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Culture Briefs

  • Saturday's UGA Football Game Moved to Noon

    Saturday's UGA football game against Middle Tennessee State, which was originally slated for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff at Sanford Stadium, has been moved to noon, according to an announcement from the UGA Athletic Association. The game will be televised on ESPNews and the ESPN app.

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  • Photo Gallery: Athens Pride Street Festival

    Athens Pride's 20th anniversary week culminated with an all-day street festival downtown featuring art, drag performance and lots more. Check out photos from the festival below:

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  • Trio Contemporary Art Gallery Is Closing

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    Back in June, Pixel & Ink Studio made the decision to close retail hours and transition to an appointment-only system, allowing for more project-based work and a busy schedule of artist workshops and classes. Monday, the studio announced that in addition to cutting a few services—scanning, photo restoration, art capture and film dropoff—the business will close Trio Contemporary Art Gallery upstairs. 

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  • Five Things We Loved at This Year's Dragon Con

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    Photo Credit: Jessie Goodson

    Among the nerdiest and most well-attended events of its type on the East Coast, Dragon Con has something for everyone: cosplay, (board) gamers, art exhibits, literature, live music, gala dinners, a parade, celebrity guests and numerous panels for education and entertainment. Four guys in 1987 planned the first convention for about 1,200 people. Today, the Con encompasses five hotels and averages 80,000 guests for the four-day event.

    Here are five reasons why I love Dragon Con, and why you should go next year:

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  • Flagpole Premieres: Athens Rising, Excerpt Six: Broderick Flanigan

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    Photo Credit: Athens Rising

    The first full-length documentary in a planned series "that aims to celebrate the creative class in the Classic City," Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project chronicles Athens' multifaceted arts and music scenes, with an additional focus on dance, food, comedy, theater, festival culture and more. 

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  • In Defense of the Bird Scooters

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    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    Hatching the Idea

    Students returned to school for a new semester to discover a new mode of transportation: electric scooters that anyone can rent. Run by a former Uber and Lyft executive, Bird scooters are rented through the company’s app, and those who use them pay according to how far they ride. 

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  • Photo Gallery: Project Safe's '70s vs. '80s Lip-Sync Battle, Groovy Nights

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    UGA Vets 4 Pets & People performed Tina Turner's cover of "Proud Mary."

    Athens mayor-elect Kelly Girtz and others got their groove on Saturday at Groovy Nights.

    The 17th annual '70s- and '80s-themed lip-syncing contest, held at The Foundry this year, raised funds for Project Safe, a local nonprofit that works to prevent domestic violence and offers assistance to survivors and their children.

    Girtz—who played coy about his song selection last week—went with Madonna's "Express Yourself." 

    The county commissioner wasn't the only elected official on stage, either. Watkinsville Mayor Dave Shearon also got into the act.

    Both may be skilled at winning elections, but neither could take home the prize at Groovy Nights. That went to the MAMAs for their rendition of Prince's "1999."

    Flagpole photographer Savannah Cole captured the event.

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  • Arena Football Team Will Move to Athens Next Year

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    If you're the type of person who suffers pigskin withdrawal after the Super Bowl, a cure is coming: The Peach State Cats, an arena football team, will play their home games in Athens next spring.

    The Cats' home base will be Akins Ford Arena, aka the Classic Center's grand hall, which when equipped with temporary bleachers can seat 2,000 people. The arena also hosts the University of Georgia Ice Dawgs club hockey team and, until recently, the Classic City Rollergirls, who now play at Athens Arena on Atlanta Highway.

    “We are looking forward to calling the Classic Center our home,” Cats owner Tim Freeman said in a news release. “Athens has had a rich football history with the success of the University of Georgia, Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central programs over the years. We are looking forward to serving the community.” 

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