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Blog Topic: This Weekend

  • Grub Notes: The National Is Catering an Oscar-Themed Fundraiser for CinĂ©

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    As y'all know (or should know), Ciné, our only art-house theater, is also a nonprofit, and like all nonprofits, it needs to raise money apart from ticket sales. It's partnering with My Athens to throw a three-course benefit catered by The National, with beers from Wild Heaven, this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:15 p.m. in the CinéLab.

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  • In the Loop: Athens Mosque Hosts Open House Saturday

     

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Imam Adel Amer (center) at Al-Huda Islamic Center's open house in 2016.

    The Al-Huda Islamic Center will host an open house this Saturday from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

    “The timing is so crucial to give people a window to know about Islam,” said imam Adel Amer. “Actually the problem is with ignorance, we have to fight ignorance, and you won’t be able to form or crystalize an opinion about someone without reading about him, so instead of hearingabout us you’re going to hear from us. Because when you hear about us... the whole portrait will be the same color, or throw all the Muslims in the same basket, and that is not necessarily true. We have bad people, we have crazy people, like everybody else. But this is not the norm.”

    An open house last January drew about 600 people, and Amer is expecting a drastic upswing in attendance this year.

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  • In the Loop: Get Ready for Snowpocalypse 2017

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    Good thing they finally built the Brain Train, amirite?

    The latest forecast from the National Weather Service predicts a mix of rain and sleet tonight and 1–3 inches of snow Saturday morning in Athens.

    The UGA campus will close at 3:30 p.m., meaning all classes and other activities are canceled, and faculty and staff can go home early. Campus Transit shuts down at 4:30 p.m. The men's basketball game Saturday and the women's basketball game Sunday are still going on as planned, for the moment. Check here for updates.

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  • In the Loop: UPDATE: The Chess and Community Conference Has Been Postponed

    Local nonprofit Chess and Community will hold its annual conference Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at UGA's Tate Student Center featuring a keynote speech from the mayor of Tallahassee, FL, and chess matches between Athens youth and police, UGA football players and county commissioners.

    The conference will kick off with a welcome from Athens-Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams, followed by a speech by Andrew Gillum, who was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission at age 23 while a student at Florida A&M University and elected mayor in 2014. Attendees will also hear from Beau Shell, a young entrepreneur known as the Lil' Ice Cream Dude.

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  • Homedrone: Q&A: Americana Artist Caleb Keith Says Farewell to Athens

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    When Caleb Keith isn’t moonlighting as a country singer and songwriter, he’s a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education and the senior coordinator for assessment and research in the Department of Student Affairs, Assessment and Staff Development. A full-fledged Dawg who pursues his musical passions on the side, his life encompasses two different takes newcomers and outsiders have on the promises and opportunities of this tight-knit college town.

    Keith will be chasing a different dream soon, once he relocates to Arkansas and begins a new career at the University of the Ozarks. In anticipation of his farewell show this Saturday at Flicker, Keith talked to Flagpole about his overall Athens experience.

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  • Homedrone: Win Tickets: Andrew W.K. Brings 'Power of Partying' Tour to 40 Watt

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    Photo Credit: Jonathan Thorpe

    This week's cover story is on Andrew W.K., the party-obsessed posi-rocker who brings his "Power of Partying" speaking tour to the 40 Watt on Saturday, Nov. 5. Check it out right here, why don't you?

    We've got two pairs of passes to give away to the show. To enter, tell us in the comments below why you and a guest deserve to go for free. We'll choose two winners Friday at 5 p.m.

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  • Homedrone: Q&A With Former Television Guitarist Richard Lloyd, Playing Caledonia Saturday

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    Photo Credit: David Godlis

    Before his show at the Caledonia Lounge Saturday, former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd took a moment to ruminate on his life in music. See our Calendar Pick preview here.

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  • In the Loop: The Party's Back On at Frat Beach

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    Photo Credit: UGA News Service

    Glynn County workers and volunteers clean up "frat beach" after the Georgia-Florida game in 2012.

    Glynn County, GA has decided to Make Frat Beach Fratty Again. Sort of.

    Authorities at the beach community that’s a notorious party spot for UGA students on the Georgia-Florida football weekend have decided to scale back the police presence after cracking down on rowdy students last year, the Golden Isles News reported.

    Last year’s “zero tolerance” approach will still be in effect, but police won’t be out in force on St. Simons Island roads like they were last year.

    “Last year may have been a bit of overkill,” County Commission Chairman Richard Strickland said last month, according to the News. “We were trying to get their attention, to make them understand. We appreciate them being here, but at the same time we have laws and we want you to behave yourselves. But we are more than happy to have them here.”

    Last year, after getting fed up with partiers trashing the beach, Glynn County commissioners sent a stern letter to UGA and Florida students warning them to behave themselves. They didn’t this year. Apparently coastal merchants complained that the heavy police presence hurt their business.

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  • Homedrone: Win Tickets: Classic City American Music Festival


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    The Classic City American Music Festival returns to The Foundry this Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. The two-day event features food, drink, fun and live music from Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys, Dave Marr, Packway Handle Band, Cicada Rhythm and many other local and regional standouts. Check out our preview here.

    We've got two pairs of two-day passes to give away! To enter, tell us in the comments below why you and a guest deserve to go for free. We'll choose two winners Friday at 1 p.m.

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  • Homedrone: Win Tickets: Dungen and New Madrid Play 40 Watt Saturday

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    Swedish psych-rockers Dungen and local favorites New Madrid share a bill at the 40 Watt Club Saturday, and we've got a pair of tickets to give away. To enter, tell us why you deserve to go for free in the comments below. We'll choose a winner Friday at 1 p.m.

    Oh, and here's this week's feature on New Madrid.

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