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Atlanta musician Colonel Bruce Hampton turned 70 over the weekend, and he is celebrating tonight at the Fox Theatre with a concert.

Hampton will be joined by a long list of notable Georgia musicians, including members of the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and REM. Members of Phish and actor Billy Bob Thornton will also make an appearance. And they will all be engaged in the art of the jam.

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“The New York Times” estimated that somewhere between 700 and 900 productions of the musical “Annie” are performed each year in the United States.

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Most of those productions, however, do not feature a sizeable chunk of the original crew, including director and lyricist Martin Charnin, or real dogs from rescue shelters.

Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Peachtree Street
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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.

Georgia Ballet The Nutcracker
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The holiday season brings a host of traditions along with it, and for many families seeing “The Nutcracker” is an annual custom.

There are several professional productions of the ballet scheduled across metro Atlanta starting in the weeks before Thanksgiving and extending to Christmas Eve. Smaller productions by local student companies are sprinkled across the city as well. This year, Atlantans can pick a favorite production to attend, see "The Nutcracker" for the first time, or venture out to see a new adaptation of this classic holiday performance.

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."

Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012.
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This weekend brings surfer-songwriters, country rebels and the quintessential jam band to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Peachtree Street
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Metro Atlanta has been steadily adding new performing arts venues. To compete, the Fox Theatre is launching its first new upgrade in decades. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Fox Theatre plans to add a premium lounge for ticket holders. The new space involves opening the theater’s rooftop to allow patrons to enjoy cocktails and Midtown views.

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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Delta Air Lines has reached the end of the line with the Fox Theatre.

On Tuesday night, Qatar Airways, a Delta rival, celebrated the upcoming Atlanta-to-Doha flight with a Jennifer Lopez show at the Fox.

Hours after the Lopez performance, Delta announced it would not renew its decades-long sponsorship with the theater.

In a written statement Delta said Qatar Airways engages in "business practices that harm U.S. aviation jobs and violate basic human rights."

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Just a week after nearly breaking the internet with her new album "Lemonade," Beyoncé will be performing in Atlanta this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at that show and many more in "Mara's Music Mix."

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This weekend, Atlanta is playing host to Duran Duran, Bryan Adams and rapper Rakim. No, we haven't been transported back to the 1980s; it's just "Mara's Music Mix"!

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at acts both old and new making their way through Atlanta.

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Musician Prince has canceled two performances at the Fox Theatre on Thursday due to illness.

According to a statement by the theater, the artist is currently battling the flu.

The performances, scheduled for 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., will both be postponed until a later date, with refunds available. His concerts were set to include both his classic hits and tracks from his latest album "HITnRun Phase II."

The rescheduled dates have not yet been announced.

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Alton Brown made his name by combining the mad scientist antics of Mythbusters with the studio kitchen of the celebrity chef. The Marietta resident is on tour now and he'll be bringing his culinary variety show to the Fox Theatre this weekend.

Whether you know him from his Food Network programs Cutthroat Kitchen or Good Eats, or from his cookbooks or his podcast, Brown is restless and looking for ways to further confound expectations.

He recently sat down with contributor Mara Davis to talk kale, crack wise, and open up about his ambitions for the very near future.

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The artist, formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, is coming to Atlanta.

Prince Rogers Nelson -- best known by just his first name -- will perform two shows at the Fox Theatre on April 7.

This is part of Prince's "Piano & A Microphone Tour," which began in January.

Rival Entertainment reports the show consists of songs from Prince's 39-album catalog as well as covers, rarely performed tracks and material that was never released.

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Henry Diltz started his artistic life as a musician as one of the members of the Modern Folk Quartet.

So naturally, in the 1960s and 1970s, he was ensconced within the folk music scene stemming from Laurel Canyon, California. He was surrounded by musicians like Crosby, Stills and Nash; Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison and the Doors; and the Mamas and the Papas.

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This week, Atlanta plays host to the gathering gloom of a Moody Blues show at the Fox, the kick off to the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival and a pop songwriter finally breaking out on his own.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts.

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This weekend and beyond, Atlanta is playing host to singer-songwriters, neo-soul singers, R&B greats and many more.

