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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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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.

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"In Conversation with Valerie Jackson" is a series in which the former First Lady of Atlanta speaks with  some of today's most dynamic artists, innovative thinkers and interesting personalities. 

The Olympic Games in Rio may be over, but our appetite for gold hasn’t gone away. Luckily, we have a two-time gold medalist right here in Atlanta.

Wahid Khoshravani

Here’s a mental exercise: Try speaking in verse, out loud, off the top of your head. Be sure to rhyme, maintain a rhythm and be clever.

Sound easy?

Now do that to a beat and that is what is popularly known as freestyle. One group in Atlanta has dedicated itself to the art form not only to keep its members lyrically on their toes, but as an educational tool.

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to both some 80s junior prom throwbacks and a pair of hip-hop super stars.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for the look at the wide spectrum of artists coming to town.

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This weekend, local musicians are banding together to pay tribute to a classic of Atlanta R&B, and a breakout 18-year-old rapper takes Center Stage. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at concert offerings.

Robert Mahony

Music festivals in Atlanta are dominated by the big, established names — Music Midtown, Shaky Knees — and rely on corporate sponsorships and ticket sales to sustain themselves. But one smaller independent festival is celebrating its fourth year and has managed to stick to its guiding principles: Always Free, Always All-Ages, Always Accessible. We’re talking about Jortsfest.

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It seems like there is a podcast for everything now. If you can identify some niche interest, it’s likely that there are super-fans out there gleefully picking it apart. One notable recent example is “The West Wing Weekly,” which is examining the entire series of the television show "The West Wing" one episode at a time. So with that format in mind, why not a 14th century Italian poem about hell?

“The Divined Comedy” is a podcast which is devoted to talking about Dante Alighieri’s “The Inferno” one canto at a time, taking plenty of detours into pop culture along the way. 

Juna F. Nagle

Author Jacqueline Woodson holds the idea of black girlhood as almost sacred.

Her young adult, middle grade and picture books are almost all told from the perspective of young African-American girls growing up around Brooklyn. Her 2014 memoir-in-verse "Brown Girl Dreaming" won a National Book Award and her book covers are frequently adorned with honors from the Newbery, NAACP and Coretta Scott King awards.

Photos of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia taken on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech;
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This Cultural Olympiad story was produced in partnership with ArtsATL as part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here

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This weekend, we have everything from hair metal to country stars coming out of exile heading to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at who's coming back on Mara's Music Mix.

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Atlanta's biggest art museum has a lot more work to put on its walls.

In the last year, the High Museum of Art has acquired 530 new works across all seven of their departments. In the High's African Art collection, Head of Collections Brett Abbott points out a carved wooden stool, featuring two figures of a man and a woman.

"It's a really beautiful example of this kind of wooden 19th century stool from Cameroon," he explains. The stool was one of many works which were gifted to the High.

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The Queen of Funk and the current kings of Top 40 are descending on Atlanta this weekend. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to hit the highlights of this weekend's concert calendar with Mara's Music Mix.

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One of Atlanta’s most celebrated and hard-working playwrights has officially broken into television.

Topher Payne is the award-winning playwright behind "Evelyn in Purgatory," which was recently published by Samuel French. His play "Perfect Arrangement" was produced off-Broadway at Primary Stages last fall. And now, "My Summer Prince," his first TV movie, is premiering on The Hallmark Channel on Saturday.