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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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Richard Skoonberg

Tonight, the Atlanta Photography Group is opening its gallery to anyone with work to hang ... or pin up, to be more precise.

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“The Push Pin is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to bring in their work and put it up on the walls,” APG Executive Director Beth Lilly says.

Greg Mooney

“Exit Strategy” is the story of a Chicago public school on the brink of closure. A small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school, following an administrator who may not actually know what he’s doing. The show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and this week it is opening at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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Courtesy of NobleSol Art Group


Artist Okeeba Jubalo believes that if art is going to tell the truth, that truth is going to make people uncomfortable. 

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This weekend, Atlanta's playing host to a punk legend, political pop, and one of Elton John's favorite new bands.

Contributor Mara Davis sits down with host emeritus Steve Goss for the look ahead.

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During the "Freedom Summer" in 1961, civil rights activists bussed down to Southern states to challenge segregation. It wasn't an easy decision for everyone, and there were many who chose to stay behind. Jiréh Breon Holder's play "Too Heavy for Your Pocket" takes a look at that conflict.

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One of Atlanta’s contemporary music ensembles is inviting you out for a drink. Chamber Cartel is about to begin a six-concert series at Orpheus Brewing in Midtown. They’ll be performing works by Iannis Xenakis, John Luther Adams and other composers in a series they’re calling “Don’t Look Back: Beyond the Zero.” 

There may not be an obvious connection between contemporary classical music and craft beer, but as it turns out, both entities go way back.

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The weekend before Valentine's Day has classic rock tributes and Italian love songs and everything in-between.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at upcoming concerts.

Jeff Shipman

Valentine’s Day is next week and love songs are sure to be everywhere. But one group of Atlanta musicians is offering an alternative. The annual Bloody Valentines show is returning to the EARL and will be performing a mix of murder ballads, songs of obsession and love-gone-wrong.

The creators of the show, which has been happening annually since 2015, aim to go against the grain of typical Valentine's events.

"I've always wanted to do an evening of murder ballads," singer Aileen Loy, who will perform in the show, tells City Lights host Lois Reitzes.

Alberto Vasar

They call him "the Closer." James Judd is the man that the storytelling show Snap Judgment brings out to bring down the house. The lawyer and former stand-up comedian is known for his brash, energetic style and his rollicking stories of public embarrassment and failure.

Judd will be among the performers taking the stage of Atlanta Symphony Hall this weekend when Snap Judgment rolls into town for a live show. 

Catherine Dee Holly and Fray Forde

This story starts, like many great stories do, with an argument over hair care products.

The short film “Good Hair” was shot in Atlanta with a wealth of hometown talent, including its creators, director and actor Catherine Dee Holly and comedian Fray Forde.

The film begins with Frankie, played by Holly, discovering that Khi, played by Forde, has used the last of her hair conditioner. The scene is based on a real-life argument the couple got into, which formed the basis for the story. 

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This week's concerts have everything from indie rock darlings to the man, the meme himself. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the offerings in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls.

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The art organization MINT is going through a lot of changes. The gallery recently announced that their creative director, Candice Greathouse, has resigned. 

This follows their announcement in April 2016 that they were moving out of their gallery space on North Highland. MINT has since been setting up exhibitions in temporary spaces. 

Greathouse became MINT's full-time creative director in 2014 after serving as interim operations manager. 

Holly Renee

If the idea of “swiping left or swiping right” is second nature to you by now, this show may be for you. Onstage now at Dad’s Garage, “U Up?” takes a look at relationships in the 21st century.

"Not every sketch is about online dating or Tinder," co-writer and co-star Alison Hastings tells "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes. "Almost all of them are about two people right in front of each other, trying to connect in some way."

Laila Yasser

This week's concert offerings feature everything from Beyoncé’s brass section to an international cultural celebration of the Nile River. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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Not every college course features "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" on its syllabus. But one class being taught now at Armstrong State University in Savannah does.

Dr. Regina Bradley, who is assistant professor of English there, is teaching a course on Atlanta rap group Outkast. Since word of the course has spread, it has caught the attention of a number of media outlets, including The Root, Ebony Magazine and Entertainment Weekly.

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This weekend's concert calendar features a homecoming for a jewel-running rap duo and one of the Eagles at the Fox.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what's happening in Atlanta's clubs and concert halls with "Mara's Music Mix."

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If you want people to see your play, one option is to give it away for free.

Atlanta-born playwright Lauren Gunderson has done just that. She offered up her show “The Taming” to any theater company, group or person who wanted to do a staged reading free of charge … for one day: Jan. 20.

Over 40 companies across the US responded, including a few here in Atlanta. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project has teamed up with 7 Stages and Synchronicity Theatre to put on the show.

Donald Glover poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a television series - musical or comedy for "Atlanta" at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Ca
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"Atlanta" won two Golden Globe Awards. Not the city — which isn't to say we don't deserve it — but the television series helmed by writer, actor and musician Donald Glover.

The show follows the exploits of Earn Marks, played by Glover, as he navigates the city's hip-hop scene, managing his rapper cousin who goes by the name Paperboy. The program has earned critical praise for its first season, and now from the Golden Globes.

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.

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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.”

Katie Darby / Invision/AP

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: