Can CEO Keith Parker make MARTA cool?

This is a historic chapter in MARTA’s history: the first major expansion in four decades. Much of the credit goes to the transit authority’s general manager and CEO Keith Parker, who joined MARTA in December 2012 when the agency was beleaguered with a fiscal crisis and plummeting ridership.
Art AIDS America

Zuckerman Museum exhibition explores how AIDS epidemic changed American art

Tacoma Art Museum curator Rock Hushka and a co-curator spent 10 years putting together Art AIDS America, a traveling exhibition of 100-plus works that stops at Kennesaw’s Zuckerman Museum of Art this month.

10 standout books with Georgia ties that you might have missed in 2018

At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.
George Lefont

George Lefont, Atlanta’s king of cinema, takes a bow

If Lefont’s name sounds familiar, it’s likely because you’ve patronized the Plaza Theatre, Screening Room, Garden Hills Cinema, or one of the other half-dozen Atlanta movie theaters he's operated. For nearly four decades, if you wanted to see a foreign, independent, or revival film, Lefont was close to the only game in town.
Charles Weltner standing at a John F. Kennedy Library podium

Flashback: The Georgia Representative who gave up Congress to oppose segregation

Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young called Charles Weltner a moderate “who woke up the conscience of the South” and put him in the same league as Ralph McGill and Martin Luther King Jr.

The Shelf: Lang Whitaker

Lang Whitaker Lang Whitaker is living every sports fanatic’s dream: He writes about sports as executive editor of Slam, a basketball magazine, and covers the subject in blog posts and features for other magazines. A longtime Atlantan, Whitaker moved in 20

Whiskey Park and more

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GSU treasured trash

At Georgia State, centuries-old trash reveals how Atlantans used to live

Civil War bullets. Wooden dice. Glass bottles of a then novel elixir called Coca-Cola. The Phoenix Project is researching the stories behind the approximately 100,000 pieces of trash, trinkets, and treasure that fill roughly 400 bankers boxes in Georgia State University’s Kell Hall.
I was almost sort of famous

That time I almost became a reality TV star

I was 29 and struggling to make it as a freelance writer. MTV’s Jersey Shore was the hottest thing on TV. Those idiots are getting paid, I thought. Why not me and my old buddies?
Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett is ready for your questions

For 11 years, each episode of The Carol Burnett Show kicked off with an unscripted audience Q&A. And every week, Burnett managed to wring guffaws out of even the most humdrum queries. Burnett continues the tradition in her live tour, which stops by Cobb Energy Centre this month. She talked to us about her groundbreaking show, that infamous curtain-rod dress, and the Hollywood parodies she wishes she could do today.

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