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City Lights: 'Lightning Men'; 'Falsettos'; And More

Sep 12, 2017
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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When the novel “Darktown” was published two years ago, author Thomas Mullen introduced readers to a historical subject that ought to be widely known, namely the racial integration of Atlanta’s police department in 1948.

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Art Is Therapeutic For Atlanta Nonprofit Paint Love

Sep 8, 2017
Julie McKevitt / Paint Love

Art is therapeutic. That's the guiding principle of Paint Love, a nonprofit in Atlanta that connects artists with kids. The artists conduct workshops through nonprofits or schools with youth who are facing poverty or trauma.

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Julie Ann McKevitt founded Paint Love in 2013, and since then it’s grown exponentially. In 2016, they reached about 2,000 kids with over 60 events.  

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We Love BuHi started out as an Instagram account, where founder Marian could capture the stories of people living and working on Buford Highway.

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Now, it's a much larger initiative. Through a research project with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Liou is developing a community improvement plan, and one of the recommendations for Buford Highway is to use art and installation to create a safer, more inviting walkways.

Ashley Earles-Bennett / Actor's Express

Actors Express opens its season with an exploration of religion.

The play, called “The Christians,” introduces Pastor Paul, who has an eye-opening revelation. The result causes a crisis of faith among his megachurch congregation.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express’ artistic director and the director of the production, alongside actor Brian Kurlander, who plays Pastor Paul, about faith, division and their experiences getting familiar with megachurches.