Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.
1. Mokah and Knowa Johnson
The pair behind the Athens Hip Hop Awards, which returns for a fourth annual show on Sunday, earn the top spot for their tireless support of the local scene. Check this week's Flagpole for more.
2. Bill Cowsert
The Athens state senator has made the news twice thrice in the past couple weeks, and not for great reasons: first, for his property-tax delinquency; second, for killing the so-called "Brunch Bill"—no a.m. mimosas for us; and third, there was this.
3. Athens Jewish Film Festival
The festival returns to Cine Saturday–Tuesday. Flagpole publisher Pete McCommons says he "can think of no better cinematic indulgence than to splurge on a $45 festival pass and live at Ciné for four days." You heard the man.
4. Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong
The New York artists are in town this week for “The Scene and the Screen: the Athens, GA/NYC Connection,” a celebration of punk music and its documentation in the 1980s. See Art Notes and Threats & Promises in this week's issue for more.
5. Paul Broun
Hey! Remember that guy? He's back!