Culture Briefs

  • Photo Gallery: Athens Human Rights Festival


    The Athens Human Rights Festival filled College Square last weekend, and Flagpole was there. All photos by Joshua L. Jones except where noted.


  • Here Are the Five Bulldogs Drafted by the NFL


    Photo Credit: Andy Harrison/UGA Athletics

    First-round pick Leonard Floyd celebrates against Clemson.

    Georgia’s lackluster 2015 season wasn’t for lack of professional-level talent. Five former Bulldogs were taken in the NFL draft, which wrapped up on Saturday.


  • Bulldog Inn 'Annual Bi-annual' Postponed Until Fall

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    Will Eskridge's "Wolf City"

    The 2016 Bulldog Inn Annual Bi-annual has been postponed until later this fall. Launched in 2010 as a venue for experimentation and alternative art, the one-night event transforms ordinary bedrooms into multi-faceted installations dreamed up by local artists.

    Originally scheduled for Friday, Apr. 22, the event was later moved to Wednesday, May 11 in hopes of accommodating more artists. Due to growing construction in Athens, however, the iconic motel on Commerce Road is currently occupied by long-term residents, making it impossible to reserve enough rooms. 


  • Winterville Center Welcomes in New Cultural Era for Small Town


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Jimmy "Cap Man" Straehla curated the center's inaugural art show.

    When an editor suggests to me that I check out the inaugural art opening at the new Winterville Center for Community and Culture, I don’t know why images of Siberia pop into my head. After all, it is only five miles from Athens.

    I do know that after arriving at the center on a recent Friday night to check out the show curated by Jimmy “Cap Man” Straehla, I was reminded of just how jaded I’ve become. 

    Walking in the door, the sense of community, enthusiasm and pride was palpable. Smiling arts council members took the time to introduce themselves and shake hands. The Executive Director, Jack Eisenman, made sure to welcome visitors personally. 


  • Photo Gallery: Boybutante 2016

    The 2016 Boybutante Ball took place at the 40 Watt Club Saturday, Apr. 16. Check out Flagpole's Joshua L. Jones' photos below:



  • MFA Candidates Really Deliver at the Georgia Museum of Art


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    "Solstice" by Janelle Young at GMOA.

    From the end of a long and glossy hall, they beckon you. Two totemic figures stand silently in the distance and you find yourself drawn to them. Organic and disparate in their modern architectural setting, they have a strange and commanding presence.

    The Collective and For Her Forever are works by Aaron Obenza, an MFA Candidate from the Philippines. They are the sculptural emissaries who greet you as you enter this year’s “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” at the Georgia Museum of Art. 


  • Community Will Move to a New Location this Summer

    Local fashion boutique Community officially announced plans this afternoon to relocate to a new space at the end of June. Currently located downtown at 119 N. Jackson St. above Jittery Joe's, the shop will move across the street into 260 N. Jackson St., the former home of the recently shuttered Jackson Street Books. The shop plans to carry out business as usual in its current location while renovations are underway.




  • AIDS Athens Celebrates Release of Athens Eats at The National


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Aids Athens Volunteer Paige Miller with copies of "Athens Eats."

    The National was especially pretty on a recent crisp spring afternoon. Sunlight streaming through the restaurant’s windows made the glassware and big dispensers of lemonade and tea sparkle. Fresh white linens topped with blue and white oil cloth were set off by fresh cut azaleas and a large pink and white orchid.

    It was a serene setting to celebrate the long awaited release of Athens Eats: Recipes from theClassic City. The cookbook has been 11 years in the making and is a fundraiser for AIDS Athens.


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