Culture Briefs

  • Young Designers Shine on the Runway at Annual Fashion Show


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Christina Willis modeling her creation.

    Sewing machines and sergers hummed furiously last week, as a group of girls in T-shirts and jeans stitched, pinned and appliquéd in a mad dash to be ready for a fashion show. A week later, these same girls, made up and creatively attired in elegant dresses and stylish outfits, cooly and confidently walked the runway between dining tables at the Athens Country Club. 

    The girls are members of the Young Designers Sewing Program. The 4–12 graders meet twice a week after school from August to May to design and sew garments in preparation for an annual fashion show. 


  • Kirby Smart Is Already Sweating His Job

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    Photo Credit: David Barnes/UGA Athletics

    Kirby Smart is interviewed during G-Day Apr. 16. published a profile today of Georgia’s new football coach, Kirby Smart. The takeaway is Smart knows the Dawg Nation is antsy, and he’s gonna get fired if he doesn’t win an SEC championship in the next couple of years.


  • Photo Gallery: Flagpole Readers' Pets

    For our first-ever Pet Issue—on stands tomorrow—we invited Flagpole readers to send us pictures of their furry friends. Below, check out an impossibly cute gallery.

    Thanks to all who submitted photos! (And apologies in advance to the employers of Athens for today's drop in worker productivity. But also, c'mon. LOOKIT THESE FACES.)


    Sass (Human: Jerrod Landon Porter)



  • Cine Is Screening 'Aliens'—With Laser Tag


    Ciné is screening James Cameron’s space-Marine classic Aliens this weekend. As if that wasn’t cool enough, there will be Alien-themed laser tag, too. My body is ready. 


  • Watch Ryan Seacrest's UGA Commencement Speech

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    That’s Dr. Ryan Seacrest to you.

    The “American Idol” host, media mogul and philanthropist—who dropped out of school after his freshman year to go to Hollywood—told graduates to follow their dreams during his UGA commencement speech Friday.


  • Classic City Rollergirls Host Atlanta Men's Roller Derby Saturday

    We didn't learn much from the No. 148 Classic City Rollergirls' recent 226-54 demolition of the visiting No. 137 Tragic City Rollers in the Akins Arena at the Classic Center on Apr. 16. The 007-themed high school prom being held in the facilities atrium provided more tension and drama. 


  • India Book Club Hosts Holocaust-Remembrance Event in Unique Style


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Mamta Shetty, Rita Mathew, Sandhya Menta, Geeta Mehta and Gagan Jain of the India Book Club

    The evening was a promising one. A book group was gathering in a lovely backyard garden blooming with flowers on a temperate spring night. Smells of cardamom and curry were sneaking out of foil wrapped casserole dishes. And, upon my arrival, the event’s guest speakers, all of whom are Jewish, were already deep in a heated discussion about interpretation of the 10 commandments. 

    This latest gathering of the India Book Club took place in the backyard garden of Dr. Ranjit Mathew and Rita Mathew. The group, formerly known as the Friends of India Book Club, has been around for about nine years and reads a diverse selection of titles. 


  • Twilight Criterium Results and Photos


    Ryan Aitchison (Astellas Cycling Team), Oscar Clark (Holowesko Citadel Cycling Team) and Bobby Lea (Maloja Pushbikes) lapped the field twice at the Athens Twilight Criterium Saturday night on their way to first-, second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

    Daniel Holloway (Giant Racing), who won Twilight the past two years, finished 51st. 

    For the Athens-based United Healthcare team, Tom Gibbons finished 11th, Frank Travieso 23th, Willem Kaiser 33rd, Andy Scarano 48th, Dylan Cantrell 66th and Emile Abraham 76th. (Fun fact: Kaiser is Athens Mayor Nancy Denson’s grandson.)

    Marie-Soleil Blais of Fearless Femme Racing won the women’s criterium, outsprinting Sara Tussey of Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling and foiling Tina Pic’s bid for a fourth Twilight win. Pic, the 2014 and 2015 winner, and her Happy Tooth team raced conservatively to preserve her overall Speed Week lead. She finished fifth.


    Check out more photos by Flagpole staff photographer Joshua L. Jones below.


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