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Culture Briefs

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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

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    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. 

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  • Twilight Criterium Results and Photos

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    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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  • Photo Gallery: Athens Human Rights Festival

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

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  • Here Are the Five Bulldogs Drafted by the NFL

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    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.

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  • 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. 

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  • Winterville Center Welcomes in New Cultural Era for Small Town

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    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. 

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