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In "Run It Up," Flagpole's new podcast, we take a deeper look at some of the stories from the current issue. In this week's episode, Gabe Vodicka, Blake Aued and Rosemary Scott discuss the state of marijuana in the state of Georgia, including a recently approved bill that will allow hemp cultivation, and CBD's explosion in Athens. Plus, they take a sketchy online pot quiz and preview Flagpole's guide to attending the G-Day game… on weed.
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A few, um, hawk-eyed social media users noticed something familiar about the beer can Thor is drinking in the new Avengers: Endgame trailer that dropped Tuesday.
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Reddit is well known as a sordid hive of flat-earthers and Pizzagate fanatics, but user JohnnyStringbean may have come up with one of the better online conspiracy theories of all time.
In this week's issue, we reveal the 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites winners—the local businesses our readers voted as being the most magical in town. Last night at Little Kings Shuffle Club, we celebrated with lots of this year's winners and runners-up. Congrats to this year's Favorites! Check out photos from the party below, courtesy of contributor Zach Tate:
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“Extended Selfie” by Ally Christmas might get the prize for most uncomfortable portrait in the new exhibit “Ringer: Contemporary Portraiture.” Curated by John W. English, this deeply satisfying show opened last night at ATHICA. More than one work in it gave this viewer the heebie jeebies.
One of several video works on view, “Extended Selfie” opens with a woman (Christmas) seated in an over staged setting, posed and still for an extended selfie. Her disarming and artificial smile metamorphoses over the 14-minute duration of the film into stillness and, later, boredom and discomfort.
Just like encountering someone working a smile for a selfie in real time, you avert your eyes and feel awkward. Encountering Christmas’ work, your instinct is to look away, but then you remember that, here, it is okay to stare. You are an intentional spectator. Christmas’ expression slowly evolves. She crosses her legs. Later, she checks her phone.
Lauren Haynes is working towards the day when it is the norm for female artists and artists of color to inhabit museum collections with the ease and frequency of white males. She also wants to get people excited about contemporary art.
Haynes spoke to a full auditorium last night at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The Curator of Contemporary American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she is in Athens to serve as this year’s guest juror for the Lyndon House Art Center’s 44th Juried Exhibition. Speculation is high among local artists about how the show might look and feel in the hands of this bold young curator. Babs Kall, a local artist who works with fused glass, said “I’m curious and anxious to see what Lauren chose for the show. I am expecting a vibrant and colorful, tactile exhibit.”
Spectators gathered at Athens Arena Saturday evening for Fight Night, where local and regional boxers faced off in the ring. The event also featured an award presentation, as Athens' Keppner Boxing was named best gym in Georgia by USA Boxing.
Check out photos from Saturday's action below:
The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, of which I am a member, announced the winners of its second annual awards Dec. 3. Last year, six of the films on my ballot made the final list; this year, only five of my picks wound up in the official 10, though the other films that made it would probably be in my top 20.
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