Culture Briefs

  • 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:


  • Poe-tober Artists Receive Literary Inspiration and Awards at ACC Library


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    The exhibit includes Michael Marshall's "Spirit Woman #9."

    A conspiracy of ravens fluttered throughout the  Quiet Gallery at the  Athens Clarke County Library on a recent Saturday afternoon. There were also plenty of black cats to be found on the walls and a bevy of beating hearts.

    Many of the ravens were made by local fifth graders. All of the works were created by local artists of all ages in response to reading works by Edgar Allen Poe. The Poe-tober exhibit is a celebration of the macabre vision of Poe and is part of the community-wide celebration of his work funded by a NEA "Big Read" grant. 


  • Ray Lee's "Human Muse" at UNG Draws You In


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Brianna Little, a UNG student, checks out Lee's "Gretchen I"

    Ray Lee’s drawings beckon you to lean in, to leave your companions and your everyday thoughts behind, and to become intimate with a total stranger: the model. This is partially because his pencil portraits are small. You have to get close to really see. Once you are there, you find you are inhabiting the space with his subjects. What you find is a quiet, simple and deeply compelling world. You are drawn in, seduced by the sensual and thoughtful graphite lines that compose a shoulder, an arm, a lock of hair, an unforgettable gaze, a memorable gesture.

    The party held to open Lee’s "The Human Muse: Drawing from the Model" at the University of North Georgia’s Oconee Campus this week was challenging. The crowd that came out to congratulate the artist, including fellow Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation life drawing class members, local artists, models, UNG students and co-workers, were friendly and the conversation was good. But turning to the works, you would be pulled into a separate and silent place. It was almost like constantly transitioning from the secular to the spiritual. 


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