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School buses filled with middle and high school students were greeted with healthy “Empower Food” breakfast snacks, swag bags, free hair care products, a live DJ and an octogenarian activist two-time Oscar winner as they arrived Friday morning at the Fairmont in West Midtown for the first-ever Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential Youth […]
On Arts + Entertainment
In a single sentence during a WABE-FM “City Lights” interview with Myke Johns last week, “Angry Fags” playwright Topher Payne aptly explains the appeal of the play’s ascending political figure Peggy Musgrove: “Imagine if the Georgia GOP had a Stacey Abrams.” The description even gives Parris Sarter, the Atlanta actress who brings Peggy Musgrove to […]
‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Director Barry Jenkins on the film’s UGA Connection and Why He Altered the Iconic Novel’s Ending
As the lights came up last fall at the advance screening of “If Beale Street Could Talk,” the film’s director and screenwriter Barry Jenkins spotted a familiar face in the Atlantic Station movie theater — University of Georgia English and African-American Studies professor Ed Pavlic. After seeing Jenkins’ 2008 indie feature “Medicine for Melancholy,” Pavlic […]
40 Years On, The Cast of ‘Della’s Diner’ Reunites for an Out Front Theatre Benefit: A Conversation With Tom Edwards and Libby Whittemore
On Saturday night, two generations of Atlantans will converge at Out Front Theatre in West Midtown for a cast reunion reunion and benefit concert performance of the much beloved musical comedy “Della’s Diner.” Created by Tom Edwards, the soap opera spoof featuring original songs by Harris M. Wheeler and starring Megan McFarland as Della and […]
According to Jimmy Bowen, one the best live albums ever recorded in Las Vegas nearly didn’t happen. The Reprise Records producer who had just delivered chart-topping hits for his boss Frank Sinatra and his pallie Dean Martin via “Strangers in the Night” and “Everybody Loves Somebody” at the height of Beatlemania was hoping lightning would […]
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On Cuisine + Cocktails
Editor’s Note: Guitarist and singer Bob Hay co-founded the legendary Athens act The Squalls in 1981. The band is immortalized, along with R.E.M., Pylon, Love Tractor, B-52’s, Howard Finster, Flat Duo Jets and Kilkenny Cats in the Jim Herbert-shot 1987 documentary “Athens, Ga. Inside/Out” and the band opens and closes the doc’s soundtrack on I.R.S. […]
About Richard L. Eldredge
With lengthy stints at both the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta magazine, Richard L. Eldredge has been covering Atlanta’s arts, entertainment, political, dining and charitable fundraising scenes since 1990. In 2015, he launched Eldredge ATL, a daily digital magazine dedicated to the city’s ever-evolving arts, entertainment, cuisine and cultural landscapes. Since 2011, he has worked as senior editor at VOX Teen Communications, supporting Atlanta’s next generation of journalists. In recognition of this work, Eldredge received the Atlanta Press Club Impact Award in 2015.