Culture Briefs

  • The A.V. Club Praises Flagpole Artist Lee Gatlin's Superhero Comics


    The A.V. Club recently published an article titled "The Best Comics of 2016 So Far," and it's a handy guide to some of the year's finest work, from graphic novels to web comics. Included on the list is former Athenian Lee Gatlin, a frequent Flagpole illustrator whose excellent Gang Agley series appears in our weekly print edition and online.


  • Dawg Drawer and 'Mad' Founder Jack Davis Has Died


    Renowned illustrator Jack Davis, a UGA graduate best known as a founder of the satirical Madmagazine, has died at age 91.

    Born in 1924 in Atlanta, Davis attended UGA on the G.I. Bill and loved to draw Bulldog-related images throughout his career.


  • In the Heights Opens at Lawrenceville's Aurora Theatre


    Photo Credit: BreeAnne Clowdus

    Vanessa Bodega (Julissa Sabino)

    Let’s face it, most of us will not get to see Hamilton anytime soon. Even when it starts touring a year from now or more, season subscriptions to the various venues are likely to sell out before individual tickets can even go on the market. Creator and star Lin Manuel Miranda has changed the world of musical theater, but remember that his non-stop revolution began withIn The Heights, the 2008 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical with a Latin pop, hip-hop and salsa soundtrack. Luckily, you now have a chance to see it at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
    Sure, Hamilton and In the Heights are two different musicals, and part of what makesHamilton revolutionary is Miranda’s diverse, contemporary portrayal of our founding fathers building a new nation. But In the Heights was revolutionary in its own way (while set in the present day and among everyday people) and equally concerned with diverse “dreamers of American dreams, nervously eyeing their futures from a city block on the cusp of change,” as Sara Krulwich of the New York Times described it in her 2008 review. With music and lyrics by Miranda, the book by Quiara Alegria Hudes got mixed reviews for its sentimentality. Krulwich called it a “salsa-flavored soap opera,” but overall was charmed by “this scrappy little musical about chasing your dreams…if there is an equivalent of schmaltz in Spanish, this musical is happily swimming in it.”


  • CCRG Upset the Tallahassee RollerGirls Saturday


    Photo Credit: David Eduardo

    What transpired Saturday night at Akins Arena inside the Classic Center was, without hyperbole, the most thrilling display of grit and athleticism in the decade-long history of women’s flat track roller derby in Athens. The largest regular-season crowd in recent memory held its collective breath for two 30-minute halves as the visiting team from Tallahassee and our hometown Classic City Rollergirls battled with every ounce of their being in a slugfest for the ages.


  • Writers: The Dawgs Are Gonna Be Mediocre This Year


    "Third place? Really, guys?"

    New UGA football coach Kirby Smart knows he needs to win and win in a hurry to keep the fan base happy.

    Unfortunately for him (and us), the media doesn’t have a whole lot of faith.

    At the SEC Media Days conference in Hoover last week, sportswriters picked Georgia to finish third in the East, behind predicted division winner Tennessee and Florida.


  • Everyone In Athens is Playing Pokémon Go, Which is Revolutionary and Possibly Dangerous


    Photo Credit: Maria Lewczyk

    Over the past week, swarms of people have taken to the streets with smartphones in hand, walking (or running) around and loitering in certain (often unusual) locations. Although walking while looking down at one’s phones is already a common activity, this is something different entirely. This is Pokémon Go, a new, location-based augmented reality mobile app developed by Niantic—the minds behind another location-based game called Ingress—and the Pokémon Company.


  • Classic City Crush Recap


    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    Day One: Saturday, June 18

    When Albuquerque, NM-based Duke City took the track against Marietta's Peach State at 10 a.m. Saturday to kick off the 2016 Classic City Crush, they were confident the most stressful and frightening events of the weekend were already behind them. Their flight to Georgia was rerouted to Chattanooga due to severe weather. They taxied the runway in Tennessee until conditions improved in Atlanta, where they eventually commandeered ground transportation for Athens. Arriving eight hours late, they did not benefit from a good night’s sleep, nor did they have time for sightseeing. (The Tree That Owns Itself will be there until we replace it again.)


  • This Month in Theater: Hairspray and Godspell

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    Photo Credit: Ralph B. Maxwell, Jr.

    (L to R) Delaney Morcom, Kelly Belle McCoy, Katelynn Tiller, Taylor Cleveland, Leslianne Hopkins, Georgia Laster and Claire Korzekwa

    Hairspray: A celebration of early ’60s dance music, social change and teen dreams, Hairsprayis a happy, Tony Award-winning musical about an outrageously optimistic dance show fanatic named Tracy Turnblad (Georgia Laster). She’s described as “pleasantly plump” and gets in trouble at school for “inappropriate hair height,” but she dreams of appearing on “The Corny Collins Show.”


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