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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You probably know him as the carnivorous, mustachioed Ron Swanson of the sitcom "Parks and Recreation," and while the actor Nick Offerman and his fictional character may be different in many ways, they both share a love of fine woodworking.

Offerman is in Atlanta this week touring for his new book, "Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop." It is both a beautifully illustrated how-to guide to some of the woodshop's favorite projects, and an ode to the craft and the people who practice it. 

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A "Messenger" is arriving in the west side of town and alternative black culture is taking over Mechanicsville.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to unpack the weekend's concert offerings on Mara's Music Mix.

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The Atlanta theater community has proved itself to be committed to the cause of social justice for years, and next week, it joins theaters around the country in producing not one, but 75 plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Putting furniture on the curb — most of us have seen it, some of us have done it, and a few of us may have even picked up a well-worn coffee table or desk chair off the side of the road. Atlanta artist Lauren Michelle Peterson is exploring these objects left on the sidewalk in a solo show at the MINT Gallery, titled "on Going."

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If you spent any time near a radio in the 1990s, there is a good chance you are already familiar with Emily Saliers. She’s half of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Indigo Girls, along with songwriter Amy Ray. Now, over three decades into a professional music career, Saliers begins recording her very first solo album this winter, and she’s getting a hand from her fans.

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With acoustic guitars to the north and turntables to the east, Atlanta has a variety of festivals and concerts going on this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what going on this weekend with "Mara's Music Mix."

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As the current presidential election barrels loudly toward November, and rhetoric … or at least the arguments people are having on Facebook … becomes more divisive, the comedians at Dad’s Garage are here to provide some levity as they comment on current events. Their new sketch comedy show is called “Democracy Achieved: An Ode to the Perfection of American Politics,” and takes aim at both sides of the aisle.

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For the Marshalls, the combination of law and civil rights is the family business ... and an illustrious family it is. Cecilia Marshall is the granddaughter of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She is the managing director of scholarships and programs for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and she was in Atlanta this weekend for the opening of the play "Thurgood" at Theatrical Outfit.

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If Music Midtown didn’t leave you all festival'ed-out, two more music festivals are hitting the metro Atlanta area this weekend. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a preview of upcoming concerts for "Mara's Music Mix."

Mike Morgan and Ruti Jones, pictured here with Lois Reitzes (left), are co-founders of the Y’allywood Film Festival.
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There is no question that Hollywood has set up shop in Atlanta, but filmmakers around the Southeast and outside of the studio system are still vying for the chance to be seen. Enter: the Y’allywood Film Festival. Begun in 2014, its aim is to provide a home for independent movies made here in the region. 

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Earlier this week the originator of the BeltLine resigned from the board of The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.

Executive Editor of ArtsATL Laura Relyea sits down with producer Myke Johns for more on this and other recent arts and culture news.

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Thurgood Marshall’s career took him from back-alley Baltimore to Howard University law school to his fight for equality in the South, and all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land. His story now is taking the stage at Theatrical Outfit in a one-man show called “Thurgood.”

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Think of settings in Atlanta that would make the most sense for a ghost story and Historic Oakland Cemetery should be near the top of the list.

The folks at Horizon Theatre would agree. “Freed Spirits” is their new production. It’s a comedy mystery about a group of misfits tracking the supernatural around a tornado-ravaged Oakland.

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Many theater companies routinely take on new leadership — a new artistic director here, a change in management there. One Atlanta theater group is turning over completely.

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project has announced that they have brought on five new producers to replace the original co-founders of the group.

Speaking with producer Myke Johns, founding member Tiffany Porter explains that the Weird Sisters was originally an informal group of theater artists.

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Houston.
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This weekend, a pair of beloved singer-songwriters hit the Fox and Queen Bey returns to the Dome. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts in "Mara’s Music Mix."

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This week in the arts, several of our own Atlanta- and Georgia-based artists are gaining national and international recognition, and there is a new gallery opening on the BeltLine.

ArtsATL Executive Editor Laura Relyea sits down with producer Myke Johns to fill us in on recent happenings in the Atlanta arts scene.

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The New York Times calls playwright Lindsey Ferrentino "a writer of dauntless conviction." Her show, "Ugly Lies the Bone," first opened off-Broadway in 2015 and is currently onstage at the Alliance Theatre. She holds the distinction of being the first two-time finalist of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and this year won the National Arts Club’s Kesselring Prize.

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The weather may not be getting any cooler, but with September here, the fall food festival season has begun.

It's a veritable cornucopia of cheese, drink, and international flavors and it can be pretty overwhelming. Luckily our favorite diva of delicious, contributor Mara Davis, joined "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to helps us sort it all out.

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Actor Gene Wilder died last month at the age of 83. In print and on-air, many reflected on his kindness as well as his great talent. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is honoring the memory of Gene Wilder with a screening of four of his movies, including "The Frisco Kid," "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles" and "The Producers." 

AJFF Associate Director Brad Pilcher and Matthew Bernstein, chair of film studies at Emory University spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes, to talk about Wilder's career and impact.

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Music will be absolutely taking over Midtown this weekend, and for a look at the acts descending on festival crowds and tiny clubs alike, contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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Music contributor Mara Davis attends dozens of shows every year and she is always consuming new music, looking for the next big thing. So when she told "City Lights" that Gaby Moreno's recent performance in Atlanta had her in tears, we knew there was something special about this artist.

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The groundbreaking sci-fi property "Star Trek" recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and amid the tricorders and red-shirted ensigns, there is a wealth of great music to be found.

The first episode of "Star Trek" aired on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966. While this original series ran for three seasons, it has flourished with spin-off television series and thirteen feature films. The "Star Trek" music universe is no less impressive, with some of Hollywood’s most noted composers bringing us five decades of brilliant music for this highly successful franchise.

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When we think of our city's long-lived arts institutions, we often think of the Woodruff, with the Atlanta Symphony, the High Museum and the Alliance Theatre. Organizations such as Eyedrum or WonderRoot may come to mind, too. Here is another one: Art Papers.

This bi-monthly magazine covering the arts in Atlanta and internationally is celebrating 40 years, making them the longest-running nonprofit arts publication in the country. They are also the only internationally distributed arts magazine to be based in Atlanta.

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Thomas Mullen’s biography opens with the confession that while his neighbors near downtown Atlanta “suspect not a thing, he commits murders, spins wildly convoluted conspiracy theories, travels through time, [and] reinvents the past.”

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You could grab a pint of chocolate ice cream out of your grocery store freezer. You could buy a candy bar from a vending machine, But when you want a treat that someone's put a little more thought and care into, where do you go?

Mara Davis, WABE contributor and co-host of "Atlanta Eats," joins "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to talk about some of the gourmet offerings being made right here in Georgia.

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In this Sunday, May 17, 2015 file photo, Kanye West performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Is Atlanta about to get a complete Dungeon Family reunion?

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss speculate on whether Andre 3000 will make his rumored appearance at the ONE Music Festival and discuss other highlights of the weekend's concert calendar on "Mara's Music Mix."

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London’s most notorious criminal has hit Atlanta … or one of Atlanta’s stages, at any rate.

7 Stages Theatre is opening their 38th season with Bertolt Brecht’s groundbreaking work, "The Threepenny Opera." Directed by 7 Stages’ co-artistic director Michael Haverty with musical direction by Bryan Mercer, the show incorporates elements of late 1920s Berlin with 21st century touches like live video feeds and an opening credits sequence.

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Atlanta is getting very heavy in September, and we're not talking about weight. Each month, we check in on the local independent music scene for a preview of some of the new albums coming from our homegrown artists, and for that, producer Myke Johns sat down with Guillermo Castro, editor of Immersive Atlanta.

You don't have to know anything about opera to enjoy reading "The Queen of the Night," the recent novel by Alexander Chee. If you do love opera, there will be that much more to relish.

Set in the late 19th century, the book centers Lilliet Berne, an orphaned American girl who winds her way through the Parisian underground, taking on work as a circus performer, a prostitute, a courtesan and a spy. And though she never imagines ending up as a living legend, her voice propels her to stardom with the Paris Opera.

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This holiday weekend's packed schedule of festivals and events will have an eclectic evening soundtrack, featuring everything from German electronic pioneers to a cult internet cartoon character. 

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