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Courtesy of Col. Bruce Hampton

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.

Joan Marcus

“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."

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