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Erin Wright

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Erin Wright produces "City Lights" and "Strike Up the Band." After studying viola, German and Musicology at UGA, Erin began working at Public Broadcasting Atlanta in 2011. 

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Five of Atlanta’s most recognizable and prolific dancers have started their own dance company, the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre.

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Until recently, those dancers–John Welker, Tara Lee, Christian Clark, Rachel van Buskirk and Heath Kill–owed their recognition to their tenures at the Atlanta Ballet. All either retired or resigned from, or were let go by, the ballet.

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The Greek myth of Persephone is an origin story of the seasons, and it's temptingly ripe with symbolism. Saturday night — and for one night only — the historic Oakland Cemetery will host an ethereal evening of art inspired by the Persephone myth.

For the Cemetery's third annual "Arts at Oakland" event, artist Sanithna Phansavanh created 10 life-size murals that will be installed throughout the Victorian garden grounds. Improvisational music and movement collective Flight of Swallows will also perform throughout the evening.

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After five consecutive years and five consecutive nominations, Miller Union Executive Chef Steven Satterfield is now, officially, the Best Chef in the Southeast.

That’s according to the James Beard Foundation – the most distinguished and respected authority on American cuisine. The Chef joined Lois Reitzes in a live interview on “City Lights,” which you can hear in the audio posted above.

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On Sunday evening, The Breman Museum will host a taping of “From the Top,” NPR’s long-running weekly program showcasing the country’s finest young classically-trained musicians.

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This episode is particularly special because it doubles as the latest installment of the Breman’s Molly Blank Concert Series. The program is a celebration of Jewish contributions to classical music and will feature music by Jewish composers, Jewish themes in music and young Jewish musicians.

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A new novel from Atlanta author Man Martin manages to be both incredibly informative on matters of trivia ranging from grammar to neurology — as well as just plain funny.

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You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And, as it turns out, you can learn a lot about world history and culture by looking at shoes too.

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A new exhibit now open at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film explores that very history and creativity with more than 200 pairs of shoes from ancient Egypt to contemporary Disney films.

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On May 11, 1987, NPR first broadcast a program that has become synonymous with public radio: "Fresh Air." Or rather, "Fresh Air" as we know it today.

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This weekend's Atlanta Symphony Orchestra program is as warm and charming as their guest conductor, Nicholas McGegan.

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He's been in front of the ASO several times, but today was his first live interview with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights." Reitzes and McGegan listened to recordings of music featured on this weekend's concerts and discussed the fascinating lives of composers like Mozart and Haydn.

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“City Lights” got a little “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey” today.

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That was thanks to a visit from Colin Baker, who portrayed the sixth incarnation of the Doctor from the popular BBC series "Doctor Who," from 1984 to 1986. He’s in Atlanta for WHOlanta, an annual science fiction convention celebrating all things "Doctor Who" and British pop culture.

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Stephen Tobolowsky may well be among your favorite actors, but you don’t necessarily associate his name with his face. Maybe that’s because he becomes his characters, which is the essence of a great character actor.

On the big screen, Tobolowsky memorably portrayed insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in “Groundhog Day.” His television credits include roles in “Glee,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Mindy Project” and “Heroes.” Currently, you may recognize him as Jack Barker on HBO’s tech start-up send-up, “Silicon Valley.”

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"Relax. It's good. You're doing fine." 

That's advice imparted from Tom Papa, a stand-up comedian and actor performing this evening at City Winery. Though he's not yet a household name, Papa is well-known and admired among his colleagues. He's a veteran of the stand-up circuit and has opened for blockbuster names like Jerry Seinfeld.

Tom Papa prioritizes civility in his humor, which is perhaps why he does not take on politics.

photo of Kenny Leon (left) courtesy True Colors Theatre Company, photo of Paul Conroy credit Tyler Ogburn

Earlier this year, ArtsATL columnist Gail O'Neill launched a 12-part series recognizing the artists elevating our city's arts and culture landscape. It's called the Legacy Series, and the latest profile is of True Colors Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon.

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Matthew Kaminski, the Atlanta Braves organist, during a game against the Washington Nationals.
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At 7:35 p.m. Friday, the Atlanta Braves host the San Diego Padres in their first home game of the new season, and in a brand new stadium to boot.

Now in his ninth season, Matthew Kaminski is the official organist of the Braves, no matter where the team calls home. Matthew joined Lois Reitzes on "City Lights" to discuss his brand-new, state-of-the-art suite at SunTrust Park ahead of tonight's game.

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Shakespeare and Beethoven come together on one program Tuesday evening at Emory University's Carlos Museum.

