Favorite

One day when my kids ask what I did in college, I'll just pull out my copy of Athens, GA: Inside/Out and let ‘em watch it.

It's not that I was in the movie or anything like that; I did, however, play drums in a few fairly forgettable bands that were part of the same Athens scene chronicled in that 1987 rock doc.

For all the occasional swagger evident among the musicians in the movie, the truth is it was a comparatively innocent time. Athens, Ga., in the mid-1980s was a self-contained universe unto itself, with its own rules and folkways.

The fact that the music scene there blew up into something close to a global phenomenon was almost a fluke. As far as I could tell, the bands were going to play what they were going to play regardless.

And that was the beauty of it.

(Also, this: No internet!)

The movie screens this Thursday June 28 at 7 p.m.as part of the opening of the new Howard Finster art exhibit at the Jepson Center. Connect Savannah is proud to be media sponsor of the event.

At the combined screening/opening reception you can enjoy RC Cola, Southern food, Moon Pies, and three - three! - flavors of Nehi, courtesy of Quality Beverage. Did I mention live banjo music by Joe Flanders? All for a mere five bucks for non-Telfair members, free for members. In all, an excellent deal.

You can read my story about Finster in this issue, as well as a closer look at Athens, GA: Inside/Out by Bill DeYoung.

Our Jessica Leigh Lebos contributes a couple of nifty piece this week as well, one a (possibly artfully embellished?) Hunter S. Thompson-style piece on the Drayton Tower, and another on the still-burgeoning mural on 34th and Habersham.

I also contributed a late-breaking piece on the recent announcement by Robyn Reeder that her beloved Broughton store, Primary Art Supply, will be acquired by national chain Blick Art Materials. Geoff L. Johnson shot some awesome photos for the piece.

There were some grumbles from the public about the sale, but as Robyn explains, it was either that or eventually she'd have to close Primary down without a deal at all.

As it is - with current Primary employees all being offered jobs at the new place, which should open around August - it's a rare win/win story coming out of this challenging business environment.

 

 

 

Favorite

About The Author

Jim Morekis

Jim Morekis

Bio:
A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series... more

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect Today 01.16.2018

Latest in Editor's Note

  • Editor's Note: Putting the shopping cart before the horse

    The abandoned shopping carts represent two things: The property of retail stores, and the efforts of disadvantaged people without dependable transportation to get groceries back home.
    • Jan 10, 2018
  • Editor's Note: Fire Fee = Tax cut for the wealthy?

    Because the City bundled the Fire Fee with a one-mill rollback of property tax—equal to roughly eight percent — some affluent homeowners will actually get a tax cut out of the whole deal. While, you guessed it, those closer to the bottom will carry even more of the burden.
    • Jan 3, 2018
  • Editor's Note: Chickens come home to roost in final City budget

    A Savannah that is already broke must go deeper into debt to complete the new arena. One of the barriers to sound fiscal management that City Manager Hernandez has already identified is the fact that Savannah has piled up bond indebtedness for various capital projects.
    • Dec 27, 2017
  • More »

The Most: Read | Shared | Comments

Right Now On: Twitter | Facebook

Copyright © 2018, Connect Savannah. All Rights Reserved.
Website powered by Foundation