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John Lewis, MLK - top picks july 2 2020
John Lewis (far left) marches with the Rev. Martlin Luther King Jr. in 1965.

Film + Theater: John Lewis, Alliance cabaret

John Lewis: Good Trouble, one of the first films announced for this year’s (now-canceled) Atlanta Film Festival, will screen tonight–Sunday (July 2–5) at the Plaza Theatre’s Drive-In, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. The new 96–minute film, directed by Dawn Porter, uses interviews and archival footage to chronicle the 79–year-old congressman’s 60–plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform and immigration. All screenings start at 9:25 p.m. Tickets: $15–$50, depending on the number of people in your car.


The Alliance Theatre will livestream We’re Still Here: A Virtual Cabaret beginning July 9 and continuing through August 13. It will feature Terry Burrell and Courtenay Collins, both Atlanta performers with Broadway credits. The two will alternate as hosts from their homes, with songs, stories, special cocktails and surprises. Burrell, who’s frequently on the Alliance’s stages, is probably best known for Ethel, the Ethel Waters show she wrote and starred (Alliance, 2016) and as a memorable Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Theatrical Outfit, 2018). Collins played Mrs. Greene in The Prom (Alliance, 2016) and moved with it to Broadway for its 10-month run there in 2018–19. A Virtual Cabaret will stream live at 7 p.m. Thursdays on the Alliance’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Free.


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