Thursday, November 20

51 events


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    5–8 p.m. FREE!

    Drawing in the Galleries

    Open hours for visitors to sketch in the galleries using graphite or colored pencils.

  • Athens, GA

    6-9 p.m. FREE!

    Third Thursday Art Series

    Seven galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month. Participating galleries include the Georgia Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ATHICA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Ciné, the GlassCube & Gallery @ Hotel Indigo and The Classic Center. See website for a list of open exhibits.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    7–8:30 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Photography Guild

    Meet and learn from other photographers in Athens. This month's topic is "Through the Eyes of a News Photographer," presented by AJ Reynolds, staff photographer for the Athens Banner-Herald. 

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    6:30 p.m. $25.

    The Business of Art Class

    This class is designed for artists who want to strengthen the business side of their art by applying practical methods to further their career. This week includes a panel discussion with art experts.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    6 p.m. FREE!


    Kelly Cassidy demonstrates how to relax and have fun while drawing simple, structured patterns. For teens and adults.

  • BMA At Home

    5 p.m. FREE!

    Book Signing

    Get a signed copy of Beauty Everyday: A Year of Southern Beauty by Rinne Allen, Kristen Bach and Rebecca Wood.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    5–7 p.m.

    Opening Reception

    The Ware-Lyndon House Committee launched the restoration and decoration of the Historic House Museum 17 years ago. See the grand opening of the bedroom exhibit, decorated in period style.

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    The Art of Eating Ethically

    The UUFA Ethical Eating Discussion Group is seeking artwork for an exhibit called "The Art of Eating Ethically." Submit artwork with a description of how the piece represents ethical eating (humane, sustainable, organic, fair trade, local, etc.). Deadline to apply Jan. 15. Show April-May. 706-546-7671,


  • 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.

  • 8 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3512,

    Sustainable Industry Roundtable

    (OmniSource Corporation, 590 Old Hull Rd.) Leaders in the Athens manufacturing and business community describe their efforts to reduce costs and natural resource consumption. Light breakfast will be followed by introductions, a presentation and a tour of the Hull Road facility. 

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    6–9 p.m. $15.

    Unplugged for the Cottage

    Live music from Betsy Franck, Clay Leverett, Adam Payne, Adam Poulin, Clarence "Big C" Cameron, Clint Swords and more, plus food from eight local restaurants and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center.


  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    7–8 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

    Pajama Storytime

    Bring your pajama-clad kids in for a set of stories and a bedtime snack.

  • Bishop Park

    Fantastic Fridays

    (Gym) Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 months–4 years and their parents. Call to register. Fridays, 10–11:30 a.m. $5. 706-613-3589

  • ACC Library

    10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Baby Music Jam

    Children ages 1-3 and their caregivers can play instruments, sing and dance together.

  • ACC Library

    4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650,

    Book Jammers

    Children and their families are invited for stories, trivia, crafts and more. This event promotes literacy through the art of listening and helps to strengthen attention spans. For children ages 6–10.

  • Oconee County Library

    10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-769-3950


    Children 2 & under are invited for this early-literacy program full of stories, songs and playtime.

  • ACC Library

    4:30–6 p.m. FREE!

    Teen Writing Group

    Get ready for NaNoWriMo or just focus on becoming a better writer. For ages 11–18.

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.

  • Walker's Coffee & Pub

    9 p.m. FREE! 706-543-1433


    KARAOKE Every Thursday!

  • Diverse Universe Studio

    9 p.m. 706-296-2945


    KARAOKE Every Thursday!



  • Topper's International Showbar

    8 p.m. 706-613-0504

    Male Review

    Topper's switches it up with an all-male show featuring the International Covermen.


  • ACC Library

    9–9:45 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 354

    One-On-One Computer Tutorial

    Personalized instruction available for various computer topics. 

  • Mama Bird's Granola

    6:30 p.m. $30.

    Chinese Dumplings with Chef Yen

    Learn to make your own.

  • Revival Yarns

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Knit 1 Class

    Get acquainted with the tools and craft of knitting. Learn cast-on stitches and the knit stitch. The class is free with the purchase of materials. RSVP.

  • Oconee County Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950

    Intro to Word

    Learn the basics.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    Garden Geology

    (Classroom 2) Learn about the rocks of Georgia's six geologic provinces and make a collection. Tuesdays, Jan. 6–Feb. 24, 4–6 p.m. $80. 706-542-6156,

Live Music

  • Barbeque Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM All pickers welcome! Every Thursday!

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. 706-369-3040

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singer-songwriter Louis Phillip Pelot and company play a "mind-boggling wall of organic sound with upbeat, travel-driven lyrics." The band is celebrating 90-plus weeks of Thursday shows.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8:30 p.m. $6 (21+), $8 (18-20).

