Friday, May 19

26 events


  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    10 p.m. $5.

    Burlesque Beta

    Burlesque performers perfect their work in front of a friendly crowd, kind of like the "Muppet Show," but with less puppets and more cleavage.

  • Rubber Soul Yoga

    8:15 p.m. $5–10.

    Night Shade

    The Portland-based, professional shadow puppet troupe Night Shade presents "The Daughters of Sunset," a performance about a grieving mother who discovers clues to her daughter's disappearance through a diary that reveals her secret life and decent into darkness. Hand-cut paper illustrations are combined with moving lights, sound effects and experimental storytelling. Asheville-based Toy Box Theater will open the night.


  • reBlossom Mama Baby Shop

    Crawlers and Walkers Playgroup

    A weekly meeting for parents and their children, ages 8–24 months, to relax and socialize. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.,

  • ACC Library

    6–9 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Afterhours Summer Reading Kick-off!

    Teens can pick up their summer reading log and celebrate with pizza. This year's theme is "Build a Better World." Ages 11–18. Registration required.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    10 a.m. $4–6.

    Home School Science

    This month's topic is "Eclipse". Ages 4–12. 


  • Multiple Locations

    Aquatics Fitness Programs

    "Aqua Aerobics" is held at Memorial Park Pool on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. through Aug. 5. $5 per class. "Adult Lap Swim" is held at Bishop Park Pool on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. $55. 706-613-3589,


Live Music

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040

    PSEUDO Local band featuring musicians Kip Jones and Damian Kapcala.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18-20).

    VINCAS Local downer-punk band featuring snarling guitars and doomy, psychedelic flourishes.

    ILLEGAL DRUGS Four-piece anthemic hard rock band out of Atlanta.

    KWAZYMOTO Noisy local punk- and and math-influenced rock trio.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    THE QUIET PACK Athens-based experimental hip-hop project.

    DK Experimental trio with hints of avant-prog and jazz.

    NITEMIRROR Two-piece out of Kansas City playing a self-described "new genre." 

    LUKE BASS Athens-based new wave and electronic producer.

  • The Foundry

    8:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door).

    PACKWAY HANDLE BAND Longstanding local bluegrass outfit playing crafty originals and innovative renditions of classic tunes.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 9 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door).

    ELF POWER Longtime fixture on the Athens scene playing crisp, melodic psych-pop. Album release show! See story on p. 12.

    TOBIN SPROUT Singer-songwriter from Dayton, OH best known as a member of iconic indie-rock band Guided by Voices.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $18-$35.

    FAMILY FORCE 5 Get down with this crunk Christian rap-rock band out of Atlanta. 

    MR. TALKBOX Nashville-based Christian artist blending elements of hip hop, R&B and gospel.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $8.

    LITTLE COUNTRY GIANTS Old-time folk, country and blues from Rome, GA.

    BROKEN STRING BAND Local group blending high-energy Americana instrumentation with emotive lyricism.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE MUSIC Rotating local jazz and bluegrass bands play every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Iron Factory

    10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877

    TRE POWELL Local singer-songriter playing bluesy acoustic tunes with soulful vocals.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    7 p.m.

    THE DIXIELAND 5 Local trad-jazz/Dixieland band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    HARVEY FUNKWALKER Athens-based trio steeped in deep funk roots and laced with tinges of jazz, blues and rock.

  • The Office Lounge

    8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840

    FUNKY BLUESTER Atlanta-based blues outfit inspired by traditional Chicago and Texas styles.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    7 p.m. FREE!

    JOHN SWILLEY Local songwriter who blends gritty Southern rock, sultry R&B and Delta blues.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    4:30 p.m.

    DAVE FORKER Acoustic and slightly electrified originals and covers. Attempts will be made to rock. 


Support Groups


  • Athens Community Theater

    May 25–27, 8 p.m. May 28, 2 p.m. $18.

    Next to Normal

    The award-winning musical explores how a suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.


  • Ciné Barcafé

    7:30 p.m.

    My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

    The high school comedy and disaster movie is told through a mixed media animation style. A video Q&A with filmmaker and graphic novelist Dash Shaw, producer Craig Zobel, and animator Jane Samborski will follow the screening.

Ending Friday, May 19


Word on the Street

  • Rocksprings Community Center

    Senior Adult Trips

    "Dahlonega's Old Fashioned Christmas Trip." Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. $15–23. "Hannah's Cherokee Trip." Jan. 8, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. $30–45. "Georgia Aquarium Trip." Jan. 25, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. $50–75. All programs depart and return to Rocksprings Park.

Help Out

  • Clarke Central High School

    Relay for Life of Clarke County

    Help fund a cure for cancer while planning a fun community event. Seeking new volunteers to help plan one of the largest local events of the year. 706-543-2240,,