The Downtown Parade of Lights last night featured more than 60 floats, among them Monsoon rockin' out on the Flagpole/40 Watt Club/AthFest Educates: Athens Music float. But the talk of the town was Victory Chapel's rappers and crucified Jesus. (The church is best known for its legendary "rotisserie Jesus" float a few years back.)
Here are more photos from Flagpole intern Randy Schafer:
Another day, another list.
This time, it was Travel & Leisure that named Athens one of "America's Best College Towns." in an attempt to get poor saps like me to reblog it and reap the clickbaity benefits. Here's their totally generic description of our city (R.E.M. blah blah Bulldogs blah blah lotsa bars) that could have been written by anyone with 15 minutes and an Internet connection.
Consider the college football hype video.
Designed to get crowds pumped up for a big home game, and released weeks in advance of said game in order to maximize the potential for Internet virality, it is often short, crisply shot, with a soul-stirring soundtrack.
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. launched its can line on Monday and already is planning to expand, CEO Chris Herron told reporters at a media event on Monday.
The downtown Athens brewery plans to expand its capacity from 4,000 barrels to 8,000 barrels annually in February. That's an increase of 1.3 million cans (a barrel is two kegs or 31 gallons).
Herron said the expansion is ahead of schedule. "We knew Athens drank, but we didn't know Athens drank that much," he joked.
Photo Credit: Sam Howzit/Flickr
As if you needed more reasons to root against Auburn, there is now free food riding on this Saturday's game, which kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.
Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher
Rising high above Oconee Street just east of downtown, the red-brick steeple seen above has long been known as a beacon of Athens music. The structure, on the site of the Steeplechase condominiums, is all that remains of the 145-year-old St. Mary's Church, the site of R.E.M.'s first-ever live performance in 1980 (and, at the time, the home of Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Bill Berry).
Photo Credit: Randy Schafer
AthHalf—AthFest Educate's 13-mile run to benefit music and arts education—drew nearly 3,000 people this year. Here are a few pictures our photo intern, Randy Schafer, took of the event.
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Flagpole news intern Stephanie Talmadge, who wrote about training for the half marathon in last week's issue, finished with the very respectable time of 2:24:53. Go, Stephanie! See, you didn't die after all.
Photo Credit: Blake Aued
The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections unanimously approved this afternoon an additional day of early voting on Sunday, Oct. 26
Voters will be able to cast ballots from 1–5 p.m. that day at the Board of Elections office at 155 E. Washington St.
Photo Credit: Mike White
Beloved local rock and roll institution The Glands returned to the stage Saturday after a two-year hiatus (which was preceded by a one-year hiatus, which was preceded by a seven-year hiatus…), and they played. Boy, did they play. Thirty-six songs, in fact.
The setlist, which spanned the band's career and teased unreleased material from a long-awaited third record, which frontman Ross Shapiro confirmed to Flagpole will be out within the year, is now streamable via Southern Shelter. Check it out below.
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