Guest editor: A few words with Michael Johns

Guest editor and Atlanta magazine intern Caitlin Fischer spent a few minutes speaking with former Buckhead resident and American Idol contestant Michael Johns. Fischer is a rising senior at Moravian College.  American Idol season seven contestant Michael Johns walked away with an eighth place finish during the show, but his career has been soaring ever since. A native t

Out on Film opens, a Soul-ful sighting, TCM scores Scorsese and a warm “Welcome”

The impressive line-up for this year's 24th annual Out on Film festival opening Thursday night at Landmark Midtown Cinema and running though Oct. 6 only underscores why the Atlanta LGBT cinema festival is one of the oldest and most attended in the country (Out on Film even earned a place on Atlanta magazine's "The Good, the Bad, and the Indie" history of film in Georgia in our September issue). As an honored Out on Film juror, we've already previewed 15 of this year's film in advance. Based on what we've seen, here's our completely unofficial "to do" list for this year's offerings:

Will “Zorro” be the Alliance’s next Broadway hit?

If you're strolling past the Woodruff Arts Center today and suddenly someone with a sword fashions a Z into your breast pocket, don't be alarmed. The cast of "Zorro," a new musical set to make its American premiere in Atlanta at the Alliance April 10 is now in town rehearsing.

Dad’s Garage Cofounder Is Back

Director Sean Daniels is taking a break from the national stage to touch base with his peeps. “In American theater, your constant job is to find your people, the ones who get your work and speak your language. I have a lot of those people here,” says the former Atlantan and Dad’s Garage cofounder. Daniels is directing a couple of productions for Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre, which kicks off its 2012–2013 season this month.

Jane Fonda, celeb friends to host World Fitness Day G-CAPP benefit May 1 in Atlanta

Break out the legwarmers, Atlanta. The city's two-time Oscar winner and pioneering exercise video queen Jane Fonda is set to break a sweat at the Georgia Dome on May 1 to benefit her Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. While Intel was tipped in advance, the official website for tickets is set to go live later Monday at Fonda's non-profit's official Website. Fonda and celebrity fitness friends, including D

Spotted! Ryan Seacrest, Dallas Austin celebrating birthdays at Davio’s

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, the new posh Phipps Plaza eatery continues to entice celebrity samplers. On Christmas Eve, Dunwoody High grad and former Star 94 intern Ryan Seacrest lunched there with his family. We're told the multi-millionaire "American Idol" host, broadcaster and TV producer enjoyed the grilled salmon. Seacrest's next hosting job is on Friday night where he'll oversee "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve" on ABC.   Befo

Good Ol’ Freda comes home for the holidays

This week, Chamblee High School graduate Ryan White’s critically acclaimed Beatles documentary Good Ol' Freda comes full circle in two ways. The previously untold story of Freda Kelly, the Liverpool teen who became the Fab Four’s secretary, bowed on British television Tuesday night, and on Friday Good Ol' Freda returns to White’s hometown for one last 2013 theatrical run at The Plaza Theatre.

Eakes, Hennesy fans rooting for wins at Sunday’s 37th Daytime Emmy Awards

Local soap viewers will be rooting for two of their favorite nominees during this Sunday night's 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards telecast live from Las Vegas. "All My Children" actress and Warner Robins native Bobbie Eakes is up Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as Krystal Carey. "General Hospital" actress Carolyn Hennesy, meanwhile, scored her first-ever Emmy Supporting Actress nomination as mob lawyer Diane Miller.

A Red Rocks remembrance, quotable “Contagion” and an Ossmann return (sort of)

As Atlanta Grammy winners Zac Brown Band played a pair of sold-out shows at the iconic Red Rocks amphitheatre this week in Colorado, the boys were no doubt thinking about their late friend Atlanta drummer Lance Tilton. Thanks to the ZBB, the Atlanta musician, fondly remembered as a member of the Dave Matthews Cover Band and Ben Deignan's ensemble, is now quite literally part of the picturesque music venue's landscape.


Athens writer Amy Flurry and former Addiction boutique owner Nikki Salk have madly cut and glued their way out of the economic downturn. Their Paper-Cut-Project—in which they transform ordinary Bristol paper into distinctive, delightfully detailed wigs, masks, and accessories—began as a creative outlet after the magazine Flurry wrote for folded and Salk’s boutique closed. It has since morphed into a booming cottage industry.

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