For those in the know, which is a lot of folks, Athens, Georgia is a special place and especially creative. As a preview to this month’s ON THE ROAD: ATHENS episode which airs on Monday the 25th, we met up with a select group of friendly and inspiring talents who call Athens home. Their interviews are in a very relaxed and conversational style, just like Athens, and the places we visit along the way are a must the next time you stop by town.
We met up with architect and curator Carl Martin at Cine, the fabulous art house movie theatre and art gallery that is right next door to The National, a Hugh Acheson restaurant; see a movie, then get the stuffed medjool dates with celery, manchego cheese, smoked paprika. Our interview is with one of Athens’ coolest collaborators, and certainly a great host for our VIP tour. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH CARL NOW.
While we were hangin’ and talkin’ to Carl at Cine, we had the pleasure of an impromptu art tour with artist Jennifer Hartley, who happened to be hanging her show there that afternoon. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER NOW.
Just down the block from The National and Cine is the home and studio and garden and wonderland created by Rinne Allen with her husband Lee. Rinne gave us an audio tour through her world. It’s fascinating and picturesque. Rinne has a cool connection to Sidewalk Radio, her brother Ben Allen composed our theme song and is a guest on Monday’s show. Oh, and Rinne collaborated with Hugh Acheson to produce A New Turn in the South, a book that won a James Beard Award. Cheers to that. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH RINNE NOW.
Our last visit, before kicking around town for more art, food and music, is with Michael Lachowski. A founding member of Pylon, an artist, a publisher, and now with the Georgia Museum of Art, Michael is certainly one of Athens’ most active and influential creative talents. Take a listen to the interview, you’ll see. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL NOW.