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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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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.

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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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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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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":

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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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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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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."

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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.