    CLOUD RECORDINGS FESTIVAL Featuring Axxa/Abraxas, Moths, Wild of Night, Sea of Dogs, Done Gone, Lavender Holyfield and Jewel Thieves in the Cosmic Net. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • The Classic Center

    7 p.m. $29.50–$39.50.

    OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Acclaimed folk and bluegrass outfit from Nashville, TN. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    CASTAWAY Solo project of Athens-based musician Freeman Leverett, influenced by surf-rock, bossa nova and Hawaiian steel guitar.

    RARE BIRDS Nostalgic, pop-tinged music from this local rock band.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $5.

    THE BUSH KRICKETS Rock group from Monroe, GA.

    SON AND THIEF No info available.

    RYNE MEADOW Local singer-songwriter.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $17.

    PAPDOSIO Asheville-based electro-rock band.

    GHOST OWL Local group featuring former members of Perpetual Groove that partially diverges from that band's sound but still retains a jammy vibe.

    ASIAN TEACHER FACTORY Four-piece "avant-rock" band from Asheville, NC.

  • Green Room

    9:30 p.m. $3.

    GIMME HENDRIX Local Jimi Hendrix cover band.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    NICK ROSEN ELEMENT Multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed with legendary artists including Jennifer Holliday, Dionne Farris, Roy Ayers and many more.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    6 p.m. $15.

    UPPLUGGED FOR THE COTTAGE A benefit for The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, featuring acoustic music from Betsy Franck, Clay Leverett, Adam Payne, Adam Poulin, Clarence “Big C” Cameron, Clint Swords and more.

  • Normaltown Hall

    9 p.m. $10.

    HOWE GELB The founder of critically acclaimed Arizona outfit Giant Sand, Gelb plays devastating, low-key desert-folk.

    GRANT-LEE PHILLIPS American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known as the frontman of critically-acclaimed group Grant Lee Buffalo.

    DON CHAMBERS This longtime local favorite delves into pastoral folk and experimental rock with equal passion.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    LITTLE RAINE BAND Rock/Americana band from Birmingham, AL.

  • The Office Lounge

    8 p.m. 706-546-0840

    REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Newly relocated back to his old stomping grounds of Athens, Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. He hosts an "all-star jam" every Thursday.

Lectures & Lit

  • ACC Library

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Local History Book Club

    Meet to discuss Terry Kay's To Dance With the White Dog.

  • ACC Library

    12:15 p.m. FREE!

    Lunchtime Learning

    Adrianne Freeman from Georgia Legal Services Program presents "Landlord/Tenant Law: Know Your Rights." Feel free to bring a lunch.


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Population: 1

    From the depths of a bunker comes one man's musical sendoff of the world's last empire. A twisted history lesson from punk favorite Tomata du Plenty (The Screamers) features members of Los Lobos, Vampira, Beck and others. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • Miller Learning Center

    6 p.m. FREE!

    White Waters

    (Room 348) Little drops of water, they say, make a mighty ocean; will Melvin break through or fall through the cracks of life? Part of African Film Nights.


  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Nov. 20–21, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m. $10–15.

    All on a Christmas Day

    Cornerstone Productions presents their annual faith-based Christmas production, All on a Christmas Day. Follow the life of Luke from the 1920s through today with Broadway-style music.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Dec 19 & 20, 8 p.m. $5.

    We Three Queens: A Holiday Drag Spectacular

    (The Cellar Theatre) We Three Queens tells the story of a failing house of drag burlesque. Tensions flair, glitter will fly, and jocks will be strapped in this madcap cabaret.


  • UGA Tate Student Center

    6:30 p.m. FREE! (w/ UGA ID), $1.

    A Night of Improv Comedy

    Laugh Out Loud and Improv Athens put on a night of hilarious improv before Thanksgiving break. 


  • 6 p.m. FREE! 706-546-7075,

    Clarke County Democratic Committee Meeting

    (1095A Baxter St.) The CCDC monthly meeting is open to all interested persons.


  • Kelly's Jamaican Food

    8 p.m. FREE! 706-208-0000 (Lumpkin St. location)

    DJ Silencer

    DJ SILENCER Young local DJ playing an all-vinyl mix of roots, rocksteady, dancehall and dub reggae.

Ending Thursday, November 20


Word on the Street

  • Downtown Athens

    Downtown Parade of Lights

    Now accepting entries. This year's theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Prizes will be awarded for the most original float, best use of the theme and best use of lights. Deadline Nov. 20. Parade on Dec. 4, 7 p.m. $40.