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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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Courtesy of Matisyahu

When your art is rooted in your religious faith, how does your work evolve along with your beliefs?

Matthew Paul Miller could tell you.

The hip-hop and reggae singer is better known by his Hebrew name: Matisyahu.

He emerged in the mid-2000s, clad in a long beard and traditional garments, weaving themes of Orthodox Judaism into his lyrics.

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Aging punk rockers and frontmen gone solo are on the bill this weekend and contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's going on in Atlanta's music venues with "Mara's Music Mix."

Kristian Bush from Sugarland; playwright Janece Shaffer with WABE's Lois Reitzes
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Turning over the family business from father to son can be tough when tradition bumps up against a new way of doing things. A new play at the Alliance Theatre begins there … it just so happens that the family business is country music. The show is "Troubadour," and was written by the creative team of playwright Janece Shaffer and songwriter Kristian Bush.

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This weekend's weather may not have been as extreme as metro Atlanta had been preparing for. While the northern counties did get snow and ice, many of us who who saw only the lightest dusting of frost still spent Saturday and Sunday huddled inside for warmth.

Courtesy Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine is growing in a multitude of directions. In December, the New York and Decatur-based company announced two important developments: a substantial expansion of coverage with seven new sections, including theater, science and wrestling; and a return to print with Paste Quarterly.

Paste Quarterly will be a large format, 12" by 12" magazine, packaged with a music sampler which will be pressed on a vinyl record. 

Matthew Paul Miller aka Matisyahu performs onstage at Park City Live Day 1 on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Park City, Utah.
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This weekend, the metro Atlanta area is playing host to a country storyteller, an Orthodox Jewish reggae artist, and much more. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at Atlanta's concert offerings with "Mara's Music Mix."

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We should all try to live a little.

This idea is at the center of a world premier play opening at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. It’s called “Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance Is Required” by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne.

In this case, “living a little” involves spam email, parachuting from an airplane into a foreign country, and somehow, Blockbuster Video.

Actor Brenda Porter plays Rhonda Charles, a retired English teacher who is looking to redefine her life.

Amy Ray (L) and Emily Saliers and the Indigo Girls perform at Magnolia Fest at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida on Saturday. October 18, 2014.
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How will you begin 2017? Contributor Mara Davis suggests opening with a song. Mara and host emeritus Steve Goss have a concert calendar for all your New Year's weekend plans. It's "Mara's Music Mix."

Tony Duran

Actor Jane Fonda insists that women “have a different way of looking at everything.”

“From poverty, bankruptcy, to war and peace and the environment,” she tells In Conversation host Valerie Jackson, “very often we are the ones who have more to lose, more at stake.”

Fonda is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, political activist and advocate for women’s rights. She is currently starring alongside Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen in the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” as well as in her third film with Robert Redford, “Our Souls At Night.”

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This holiday weekend, Atlanta is playing host to tribute acts, homegrown hip hop and much more. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming Atlanta concerts with Mara's Music Mix.

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Actor's Express is putting on something of an uber Christmas pageant. They're presenting 44 holiday-themed plays ... at one minute apiece. They're calling it "A Very Merry (All-Inclusive) 1 Minute Play Festival Holiday Spectacular."

Jocelyn Gragg

Not to malign the perennial holiday fruitcake, but if you're looking to give the gift of food this Christmas season, there are other options. And our Diva of Delicious, Mara Davis, joined "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to discuss gift ideas that are "local, delicious, and fabulous."

Among those mentioned:

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This weekend, Atlanta has concerts for those getting into the holiday spirit and for those who are not. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming shows.

Auctioneers take bids for Laura Vela’s piece ''La Sagrada'' at The Imaginary Million.
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Works of art regularly go for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the auction block. Another sort of art auction just took place in Atlanta during which no money changed hands ... no real money, anyway.

It’s called The Imaginary Million, and was organized by the art organization WonderRoot.

Stacey Bode

It’s Dickens, interrupted at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Their show “Invasion Christmas Carol” is now onstage. The theater's long-running holiday tradition took a break for a couple of years and it’s back with ensemble member Megan Leahy in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The show is a hybrid of scripted comedy and improv, with the cast performing a trimmed-down version of Charles Dickens’ classic, only to be “invaded” by an unannounced character with their own agenda.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes":

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It takes a very talented musician to make a diminutive instrument like the mandolin into a big deal. Avi Avital is one such musician.

He is the rock star of classical mandolin. In fact, he is the first mandolinist to have been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist." 

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes":

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Where Santa Claus brings toys to good little boys and girls, his associate Krampus drags naughty kids off in the middle of the night. So if one is looking to write an anti-Christmas show, full of heavy metal and monsters and alcohol, you could do a lot worse for a main character.

And that is exactly what 7 Stages has been doing since 2010 with their annual "Krampus XMas" show. This year, our nine-foot-tall hairy beast of an anti-hero is facing a new foe: gentrification. 

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes":

2014 Richard Termine

In 2009, a new event in Atlanta joined a rich, international tradition. We just have to be careful how we say its name.

The Puckin’ Fuppet Show is a quarterly puppet slam event featuring a wide range of puppetry styles, and — as the name may suggest — is aimed at adult audiences. 

"It is anything goes," curator Beau Brown tells City Lights host Lois Reitzes. He says the show, which he has helmed since 2010, is important for Atlanta's puppetry community.

Tony Taylor started practicing his guitar on Stone Mountain more than 20 years ago. One of his favorite singers is Adele.
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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Retizes":

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Veterans returning home traumatized by war has been a societal concern throughout human history. One art exhibit now on display at Atlanta's Eyedrum gallery is taking a very personal look at the world many of our armed forces are returning home to.

The show is called "Left Out," and is a collaboration between husband-and-wife team Carlos Thompson and Morgan Carlisle. Carlisle is board chair at Eyedrum, and Thompson is a writer and veteran of the U.S. Army, with tours in Afghanistan and Haiti under his belt.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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One of the region’s most audacious voices in queer culture has something new hot off the presses.

WUSSY was founded in 2015 as an online magazine for the southeastern LGBTQ community. It focuses on art, nightlife, and culture and through interviews, profiles and numerous opinion pieces, aims to be an outspoken voice in the queer community. That voice just found a new platform with the publication of Wussy Volume 1, the magazine’s first print edition.

Volume 1 is called "The Body Issue."

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This weekend, the Brian Setzer Orchestra brings some rockabilly swing to get you into the holiday spirit, and Music Midtown hit Nathaniel Rateliff returns to Atlanta.

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

Meghan Conwell

Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Photo courtesy of Alliance Theatre

New York’s loss was Atlanta's gain when Courtenay Collins decided she’d had enough of the crowds and moved back to the city.

So it’s no surprise that the performer’s Christmas show, produced with the Alliance Theatre, is titled “Home for the Holidays.”

Created with the Alliance’s artistic director Susan V. Booth, the production is based on Collins’ popular one-woman cabaret show and includes music, stories, crafts, and Collins’ charm and good humor.  

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It's an Atlanta holiday tradition going on its eighth year, and, this time, the annual production of "Black Nativity" is getting its audience in on the act.

This year’s production is giving local churches the opportunity to feature their own praise and worship teams and chorales on stage as an opening act to the show, as well as having them perform with "Black Nativity's" choir during the show.

In addition, the production is also releasing a cast recording of the show's soundtrack.