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Each summer as the temperatures and humidity increase, the mountains of western North Carolina offer Atlantans relief from the heat amidst beautiful scenery.

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For music lovers, the perfect complement to the awe-inspiring vistas is the annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The festival is a summer-long celebration of jazz and classical music, often in informal and intimate settings.

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Good actors are good communicators, and no actor may understand that more thoroughly than Alan Alda.

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In his new book, "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures on the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating," Alda shares fascinating and powerful lessons on communication, written with his trademark ease and humor.

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Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.

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"Early Sunday morning is when the magic happens" according to Denene Millner. The New York Times bestselling author has released her first picture book. It’s called “Early Sunday Morning” and centers on a young girl named Sarah who one Sunday is called upon to sing a solo with her youth choir during church services. The book follows as she goes to different people for advice and tries to calm her nerves.

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Temperatures are creeping into the 90s, so “City Lights” officially declares that it is too darn hot! Fortunately, Atlanta offers plenty of alternatives to sweltering in the heat, and we’ll bring you options this summer on where to go and what to consume.

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First on the list, books and booze. Music venue and restaurant City Winery has teamed up with independent bookstore Posman Books for a monthly book club featuring a specialty drink. It is aptly called “Books and Booze.”

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We hear so much about the short attention spans of children and the death of the book. Some say that the archaic form of reading has been replaced by Kindles or iPads.

That’s not really the case, though.

Natalie Bernstein is elementary school librarian at Druid Hills' Paideia School  in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s preparing for the first day of school this Wednesday, and she took some time to speak with Lois Reitzes about children’s literature and how children cherish reading.

City Lights: Gaelynn Lea; Cypriot Puppets; And More

Jun 6, 2017
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City Lights: Arts At Oakland; Andy Warhol; And More

Jun 5, 2017
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If you know the name Andy Warhol, chances are good that you know of his pictures of soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. Those were just a couple of the images that the New York-based artist made into indelible pieces of our popular culture. But a new exhibit at Atlanta's High Museum of Art shows that Warhol meant so much more to American art.

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Director David Lynch has returned to television. Showtime brought back his cult favorite "Twin Peaks" at the end of May – the show picks up 25 years after the original series came to an end. With this revived fervor for Lynch's altogether strange take on the world, Atlanta musician Jeffrey Butzer is paying tribute to Lynch's music at the EARL.

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City Lights: The Music Of David Lynch; And More

Jun 2, 2017
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The literary cannon has lots of examples of children stranded on islands, from "Lord of the Flies" to "Peter Pan" and beyond. Atlanta-based author Laurel Snyder offers her take on the idea in her new novel "Orphan Island" from Walden Pond Press.

"The goal was to write a book where there were no grown ups," Snyder tells "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes. "But counter to something like 'Lord of the Flies,' I wanted it to be a kind of utopian world where the children really to care for each other."

City Lights: 'Orphan Island'; McDonald's; And More

Jun 1, 2017
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City Lights: Emily Saliers; Sugar Sammy; And More

May 31, 2017
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  • 0:00: Author and actor Stephen Tobolowsky speaks with Lois Reitzes about his new memoir “My Adventures with God.”

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The 40th Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow. The free festival brings national and local talent to the stage. Dwight Andrews is one of the local favorites but also nationally regarded performer and composer. He’s also a professor at Emory University and a minister.

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From left to right: Carrie Tupper, Alan Tupper and Havana Nguyen, creators of Kamikaze
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Rock Band GOODING Teaches Finance Skills To Teens

May 19, 2017
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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are a supposed trifecta. But drop the drugs, drop the sex, and add financial literacy.

Then, you get GOODING, a rock band that preaches fiscal responsibility and rails against financial inequality. They visit middle and high schools across the country to rock out and to encourage young people to get the lowdown on their own finances. They performed at Inman Middle School earlier this week

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City Lights: 'Unloaded'; Kenny Leon; And More

May 19, 2017
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Every once in a while we need a change in setting to get a fresh perspective and, hopefully, to be inspired. Enter “the retreat,” a tried and true way to get away from the daily grind.

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It isn’t reserved for just the office worker though, artists often use retreats to improve upon their craft. In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson explains how.

Jackson goes on three to five retreats per book, typically with a group of close confidants.

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Three brothers, all born of different mothers, find themselves all living under their father's roof. Truths about past affairs surface and the tension builds. This is the way "House of Brothers," the latest production by The Americolor Opera Alliance, begins.

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