Before there was Woodstock, before there was Altamont, there was the First Atlanta International Pop Festival. Held at the Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron over the July 4 weekend in 1969, the festival lineup featured some of the biggest names in rock and popular music, from Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker to Johnny Winter and Canned Heat. Concert producer Alex Cooley followed up with a second festival the following year. The Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, held at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, again on the Fourth of July Weekend, had an equally stellar lineup, with the Allman Brothers, the Chambers Brothers, and Poco, among many others, taking the stage in the blistering heat.

Athenian David Lee has crafted a documentary using footage of these two festivals plus the Texas International Pop Festival, which was held in Lewisville, Texas (near Dallas) on Labor Day weekend, 1969. "Alex Cooley Presents: Time Has Come Today" provides us with an up-close, inside look at the festivals from a fan's perspective.  Equally an homage to the performances taking place onstage and a you-are-there flashback into concert festival life in at its DIY infancy, the documentary is a time trip that any music fan will want to take.

Lee, executive producer of the movie, will introduce the program and lead a discussion and Q&A after the screening.

For more information, contact Mary Miller,

A reception for the opening of The Head and the Art will be Nov. 30 from 5 pm - 7 pm.

The Head and the Art is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Athens’ artists and scientists that pushes the limits for a better understanding of both areas. The pieces cover topics ranging from forest entomology to mindfulness and psychology, using mediums equally diverse— metalsmithing, weavings, and even tattoo drawings. 

Both science and art seek truth and understanding through creativity, problem solving, innovation, and experimentation. Science makes the invisible visible. Art makes the unknowable knowable. Together, there is no limit to our ability to understand the world around us.

See more at the Facebook page.

Special tour of the “Fighting Spirit: Wally Butts and UGA Football, 1939-1950” in the rotunda of the Special Collections Libraries

Special tour of the “Fighting Spirit: Wally Butts and UGA Football, 1939-1950” in the rotunda of the Special Collections Libraries

There will be a variety of activities, including lightning talks, drone demonstrations, an augmented reality sandbox, and a Mapathon. We'll also have tables featuring campus and local organizations, as well as snacks (and cake!)

GIS Day is an international educational event for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society (Source: GIS refers to software that captures, analyzes, displays and shares spatial or geographical data. Through maps, spatial modeling, and many other applications, GIS provides critical information for public health, government planning, neighborhood real estate, national defense, business, transportation and many more fields.