Myke Johns


Myke Johns was hired in 2006 to edit for a few hours a week. Since then, he has run through traffic on Marietta Streetridden shotgun in a speeding racecar, and spent many late nights with actors and athletes alike.

His work has won awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia APME.

In addition to his reckless behavior here, he also serves as co-producer of WRITE CLUB Atlanta, a competitive philanthropic literary event.

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Atlanta has an active and diverse theater community, not only of actors and directors, but writers as well. And one event has exemplified this for almost two decades: The Essential Theatre Play Festival.

Begun in 1999 by artistic director Peter Hardy, the festival has presented new work from now-established talents Theroun Patterson, Lauren Gunderson, Topher Payne and many more.

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This month, the albums coming out of  Atlanta's independent music scene show both a willingness to collaborate and try new things as well as a keen sense of when to stick to what works.

Immersive Atlanta editor Guillermo Castro sits down with Myke Johns to discuss some of the summer's new music.

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Atlanta is an international hub this weekend, both at the airport and in our music venues. The city is welcoming artists from South Korea and New Zealand. 

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss are joining up to bring us those and many other concert listings for this week's Mara's Music Mix.

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This Independence Day weekend, runners took to Peachtree Street to celebrate an annual tradition … no, not that one; the other one.

On Sunday evening, as preparations were underway for the July 4 Peachtree Road Race, which would attract almost 60,000 runners, a much smaller group of athletes gathered at the race's starting line.

These 60 participants were there for the third annual Peachtree Road Rage, an unsanctioned street race organized by Kyle Torok.

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The Cabbagetown musician popularly known as Benjamin Smoke died of liver failure caused by Hepatitis C in January of 1999. He was 39 years old.

Before he passed away, Benjamin left his mark on the underground music scene with his bands Smoke and The Opal Foxx Quartet, among others, and his life and enigmatic work were captured in Jem Cohen's 2000 documentary "Benjamin Smoke."

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This Independence Day weekend, Atlanta plays host to an Eagle, a jam band celebration and a Brit-Pop survivor gone solo.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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The artwork of children's author Eric Carle jumps off the pages of books like "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me." And now the Alliance Theatre has his work literally jumping from the page to the stage in its world premiere adaptation of Carle's book "Pancakes, Pancakes!"

The story centers on a young boy who, in the course of the seemingly simple task of making breakfast, learns about the labor of making food by helping to harvest wheat, milk cows and gather eggs in order to make a pancake.

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Being invited to show artwork at Venice's Biennale would be considered a career highlight by many, and two Atlanta-based artists are among those holding that honor.

The bi-annual contemporary visual art and architecture exhibition opened among the canals and plazas of the Italian city in late May. The work of William Carpenter, architect and founder of design firm Lightroom, and sculptor Bojana Ginn, titled "Presence," is currently on exhibit at the famed event. 

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This weekend, Atlanta clubs, concerts halls and stadiums will ring with the sounds of '80s goth rock, a hip-hop hit-maker and indie rock duos a-plenty.

Contributor Mara Davis joins WABE host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the upcoming concert calendar.

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What sort of untapped potential does our livestock possess? Kentucky-born playwright and former Atlantan Johnny Drago has an idea.

In this edition of the "Storytellers" series, Drago narrates "What Have I Done to You That You Beat Me These Three Times?" – his story of a ne'er-do-well who happens upon a very talented donkey. 

"How do we know it ain't no trick if you're the one what asks all the questions?" The crowd fell silent, awaiting Barker's response.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a music festival in a cemetery, some old-school Atlanta rock 'n' roll and the "Weird One" himself at the Fox Theatre. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their look at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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How does a theater fit into the fabric of a neighborhood? In the the fabric of a city? For Theatrical Outfit, the location certainly helps.

The Outfit, which is the second-oldest theater company is Atlanta, calls the Balzer Theatre at Herren's its home. Herren's, explains Clifton Guterman, the recently-named associate artistic director of the company, was the first restaurant in the city to voluntarily desegregate. 

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The AJC Decatur Book Festival has announced that for this year's keynote event, it will pay tribute to longtime festival supporter and participant Pat Conroy.

