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Quanda Rodriguez's Top Five

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Quanda Rodriguez, host and producer of "ArtsTalk" on WCLK-FM (91.9)

1) Bug at Actor's Express: This is contemporary theater at its most intriguing. When you mix an Oklahoma City motel, a convict, a deranged stranger, a drug-addicted waitress, murder and flesh-eating bugs, anything is bound to happen. The nudity warning should be taken seriously. Very seriously.

2) The Atlanta History Center's Military Timeline: In mid-September, the Atlanta History Center hosted its annual Military Timeline event. On the grounds, military re-enactors in full costume walked visitors through conflicts from ancient Rome to World War II. It was fascinating.

3) Arts Stroll in Castleberry Hill: At the September Arts Stroll, I had a chance to reconnect with Monica Tookes, whose new gallery space marks an edgy, raw contrast to her contemporary, high-gloss pieces. At the Wertz Contemporary, Jason Wertz hosted a great turnout for his exhibition of five of the most important young contemporary visual artists today.

4) "Symphony Celebration" -- a musical open house at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: On Oct. 8, the Atlanta Symphony drew 15,000 people to the Woodruff Arts Center for a day of family fun, including community performances, youth concerts and instrument "petting zoos." Best of all, it was free!

5) Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn -- by Gary Pomerantz: This is truly a insider's guide about Atlanta. From the humble beginnings of the city's elite to the complex evolution of the "biracial governing coalition," this book really does cover it all. What I like best is knowing who all of our streets, bridges, and highways are named after. Now every time I drive, I have an "Ah-hah!" moment.

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