NIHILIST CHEERLEADER New local experimental punk band.
SLEEPY HAHAS Three-piece garage-psych band from Buffalo, NY.
PENNY LAME Athens-based lo-fi indie-folk project.
LITTLE GOLD Local group fronted by songwriter Christian DeRoeck, playing garage-rock with country and pop sensibilities.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS John Darnielle and his band play literate, heavily thematic indie rock. See story on p. 15.
BLANK RANGE Rock and roll band from Nashville, TN.
BUHU Austin, TX-based psych-pop trio.
THE HERNIES Local indie rock band led by songwriter Henry Barbe.
MARTA PACEK DUO Up-and-coming Australian folk singer-songwriter.
BLUES NIGHT WITH BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.
FOLK FESTIVAL WARMUP The 31st annual North Georgia Folk Festival takes place Oct. 10. To get everyone in the folking mood, the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society hosts an evening of music featuring Cortez Garza, Blanks & Postage, MrJordanMrTonks and a few surprises. $3 suggested donation. All proceeds benefit the festival.
OPEN MIC Showcase your talent at this open mic night every Monday. Hosted by Larry Forte.
MONDAYS ON THE MIC Showcase your talent with some of Athens' best local musicians. Don't play? Enjoy some peanuts on the couch and let your ears be filled with beautiful tunes.
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens who gather at the beginning of every month to discuss and plan upcoming events. Ages 11–18. Registration required.
Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist players and help build skill levels. For ages 7–18. Registration required.
Designed to nurture language skills through literature-based materials and activities. Parents assist their children in movements and actions while playing.
Get a team together and show off your extensive music knowledge! Hosted by Jonathan Thompson.
Team trivia contests with house cash prizes every Monday night.
Win house cash and prizes! Every Monday night.
Test your spelling and win prizes. No bees on site.
Hosted by Nic. Play for prizes.
The UGA College of Public Health will celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a talk and signing by Louis W. Sullivan on his book, Breaking Ground.
Learn the basics and discover your family history. Registration required.
A panel of citizens will address how to make downtown better at the Federation of Neighborhoods forum. Topics include student housing developments, the SPLOST infrastructure project, the Master Plan and parking.
Nonprofits can learn about volunteering at the ice skate rental counter at The Classic Center.
Watch the 2014 documentary Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth (5:30) and Steven Spielberg's 1985 adaptation of The Color Purple (7:30) in anticipation of Alice Walker's visit to Athens.
Katherine Dunlap teaches watercolor for beginners and those who would like some practice. Mondays, Oct. 5–26. $20 per class. www.kaartist.com
Town & Gown Players host auditions for Assassins. Actors will perform 16–32 bars of a musical theatre song of their choice and cold read from the script. Oct. 5–6, 6 p.m. email@example.com