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  • Athens Little Playhouse's Seussical Lets in the Sunshine


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    Photo Credit: Katherine McQueen

    Gertrude, played by Cubby Rupers.

    “Small has always been big in the world of Dr. Seuss,” according to Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, “where the battles fought by underdogs, outcasts and freethinkers are championed in squiggly line and rhythmic rhyme.” The real-life underdogs and freethinkers of the world are often under a cloud of fear, and we need our sunshine and champions today more than ever. The smaller actors of Athens might be the perfect ones for the job, here to let their hope and determination shine in this cheerful show.

    Seussical is about believing in the power of imagination and community despite mockery and opposition. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat (Anna Tenner), Horton the elephant (Emma Scott) believes a speck of dust can contain a world of its own. He vows to protect it even though others mock him. And he’s right; it contains the Whos, including a daydreaming boy named JoJo (Desmond Schmutte) who is sent to military school for “thinking too many thinks.” Horton has a good heart—and one good friend named Gertrude McFuzz (Cubby Rupers) who believes in him—so he faces down the haters and real dangers to protect those who are smaller and more vulnerable than himself.

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  • Oconee Youth Playhouse Presents A Christmas Story for Those Who Don't Want Christmas to Be Over

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    Photo Credit: Kent Hannon

    The Old Man (Jeremiah Smith), Mother (Isabel Arenas), Ralphie (Benjamin Bragg) and his little brother Randy (Nate St. Onge). 

    If you still haven’t taken down your Christmas decorations, Oconee Youth Playhouse has the play for you—especially if your holiday traditions include the 24-hour marathons of cult classic A Christmas Story. Now you can revel in the nostalgia of pre-digital age childhood yearning in live musical form!

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  • UGA Schedules Memorial Service for Late Professor Judith Ortiz Cofer

     

    The University of Georgia will hold a memorial service Friday, Jan. 27 for Judith Ortiz Cofer, an award-winning author, poet and professor who died of cancer at her Jackson County home Dec. 30.

    Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico in 1952. Her family moved to New Jersey in 1956, then to Augusta, GA when she was 15. She taught English and creative writing at UGA for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2013.

    Ortiz Cofer was known for her prose and poetry about growing up Puerto Rican and being torn culturally between the mainland U.S. and her traditional family. Her 1989 novel The Line of the Sun was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010.

    The memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. at The Chapel, with a reception following at the Demosthenian Hall.

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  • ESPN: Georgia Might Win the SEC East Next Year

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    After a disappointing season capped off by watching Clemson win the national title with a quarterback from Georgia whom the Bulldogs didn't even bother to recruit, UGA fans probably needed a stiff drink last night.

    But this morning, ESPN posted its first top-25 rankings for the 2017 season, and guess what? They think Georgia will be pretty good this year!

    The Worldwide Leader ranks the Dawgs No. 13:

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  • RIP Georgia Superfan Mike 'Big Dawg' Woods

    You know who I'm talking about—the bald guy with the bulldog painted on top of his head who's ubiquitous on Athens gameday Saturdays.

    Georgia superfan Mike "Big Dawg" Woods died earlier today, according to several sources. UGA Football Live appears to have broken the news:

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  • 11 Days of Christmas: RIP Jack Davis, a Damn Good Dawg

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    Photo Credit: Jack Davis

    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.

    Illustrator Jack Davis—a UGA graduate renowned for his satirical cartoons in Mad magazine as well as his popular Georgia Bulldog-themed drawings—died July 27 at the age of 91. From Arts Editor Jessica Smith's obituary:

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  • 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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  • 11 Days of Christmas: Celebrity Beefs

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    Tituss Burgess on "The Late Show."

    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 didn't rise to the level of R.E.M.'s feud with Donald Trump in 2015, but two celebrities with Athens ties—Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood and actor Tituss Burgess—both mixed it up with the powers that be in 2016, and judging by the online traffic, Flagpole readers loved it.

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