Culture Briefs

  • 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.


  • Community Gathers at Home of Potter Maria Dondero


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Large works by Maria Dondero in her home.

    “I was talking to someone about these events, and things like Rabbit Box, and he summed it up by saying these experiences are all about COMMUNITY,” Gwen O’Looney said on a recent cool fall afternoon at a house on Pulaski Street. The home belonged to artist Maria Dondero and her husband, Clyde, and, though I had never met them before, I was making myself quite comfortable in their kitchen.


  • Photo Gallery: Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle

    The 2016 Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle took over downtown Saturday night. Below, check out a gallery of contributor Randy Schafer's photos from the event:



  • Double Feature: Halloween and Blue Velvet Offer Spooky Visions of Suburbia



    Some holiday traditions are inescapable. Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without fireworks-related mishaps. Christmas will forever be marred by godawful fruit cake. And Halloween will always have Halloween

    In preparation for Beechwood's Sunday, Oct. 30 screening of John Carpenter's Halloween (likely not your first), put the slasher flick into new perspective by pairing it with David Lynch’s noir-ish Blue Velvet.


  • Jackie Dorsey’s 'Sound Check' Is an Ode to the Athens Music Scene


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Sam Burchfield with his portrait by Jackie Dorsey.

    “What it Means,” a watercolor portrait of Patterson Hood by artist Jackie Dorsey, captures the intensity of someone who could pen the lyrics, “We want our truths all fair and balanced/ As long as our notions lie within it/ There’s no sunlight in our asses/ And our heads are stuck up in it.” 

    The work is part of “Sound Check,” a series of portraits of local musicians Dorsey created to express her gratitude for the Athens music scene. The show is currently on display at Hendershot’s, and a meet-and-greet was held for the artist on a recent Sunday night. Friends and family, including the staff of Aurum (where Dorsey is also showing paintings this month along with her mentor Kie Johnson), stopped in to celebrate. Two musicians portrayed in the show, Sam Burchfield and Wrenn, played an acoustic set afterwards.


  • R.I.P. Artist and Athens Scene Fixture Jeremy Ayers


    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    The Athens arts and music scene took another terrible blow today, Monday, Oct. 24, as reports spread through town that Jeremy "Jerry" Ayers had passed away after suffering a seizure and falling into a brief coma.


  • Photo Gallery: Live Paintings, Music and More at Transpectacle

    The first-ever Transpectacle, organized by artists Nack and ARM of Crispy Printz, was a full day of live painting and live music this past Saturday at the Jittery Joe's Roaster. Spectators watched as a handful of artists painted murals onto large 8-foot-by-8-foot boards, while other vendors offered their handmade items to take home.  

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    Photo Credit: Joshua Jones

    Nack of Habersham, GA, has created several murals in Athens, many of which can be found in Normaltown.


  • Today's Sales at Avid Benefit the Pinewoods Library


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    Photo Credit: Henry Taylor/file

    To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Avid Bookshop is donating a portion of today's sales—including online and phone orders—to the Pinewoods library, which serves a largely low-income Latino immigrant community off Highway 29 near Madison County.

    The library expanding, and customers can also purchase books for the library from a wish list.

    Avid owner Janet Geddis writes:


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