Culture Briefs

  • Athens Symphony Christmas Concert Tickets Available Nov. 28


    Photo Credit: Athens Symphony

    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.


  • Local Theater Can Help You Cope in Times of Darkness


    Photo Credit: Dorothy Reeves

    Hawa Camara as Maima (left) and Nickasey Freeman as The Girl (right) in Eclipsed

    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. 


  • This Week in Local Theater: Jane Eyre and Lady of Angria

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    Photo Credit: Madison Silva

    Brittney Harris as Jane Eyre

    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.


  • Community Gathers at Home of Potter Maria Dondero


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Large works by Maria Dondero in her home.

    “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.


  • Photo Gallery: Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle

    The 2016 Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle took over downtown Saturday night. Below, check out a gallery of contributor Randy Schafer's photos from the event:



  • Double Feature: Halloween and Blue Velvet Offer Spooky Visions of Suburbia



    Some holiday traditions are inescapable. Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without fireworks-related mishaps. Christmas will forever be marred by godawful fruit cake. And Halloween will always have Halloween

    In preparation for Beechwood's Sunday, Oct. 30 screening of John Carpenter's Halloween (likely not your first), put the slasher flick into new perspective by pairing it with David Lynch’s noir-ish Blue Velvet.


  • Jackie Dorsey’s 'Sound Check' Is an Ode to the Athens Music Scene


    Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

    Sam Burchfield with his portrait by Jackie Dorsey.

    “What it Means,” a watercolor portrait of Patterson Hood by artist Jackie Dorsey, captures the intensity of someone who could pen the lyrics, “We want our truths all fair and balanced/ As long as our notions lie within it/ There’s no sunlight in our asses/ And our heads are stuck up in it.” 

    The work is part of “Sound Check,” a series of portraits of local musicians Dorsey created to express her gratitude for the Athens music scene. The show is currently on display at Hendershot’s, and a meet-and-greet was held for the artist on a recent Sunday night. Friends and family, including the staff of Aurum (where Dorsey is also showing paintings this month along with her mentor Kie Johnson), stopped in to celebrate. Two musicians portrayed in the show, Sam Burchfield and Wrenn, played an acoustic set afterwards.


  • R.I.P. Artist and Athens Scene Fixture Jeremy Ayers


    Photo Credit: Jason Thrasher

    The Athens arts and music scene took another terrible blow today, Monday, Oct. 24, as reports spread through town that Jeremy "Jerry" Ayers had passed away after suffering a seizure and falling into a brief coma.


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