Culture Briefs

  • What's Happening in Local Theater This Weekend


    Photo Credit: Dina Canup

    Friendly's Fire

    Our Town It’s the final weekend of an American classic at Winder Barrow Community Theatre, directed by Léland Downs Karas. Thornton Wilder’s Our Town won a Pulitzer Prize in 1938; when it was revived in 1989 it won a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award. The masterfully metatheatrical script sets the play in a theater rather than a place, though the theater stands for a fictional town called Grover’s Corners.


  • Double Dutch Press Will Close in June


    Double Dutch Press, the fine art printmaking studio founded in 2012 by Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire, has announced plans to close its storefront at the end of June. Operating “straight outta Normaltown,” the studio has offered press rental, screen services and numerous workshops over the past few years. In addition to designing handmade items that have made popular gifts at craft markets, the duo has also showcased multiple series of prints in exhibitions, such as the “Athens Neighborhood” collection which will open at the Lyndon House Arts Center this upcoming Thursday. 

    Burk and McGuire intend to continue creating and selling art, and the sad news does at least come with a bit of positive news; Indie South Fair will officially take over the Prince Avenue space to establish a brick-and-mortar headquarters offering handmade and vintage items, consultation services and workshops. Approaching its 10th anniversary this December, Indie South has demonstrated remarkable growth, expanding into a 100-vendor biannual market with smaller-scale events held throughout the year in Athens and across the Southeast.

    See the official statement below.


  • 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. 


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