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"City Lights" explores the ways in which people express themselves creatively and enhance our lives.

In addition to a wide range of music, "City Lights" covers theater, dance, pop culture, visual arts and more. WABE has long been a partner with many organizations in Atlanta and through "City Lights" we're deepening those relationships to serve our community with even greater arts and cultural content. 

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Novelist and “Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay is out with a new book called “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.”

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In this deeply personal memoir, Gay writes about her complicated relationship with her weight and self-image, while drawing parallels to our larger cultural obsession with appearance and presence, especially when it concerns women.

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Georgia's music industry generates about $3.7 billion for the economy each year, and a new state law seeks to grow that number.

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Each summer as the temperatures and humidity increase, the mountains of western North Carolina offer Atlantans relief from the heat amidst beautiful scenery.

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For music lovers, the perfect complement to the awe-inspiring vistas is the annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The festival is a summer-long celebration of jazz and classical music, often in informal and intimate settings.

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Good actors are good communicators, and no actor may understand that more thoroughly than Alan Alda.

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In his new book, "If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures on the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating," Alda shares fascinating and powerful lessons on communication, written with his trademark ease and humor.

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Shakespeare’s plays are often accepted as works of historical fact. In the case of "Richard III," many believe we’ve been deceived all these years.

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The show is the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s current production and runs through July 2.

As far as historical accuracy goes, artistic director Jeff Watkins insists that it doesn’t matter.

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In 2016, "Eclipsed" was the first Broadway play with an all-female cast, writer and director. The setting is Liberia in 2003 during that country’s second civil war, and tells the stories of five women struggling to make sense of the brutality around them.

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The show is onstage at Synchronicity Theatre now through June 25.

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"Early Sunday morning is when the magic happens" according to Denene Millner. The New York Times bestselling author has released her first picture book. It’s called “Early Sunday Morning” and centers on a young girl named Sarah who one Sunday is called upon to sing a solo with her youth choir during church services. The book follows as she goes to different people for advice and tries to calm her nerves.

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Temperatures are creeping into the 90s, so “City Lights” officially declares that it is too darn hot! Fortunately, Atlanta offers plenty of alternatives to sweltering in the heat, and we’ll bring you options this summer on where to go and what to consume.

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First on the list, books and booze. Music venue and restaurant City Winery has teamed up with independent bookstore Posman Books for a monthly book club featuring a specialty drink. It is aptly called “Books and Booze.”

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Juneteenth is an annual celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The Atlanta History Center hosts a variety of free events this weekend for Juneteenth, including presentations of two plays by Addae Moon, the Director of Museum Theater at the History Center.

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When Dr. Regina Bradley isn’t teaching Kennesaw State University students about the rise of hip-hop in the South, she’s also using her literary voice to discuss some of those themes in her fiction.

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Bradley, a noted hip-hop scholar and a former Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University, has a new book of short stories available called "Boondock Kollage."

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Paideia Librarian Recommends Summer Reading For Kids

Jun 13, 2017
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Every summer on “City Lights,” Paideia School librarian Natalie Bernstein recommends the best summer reads for children and also gives some advice on summer reading. One of her biggest tenants is that it does not matter that quality of the books children read as long as they are reading a lot.

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This year, she stresses that young children need to keep reading picture books even if they or their parents think they have graduated to chapter books.

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We hear so much about the short attention spans of children and the death of the book. Some say that the archaic form of reading has been replaced by Kindles or iPads.

That’s not really the case, though.

Natalie Bernstein is elementary school librarian at Druid Hills' Paideia School  in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s preparing for the first day of school this Wednesday, and she took some time to speak with Lois Reitzes about children’s literature and how children cherish reading.

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The AIDS Quilt has found a new home in downtown Atlanta. Now, as the quilt turns 30, it is preparing to make the move to a digital home as well. The NAMES Project Foundation, which acts as custodian for the more than 49,000 panels, has a new storefront on Luckie Street.

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"Our last location [in Midtown], we had predominantly warehouse and a small space to engage people," Julie Rhoad said.

The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the High Museum, the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
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Doug Shipman is the new CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, effective July 18.

He’s taking over for Virginia Hepner, who’s been the Center’s CEO since 2012. The WAC houses three flagship institutions of the visual and performing arts in the South: the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Alliance Theatre.

The structure of the Woodruff is unusual. More than just a campus, the Woodruff has its own board overseeing the operations of the entire institution, as well as the boards of its member organizations.

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The Harlem Quartet is on a mission: to advance diversity in classical music.

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But the Quartet – comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky – quickly learned that in order to diversify the audience for classical music, they first needed to diversify their own repertoire.

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Atlanta recently became the home base of independent band Hank & Cupcakes.

The band, named after Charles Bukowski and one of his lovers, are a married couple, Sagit Shir and Ariel Scherbacovsky, whose music career began during their mandatory military service in Israel. They were in the entertainment division, where musicians would tour in small bands to different bases. They said it was quite a luxury compared to other jobs.

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Caroline Rhea may be best known for her role as Aunt Hilda on the 90s sitcom “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” but she’s built her career in stand-up clubs.

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In fact, as Caroline Rhea told Lois Reitzes on “City Lights,” this is her 28th year as a touring comedian.

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In 1963, Patsy Cline tragically died in a plane accident at age 30. Despite her short life, she has become a legendary voice in the United States. "Walking After Midnight," “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” were just a few of her many hits she released. With a country music background, Cline’s success was marked by her crossover into pop music.

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Kim Severson writes about food.

“That means I work a lot, write a lot, eat a lot,” Severson joked with Lois Reitzes on an interview for “City Lights.”

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Her body of work—and the accolades she’s garnered—speak to her expertise on culinary culture: Kim Severson has won four James Beard Awards for food writing, and her bibliography includes “The New Alaska Cookbook.”

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There is some genuine swashbuckling going on in—and above—the forest at Serenbe Playhouse. The theatre company continues its rebellious 2017 season with a production of the classic story of “Robin Hood.”

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The production is in weekend performances through Aug. 13.

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In 2015, David Letterman's tenure on late-night television came to an end after 33 years. 

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That meant that Paul Shaffer, the show's band leader and multi-talented musician, was out of a job. Not that he needed to get a new one, but the itch to perform got the best of him, so he gathered his fellow late-night musicians for an album and a tour.

Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band, as Letterman dubbed them, passes through Atlanta this Sunday evening at Center Stage. 

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