First Friday at First – at First Congregational Church

 Atlanta jazz enthusiasts know that “First Friday at First” is always the place to be on the first Friday of each month. Great jazz is good for the soul; and good food and drink is an added perk of First Friday.

The line-up for the remainder of this year at First Friday includes jazz musicians such as Jay Hoggard, a vibraphonist innovator who performs many genres of music including gospel and will be on stage on October 4th.  Finally, Joe Jennings, Atlanta’s’ own saxophonist returns to close out the season on November 1st.

The public is invited for great music, dinner, fun, and fellowship. Come early to get a seat or purchase your tickets in advance. Individual tickets are $20.00 each; season tickets are $15 each for purchases of eight or more concerts; and student tickets are $10.00 with student identification. Prices for dinner range from $4.00 to $7.00.  All funds raised at church-based events will be used toward other church programming and ministries. To purchase tickets for First Friday at First, please visit Eventbrite at 


Banneker High’s Bryce Hall Records Undefeated Season in Tennis

Bryce Hall recorded an unprecedented Student Achievement. He is Banneker’s first Region 6-AAAAA Tennis Player of the Year and he racked up an undefeated season. Banneker’s tennis coach Patricia Swint retired Hall’s tennis racket in an exhibit at the school.

After restarting Banneker’s tennis program two years ago, Swint is encouraged. “Bryce and seven other young men made school history, winning our very first region tennis match,” Swint said.

With records behind him, Bryce moves on to a new team, Georgia Southern College, where he will major in Biology.

Kenny Leon’s True Colors’ 17th Season Opens with Paradise Blue

Jamil Jude will direct the dynamic and musically-infused Paradise Blue, which is True Colors’ third installment of Morisseau’s Detroit Project trilogy.  Morisseau’s theatrical relationship to her hometown has been compared to August Wilson’s devotion to writing a 10-play cycle based in his birthplace of Pittsburgh.

Paradise Blue, set in Detroit’s Black Bottom in 1949, explores a time when the new mayor of Detroit is working to get rid of the “blight of the city” by moving Black people out of Detroit’s Black Bottom. Blue, a gifted trumpeter and tortured soul, considers selling his once thriving family jazz club, leaving his beloved Pumpkin and her dreams behind. 

The show will run through October 20, 2019. Performances during the run are Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30 PM. There will be 11:00 AM matinees on Wednesday, October 2; Wednesday, October 9; and Wednesday, October 16. All performances will be presented at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center. The three productions of this 17th season focus on strong women playwrights, storytellers, historians and leaders of various generations.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me Heads to Atlanta


Based on his award-winning book, the theatrical event Between the World and Me, takes difficult, but necessary conversations around Black life and death and places them center stage. The special presentation, originally developed and directed by Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer of the Apollo Theater, and featuring original music composed by MacArthur “Genius” Jason Moran and performed live by his trio, had its world premiere at the Apollo in 2018, and will launch its national tour in Atlanta with other stops across the country to be announced. Forbes will join the tour in Atlanta to discuss the continued significance of Between the World and Me and the cultural relevance of the production, the connection between the Apollo, widely considered the epicenter of Black culture, its hometown Harlem, and Atlanta.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the Apollo Theater and The Collective Culture will present Between the World and Me at Atlanta Symphony Hall at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cast for the show will also feature some prominent Atlantans.