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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Photos of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia taken on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech;
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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here

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This weekend, we have everything from hair metal to country stars coming out of exile heading to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at who's coming back on Mara's Music Mix.

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Atlanta's biggest art museum has a lot more work to put on its walls.

In the last year, the High Museum of Art has acquired 530 new works across all seven of their departments. In the High's African Art collection, Head of Collections Brett Abbott points out a carved wooden stool, featuring two figures of a man and a woman.

"It's a really beautiful example of this kind of wooden 19th century stool from Cameroon," he explains. The stool was one of many works which were gifted to the High.

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The Queen of Funk and the current kings of Top 40 are descending on Atlanta this weekend. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to hit the highlights of this weekend's concert calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

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One of Atlanta’s most celebrated and hard-working playwrights has officially broken into television.

Topher Payne is the award-winning playwright behind "Evelyn in Purgatory," which was recently published by Samuel French. His play "Perfect Arrangement" was produced off-Broadway at Primary Stages last fall. And now, "My Summer Prince," his first TV movie, is premiering on The Hallmark Channel on Saturday. 

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Atlanta has a very active and ever-changing independent music scene, which is seeing even more flux as longtime venue the Masquerade closes down its North Avenue home this month. Immersive Atlanta's Guillermo Castro points out that as this is on the minds of the city's musicians, and with the summer festival season still going, many promoters have begun building up smaller, more diverse and inclusive music festivals such as Jortsfest and The Big Thing.

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This week in Atlanta concerts, we have an all-female supergroup, 90s rockers making a comeback, a golden-voiced singer-songwriter and more.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at "Mara's Music Mix."

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A Huey helicopter flies low over a field at Serenbe, about an hour south of Atlanta. This isn’t a military exercise or a film shoot, but Serenbe Playhouse's theatrical production of "Miss Saigon," the story of star-crossed lovers in war-torn Vietnam. 

Executive and artistic director Brian Clowdus spent eight months convincing the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, based in Hampton, Georgia, to participate.

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here  

Twenty years ago, the Olympic Games brought the world’s athletes to Atlanta. It also brought Nobel laureates.

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It’s not often that you hear someone talk openly about the worst thing they ever did. Rarer still that they’d put up a memorial to it. But that’s exactly what Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has done.

Dad’s Garage is celebrated for its award-winning improv comedy, its ability to attract big-name comedians to Atlanta, collaborations with the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Opera, and performances at the Fox Theatre. In short, they’ve been very successful. But downstairs in their lobby, they have a plaque on the wall which reads in part:

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Having Asperger's Syndrome is not funny, but the comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us is very funny. The quartet of comedians, all of whom are openly autistic, formed in 2010 after meeting at a summer camp and have been touring the country with their unique brand of comedy ever since.

Troupe member Noah Britton describes the syndrome as a "systematic difference" in the way they approach the world. The condition involves hypersensitivity to conflict and change. 

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Garbage, Gucci and one giant clown are just some of what's going on in Atlanta's concert venue's this weekend. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the calendar.

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The band Winger and their frontman, Kip Winger, are best known for their 1988 hit “Seventeen.” But the heavy metal frontman has in recent years traded in the stacks of amplifiers for an acoustic guitar, and has turned a childhood love of ballet into a second career as a composer.

His album, "Conversations With Nijinsky," which includes music written for the San Francisco Ballet, was released this summer and quickly went to No. 1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart.

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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. To read the whole story on ArtsATL, click here.

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“Under Construction” is a sign you will see on Atlanta roads all summer long.  It’s also the marker you could affix to any teenager’s head.

Powerful new technologies are enabling brain researchers, healthcare professionals and educators to investigate the connections among brain function, development and behavior in adolescents. One of the interesting threads emerging from this research is the power of music as a therapeutic and pedagogical tool. 

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Milestone birthdays, summer entertainment and great movies are intersecting at the corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets in Atlanta. The Rialto Center for the Arts is presenting the Be Downtown Film Festival to celebrate their centenary, their 20 years with Georgia State University and the Atlanta Film Festival's 40th anniversary. 

The festival, which includes screenings of Shaft, Space Jam and Enter The Dragon, has been curated by Rialto Executive Director Leslie Gordon and the Atlanta Film Festival's Executive Director Chris Escobar. 

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The 1990s are returning to Atlanta this weekend, or at least to its concert venues. WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss discuss upcoming shows, including Drivin & Cryin's two-night stint in Midtown, the Indigo Girls at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and a packed lineup of vintage hip-hop acts taking over Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in this week's Mara's Music Mix.

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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.