Culture Briefs

  • 11 Days of Christmas: Celebrity Beefs


    Tituss Burgess on "The Late Show."

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    It didn't rise to the level of R.E.M.'s feud with Donald Trump in 2015, but two celebrities with Athens ties—Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and actor Tituss Burgess—both mixed it up with the powers that be in 2016, and judging by the online traffic, Flagpole readers loved it.


  • 11 Days of Christmas: Winterville's Mayor Rocks


    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Yes, Winterville's mayor literally rocks. The small town just outside of Athens elected renowned local roots-rocker Dodd Ferrelle mayor last year, and he took office in January with big plans to turn the sleepy 'burg into a regional destination for arts and music.


  • Watch Michael Stipe Join Stephen Colbert for an 'It's the End of the World as We Know It' Remix

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    Photo Credit: screenshot via CBS

    On last night's "The Late Show," Michael Stipe joined host Stephen Colbert for a rendition of the R.E.M. classic "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Sort of, anyway.

    While 2016 may have seemed like the end of the world, Colbert changed the lyrics to "It's the End of the Year as We Know It," rattling off a list of 2016's notable (and mostly depressing) happenings, from Putin's election hack to Harambe, as a disgusted-looking Stipe—still sporting his Santa Claus beard—looks on.


  • Georgia Will Play TCU in the Liberty Bowl

    Book your hotel in Memphis, Georgia fans. The Bulldogs received a bid this afternoon to play in the Liberty Bowl Dec. 30 against Texas Christian University.

    TCU was considered a potential playoff contender in August, but stumbled to a 6-6 record that included wins over Texas and No. 17 Baylor and losses to Arkansas, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 12 West Virginia.


  • Photo Gallery: 2016 Downtown Parade of Lights

    The annual Parade of Lights lit up the streets of downtown Athens Thursday evening. Check out a gallery of Flagpole contributor Joshua L. Jones' photos below:



  • Athens Symphony Christmas Concert Tickets Available Nov. 28


    Photo Credit: Athens Symphony

    Come one, come… many! This year, the Classic Center will be offering complimentary tickets to the Athens Symphony's annual Christmas concerts, which take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Classic Center Theatre.


  • Local Theater Can Help You Cope in Times of Darkness


    Photo Credit: Dorothy Reeves

    Hawa Camara as Maima (left) and Nickasey Freeman as The Girl (right) in Eclipsed

    In times of fear and despair, we need the arts more than ever. Sometimes we need to escape and other times—and this is one of them—we need art that makes us reflect, gives us strength and perhaps offers glimmers of hope for humanity despite overwhelming darkness. As arts administrator, advocate and writer Howard Sherman writes, 

    On this post-election morning of November 9, I am reminded that the theatre is my America, because it embraces a multiplicity of stories, of possibilities, of harsh realities and of unimaginable dreams. Its stories are the stories I want to have told, its songs are the songs I want to sing while driving on an autumn day. It is the place where I meet and commune with people on stage and in the audience, inclusive of all ages, genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, or disabilities. I don’t look to the theatre for escape, but for engagement, which includes the potential for epiphany and joy.

    We’re not ready for comedy or pure escapism right now. It’s time to stare harsh reality in the face and find hope and courage where we can. 


  • This Week in Local Theater: Jane Eyre and Lady of Angria

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    Photo Credit: Madison Silva

    Brittney Harris as Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre: The beloved novel tells the story of a mistreated orphan, Jane Eyre (Brittney Harris), who grows up to become a governess and the unlikely love object of the brooding Mr. Rochester (John Terry). This adaptation takes the Brit lit classic in a bold direction by reimagining Bertha (Brandy Sexton), the insane-in-the-attic wife of Mr. Rochester. Here she is the passionate, darker side of dreamy yet prudish Jane, who has worked hard all her life to repress emotions society has told her are forbidden. With popular, Atlanta-based guest director David Crowe and top-notch set and costumes in the historic Fine Arts Theatre, this one should please both literature lovers and fans of innovative theater.


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