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Weekender Briefs: Halloween weekend offers more than just the annual block party

Although the biggest event of the weekend is the annual Halloween Block Party, there are plenty of other activities throughout the next few days.

Friday evening, Athens Uncorked, located at 14 Station St., will host its annual Halloween party. Guests can try a hot version of the wine bar’s popular apple spice wine. Those wearing costumes will receive 10 percent off their bill.

If beer sounds more appealing than wine, Little Fish Brewing Company is the place to spend a Saturday. Little Fish, located at 8675 Armitage Rd., will hold its Halloween party, where customers can enjoy craft beer and compete in a costume contest.

Little Fish will also host a family-friendly kids costume contest Sunday afternoon. The Cajun Clucker, a comfort food truck, will have food for sale.

As usual, Athens’ music scene is full of a talented and diverse selection of bands. Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St., will host two bluegrass bands, Jakobs Ferry Stragglers and Knot Brothers, Friday night. The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St., features psychedelic rock band Turtle Island, folk rock group The Crooked Spines and the lo-fi pop stylings of Dandelion Hunter.

Saturday night features bands that are rooted right here in Athens. Hellnaw, a two-man band that describes its sound as “eclectic grit-funk,” will headline the show at The Union. They will be joined by Blue Moth, a psychedelic blues trio, and Slackluster, which plays “weirdo garage-a-delia.”

Meanwhile, Casa Nueva features two bands that are local favorites. Cleveland-based Uptowne Buddha, a neo-soul funk band, will return to Athens, which the members describe as their “second home.” Guitar player Sam Terkel is an OU alumnus. Uptowne Buddha will be joined by Love Alive, a Columbus-based psychedelic funk rock group, which has also played in Athens several times.

Finally, Putt People First Miniature Golf Course’s season will end for the winter after a “blaze of glory” at Puttzapaloosa 2016. There will be music and food to go along with free mini golf.

If You Go 


What: Screening and discussion of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

When: 4 p.m.

Where: LGBT Center, Baker Center 354

Admission: Free

The LGBT Center will host a viewing and subsequent discussion of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. The 2012 documentary gives a history of the AIDS activism movement and shares the side of those affected by the disease.

What: Athens Uncorked Halloween Party

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St.

Admission: Free, drinks for sale

What: Halloween Climbing Competition

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Ping Recreation Center

Admission: Free

Students are invited to put on their costumes and spend the evening at the climbing wall in Ping Recreation Center. Ohio University Outdoor Pursuits will host the event and promised “an evening of climbing, friendly competition, prizes and lots of Halloween fun.”

What: Turtle Island, The Crooked Spines and Dandelion Hunter

When: 9 p.m.

Where: The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St.

Admission: $5

What: Jakobs Ferry Stragglers with Knot Brothers

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Admission: $5


What: Holistic Health and Psychic Fair

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St.

Admission: $3

What: Halloween at Little Fish Brewing Company

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Little Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Rd.

Admission: Free, beer for sale

What: Aoife O’Donovan and Willie Watson

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville 

Admission: Reserved seats, $22 in advance, $27 at the door; box seats, $27 in advance, $32 at the door

Aoife O’Donovan, an indie folk artist, will perform with her band. O’Donovan released her second solo album, In The Magic Hour, earlier this year. Willie Watson will perform as a one-man band. Watson, who is best known as one of the founding members of Old Crow Medicine Show, plays guitar, banjo and mouth harp.

What: Uptowne Buddha with Love Alive

When: 10 p.m.

Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St.

Admission: $3

What: Hellnaw with Blue Moth and Slackluster

When: 9 p.m.

Where: The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St.

Admission: $5


What: Puttzapaloosa 2016

When: 12 p.m.

Where: Putt People First Miniature Golf Course, “South Side Park, off of Dairy Lane from Richland Ave.”

Admission: Free

What: Little Fish Kids Costume Contest

When: 2 p.m.

Where: Little Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Rd.

Admission: Free, food from the Cajun Clucker and beer for sale

What: Halloween Movie Marathon

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Athena Grand, 1008 E. State St.

Admission: $20

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