Thursday, February 7

30 events

Live Music

  • Blues Night. 9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-0840

    THE SHADOW EXECUTIVES Local blues legends. This is an open jam and guests are welcome!

  • 10 p.m. FREE!

    THE BARLETTAS Local group plays cheeky, '60s-influenced rock with harmonies and honky-tonk overtones.

    THE HIGHER CHOIR Southern rock band from Atlanta.

  • 11 p.m. FREE!

    RAPDRAGONS Baltimore rap duo in the stylings of Greg Ward, sampling fellow Baltimore acts like Future Islands, Lower Dens, Ponytail and Beach House.

    83 CUTLASS Aggressive, raw and personal hip-hop from Baltimore.

    T.E.A.M. No information available.

    TWO DARK BIRDS Members of k (v) i d s and Pretty Bird perform a hip-hop set.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m. $8 (21+), $10 (18+).

    GRASS WIDOW San Francisco-based post-punk/indie-psych outfit. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

    GLASSCRAFTS Fuzzed-out pop-punk from members of Grass Giraffes.

    SHADE Dissonant, groove-oriented local post-punk band.

  • Crow's Nest

    11 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7050

    RANS THOMAS Local wildlife consultant and country singer-songwriter.

  • Georgia Theatre

    9 p.m. $15.

    EMANCIPATOR Trip-hop artist joined in the live setting by a violinist.

    RANDOM RAB San Francisco-based producer.

    TOR Canadian electro producer.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE!

    JAZZ JAM Some of our town's most talented jazz musicians get together at this monthly happening. Bring your axe, or grab a brew and a table and give an ear.

  • Manor

    8 p.m. $15.

    DAVID ALLAN COE Outlaw country's baddest bad boy is responsible for penning mega-crude songs like "Pick Em, Lick Em, Stick Em" and "Don't Bite the Dick." Oh yeah, and some legit classics, too, like barroom fave "You Never Even Called Me By My Name."

    THE JOMPSON BROTHERS Country-tinged muscle-rock band from Nashville.

    COTTER PEN Local quartet plays jammy rock, blues and soul.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-4742

    THE JAUNTEE Jam-funk band from Allston, MA.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5:30 p.m. FREE!

    TRE POWELL Bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals.


  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    8:30 a.m. FREE!

    Nature Ramblers

    Learn more about the flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and inspirational readings. Ramblers are encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group.

  • Healing Arts Centre

    7–8 p.m. Donations accepted. 706-338-6843

    Reiki Circle

    A Japanese technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. Every Thursday.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    Dr. Fred's Karaoke

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John "Dr. Fred" Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

  • Amici

    9 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0000

    Open Mic Night

    OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your talent! Email to get a spot.

  • Big Gay Cookout fundraiser! 8 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609

    One World Open Mic

    ONE WORLD OPEN MIC All entertainers are welcome! Featured acts include The Skipperdees, African Soul, Amy Neese and Ricky Simone.


  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    Scottish Country Dance Classes

    Social dancing at its liveliest with jigs, reels and strathspeys. Bring your dancing shoes. Every Thursday, 7–9 p.m. $3.

  • Memorial Park

    Readers' Theatre Workshop

    (Quinn Hall) Athens Creative Theatre conducts a program for teens and adults using scripts so that the characterization occurs solely through the actor’s voice and expressions. Mondays, Feb. 18–Mar. 25, 6–8 p.m. $50–75. 706-613-3628,

  • Transformational Doll Workshop

    (Call for Location) Local artist Barbara Odil leads a two-day experiential workshop in creating dolls that reflect pivotal life events. Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. & Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $250, $125 advance deposit. 706-546-5601


  • Hugh Hodgson School of Music

    FREE! 8 p.m.

    Faculty Recital

    Violin professor Michael Heald performs with pianist Timothy Lovelace.

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $5.

    Spread the Love

    Dance performances by the Modern Pin-Ups. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

  • UGA Tate Student Center

    7:30 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $5.

    Step Afrika!

    (Grand Hall) The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping performs a step show. Part of UGA's Week of Soul.


  • Seney-Stovall Chapel

    8 p.m. $7–12.

    The Fantasticks

    The longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks tells a classic story of two teenagers in love with love, who must contend with plotting parents and a melodramatic villan, in a refreshingly simple style.


  • UGA Tate Student Center

    8 p.m. $1–2. $1–2.

    Do the Right Thing

    (Tate Theatre) A screening of Spike Lee's 1989 film. On the hottest day of the year in a Brooklyn neighborhood, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Lectures & Lit

  • UGA School of Law

    4:30 p.m. FREE!

    Human Rights and Culture Lecture

    William A. Schabas addresses the long-neglected association between human rights, culture and the arts. 

  • UGA Jackson St. Building

    3 p.m. FREE!

    Willson Center and EECP Odum Lecture

    (Room 125) James Anaya, United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, speaks.


  • Chamber of Commerce

    5:30–7 p.m. FREE!

    Downtown Development Open House


    The open house provides an opportunity for the public to provide input on downtown infrastructure improvements (water main, sanitary sewer, drainage and streetscape). No presentation is planned. Project representatives from T.Y. Lin and the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST department will be on site to discuss concerns and expectations.



Help Out

  • Athens, GA

    Seeking Farming Volunteers

    Hungry Gnome Gardenscapes is a for-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to grow their own food through design and installation of edible landscapes following permaculture principles and ethics. Email to volunteer.,

Word on the Street

  • The Classic Center

    Faith & Citizenship: Religion in the Public Square Conference

    Barbara Brown Taylor keynotes the conference exploring the role of faith in the public square, with special attention to the ethics of political engagement. Three meals included. Friday evening at The Classic Center and Saturday at Piedmont College. Feb. 22, 5 p.m.–Feb. 23, 3:30 p.m. $150–175. 706-369-6833,   


  • Athens, GA

    "My_Athens" Exhibit

    Instagram users are invited to tag their photos of Athens, GA with the hashtag "#my_athens" to be considered for an exhibit in April. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Visit website for details.