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Black Friday is upon us again, which means that Christmas is just around the corner!!!!  It technically could be called Black Thursday, because most retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving evening.  Hence, a lot of traffic on the roads in and around the Atlanta area! Target stores will be open, and Walmart is already 24 hours but will have their traditional Black Friday sales along with other retailers!  Parking lots are expected to fill up early, usually by 6am on Friday morning.  You may want to plan ahead as people will be out trying to get those holiday deals!

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company presents the Atlanta premiere of "The First Noel." It's playing now through December 24 at the GA Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts. The show is written by NYC's LeLund Thompson and Jason Webb and is directed by TV, Film and Broadway star---Jasmine Guy. 

This week The Local Take speaks with Stepp Stewart about his upcoming holiday play and the Georgia Independent Playwright Coalition. 

Stepp Stewart has been bringing his brand of Broadway to Atlanta for five years. A Soulful Christmas, a holiday family favorite and staple of the holiday season returns to the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center with performances from December 1-4.

Grammy Award winning Jazz Guitarist, Norman Brown stopped by Jazz 91.9 WCLK during SOUL of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad on December 16 to discuss his upcoming Atlanta engagement.   Brown will take part in A Gospel According to Jazz on Saturday, December 19, 8:00 p.m. at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.  He talked about this special performance, his guitar history and provided advice for young musicians.