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Erin Wright

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Erin Wright produces "City Lights" and "Strike Up the Band." After studying viola, German and Musicology at UGA, Erin began working at Public Broadcasting Atlanta in 2011. 

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According to FilmL.A.’s annual Feature Film Study, 17 major motion pictures were filmed here in 2016, making Georgia the top location for feature film production – much of it in and around Atlanta.

But if the city is in a shot, Atlanta is usually standing in for somewhere else: most recently for New York City in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Author and screenwriter Anthony Tambakis was born in Connecticut and now lives in California. In between, he lived in Cabbagetown. That’s where, some 14 years ago, he wrote the first draft of a novel.

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That novel is called “Swimming with Bridgeport Girls” and it was published just this month.

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As one half of the Grammy Award-winning folk rock duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has sold millions of albums and toured the world.

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She also has a prolific solo career and in 2014, Amy released "Goodnight Tender." It was the Georgia singer/songwriter’s first full-blown country album and it was well-received by critics and fans alike.

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Stepping outside in mid-July feels like a sauna here in the South, and the “City Lights” staff officially declares that we’ve had enough: it’s too darn hot! Fortunately, Atlanta offers plenty of alternatives to sweltering in the heat, and we’ll bring you options this summer on where to go and what to consume.

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From "Hamilton" to "Frozen" to "Grease," breaking into song in the middle of a dramatic scene is something so common now that we may not realize how revolutionary it was in the last century. 

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Flying Carpet Theatre Artistic Director Adam Koplan joined "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to discuss this particular musical tool, with examples from "Oklahoma!" and "Showboat."

This is the second conversation in a "City Lights" summer series on the Great American Songbook.