Richard L. Eldredge
Payne’s previous show, Perfect Arrangement, garnered rave reviews off-Broadway in New York
“For 16 years, I’ve been operating under the very firm belief that it’s possible for a playwright to have a national career and be based out of Atlanta,” says Payne.Read more
Robert John Connor’s theater company showcases the work of black actors and playwrights
Robert John Connor has shared microphones with Gladys Knight and Michael Bublé, and appeared on The Cosby Show, A Different World, and Glory. But when the Morehouse graduate founded Dominion Entertainment Group, which showcases the work of black actors and playwrights, he opted to base the company in his hometown.Read more
Her foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this month
In a recent phone conversation from her home in Los Angeles, Jane Fonda, 77, reflected on GCAPP’s challenges, her return to acting in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, and her favorite ex-husband, Ted Turner.Read more
Atlanta tribute band/comedy troupe has become a booming business.
On August 22, Yacht Rock Revue returns to Piedmont Park for the fifth annual Yacht Rock Revival, where thousands of so-called Nation of Smooth faithful sing along to hits from Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, and other soft rock icons—some of whom show up to play alongside the banRead more
Catch her at Variety Playhouse on July 17 and Georgia Theatre in Athens on July 18
Over the decades, singer Kate Pierson has lent her voice to hit singles by R.E.M. and Iggy Pop and, of course, the Athens-birthed B-52s’ seven-album catalog. This summer, Pierson hits the road with her own band to introduce fans to her first-ever solo album.Read more
The Q100 producer explains how Jeff Foxworthy inspired him to step out of the studio
The Bert Show’s Jeff Dauler decided to try stand-up comedy after a lunch with Jeff Foxworthy. Now, he’s opening for comedians like Joel McHale and has his own show coming up on June 12 at Eddie’s Attic.Read more
T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli bookended the decade
No Atlanta act bookended the decade better than TLC. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas burst onto the scene with their DayGlo fashions and a 1992 debut, “Ooooooohhh. . . On the TLC Tip.”Read more
Bernard Shaw, Peter Arnett, and John Holliman were pioneers of real-time war coverage
When CNN anchor Bernard Shaw flew to Iraq to interview Saddam Hussein, he didn’t intend to make history as a war correspondent. Shaw—along with reporters Peter Arnett and John Holliman and producer Robert Wiener—was in a hotel awaiting a call from Hussein’s reps when the deadline for U.N. sanctions passed.Read more
The Atlanta Olympics CEO is now the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and Centennial Holding Co.
In 1990, when Atlanta beat out Athens to host the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, it was an impressive come-from-behind win, even for a former University of Georgia football star. William “Billy” Porter Payne, an All-SEC defensive end for the Dawgs and Dunwoody real estate lawyer, dreamed up Atlanta’s quixotic bid and served as CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.Read more
Steve Barnes, Leslie Fram, and Jimmy Baron were on-air personalities for one of the most influential modern rock stations of the decade.
In an inspired move, Atlanta Top 40 station 99.7 FM, Power 99, rebranded itself in October 1992 as 99X—with a lineup of Gen X-skewing grunge rock and attitude-laced talk. One of the most influential modern rock stations of the decade, 99X catapulted the careers of Atlanta-based acts like Shawn Mullins, Marvelous 3, and John Mayer; drove the rock charts; and even drew the older guard.Read more