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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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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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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.

Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young said Wednesday he's doing "fine" following a wreck on Monday. Young made the comments following an unrelated press conference
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The modern idea of Atlanta can be traced all the way back to Henry Grady. A new book, documentary, and archival project attempts to cover that history through the eyes of ambassador and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.

This weekend, a pair of R&B greats hit the arena, and Christmas music "steamrolls" into the city. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts in Mara's Music Mix.

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Atlanta writer Topher Payne has a Hallmark card for us.

Over the summer, Payne had his television debut with his Hallmark movie "My Summer Prince." Speaking to "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes then, he hinted that he would be back on the network for Christmas and true to his word, he is back. Payne is the screenwriter of the upcoming Hallmark original movie "Broadcasting Christmas," starring Dean Cain and Melissa Joan Hart.

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There are a number of things that could reasonably be expected when a stand-up comedian starts a blog. But for it to be a fiercely feminist, self-critical catalog of thoughts on marriage, weight loss, health and her own faults is pretty extraordinary.

Atlanta stand-up comedian Jen Lenny's blog, “Journey to the Bachelor,” has featured some arresting writing as of late, deconstructing the layers of thought behind her desire to get married, her addiction to fast food, and her medical problems.

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Leonard Cohen died on Nov. 7, and it didn't take long for a group of Atlanta musicians to organize a memorial show.

Jeffrey Butzer is no stranger to paying tribute. He's behind the annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the EARL and has actually put together tributes to Leonard Cohen before, one as recently as September. But Saturday's show at the Star Bar will definitely have a different mood to it. They're calling it "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" after a song off Cohen's 1967 debut album.

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton with Drive-By Truckers perform at the Candler Park Music and Food Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Atlanta.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a soul revival act at the Fox and some politically charged Americana. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their weekly look at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Margo Price has had the kind of year that musicians dream about.

The singer-songwriter rose from relative obscurity in the Nashville music scene on the strength of hard-luck songs about alcohol and loss, and made appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "A Prairie Home Companion" along the way.

"I definitely had faith in the songs," Price told music contributor Mara Davis while in town for a recent show at Terminal West, "but I don't know that I projected that it would go this far."

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Punk rock and dance pop are dominating this weekend's concert calendar. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to lay out "Mara's Music Mix."

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As far as first editions go, Emory University's Michael C. Carlos Museum has one currently on display that rivals most: it's a copy of the first folio of the plays of William Shakespeare. 

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Amanda Shires' story sounds like an old country song, with a childhood divided between parents in Lubbock and Mineral Wells, Texas. She's a violinist who joined the legendary Western swing band The Texas Playboys when she was just 15 years old. More recently she played in Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit, before dating and eventually getting married – though that hasn't necessarily meant settling down.

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On Monday, a collection of Atlanta dignitaries including Congressman Hank Johnson and former news anchor Monica Pearson will gather to name Hank Stewart as the city’s poet laureate. Stewart has been a writer and spoken word poet for 25 years, as well as a public speaker and foundation president. 

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A pair of female rock and roll legends will share an arena and the "Highway to the Dangerzone" leads right to the Marcus JCC Book Festival this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at metro Atlanta's upcoming concert offerings with Mara's Music Mix.

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One of the most successful singers in the world makes her long-awaited return to Atlanta tonight and a faceless songwriter takes to the arena.

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

Nicole Buchanan

One Atlanta theater company is putting a Pulitzer winner on stage.

In 2001, "Proof," written by playwright by David Auburn, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the Tony Award for Best Drama. A new production by Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company opens Tuesday at Southwest Fulton Arts Center. 

Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012.
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This weekend brings surfer-songwriters, country rebels and the quintessential jam band to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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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.
Myke Johns

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.”