Culture Briefs

  • Some Genius on Reddit Thinks R.E.M. Cursed the Bulldogs


    Photo Credit: Robert De Martino/Wikimedia Commons

    What's the frequency, Kirby?

    Reddit is well known as a sordid hive of flat-earthers and Pizzagate fanatics, but user JohnnyStringbean may have come up with one of the better online conspiracy theories of all time.


  • Photo Gallery: 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites Party

    In this week's issue, we reveal the 2019 Flagpole Athens Favorites winners—the local businesses our readers voted as being the most magical in town. Last night at Little Kings Shuffle Club, we celebrated with lots of this year's winners and runners-up. Congrats to this year's Favorites! Check out photos from the party below, courtesy of contributor Zach Tate:



  • 'Ringer' at ATHICA Highlights Contemporary Portraiture

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    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Cole Holmes views Katherine Schuber's "Rossi Alabastri" at the opening of "Ringer" at ATHICA.

    “Extended Selfie” by Ally Christmas might get the prize for most uncomfortable portrait in the new exhibit “Ringer: Contemporary Portraiture.” Curated by John W. English, this deeply satisfying show opened last night at ATHICA. More than one work in it gave this viewer the heebie jeebies. 

    One of several video works on view, “Extended Selfie” opens with a woman (Christmas) seated in an over staged setting, posed and still for an extended selfie.  Her disarming and artificial smile metamorphoses over the 14-minute duration of the film into stillness and, later, boredom and discomfort.

    Just like encountering someone working a smile for a selfie in real time, you avert your eyes and feel awkward. Encountering Christmas’ work, your instinct is to look away, but then you remember that, here, it is okay to stare. You are an intentional spectator. Christmas’  expression slowly evolves. She crosses her legs. Later, she checks her phone. 


  • Lauren Haynes of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Visits Athens

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    Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum, is the guest juror for this year's Juried Exhibition at the Lyndon House.

    Lauren Haynes is working towards the day when it is the norm for female artists and artists of color to inhabit museum collections with the ease and frequency of white males. She also wants to get people excited about contemporary art.

    Haynes spoke to a full auditorium last night at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The Curator of Contemporary American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, she is in Athens to serve as this year’s guest juror for the Lyndon House Art Center’s 44th Juried Exhibition. Speculation is high among local artists about how the show might look and feel in the hands of this bold young curator. Babs Kall, a local artist who works with fused glass, said “I’m curious and anxious to see what Lauren chose for the show. I am expecting a vibrant and colorful, tactile exhibit.” 


  • Photo Gallery: Fight Night at Athens Arena


    Spectators gathered at Athens Arena Saturday evening for Fight Night, where local and regional boxers faced off in the ring. The event also featured an award presentation, as Athens' Keppner Boxing was named best gym in Georgia by USA Boxing.

    Check out photos from Saturday's action below:


  • Atlanta Film Critics Circle Announces 2018 Award Winners



    The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, of which I am a member, announced the winners of its second annual awards Dec. 3. Last year, six of the films on my ballot made the final list; this year, only five of my picks wound up in the official 10, though the other films that made it would probably be in my top 20.


  • Take a Tour of Historic Five Points Homes Sunday


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    The threatened demolition of 398 Milledge Circle—one of the stops on the tour—led to the creation of two new historic districts in Five Points earlier this year.

    Five houses in the new Milledge Circle Local Historic District will help ring in the holiday season this weekend as part of this year’s Gala Tour of Homes hosted by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.

    This annual home tour, which is from 5–8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, features homes in one of Athens’ newest historic districts, including two designed by noted Athens architect Fred Orr. The self-guided tour includes food at each home provided by local restaurants, beer and wine from local breweries and a silent auction well timed for holiday gifts.

    “There are so many beautiful neighborhoods in Athens, it’s always difficult to decide which to highlight for our annual Gala Tour of Homes,” said Tommy Valentine, executive director of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. “But when Milledge Circle was named a local historic district, along with Castalia Avenue, earlier this year, our planning committee knew this was where we needed to be.”


  • Photo Gallery: 2018 Wild Rumpus Parade

    Thousands of Athenians and visitors celebrated Halloween by letting their freak flag fly at the 10th annual Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle Saturday, Oct. 27. Check out some of Flagpole photographer Savannah Cole's shots from the event below:



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