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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.
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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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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Book your hotel in Memphis, Georgia fans. The Bulldogs received a bid this afternoon to play in the Liberty Bowl Dec. 30 against Texas Christian University.
TCU was considered a potential playoff contender in August, but stumbled to a 6-6 record that included wins over Texas and No. 17 Baylor and losses to Arkansas, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 12 West Virginia.
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Come one, come… many! This year, the Classic Center will be offering complimentary tickets to the Athens Symphony's annual Christmas concerts, which take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Classic Center Theatre.
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In times of fear and despair, we need the arts more than ever. Sometimes we need to escape and other times—and this is one of them—we need art that makes us reflect, gives us strength and perhaps offers glimmers of hope for humanity despite overwhelming darkness. As arts administrator, advocate and writer Howard Sherman writes,
On this post-election morning of November 9, I am reminded that the theatre is my America, because it embraces a multiplicity of stories, of possibilities, of harsh realities and of unimaginable dreams. Its stories are the stories I want to have told, its songs are the songs I want to sing while driving on an autumn day. It is the place where I meet and commune with people on stage and in the audience, inclusive of all ages, genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, or disabilities. I don’t look to the theatre for escape, but for engagement, which includes the potential for epiphany and joy.
We’re not ready for comedy or pure escapism right now. It’s time to stare harsh reality in the face and find hope and courage where we can.
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Jane Eyre: The beloved novel tells the story of a mistreated orphan, Jane Eyre (Brittney Harris), who grows up to become a governess and the unlikely love object of the brooding Mr. Rochester (John Terry). This adaptation takes the Brit lit classic in a bold direction by reimagining Bertha (Brandy Sexton), the insane-in-the-attic wife of Mr. Rochester. Here she is the passionate, darker side of dreamy yet prudish Jane, who has worked hard all her life to repress emotions society has told her are forbidden. With popular, Atlanta-based guest director David Crowe and top-notch set and costumes in the historic Fine Arts Theatre, this one should please both literature lovers and fans of innovative theater.
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“I was talking to someone about these events, and things like Rabbit Box, and he summed it up by saying these experiences are all about COMMUNITY,” Gwen O’Looney said on a recent cool fall afternoon at a house on Pulaski Street. The home belonged to artist Maria Dondero and her husband, Clyde, and, though I had never met them before, I was making myself quite comfortable in their kitchen.
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