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Sunday Q&A: Ed Wolverton, CEO of Uptown, Inc.

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What are the odds that a part of Uptown will be designated by the city as an ‘entertainment’ zone and allows open-containers of alcoholic beverages?“That was something that was being actively investigated prior to COVID.Obviously, discussion got derailed. Once restrictions are lifted, we’ll examine the opportunity to carry beverages from one place to the next. There are communities that have done...

Scattershot: Low-Blow Screenshots

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Social-Media Algorithms Strike Again Dang it, y’all. Despite recent upgrades in my personal life, the Almighty Social-Media Algorithm still thinks I got a drug problem. The Omniscient One continues to market me as a lonesome, lone wolf on the prowl for love. “Maybe everyday is Saturday morning.”—Drive-By Truckers** Both of which I understand, given my history. But all this mess...

Sunday Q&A: Julian Singer

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Executive Director, Historic Westville Was moving Westville from Stewart County to Columbus the right decision?“I think it was the right decision. I do. Although it was a very difficult decision, I certainly was not involved in that process  at that time. As a native of Stewart County, I have complicated feelings about it, due to the development of Westville in Lumpkin and the amount of time...

The Music Maker

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Local musician — as well as producer, audio engineer and educator — Jesse Shelby talks about the inspiration he finds by continuing family traditions, playing with personal heroes, and finding hidden gems in the Chattahoochee Valley’s deep pool of talent.#columbusga

Sunday Q&A: Paul Pierce

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Part 2 with the Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House Read Part 1 here. How would you describe your response, and the response of your staff, to COVID? “It has not been easy.  Fortunately, I have a staff of very smart, very innovative people.Just like everyone at the beginning, we didn’t know how long this was going to last. The idea was: Everybody was going to go home for...

Sunday Q&A: Paul Pierce

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Part 1 of 2 with the Producing Artistic Director of the Springer Opera House What qualities make for a great theater?“Of course, there is the excellence of the work itself.But one of the things I’ve learned over my career is authenticity in terms of leadership and direction of the organization, but also of service. It’s relatively easy, once you know how to do it, to do great plays and put great...

Gratitude is the Attitude

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This year for Thanksgiving, we at Electric City Life are grateful for the vibrant blossom of public-art projects that have cast our city in a new light. We’re thankful for all the visionary civic leaders, business owners, artists, art patrons and art lovers who together have applied this primer coat on the transformation of Columbus, Georgia.And local artist Ralph Frank? He’s thankful...

Get Up, Stand Up: Photographer Sammie Saxon on Being a Black Artist Today

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Taking part in a exhibition that opens MLK Day at Vertigo’s High Room, local photographer Sammie Saxon says on how that reflects Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy: “Just the fact that a group of Black men can put on a show like this shows how much progress has been made.” HOWEVER … “The events of the past year have awakened people to the fact that our rights are...

One City, Two Rallies: Red and Blue Work to Win a Purple Peach State

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Politicians, party loyalists, and people looking just to pass a good time showed up in strong numbers for two events last Saturday. Not just any sunny Deep South winter’s day, Saturday also marked the first day for early voting in two U.S.Senate run-off contests that have cast Georgia in the national spotlight. Held just a couple of miles and a couple hours apart, one rally had nearly all...