Will Ransom, Artistic Director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, previewed the celebration of the Bard's words and Beethoven's music with guest pianist Julie Coucheron on "City Lights."

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Mice is the plural of mouse, geese is the plural of goose and celli is the plural of cello.

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Here in Atlanta, Celli is also a group of four female cellists who had so much fun playing together in groups like the Savannah Philharmonic that they decided to form their own ensemble. 

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Five years ago, Rick Baldwin decided to wear a kilt every day for one year. It was a self-described "goofy experiment" in celebration of his 50th birthday.

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"I’d never even touched a kilt,” Baldwin told Lois Reitzes on “City Lights.” “It was weird when I started.”

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Cooking and eating insects is nothing new, but it’s an idea that makes the Western palate squeamish.

No matter how you approach the concept — environmental impact, deforestation, soil acidification, food insecurity, malnutrition, even over-nutrition — the case for adding insects to our diet is strong.

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Nemr is a Lebanese-American stand-up comic credited with establishing the stand-up comedy scene not only in his home country of Lebanon, but in the entire Middle East region.

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He’s performed his sets in English to hundreds and sometimes thousands of people and has two comedy specials. He was even on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine’s Middle East edition.

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On Saturday evening, Spivey Hall welcomes the Ebène Quartet for a concert of music featuring string quartets by Mozart and Debussy.

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Lois Reitzes spoke with Ebène Quartet cellist Raphaël Merlin about the ensemble's evening of classical, jazz and crossover arrangements. Merlin told Reitzes that when it comes to approaching seemingly disparate styles of music, he cites the wisdom of (fellow classical/jazz/crossover musician) Nigel Kennedy:

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The Atlanta Opera's production of "Don Pasquale" sets the comic opera gem in the golden era of Hollywood. The title character, played by Burak Bilgili, is an aging silent film star at the sunset of his career.

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For his 14-year long career as a special education teacher, Andy Jones was also involved with Atlanta's improv and theater scenes. Now Jones has married his former double lives in a new career, offering improv classes to children and teens with learning disabilities and other learning differences. 

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When it comes to literature, the Irish have been active for quite a while. After Greek and Latin, literature in Irish is the oldest in Europe, dating from the 4th or 5th century.

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As the 20th century drew near in Ireland, a new nationalist cultural revival stirred. It would come to be known as the Irish literary renaissance and would change modern Irish history. The waves of that cultural sea change continue to ripple across the Irish and Celtic Diaspora.

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Ten years ago, critic and author Christopher Hitchens wrote an essay for Vanity Fair called “Why Women Aren’t Funny.”

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That outrageous premise did not originate with Hitchens himself, nor did it die with him in 2011. 

This month, the Village Theatre has been putting that notion to task in a celebration of women’s history told through specialty shows, all conceptualized and performed by their women ensemble members.

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In Act I of William Shakespeare's historic tragedy "Julius Caesar," a soothsayer warns the titular emperor to "Beware the Ides of March."

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But what are the "Ides of March," and why should Caesar take heed? 

To answer those questions and more, "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes spoke with Atlanta Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Jeff Watkins. 

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The Alliance Theatre will bring down the house — quite literally — as it soon begins a major, year-long renovation. The work should result in a theater space that's more accessible as well as acoustically refined.

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But, as "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes noted, "the show must go on," and she spoke with the Alliance Theatre's artistic director Susan V. Booth about the company's upcoming nomadic season.

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Forget about being a triple threat, Sandra Bernhard is one of those rare performers who really can do it all.

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Bernhard got her start in the 1970s, working the stand-up circuit where she first debuted her signature brazen sense of humor. Now, she’s back on the road with a new show, “SANDRA MONICA BLVD: Coast to Coast.”

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Jerry’s Habima Theatre is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals, featuring actors with special needs ages 18 and up. For 24 years and counting, the company stages a Broadway-style musical, and this year’s production is “The Wizard of Oz.”

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Garrison Keillor may no longer host "A Prairie Home Companion," but he's certainly not retired.

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Ahead of his evening of storytelling at the Cobb Energy Centre, the longtime public radio personality spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes about what he's been up to.

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A new documentary aims to tell the story of chocolate, bean to bar.

Filmmaker Tim Shephard followed a group of craft-chocolate makers into the jungles of Peru as they sought to strengthen relationships with farmers and identify new varieties of cacao to introduce into the U.S. market.

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Cindy Wilson just wants you to have a good time.

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She is, famously, a founding member of The B-52s – the Athens, Georgia, band that formed in 1977 and has since become known as “the world’s greatest party band.”

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