Hey Athens, we know things are pretty tough right now with the Coronavirus protocol in place, but we didn't want to make it tough for you to get the local news and info you deserve! Below is a list of outdoor stops (as of Mar. 25) where you can grab a Flagpole to stay informed while practicing social distancing at this time.
The qualifying period to run for local, state and federal offices ended today. Here's a list of who's running in Athens. (D) and (R) indicate party affiliation; most local races are nonpartisan. Asterisks indicate incumbents.
Athens-Clarke County Commission
District 2: Mariah Parker*
District 4: Michael Stapor, Allison Wright*
District 6: Jesse Houle, Jerry NeSmith*
District 8: Andrea Farnham, Kamau Hull, Andrea Farnham
District 10: Mike Hamby*, Knowa Johnson
Photo Credit: Jessica Silverman
Editor's note: Athens singer-songwriter Emileigh Ireland contributed this list to this week's year-end music feature, and elaborates on it here.
One benefit of the early-’80s glut of private-press 45s is the abundance of sports-themed novelty records. Game-day souvenirs hiding in a record bin near you include Roger Hallmark’s “The Bear of Alabama” and Elliott, Walter and Bennett’s Atlanta Falcons-themed take on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
The Athens Jazz Festival moves to Bishop Park this year, with Saturday's all-day eventfeaturing some of the most prominent names in local jazz. We asked a few of them about the music that inspires their own work.
Photo Credit: Chelsea Kornse
Local favorite Family and Friends plays the Georgia Theatre Friday, Aug. 24 in support of its recently released debut full-length, Felix Culpa, which finds the group moving away from the uplifting folk-rock of previous releases and towards a more eclectic sound. (Look for a feature in this week's Flagpole.) In advance of the show—and following last week's feature on some of our writers' most essential Athens albums—we asked the band to send us a list of its members' favorite local records, which you can check out below.
The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, of which I am a founding member, released its first-ever top 10 list and awards in early December. I'm proud that six of my top 10 films made the list, and I have yet to see two of the other four, so they still could make a revised list.
This week, we published a list of our 17 favorite local albums of 2017, which you should make a point to dig into while knocking back a few 'nogs over the holiday break.
For the fun of it—and because lists!—here are my top 10 non-local records of the year, with accompanying audio. You can also check out this Spotify playlist that includes a bunch of my favorite songs of the year.
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