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Tunes & Thoughts

In the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting, local community organizer Lemuel LaRoche (aka Life the Griot) and R.E.M. manager and activist Bertis Downs are co-organizing a music-focused event that encourages Athenians of all stripes to come together and discuss the crucial but often touchy matters of race and identity in an open, honest forum. LaRoche, the driving force behind the Athens-based, youth-oriented Chess and Community nonprofit, says the goal of the event, which features local artists and speakers, is to “help the community embrace our differences [through] laughter and deep discussion.”

7 p.m. FREE!