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August 12, 2015

Chillith Fair Cometh; Last Thursday Features Bill Taft

Threats and Promises

Photo Credit: Mike White

Phelan LaVelle

GET INSIDE: Phelan LaVelle (Shade, Crunchy) is organizing a two-day multimedia benefit at Go Bar for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter cleverly titled Chillith Fair. It’s happening Aug. 28 and 29 and will feature “poetry, performance, video, tarot readings, face painting, photo booth, food, crafts, yoga and live music.” The lineup of confirmed performers is pretty well stacked and includes the New Sound of Numbers, Black Paradise, Emily Jean/Sea of Dogs, Dark Daughter, Jo RB Jones, Jock Gang, Shade, Crunchy, Wild of Night, Pamela and her Sons and Unmarked Vans. LaVelle has put the word out for volunteers to help with this shindig, and you can contact her via phelanlavelle@gmail.com. Lend a hand, yo.

LEADERS OF THE OLD SCHOOL: The last Thursday of each month this year has seen a show at Flicker Theatre & Bar hosted by Don Chambers and featuring special guests, a unique theme, magic, readings, audience participation and more. Thus far, the list of guests is pretty impressive and includes Patterson Hood, Thayer Sarrano, Kevin Lane and Matt Stoessel, among others. On Thursday, Aug. 27, the special guest is longtime Atlanta/Athens musician Bill Taft. A key figure in the development of the now-legendary 1990s Cabbagetown scene, Taft is best known for his roles in An Evening With the Garbagemen, The Jody Grind, the Opal Foxx Quartet and Smoke.  Also appearing this night is Athens musician and visual artist Jill Carnes. The show starts at exactly 8 p.m., runs until 10 and costs $5.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL, GONNA GET SHAKY: The aforementioned Thayer Sarrano has a very special evening planned to celebrate the release of her third album, Shaky. In honor of the record’s release, courtesy of the Guildwater Group, Sarrano will perform a full-band show with special guests at the historic Seney-Stovall Chapel on Milledge Avenue. Tickets for this performance are available now and are being sold via a sliding scale between $5–15. You pay whatever you like within these ranges. The show happens Friday, Sept. 18 from 7–10 p.m. See thayersarrano.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

WE HAD JOY, WE HAD FUN, WE HAD SINGLES IN THE SUN: Moeke Records continues to plow away with its Summer Singles compilation for 2015. The latest three releases are from Dream Culture, which blasts through a free-jazz-inspired intro on “How To Forget” before sliding into a comfortable spot propagating some modern psychedelia complete with what sounds like a flute, but this is unconfirmed; James Husband takes “Pretending to Live” through a gamut of personalities including folk, power-pop and a slight gulp of sizzurp-sounding screwedness; and Noseeum kicks down "Electricity, Pt. 2" (which owes a large part of its existence to the intersection of Neil Young, Galaxie 500, Polvo and My Bloody Valentine), and it is the most deeply trippy and paradoxically straightforward of the bunch. All in all, a totally decent batch of tunes that stands as a testament to the artists involved but also to the efficiency of The Glow Recording Studio and engineer Jesse Mangum, who recorded each of these in single-day sessions. Dig them all at moekerecords.bandcamp.com.

CLASSIC CITY, INDEED: The Performing Arts Center at UGA will host the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Sunday, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 24. Conductor Robert Spano will be joined by featured soprano Laura Tatulescu and mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor. Overall, there are 200 members of the chorus. The concert takes place in the Hodgson Concert Hall, where the group will present Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, aka “Resurrection.” In other news, the official PAC website is as cleanly muddled as it has always been. That is, it first seems entirely suited to the user’s needs—unless, of course, those needs include a program where events are listed chronologically; the inclusion of the calendar year, even though events for two years are listed; or a ticket price for upcoming events. Other than that, you’re totally covered! For more information, see pac.uga.edu or just call them on the telephone at 706-542-4400.

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