Culture Briefs

  • The Classic City Rollergirls Walloped ATL's Jukes of Hazzard Last Weekend

    During an interview last Friday morning on local sports talk radio station AM 960 The Ref, former two-time team captain Louis Strongarm admitted there was something special about playing against teams from Atlanta because of CCRG’s long history of losing skaters to the much more highly ranked squad just an hour's drive to the west.  Her response was diplomatic, if understated. 


  • Watch the Livestream of UGA's TEDx Talks

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    The University of Georgia's independently organized version of the famed TED Talks is happening from 1–5 p.m. today, and they'll be streamed on Facebook Live so you can avoid work and watch from the comfort of your own office.

    Check out the list of presenters—all UGA students and alumni—here. We're proud to say they include Flagpole contributor Carolyn Crist, who's also an adjunct professor at the Grady College of Journalism and co-owner of printing company Pixel & Ink.


  • Jason Thrasher Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for 'Athens Potluck' Book


    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    Jill Carnes, from the "Athens Potluck" series.

    Photographer Jason Thrasher has already had a lot of success with his "Athens Potluck" project. He's exhibited at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and opened at the Georgia Theatre. It seems everyone in town has heard of his series of local-music photos, the central conceit of which is that each person photographed suggested the next subject, and on and on.


  • Photo Gallery: 2017 Flagpole Athens Favorites Party


    Rev. Conner Tribble performed at last night's Athens Favorites reception.

    In this week's issue, we reveal the winners of this year's Flagpole Athens Favorites contest, for which our readers picked their favorite local businesses in several dozen categories. See the results here.


  • Beth and Jason Thrasher Show Home and Art Collection for WUGA


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Beth and Jason Thrasher, with a painting by Matt Alston on the left and a photo by Jason on the right.

    A low-slung brick ranch sits quietly among the wooded hills of serene Glenwood, as do its low-key neighboring houses. But the bright red door at the entrance, framed by plants in electric blue pots, hints at the artistic and vibrant family life within.

    The home is a creative collaboration between its owners, Beth and Jason Thrasher. And on a recent weekend, like many artists in the Athens community, they opened their home to the public to benefit local public radio station WUGA.


  • Recap and Photo Gallery: Classic City Rollergirls Open 2017 Season


    All photos by Joshua L. Jones

    Athens has been home to a nationally ranked women’s flat track roller derby team for more than a decade. The Classic City Rollergirls reflect the wildly eclectic and hopelessly transient nature of our town, as women from all walks of life come and (in most cases, eventually) go—making the sustained popularity, competitiveness and professionalism of the squad all the more impressive.  


  • Athens Little Playhouse's Seussical Lets in the Sunshine

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    Photo Credit: Katherine McQueen

    Gertrude, played by Cubby Rupers.

    “Small has always been big in the world of Dr. Seuss,” according to Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, “where the battles fought by underdogs, outcasts and freethinkers are championed in squiggly line and rhythmic rhyme.” The real-life underdogs and freethinkers of the world are often under a cloud of fear, and we need our sunshine and champions today more than ever. The smaller actors of Athens might be the perfect ones for the job, here to let their hope and determination shine in this cheerful show.

    Seussical is about believing in the power of imagination and community despite mockery and opposition. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat (Anna Tenner), Horton the elephant (Emma Scott) believes a speck of dust can contain a world of its own. He vows to protect it even though others mock him. And he’s right; it contains the Whos, including a daydreaming boy named JoJo (Desmond Schmutte) who is sent to military school for “thinking too many thinks.” Horton has a good heart—and one good friend named Gertrude McFuzz (Cubby Rupers) who believes in him—so he faces down the haters and real dangers to protect those who are smaller and more vulnerable than himself.


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