Conroy is the celebrated author of "The Prince of Tides," "The Great Santini," "South of Broad" and many other award-winning novels. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 on March 4.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a huge country star from Down Under, a controversial R&B singer and a showcase of golden oldies. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the weekend's concert calendar.

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Heavy metal music blares in a basement theater, and a man steps to a microphone and bellows at the audience "Are you ready to Write Club?"

That uproarious greeting is how WRITE CLUB Atlanta begins their show each month. The man yelling is host Nicholas Tecosky, and he and WABE producer Myke Johns are celebrating five years of this combative reading series which has put almost 200 local Atlanta writers onstage.

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June sees one long-awaited Atlanta album being released, along with a pair of related but stylistically divergent hip-hop records, some swamp fuzz and the everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink madness of Frosted Orange.

Immersive Atlanta's Guillermo Castro sat down with "City Lights" to talk about the local releases kicking off Atlanta's summer.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a country music legend, an 80s pop sensation gone country and one of the most beloved public radio programs around.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar for Mara's Music Mix.

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Poetry about a sitcom may not be something you expect to find in literary circles, and furthermore, you may not expect for it to be good.

New Zealand poet Hera Lindsay Bird upturned both of those assumptions with a poem published recently in The Spinoff titled “Monica,”after Courtney Cox’s character from the 1990s TV show "Friends." The poem spins from lambasting the character to serious musings on the fleeting nature of love and relationships and back again.

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The Mona Lisa rendered in peanut butter and jelly ... Medusa drawn with spaghetti and marinara sauce ... portraits constructed from tons of garbage ... The works of artist Vik Muniz display a sense of humor at work that tends to take serious matters lightly and light matters very seriously.

“Humor is something I take very seriously," he says, "because it can be a really powerful strategy to make people think about what they’re looking at.”

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A line in the opening paragraph of Faith Salie's new book, "Approval Junkie", reads "I'm wary of total self-acceptance. I'd rather fail dramatically than risk complacency."

Dave Matthews performs with his band during a concert at West Point Military Academy,N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007.
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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to a jazz festival, an '80s teen movie throwback and the mighty Dave. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

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June is just over a week away and brings with it prime wedding season. For those of you looking at a calendar full of ceremonies and receptions, Actor's Express has the show for you.

"Significant Other" tells the story of Jordan, the "gay best friend" of a group of women. As each of them get married and as Jordan's own romantic prospects seem to dry up, the play looks at what it means to be single and the changing role of friendship in adulthood.

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This weekend sees Atlanta's second "Shaky" festival of the year with the Shaky Beats Fest, as well as country acts both classic and contemporary. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Atlanta's concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Harry Crews' life sounds like one of the wild novels he's known for.

Raised on a dirt-poor tenant farm in South Georgia, he rose through the ranks of university elites and New York publishing houses to become an unlikely and singular voice in literature in the 1960s and 70s. His novels "The Gospel Singer," "Car," "The Hawk Is Dying" and many others have become cult classics, awash in whiskey and grit.

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One very simple question: Beatles or Stones?

Chances are you knew your answer before you even finished reading the question. Musical rivalries have been fuel for the music industry for decades and music critic Steven Hyden has a lot to say on the subject.

Lawrence Kasdan arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will present its first-ever Icon Award to "The Empire Strikes Back" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan will reflect on his career in conversation with ArtsATL founder Catherine Fox this weekend, and to preview the event, "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes sat down with Emory University film professor Matthew Bernstein.

"Kasdan was a natural choice," Bernstein said about the award's recipient. "He's been such an incredible talent and force in the film industry since the early 1980s." 

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Music festivals are taking over two of Atlanta's parks this weekend, and the shows don't stop there. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to fill us on on what's shaking around town.

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Coming to Atlanta this Mother's Day weekend: an enigmatic R&B diva, a pair of sax-playing twins and one of the longest-running hard rock bands in the world.

Contributor Mara Davis sat down with host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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The Atlanta music scene is diverse and that's demonstrated handily by Immersive Atlanta's look ahead at the albums by local artists coming out this month. The list includes soul, death metal and much in between.

Myke Johns sits down with Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta for a listen-ahead.

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Just a week after nearly breaking the internet with her new album "Lemonade," Beyoncé will be performing in Atlanta this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at that show and many more in "Mara's Music Mix."