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The Center for Puppetry Arts in downtown Atlanta is hosting a special exhibit dedicated to Jim Henson’s cult classic film The Dark Crystal through June of this year.

The exhibit features props, puppets, and notes from the film – as well as an in-depth walkthrough of the history of its production and the fan culture it inspired. While the film wasn’t necessarily a blockbuster hit during its time, it went on to build a cult following that would lead to the creation of books, comics, conventions, fan communities, and eventually a Netflix prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, that premiered last year.

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The Center for Puppetry Arts is spending this week honoring Caroll Spinney, who spent decades puppeteering the iconic characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

Spinney died Sunday, Dec. 8, at his home in Connecticut following complications with dystonia, a neurological disorder. He was 85.

As the weather warms up, you may spot more outdoor cats in your neighborhood. For pet owners, raising a cat to be indoor versus outdoor is a very sensitive subject. We talk about the ethics of cat ownership with Barbara King, College of William & Mary professor emerita of anthropology.

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Throughout March, the Atlanta Science Festival is putting on events to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

This year, it tried something new: The festival has partnered with the Center for Puppetry Arts to show kids how science and the arts come together. 

On Second Thought producer Maura Currie went to a workshop and brought back an audio postcard.

Tim Wilkerson

Mozart’s Magic Flute is a great first opera for children. In additional to magical instruments, it’s got a prince on a rescue mission, a funny but lonely birdcatcher, a high-strung Queen of the Night, wild animals and trials by water and fire.