Culture Briefs

  • Photo Gallery: 2015 Hot Corner Festival

    The Hot Corner Festival celebrated its 15th year in downtown Athens this weekend with music, food and more. Below, Flagpole photographer Joshua L. Jones' photos from the event.



  • MA Tour Highlights Contemporary Architecture by Lori Bork Newcomer


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    The Stroud Residence references a traditional barn form.

    The doors to three contemporary houses designed by local architect Lori Bork Newcomer were wide open on Saturday, May 30. Their owners were generous participants in a tour of homes put on by a group of design savvy and urbane Atlantans.

    Tours like these appeal to voyeuristic needs. We get to see how other people live. In this case, we also get to see how people can possibly survive without ornate molding, generous amounts of trim, separate dining rooms, white columns and formal entryways.

    The event, a satellite tour, was part of the larger MA Architecture Tour and International Design Expo. With the theme of “Design is Human,” the goal of MA is to promote contemporary design in the Atlanta area and beyond. Satellite tours were held in several southern cities, including Athens and Asheville, NC.


  • UGA Hockey Season Tickets Are on Sale Now


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    Season tickets for the UGA Ice Dawgs are now on sale.

    The hockey team’s season kicks off Sept. 8 against Auburn. They’ll play 12 home games at The Classic Center Arena.

    Tickets range from $110–$270 and are available at The Classic Center box office from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at or by calling 706-357-4444.


  • Hugh Acheson Can't Find Nice Things in Athens (Updated)


    Gucci, Gucci, Hughie, Hughie, Fendi, Fendi, Prada.

    Athens' Hugh Acheson is more than the proprietor of four successful restaurants (including Five & Ten), a Bravo star, cookbook author and owner of the world’s second-most-famous unibrow behind Anthony Davis. He’s a style icon in the restaurant world!

    “As he’s spent more time outside the kitchen in the past few years as a judge on ‘Top Chef,’ he has become one of the food world’s most stylish figures,” writes Jacob Gallagher in the Wall Street Journal, “favoring suits from Sid Mashburn and Gucci, and always squeezing in a bit of shopping when traveling.”


  • R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks David Letterman


    R.E.M. performs on "Late Night with David Letterman" in 1983.

    R.E.M. and David Letterman go way back. The Athens legends made their national television debut on Letterman’s former NBC show in 1983. And when Letterman announced to his studio audience last April, musical guest Mike Mills broke the news on Twitter.

    Mills recently gave an interview about Letterman to editor David Daley, a former Athens resident. He talked about that tweet, the time Dan Rather (whose mugging inspired "What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”) sat in with the band, as well as that first appearance, when the up-and-comers followed up single “Radio Free Europe” with an untitled song that would become “So. Central Rain.”


  • Classic City Rollergirls Midseason Roundup


    Photo Credit: Photo via CCRG/Facebook

    As we approach the midway point, your hometown Classic City Rollergirls are enjoying one their most successful seasons ever.  


  • World Tea Society Event Blends Fashion, Food and Friendship


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Dressing up is an important part of the World Tea Society's gatherings.

    Pulling up to the location for the World Tea Society’s social gathering on Saturday was a real Jane Austen moment. Specifically, the one where Jennifer Ehle, playing Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, sucks in her breath when confronted with the splendor of Colin Firth’s—I mean Mr. Darcy’s—palatial home. The setting for the first public tea held by this recently created society was designed to impress: a very large house in an elite Athens neighborhood, complete with a large lake and picture perfect geese wandering the grounds.


  • Where Are Georgia Players Going in the NFL Draft?


    It’s cold consolation to Georgia fans who hoped for a Heisman trophy and at least an SEC championship out of Todd Gurley’s time in Athens, but he’s about to be a very rich man. As sure as a Florida Gator has a closet full of jean shorts, Gurley will be a first-round NFL draft pick on Thursday.


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