Contributor Mara Davis joined host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at some of the upcoming concerts around town.

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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He may have been dead for over 200 years, but Founding Father Alexander Hamilton will be making a big splash on the Fox Theatre's stage.

"Hamilton" will begin touring in 2017, and Atlanta's one of its stops. The show will be part of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta's 2017-2018 season.

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The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is on tour, and they will be stopping at the Fox Theatre next week for an extended stay. From Feb. 10 to 14, the company will perform a collection of pieces and end each show with "Revelations," a celebrated piece by Alvin Ailey.  

Among her other roles, Ailey dancer Jacqueline Green will perform as the lady with the umbrella in “Revelations,” a role she always looked up to.

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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to half of a legendary folk duo, all of a Grammy-winning hip-hop duo and a bona fide country superstar. 

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at the upcoming concert calendar:

Paul Kolnik

"Art is universal; art connects people." Those sentiments may seem trite -- maybe even cliché -- nearly to the point of losing all meaning.

But sometimes a notion or phrase becomes trite because it is true. The latter certainly applies if you are talking about a performance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  

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The idea that ghosts, spirits and apparitions of the dead are very much alive in and around Atlanta is something plenty of folks find hard to believe, even those who investigate and search out other worldly phenomena.

Take paranormal researcher Christina Barber, who founded and runs Casebook Paranormal in Newnan, Georgia. She approaches her research into possible hauntings in a very scientific way, trying to rule out the possibility of an actual haunting. And, considering her field, she’s even very skeptical about the existence of ghosts and spirits.

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The popular British band Culture Club was formed in 1981 and consisted of four band mates, including Boy George (lead vocals), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards), Mikey Craig (bass guitar) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). The group took the world by storm with several international hits, including “Karma Chameleon,” “I Just Wanna Be Loved,” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”

Now, for the first time in 14 years, the original members of Culture Club are reuniting and touring.

Fred Willard at the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala in New York City.
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In a long career that has included many interesting twists, Fred Willard hasn’t lost his love for the improv stage.

He’ll be among the acts appearing at the Fox Theatre on Saturday in a special Dad’s Garage and Friends presentation.

Willard got his start at Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe in the late 1960s and has since expanded his work to include the big screen and television.

Comedian and improviser Colin Mochrie appears as one of the celebrity guests at Dad's Garage & Friends at the Fox Theater on June 13.
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Colin Mochrie was part of the small cast of the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The show brought improv comedy into people's living rooms and helped launch the Canadian comedian's career.

Mochrie will be performing in town at the Fox Theatre. He’s appearing as part of Dad’s Garage and Friends, which artistic director Kevin Gillese describes as “an improv jam to end all jams." It will feature a number of celebrity guests, including actor/comedian Fred Willard and "Reno 911" actor Cedric Yarbrough.

Bob Dylan performs at Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Friday April 24.
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Looking ahead at this weekend’s concert calendar, we’ve got rockabilly at the Star Bar, indie rock royalty at the Fox, and the seemingly immortal Bob Dylan in Atlanta. WABE contributor Mara Davis joins Morning Edition host Steve Goss for this week’s Music Mix.

Save the Fox
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It’s been 40 years since the “Save the Fox” campaign successfully spared Atlanta’s most beloved landmark from demolition. 

How Atlantans first learned of the plan to sell and then destroy the Fox Theatre was due to the efforts of a group of high school students — chief among them, Rodney Mims Cook Jr. 

A native Atlantan, Cook today is the CEO of the National Monuments Foundation. Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss. 

From press kit.
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The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta next week. From Feb. 11-15, the company will perform some of its most well-known pieces, including Alvin Ailey’s celebrated "Revelations." It will also bring an entirely new performance to Atlanta audiences called “Odetta.”

Saving the Fox: A Celebration!

Sep 24, 2014

  There was a time in this fair city when our most beloved landmark was in danger of demolition.  That was 1974.  

Now, forty years later the Fox Theatre is thriving--a storied and successful evolution worth celebrating.  Recently, Allan Vella, President and CEO of the Fox Theatre, spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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