A SHOW OF HANDS: The Classic City Fringe Festival, happening Oct. 27–30, is in need of volunteers. This event is the only one of its kind in the Athens area and, true to its name, encompasses a variety of performances and artists operating outside standard structures and limitations. Artistic varieties include theater and dance, video and film, performance art, poetry, comedy, puppetry, art installations, live music performance, burlesque and vaudeville. The volunteer crew, dubbed Fringe Heroes, will help with publicity running up to the start of the festival and participate in duties such as box-office help, running doors, sound production and other areas. Additionally, the CCFF is seeking people to help document the event, as well as to assist with public relations and good ol’ fashioned errand running, which is no small task. Please visit classiccityfringefestival.com and click “How to Participate” if you'd like to be involved.
GO NORTH, YOUNG MAN: As reported on Homedrone, Kai Riedl, creator and director of the Slingshot Festival, recently accepted a job as executive producer of Moogfest in Durham, NC. His new duties include handling all production aspects of the electronic and experimental music event, which was formerly held in Asheville but moved to Durham last year. Riedl told me that Slingshot, as an organization, is making a turn into functioning more as an agency through which events are organized, including the self-named event here in Athens, as well as future events and marketing occurrences in such far-flung places as Mexico City and India. In other news, Riedl recently took on partner Vivek Boray, who is helping spearhead these other developments, as well as being the man on the ground here in Athens for all things Slingshot.
BUT STILL: In related news, the next Industry Night co-presented by Creature Comforts and Slingshot happens Monday, Oct. 3. Featured entertainment comes courtesy of Art Contest and Dream Culture. As always, this event is free for bar, nightclub and off-site package sale employees with either employee ID or other proof of employment, and costs the normal tour price for all others. It runs from 5–8 p.m. on the brewery grounds.
ALL THIS JAZZ: Hendershot's Coffee Bar will present, in association with the UGA Jazz Studies department, a show by the Dave Stryker Trio Friday, Sept. 23. Stryker, a much-accomplished jazz guitarist, has led his own band through a jaw-dropping 26 releases, as well as an incredible 50-plus recorded appearances as a sideman for artists like Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and others. This show is $8 for UGA students, $10 for the general public and will run from 8–10 p.m. For further information, see hendershotscoffee.com.
ACTUALLY FOR THE KIDS: The Saturday Morning Club series is a program created by the UGA Performing Arts Center specifically for kids age 4–12 that features performances from various university student groups and other younger performers. This series happens annually and is now in its fourth year. All concerts are free, too. You know these have gotta be for kids, because they happen at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. That’s pretty much an unthinkably early start time for your average Athenian music lover, but if you've got kids, chances are good you've been up for hours by that time. Anyway, upcoming shows are the UGA Symphony Orchestra (Sept. 24), UGA Wind Symphony (Oct. 22), UGA Theatre (Nov. 5), UGA Core Concert Dance Company (Feb. 11 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. at the New Dance Theatre) and the Georgia Children's Chorus (Mar. 25). Unless otherwise noted, all shows happen at Hodgson Concert Hall. Call the PAC at 706-542-4400 for more information.
NONE MORE BLACK: The cross-continental experimental noise duo Men's Residence has come to an end. Alas, we hardly knew thee. One final release came out at the beginning of September titled I Fucked Up, and it was assembled quickly and released fairly immediately by member Ryan Pensyl. While the group was never in any way an easy listen, this final document is easily its most challenging. It's primarily composed of electronic glitches, pattern repetition, sound effects and dialogue samples, and everything is dialed in so tightly it just drills right into the listener’s head. It’s seriously emotionally charged and blacker than midnight. Everything's titled with Roman numerals, too, because I guess sometimes there just aren't any words. Say goodbye over at mensresidence.bandcamp.com.