 LSA Art Exhibit

What: Opening Reception
When: Friday, August 7th from 3:30-4:30 PM
Where: Main Library entryway

Each year the Library Staff Association coordinates a nonjuried exhibit of artwork to showcase the diverse talents, hobbies, and interests of the Libraries’ staff and faculty. Some examples of artwork in past shows include: calligraphy, computer & digital art, drawings, handmade books, knitting, crocheting, sewing, lino & hand prints, mixed media, paintings, photographs, poetry, quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, sculpture/pottery/ceramic, stained glass, woodworking.

So come one, come all, to the opening of Homegrown Talent, the 2009 Library Staff Association Art Exhibit! Join us for light snacks and drinks at the Main Library, as we celebrate the creative leanings of our friends & colleagues. The reception will take place on Friday, August 7th from 3:30-4:30 PM in the entryway of the Main Library (in front of the exhibit cases); the artwork will remain on display through the end of August.

For questions, email (jlevinso@uga.edu) or call (706-542-5788).

Soulful Songbird of the Ciné Sessions

To borrow from Forrest's mom, the Ciné jam sessions on Monday evenings are like boxes of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. Yesterday, we got some wonderfully soulful swing from Miss Royce Anne Waldorf. Here's a tribute slideshow from athensjazz411 and athensview.


Nature's Wonders

August brings a renewal of two of nature's most spectacular migrations -- great currents of life flowing across the earth's surface in search of nourishment. We have reliable word from northern Serengeti national park personnel that the wildebeest have entered the Mara! And we have confirmation from the baggers at the eastside Publix that the students have begun to appear in Athens! Our camera crews are out in the field, and we hope to bring you stunning visual evidence of the arrival of the students within the next week.


Images from Zion

A new indoor skatepark called Zion has opened in Watkinsville, and I've posted some images from our recent visits. Drop by my Zion gallery on SmugMug.


Roller Derby

girls rock & rule, August 8

"Girls Rock & Rule" will pit the Classic City Rollergirls against Winston-Salem's Camel City Thrashers who will be ably assisted by members of the Columbia Quad Squad. The August 8th bout marks the first time that these two teams will meet. Join us for what's bound to be a hard-hitting match-up. As always, doors open at 6 pm, and action starts at 7 pm. Advance adult tickets are available for $8 from your favorite rollergirl or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/75160. Roller Derby is family friendly so bring the kids! Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 – 10 and children under 6 are free!

A portion of the proceeds from the bout will help support HandsOn NE Georgia, the CCRG sponsored charity for the 2009 season. HandsOn NE Georgia helps individuals, families and corporate and community groups find flexible volunteer opportunities at various organizations in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties. Hands On Northeast Georgia volunteers are at work every day of the year building the community and meeting critical needs in schools, parks, senior homes, food banks, pet shelters, low-income neighborhoods and more. CCRG is proud to sponsor this incredible organization for the entire season.