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A bill to allow casinos in Georgia is dead for this year, but its sponsor, state Sen. Brandon Beach, says he'll bring it back next year.

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In the meantime, Beach says he wants to address the concerns of critics. Some doubt casinos would benefit the economy and fill state coffers as promised. Others worry about gambling addictions.

Patti Austin performs during an event to honor singer-songwriter Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, at the Library of Congress, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Washington.
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Richard Crean


Over the next week, there's a great story unfolding at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


He's a writer who has to burn his own books for heat. She's delicate, like a flower, sensitive and beautiful. Their friends are a laugh a minute, other than the not-so-infrequent lovers' quarrel.


They’re the lead characters in Puccini's “La Bohème," regarded as one of the most romantic works ever put to stage.


Kristen Chenoweth arrives at the Kodak Theater for the 80th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, CA., on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.
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Broadway, film, TV and recording star Kristin Chenoweth wrapped up a revival of the musical "On the Twentieth Century" in July.

After a few months of shows, you might think that she would want a break, maybe lie low at home for a little bit. But for Chenoweth, home is the concert stage.

She's back on the road with her "Coming Home Tour" that makes a stop on Friday at the Cobb Energy Centre.

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Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform at Cobb Energy Center on Saturday night.

And not everyone is happy.

Some protesters plan on showing their opposition to the legendary comedian.

"We are using our right to free speech to tell the world the truth of these women and people can decide for themselves," says Brandy Betts, with the group We Support the Survivors of Bill Cosby.

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Georgia-native Shuler Hensley won a Tony Award for Broadway’s 2002 revival of "Oklahoma!" and a number of accolades for his role as the Monster in director Mel Brooks' Broadway version of “Young Frankenstein.”

Back when he was just a Georgia boy instead of Broadway star, he went to The Westminster Schools right here in Atlanta. His success story, however, did not cumulate into his flight from Georgia to permanent residence in New York City. Instead, it has turned into supporting the next Georgia generation of musical theater talent.

Harry Connick Jr. arrives at the Fox Winter TCA All Star Party on  Jan. 17, 2015, in Pasadena, California.
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This week, WABE contributor Mara Davis gushes over Red Barat and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a bill she calls a mix of curry and gumbo, which hits the Rialto stage on Saturday.

While WABE's Steve Goss finds his life lacking in comparison to a certain jazz crooner. That's all in this week's Music Mix. 

Guster at the Tabernacle; Friday, Feb. 13

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Variety Playhouse; Friday, Feb. 13

Zoso, the Led Zeppelin Experience stage a two-night, seven-album stand at the Variety Playhouse January 30 & 31.
Jeff Schad-Montauk Music

This week, WABE contributor Mara Davis helps us get the Led out with a look ahead at a throwback folkie, a surprising number of bands pretending to be other bands, and a few classics playing their classics in Atlanta.

John McCutcheon at Eddie’s Attic; Friday, Jan. 30

Griffin House at Eddie’s Attic; Friday, Jan. 30

Still from Lorin Maazel's 2014 Castleton Festival production of "Madama Butterfly." Directed by Tomer Zvulun, set design by Erhard Rom, lighting by Robert Wierzel.
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Perhaps no one is more enthusiastic about the Atlanta Opera’s new season than Tomer Zvulun. And rightfully so — it’s his first planned season as the company’s General and Artistic Director. Zvulun’s planned three new productions for this Atlanta Opera Season — "Madama Butterfly," "Rigoletto," and a contemporary opera, "Three Decembers." Mozart's classic "The Marriage of Figaro" rounds out the 2014-2015 season. Lois Reitzes spoke with Mr. Zvulun and asked how he chose these particular operas: