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Myke Johns

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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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New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler insists that Adam and Eve, the first couple of the Bible, introduced the idea of "love" to the world.

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"They are the first to grapple, sometimes successfully, sometimes not," he explains to In Conversation host Valerie Jackson, "with the central mystery of being alive, which is to be un-alone."

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This weekend is full of beats, bluegrass and beyond. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar.

Rachel May

It’s a play that the writer describes as “like a Shakespeare hoedown that might make you cry.” It is called “The Heath” and it tells the story of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s own grandfather alongside the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear, who famously went mad.

And on top of that, she plays the banjo.

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A rare copy of William Shakespeare's Second Folio is being auctioned off ... one page at a time.

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Peachstate Historical Consulting Inc. have partnered to host an auction of more than 100 individual leaves drawn from a single, imperfect copy of the Folio, which dates from 1632. 

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This weekend's concert lineup features legends of rock, British pop, and hip hop. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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This weekend, the city is host to two big festivals and two big country stars.

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss are in to preview the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

South Arts

One Atlanta artist has just received a boost to his practice: This week, South Arts, which highlights and supports artists working in the Southeast, named Masud Olufani as one of their 2017 State Fellows. Olufani was chosen to represent Georgia in this honor, and is one of nine artists in the region to receive this fellowship.

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Born in the street festivals of Atlanta, the character of Pete the Cat has found himself on canvas, on the New York Times bestseller list and now he's finding himself on stage. The Center for Puppetry Arts has written a world premier show featuring the cool cat.

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Atlanta has a new destination where you can grab some lunch and see dozens of artists creating work right in the heart of Midtown. The Creative Hive Project has brought individuals and arts organizations to Colony Square.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some hometown country and a pair of '80s throwbacks. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead.

Mike Mantione

One long-running indie rock band is looking forwards and back at the same time. The Athens-based group Five Eight has been around since the late 1980s and they're getting ready to release a new album. They're also the subject of a documentary about their history and return to one ill-fated record.

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The new album is “Songs for Saint Jude,” named for the patron saint of lost causes.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes a pair of bands who've gone from 1990s alt-rock weirdos to indie rock elder statesmen.

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

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Any artistic director can tell you that getting a nonprofit arts organization through a single year is a challenge, which makes Atlanta’s Actor’s Express pretty remarkable. The theater company is getting ready to begin their 30th season.

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This weekend's concert offerings include indie rock at the Variety and hip-hop at Phillips Arena.

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

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The life and work of Atlanta actor Jo Howarth Noonan are being celebrated with a festival Saturday.

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Noonan began acting in her 20s, but she put that burgeoning career on hold to start a family. When she returned to the stage, she found a surprising creative renaissance – at a stage of life when most female actors are ushered into involuntary retirement. She died unexpectedly in 2015, and now there is a foundation and a festival which bears her name.

In theater, typically the way things work is a playwright writes a play and then a theater company puts it onstage. There is one group helping Atlanta artists with all of the stuff that happens in between. They’re called Working Title Playwrights.

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Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and India S. Tyree star as the titualar characters in the Alliance Theatre’s fairy tale ''Cinderella and Fella.''
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The phrase "Cinderella story" is used to describe a meteoric rise from humble beginnings to fame and fortune. The Alliance Theatre is putting a new kind of Cinderella story onstage –  one that subverts its fairy tale origins for today's children.

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"Cinderella and Fella" is billed as being "more high-tops than glass slipper" and is fueled by a different kind of magic.

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Atlanta hip-hop artist Future recently set a record which was unprecedented in the music industry. His self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.

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Nina Simone, one of the most extraordinary musical artists of the twentieth century, is having her story told now at Theatrical Outfit.

“Simply Simone,” which opens on March 23 and runs through April 15, is part biography, part music revue, and it takes a unique approach to telling the story of both her public and inner life.

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This weekend's concert offerings include gritty soul, New Orleans jazz, and indie rock both new and old. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

Jerry Leiber, right, and Mike Stoller have written hits like "Jailhouse Rock."
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Even if you don't know the names Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, you surely know their body of work. 

The songwriting duo is behind hits by Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, Johnny Cash, and other giants of R&B, country, and early rock and roll. The Bremen Museum and Theatrical Outfit are honoring their legacy in a show called "Baby That is Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Leiber/Stoller Era."

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This weekend is about comebacks, with some classic acts taking the stages of Atlanta's clubs and concert venues. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

Louis Perry

Who is your favorite visual artist? Are they still alive? Are they local? A collective of artists opening a group show tonight operates under the motto “Support artists that are alive and well.” They call themselves Future Dead Artists.

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We often hear about actors transforming themselves to play a role. What happens when the role transforms the actor? That is Tara Ochs’ story.

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Visual artists generally work with a wide array of colors, but an exhibit now open at the High Museum of Art features installations with an intentionally limited palate.

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Stacey Bode

Think of something you could do in 24 hours. You could bake a few pies or read a Harry Potter novel. You could drive to Santa Fe … but could you write an opera?

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That challenge is on for composers and writers alike this weekend as the Atlanta Opera puts up its seventh annual 24 Hour Opera Project. This year, they’ve added a wild card to the mix and partnered with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. 

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big names, some big voices and big sounds.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara’s Music Mix."

Maura Friedman

In the days following November's election results, Atlanta journalist and photographer Maura Friedman noticed a dialogue emerging among women in the Southeast.

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“Especially through social media and in a lot of private groups I’m in for women,” Friedman said, “[I] saw a totally different narrative of ‘what are we going to do?’”

COURTESY OF THE HIGH MUSEUM OF ART

Art often tells a story. But can it tell our story?

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The High Museum is doing just that in their expansive new exhibit, “Cross Country.” The show collects almost 200 works from artists working at the beginning of the 20th century, and shows the development of American art, region by region.

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Big names from classic rock radio are hitting the city this weekend, including a man from down under and everyone's favorite Police.

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

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