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Culture Briefs

  • 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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  • Video: What Do This Year's UGA Freshmen Know About Athens?

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    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    More than 5,500 UGA freshmen descended on Athens in the week leading up to classes starting, and two Flagpole interns decided to infiltrate an orientation session to find out what, exactly, they know about their adopted hometown.

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  • Classic City Rollergirls Cap Off Stellar Season With Big Win Against Gold Coast


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    Photo Credit: Matt Hardy

    The Gold Coast Derby Grrls traveled nearly 700 miles from sunny South Florida for the opportunity to lace skates and do battle with our hometown Classic City Rollergirls in the hostile confines of Athens Arena, in Bogart. It was only the second-longest road trip of the season for the team from Fort Lauderdale, which made an even more epic trek to Milwaukee in June.

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  • Photo Gallery: 2018 Classic City Crush

    The Classic City Rollergirls returned to the Classic Center last weekend to host this year's Classic City Crush. Check out a photo gallery from the rough-and-tumble roller-derby invitational below:

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