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  • Culture Briefs: 11 Days of Christmas: Indie South Fair Blows Up

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    Photo Credit: Missy Kulik

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Indie South Fair has long drawn artists and craftsmen not only from Athens, but all over the Southeast. So it made sense for founder Serra Ferguson to take her show on the road.

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  • Homedrone: 11 Days of Christmas: Wuxtry Turns 40

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    Photo Credit: Matt Hardy/file

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    One could say—fine, I'm saying it—that the Athens music scene has east and west poles, not north and south: The 40 Watt Club at Washington and Pulaski, and Wuxtry Records at Clayton and College. At one of these places (or in the few blocks in between) is where most of the great music in this town has been made and heard for decades.

    The venerable record store, which has nurtured former clerks and future stars like Kate Pierson, Peter Buck, Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton and John Fernandes, turned 40 this year:

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  • In the Loop: 11 Days of Christmas: Athens Defeats Campus Carry

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    An anti-HB 859 protest at the Arch Apr. 27.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    It almost seems like a minor issue now, given what's about to be unleashed by the Trump Administration, but last spring UGA was up in arms (bad pun intended) about a bill to legalize guns on college campuses.

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  • In the Loop: 11 Days of Christmas: Puppy Love

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    Photo Credit: Sanjana Ramesh

    From left, Barbie, Gabbi Markle, Elsa and Sanjana Ramesh.

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

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  • Culture Briefs: 11 Days of Christmas: Winterville's Mayor Rocks

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Yes, Winterville's mayor literally rocks. The small town just outside of Athens elected renowned local roots-rocker Dodd Ferrelle mayor last year, and he took office in January with big plans to turn the sleepy 'burg into a regional destination for arts and music.

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  • Homedrone: 11 Days of Christmas: Athens Bands Want to Sell You a Car

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    As the Flagpole staff takes a much-needed break over the holidays, we're reposting 11 of our most popular, most important, funniest and/or otherwise noteworthy stories of this most dismal of years. Look for a new post each day through Jan. 2.

    Ten years ago, any band with even a drop of indie cred would've been called a sellout for selling a song to a car company. In today's fractured media landscape—where everything is supposed to be "free" and the radio only plays that one song over and over—a TV commercial is about the only way musicians can put their music in front of consumers and make a nice check in the process.

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  • In the Loop: Huge New Playground Opens at Southeast Clarke Park

     

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued

    Athens-Clarke County officials and scores of parents and children braved frigid weather Friday to celebrate the re-opening of the all-new World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park.

    The 2.5 acre playground is a replacement for the original World of Wonder, Athens’ first “destination playground,” which drew people not only from all over the county, but the region as well.

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  • Culture Briefs: Watch Michael Stipe Join Stephen Colbert for an 'It's the End of the World as We Know It' Remix

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    Photo Credit: screenshot via CBS

    On last night's "The Late Show," Michael Stipe joined host Stephen Colbert for a rendition of the R.E.M. classic "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." Sort of, anyway.

    While 2016 may have seemed like the end of the world, Colbert changed the lyrics to "It's the End of the Year as We Know It," rattling off a list of 2016's notable (and mostly depressing) happenings, from Putin's election hack to Harambe, as a disgusted-looking Stipe—still sporting his Santa Claus beard—looks on.

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  • In the Loop: Reminder: Several Athens Polling Places Have Changed Locations

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    As you go to vote today (and you are voting, right?), be aware that several polling places in Athens have changed.

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  • In the Loop: Drive-By Truckers Urge Democratic Party Unity

     

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    Photo Credit: Screenshot via MSNBC

    MSNBC’s Kate Snow interviewed Athens-based band the Drive-By Truckers Tuesday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

    Co-frontman Patterson Hood addressed party unity, saying that he’s now backing the party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton, after supporting Bernie Sanders initially.

    “It’s what needs to happen. The stakes are too high right now to sit around and cry because our first choice didn’t get to go on the way. I’m definitely totally on board” with Hillary Clinton, Hood said.

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