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For awhile now, Chris Dowd, under the moniker Athens Politics Nerd, has been making videos recapping Athens-Clarke County Commission meetings and delving into policy topics like ambulance service, clean energy and affordable housing.
We're pleased to announce that Dowd is now partnering with Flagpole. We'll be posting his videos on our website—they're also available on YouTube and the Athens Politics nerd site—and Dowd will be contributing some city government coverage to the paper, as well.
The latest installment of Athens Politics Nerd covers SPLOST 2020, proposals to overhaul trash pickup in the formerly unincorporated parts of Athens, and two studies that recommend major transportation improvements for Lexington Road and Atlanta Highway.
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Local songwriter Nicholas Mallis traffics in the sort of crisp, easy guitar-pop that can just as easily soundtrack a midday Hendershot's hang as a post-Go Bar A.M. comedown. Bright and tuneful but with enough existential angst to keep things from turning too florid, Mallis' music nods to his soft-rock forebears while remaining rooted in Classic City strange.
Athens singer-songwriter Cortez Garza plans to follow up his latest full-length, last year's reflective, revealing The Low Vibe, with a new EP next month. In the meantime, he's wrapping up a trilogy of videos for songs off the previous record by dropping a clip for The Low Vibe's twangy title track, which we're happy to premiere today.
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For the new episode of Behind the Scene, Dave Kirslis and Andrea DeMarcus of local Americana duo par excellence Cicada Rhythm joined Flagpole's film squad for a very special Valentine's Day game. Longtime partners who are recently married, Kirslis and DeMarcus showed off just how well they know one another by answering a series of personal questions, then guessing the other's response.
To kick off our reboot of Flagpole's Athens-music video series Behind the Scene, we invited local hip-hop phenom and newly elected Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker, aka Linqua Franqa, to join us for a very special holiday episode.
A highlight of Athens' holiday season, the Downtown Parade of Lights returned Thursday, Dec. 6, featuring an impressive selection of festive floats (though, sadly, Rotisserie Jesus was nowhere to be found).
As the leader of Athens band Kenosha Kid, guitarist Dan Nettles has spent well over a decade exploring the cosmic intersection of jazz, post-rock, jam and improv composition. Despite the headiness of Nettles and crew's approach, the results are eminently approachable and frequently thrilling, as on last year's smoky, funky Outside Choices.
Republican Brad Raffensperger was a no-show for an Atlanta Press Club debate with Democrat John Barrow for the runoff for secretary of state.
The debate aired Tuesday on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Raffensperger claimed he had a scheduling conflict, but the press club said it had been trying to negotiate a date and time for almost three weeks.
His absence allowed Barrow—a former congressman and Harvard Law graduate—to run roughshod over an empty podium as he contrasted himself with both Raffensperger and Gov.-elect Brian Kemp, who was widely criticized for voter suppression as secretary of state while overseeing his own election.
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Athens is a city filled with music—but it’s also, of course, the home of the defending SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs football team, which heads to Jacksonville for its annual battle with Florida this Saturday.
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The first full-length documentary in a planned series "that aims to celebrate the creative class in the Classic City," filmmaker James Preston's Athens Rising: The Sicyon Project chronicles Athens' multifaceted arts and music scenes, with an additional focus on dance, food, comedy, theater, festival culture and more.
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