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Oprah Winfrey had long been looking for something that would keep OWN viewers from switching to other channels. The answer to her prayers turned out to be a juicy drama series set in a house of worship.

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"Greenleaf," which co-stars Winfrey in a recurring role, premiered last year as the most-watched debut in the six-year history of her network and has given the media mogul a boost of confidence.

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The Alliance Theatre will bring down the house — quite literally — as it soon begins a major, year-long renovation. The work should result in a theater space that's more accessible as well as acoustically refined.

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But, as "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes noted, "the show must go on," and she spoke with the Alliance Theatre's artistic director Susan V. Booth about the company's upcoming nomadic season.

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Two longtime collaborators who happen to have the same first name, Raymond Carr and Raymond Wade Tilton, have created a show about contrast. Divided into vignettes, the show looks at contrast in a variety ways from relationships to religion to their own artistic partnership.

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City Lights: Irish Music; 'Exit Strategy'; And More

Mar 13, 2017
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Imagine spending weeks, years, or a lifetime apart from lovers, friends and family. And then, one day, you are reunited. This process led Spelman dance chair, professor and choreographer T. Lang to question, what is the toll of searching, longing and finding?

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Those are just some of the themes explored in her four-part series, “Post,” which started back in 2014. The first installment, "Post Up," was the result of T. Lang's grief from the death of her father. 

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Forget about being a triple threat, Sandra Bernhard is one of those rare performers who really can do it all.

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Bernhard got her start in the 1970s, working the stand-up circuit where she first debuted her signature brazen sense of humor. Now, she’s back on the road with a new show, “SANDRA MONICA BLVD: Coast to Coast.”

Debbie Allen: Atlanta Needed What I Have To Offer

Mar 10, 2017
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From acting in "Fame" to executive producing "Grey's Anatomy," dance has remained the bedrock of Debbie Allen’s prolific career onstage and in television.

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She wanted to pass on the lessons of dance to young people, so she created the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. This summer, she is again hosting a two-week summer intensive here in Atlanta.

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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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After a meticulous restoration that took more than a year, a Stradivarius violin that was stolen from violinist Roman Totenberg and missing for decades is about to return to the stage.

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Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago to study under Totenberg, will play the instrument at a private concert in New York on Monday, and more performances after that are possible.

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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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City Lights: Madeleine Peyroux; Tara Ochs; And More

Mar 9, 2017
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Jerry’s Habima Theatre is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals, featuring actors with special needs ages 18 and up. For 24 years and counting, the company stages a Broadway-style musical, and this year’s production is “The Wizard of Oz.”

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In light of one of the most polarized presidential elections of my lifetime, I think one thing all Americans can agree on is that art remains timeless.

A moment to put your mind in a space that is unfamiliar but naturally comfortable is something we all need as humans. Art helps us make sense of what doesn’t make sense, even if that still does not seem logical.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave me an experience that brought light to the world outside of the theater doors.

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The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular destination for runners, cyclists and those looking for an afternoon stroll through the city.

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In addition to the miles of trails, the BeltLine also features a variety of public art murals and sculptures. New works of art are added every year as part of the Art on the BeltLine program.

In honor of International Women's Day, here are some of the works completed by women artists that you can see on your next visit to the BeltLine.

Atlantans Rev Up For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Mar 8, 2017
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Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick's Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become a celebration welcoming all who enjoy anything Irish.

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In an interview with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights," Shane Stephens, Ireland's Consul General in Atlanta, shared some of the upcoming events Georgians can attend:

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Garrison Keillor may no longer host "A Prairie Home Companion," but he's certainly not retired.

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Ahead of his evening of storytelling at the Cobb Energy Centre, the longtime public radio personality spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes about what he's been up to.

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A new documentary aims to tell the story of chocolate, bean to bar.

Filmmaker Tim Shephard followed a group of craft-chocolate makers into the jungles of Peru as they sought to strengthen relationships with farmers and identify new varieties of cacao to introduce into the U.S. market.

City Lights: Atlanta United; Chocolate; And More

Mar 7, 2017
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The new novel "Everyone Brave Is Forgiven" examines love, loss and courage. The book begins in 1939 Britain, and it focuses on the intertwining lives of Mary, Alistair and Tom as they navigate brutal World War II.

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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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Atlanta's Full Radius Dance celebrates 25 years of physically-integrated dance this month.

The professional modern dance company features dancers with and without disabilities. Wheelchairs are incorporated into choreography, and dancers of all abilities perform side-by-side.

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Vir Das can make you cry, and he can make you laugh too.

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Born in India, Das attended Harvard University for method acting and has had many serious roles in Bollywood films. But he’s also a comedian, performing in a comedy rock band called Alien Chutney and doing standup all over the world. He also has his own comedy consultant company and produces the largest comedy festival in India.

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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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“The Arts are alive and well at Georgia Tech.” That’s a direct quote from Madison Cario, the Director of the institute’s Office of the Arts. Many Atlantans are surprised to hear that the arts have a home on the Tech campus, let alone a dedicated office.

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