Culture Briefs

  • Don't Forget Convenient Grab-and-Go Flagpole Distribution Locations

    Hey Athens, we know things are pretty tough right now with the Coronavirus protocol in place, but we didn't want to make it tough for you to get the local news and info you deserve! Below is a list of outdoor stops (as of Mar. 25) where you can grab a Flagpole to stay informed while practicing social distancing at this time. 


  • UGA Willson Center Announces 'Shelter Projects' Micro-Fellowship Program


    UGA's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts has just launched a new micro-fellowship program called "Shelter Projects," inviting graduate students and community-based artists to develop works that reflect their unique experiences during the pandemic. The call for submissions is open to all create media. 

    Read the official statement below. 


  • Athens Twilight Criterium is Postponed


    The 41st annual Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium, originally scheduled for Apr. 24–25 next month, has been officially postponed until Sept. 18–19 this fall. The annual race brings in cyclists representing teams from all over the world, while the festival itself attracts thousands of locals and tourists through its live music, food court, expo and other various activities. The cancellation is in accordance with safety precautions against the spread of coronavirus. See the official press release below. 


  • Congrats to the 2020 Flagpole Athens Favorites!


    Thousands of readers to infinity and beyond voted in this 10th year of the Flagpole Athens Favorites contest. Congratulations to all of the Athens businesses who won or were chosen runner-up in over 100 categories!

    Thanks to the out of this world Flagpole staff who made this issue possible. The cosmic theme, layout and designs were created by Larry Tenner and his crew, Chris McNeal and Cody Robinson. Anita Aubrey and Jessica Mangum are the hard-working ground control of the Flagpole advertising department. The intergalactic photos of our space model, Mark Weathersby, were taken by Jason Thrasher. A special thanks to our E.T. model, Scarlett Alston, for her fierce poses. Photos of our celestial winners were captured by Flagpole photographer Whitley Carpenter.

    A big thanks to the terrestrial photo locations: Hotel Indigo, Half-Shepherd Market and Cheese Shop, Marti’s at Midday, The Law Office of Sam Thomas, Creature Comforts and Cine.

    And finally, congratulations to all the winners! A full list is below.


  • Photo Gallery: Snow Day in Athens

    Surprise! It snowed in Athens on Saturday, transforming the Classic City into a bona fide winter wonderland for a few precious hours.

    Here are a few photos for proof, courtesy of Flagpole's Whitley Carpenter:

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  • Photo Gallery: MLK Day Parade and Festival

    The 2020 MLK Day Parade and Music Festival, presented by United Group of Artists, took place downtown on Monday, bringing Athenians of all walks together on a chilly day to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of advocating for social and racial justice. Check out photos from the parade below:

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  • Voting Is Open for 2020 Flagpole Athens Favorites

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    Calling all opinionated Athenians! Voting is open for this year's Flagpole Athens Favorites contest.


  • Live Review: Beautiful Musical Celebrates Carole King's Legacy


    Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

    Everyone knows Carole King’s music, even if they don’t know they know Carole King’s music. The critically acclaimed songwriter wrote (with her then-husband Gerry Goffin) her first No. 1 hit at age 17—“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” famously sung by The Shirelles. Her repertoire from the 1960s and '70s is full of hits like “Some Kind of Wonderful” by The Drifters, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, “Chains” by The Beatles and more. It wasn’t until 1971 that King released a full album, Tapestry, of songs written and performed by herself.


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