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  • Homedrone: Matt and Kim's Matt Johnson on His Favorite Band Memories

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    Photo Credit: Colin Devon Moore

    Electronic pop duo Matt and Kim are currently celebrating their 15th anniversary of being a band. Over the past decade and a half, musical and real-life couple Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have become known for their catchy party tunes, over-the-top live shows and outlandish music videos. (They won an MTV VMA back when that still kind of meant something.) It didn’t take them long to go from writing songs in Matt’s childhood bedroom to playing massive festival stages on a regular basis, and they’ve held onto that position for well over a decade. Attendees of Wednesday’s Georgia Theatre show should expect plenty of singalongs, props and maybe a bit of light nudity.

    Ahead of the show, we took a minute to talk with Johnson about his most notable memories from the past 15 years.

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  • In the Loop: UGA Names Four Finalists for Provost

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    Rahul Shrivastav.

    A University of Georgia search committee has announced four finalists for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, the No. 2 position at UGA.

    The finalists are Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University of Michigan; Beate Schmittmann, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University; Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction at UGA; and Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Davis.

    Shrivastav will give a public presentation Tuesday, Schmittman on Thursday, Hu on Monday, Feb. 11 and Spiller on Wednesday, Feb. 13. All four are from 9:30–10:30 a.m. at the Chapel.

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  • Homedrone: Nominations Open for Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award

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    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    Attention, Athens-area songwriters and fans of said songwriters: The nomination period for the third annual Vic Chesnutt Songwriter of the Year Award is currently underway.

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  • In the Loop: Mayor Kelly Girtz, New Commissioners Will Be Sworn in Today

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    Athens-Clarke County's new Politburo Mayor and Commission will be sworn during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony today at City Hall.

    After winning a three-way race in May, Commissioner Kelly Girtz will officially take over for Mayor Nancy Denson, who was limited to two terms. Look for a Q&A with Girtz in Wednesday's edition of Flagpole.

    Taking Girtz's District 9 seat will be longtime school board member and community organizer Ovita Thornton. Other new commissioners include:

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  • In the Loop: UGA, Clarke County Schools Will Open Late Tuesday

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    Clarke County public schools will open two hours late due to the threat of icy roads early Tuesday morning.

    Elementary school classes will start at 9:40 a.m., middle schools at 10:25 a.m. and high schools at 10:45 a.m., the Clarke County School District announced. School doors will open a half-hour before classes start. Buses will run on a two-hour delay, and breakfast will not be served.

    Earlier today, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that state government offices will not open until 10 a.m. Tuesday. His office listed Clarke as one of the counties that could be affected by black ice on roads.

    The National Weather service says black ice and icy spots can be expected in parts of North Georgia tonight and Tuesday morning as temperatures could drop below freezing.

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  • Culture Briefs: Take a Tour of Historic Five Points Homes Sunday

     

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    The threatened demolition of 398 Milledge Circle—one of the stops on the tour—led to the creation of two new historic districts in Five Points earlier this year.

    Five houses in the new Milledge Circle Local Historic District will help ring in the holiday season this weekend as part of this year’s Gala Tour of Homes hosted by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation.

    This annual home tour, which is from 5–8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, features homes in one of Athens’ newest historic districts, including two designed by noted Athens architect Fred Orr. The self-guided tour includes food at each home provided by local restaurants, beer and wine from local breweries and a silent auction well timed for holiday gifts.

    “There are so many beautiful neighborhoods in Athens, it’s always difficult to decide which to highlight for our annual Gala Tour of Homes,” said Tommy Valentine, executive director of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation. “But when Milledge Circle was named a local historic district, along with Castalia Avenue, earlier this year, our planning committee knew this was where we needed to be.”

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  • In the Loop: Abrams, Kemp Campaigning in Athens

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    As the gubernatorial campaign enters its last stretch, both candidates—Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams—will be campaigning in the Athens area in the coming days.

    Both candidates are currently on bus tours around th state.

    After a press conference on Medicaid expansion in Atlanta and a tour of a Hoschton clinic on today, Abrams will stop at the Morton Theatre at 3 p.m. with Sarah Riggs Amico, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. If you missed her packed-out appearance at Hendershot's, this may be your last chance to catch her before Nov. 6. RSVP here.

    Kemp will be at Oconee Veteran's Park off Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville from 10–11 a.m. on Monday. 

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  • In the Loop: Vote Early This Saturday or at Expanded Locations Next Week

     

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    Photo Credit: Savannah Cole

    Early voting at the Board of Elections.

    The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections will be open for early voting from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and three other early voting locations will open next week.

    Voting machines will be set up at the Athens-Clarke County Library from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; at the Tate Center on campus from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and in the basement of City Hall from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

    That's in addition to early voting at the Board of Elections office, 155 E. Washington St., from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 2.

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  • Grub Notes: Terrapin Releases So Fresh and So Green, Green and More Local Beer News

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    Terrapin will release its aways eagerly awaited wet-hopped So Fresh and So Green, Green IPA at its annual Hop Harvest Festival this Saturday.

    This year, the Athens-based brewery went with a hop called Glacier, which balances SFASGG's malt sweetness and brings citrus notes and an herbal, woody aroma to the beer. And, for the first time, the hops are sourced from Michigan—a market Terrapin recently expanded into, and which has a, um, budding hop-growing industry. (American hops typically flourish in the Pacific Northwest.)

    This will be a busy weekend for beer lovers. Also Saturday, Akademia Brewpub celebrates its first anniversary with the release of Paraskevidekatriaphobia, a 13% ABV stout referencing the fear of Friday the 13th, the day Akademia opened last year.

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  • Homedrone: Preview: Stop Light Observations Play Georgia Theatre Thursday

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    Since the release of their first album, Radiation, in 2013, Charleston, SC band Stop Light Observations have made a name for themselves by touring across the country. 

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