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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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The life and work of Atlanta actor Jo Howarth Noonan are being celebrated with a festival Saturday.

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Noonan began acting in her 20s, but she put that burgeoning career on hold to start a family. When she returned to the stage, she found a surprising creative renaissance – at a stage of life when most female actors are ushered into involuntary retirement. She died unexpectedly in 2015, and now there is a foundation and a festival which bears her name.

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Atlanta Film Festival Features Homegrown Filmmakers

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The Atlanta Film Festival kicks off Friday, and many local filmmakers made it into the festival this year.

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Atlanta filmmaking power couple Brantly and Jon Watts both have short films debuting. The film by Brantly Watts is a narrative short called "Birthday Cake.” The film explores the nuances of domestic violence. In it, the main character Birdie struggles with her decision to leave her abusive lover, as she marks a year without him.

Ga. Festival Celebrates The 'Lost' Southern Authors

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Georgia State University assistant professor of English Andy Rogers wants people to remember more than Faulkner, O’Connor or Williams when they think of Southern writers. So he organized Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival, which aims to do just that.

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On this edition of "Writer to Reader," novelist Joshilyn Jackson looks at what’s in store for the festival.

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Multi-Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is on the road with pianist Robert Levin. Their tour stops in Atlanta this weekend. The two are performing a program of music by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with contemporary works written specifically for them.

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Another recent endeavor of Hahn’s is presenting music outside of the concert hall: to a knitting class or to parents with newborn babies.

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The Holocaust not only took a horrific toll on human life, it also produced long-lasting cultural erasure. Jewish composers, and even those performing in non-German styles, had their music banned. Some of these composers died in the death camps. Others survived, but their music has been lost.

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Kennesaw State University music professor Laurence Sherr has dedicated much of his musical career to highlighting these erased composers.

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Tonight, a group of Palestinian teen refugee dancers will give a show in Atlanta that combines debka, a native folk dance, with rap music. The group is called Shoruq, which in Arabic means sunrise.

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The teens, who live in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, just south of Bethlehem, will be performing at the Friends School in Decatur. The show is at 7 p.m. and open to the public. 

Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Atlanta Film Festival Opens With 'Dave Made A Maze'

Mar 23, 2017
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"Dave Made A Maze" is the opening night feature of the Atlanta Film Festival, which kicks off this Friday at the Plaza Theatre at 7 p.m.

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City Lights: Future; 'Dave Made A Maze'; And More

Mar 23, 2017
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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

In theater, typically the way things work is a playwright writes a play and then a theater company puts it onstage. There is one group helping Atlanta artists with all of the stuff that happens in between. They’re called Working Title Playwrights.

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Norman Mackenzie, director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, poses for a portrait on July 9, 2015.
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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus has won almost as many Grammy Awards as Adele. But whereas Adele makes millions, ASO singers get paid … nothing.  A visit to an ASO rehearsal explains why these singers volunteer.

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To get into this choir, performers need a great voice that blends well with others and the ability to read music really well.

Meaghan Curry has those skills. 

"I get so much joy out of singing with the chorus and getting to hear this orchestra,” she says.

Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and India S. Tyree star as the titualar characters in the Alliance Theatre’s fairy tale ''Cinderella and Fella.''
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The phrase "Cinderella story" is used to describe a meteoric rise from humble beginnings to fame and fortune. The Alliance Theatre is putting a new kind of Cinderella story onstage –  one that subverts its fairy tale origins for today's children.

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"Cinderella and Fella" is billed as being "more high-tops than glass slipper" and is fueled by a different kind of magic.

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Atlanta hip-hop artist Future recently set a record which was unprecedented in the music industry. His self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.

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Nina Simone, one of the most extraordinary musical artists of the twentieth century, is having her story told now at Theatrical Outfit.

“Simply Simone,” which opens on March 23 and runs through April 15, is part biography, part music revue, and it takes a unique approach to telling the story of both her public and inner life.

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Don Quixote is such an iconic story that a word derived from the name: quixotic, meaning exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic and impractical.

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Miguel de Cervantes' tome was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1965. In it, Cervantes has been captured by the Inquisition and must face trial. In the meantime, he and his fellow prisoners reenact the adventures of a blundering nobleman, Don Quixote.

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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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“The New York Times” estimated that somewhere between 700 and 900 productions of the musical “Annie” are performed each year in the United States.

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Most of those productions, however, do not feature a sizeable chunk of the original crew, including director and lyricist Martin Charnin, or real dogs from rescue shelters.

City Lights: Jazz Portraits; Irish Poetry; And More

Mar 17, 2017
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Reading liner notes, talking to aficionados and library research guided Birmingham-based Leanna Leithauser-Lesley's portraits of jazz musicians.

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Her collection is now on display at Theatrical Outfit in conjunction with their production of "Simply Simone," a revue of Nina Simone’s music, which opens next week.

These are not paintings: Leithauser-Lesley does her portraiture in needle point.

Jerry Leiber, right, and Mike Stoller have written hits like "Jailhouse Rock."
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Even if you don't know the names Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, you surely know their body of work. 

The songwriting duo is behind hits by Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, Johnny Cash, and other giants of R&B, country, and early rock and roll. The Bremen Museum and Theatrical Outfit are honoring their legacy in a show called "Baby That is Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Leiber/Stoller Era."

Horizon Theatre, Nobody Loves You, reality TV musical
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Characters must find love in “Nobody Loves You,” a reality TV musical by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses. The musical will be at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre with performances starting tomorrow and running through April 30.

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Center for Puppetry Arts, World Puppetry Day
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It might not be on your calendar, but World Puppetry Day is next Tuesday.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating this weekend with a bounty of free events along with its usual programming.

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“Puppetry is a place where everyone can find a home,” Aretta Baumgartner, the Center’s Education Director, said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “We’re hard-wired to tell stories through objects.”

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

The Village Theatre

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.

llustration of Octavian, Antony and Lepidus debating proscriptions from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar
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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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Israeli filmmaker Nitzan Gilady is spending this semester at Emory University as a filmmaker-in-residence. As a documentarian, he’s explored conflict throughout his career between Jerusalem’s gay and Orthodox community in “Jerusalem Is Proud to Present” and within his own family in “Family Time.”

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Sidney Lanier’s seminal poem was “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” So, perhaps he would have enjoyed the gesture of being the namesake for Lake Lanier, which dams part of the Chattahoochee.

Lanier was born in Macon, Ga. in 1842. He did not make it to 40, but left a profound impact on American poetry. And first and even foremost, he was a musician, composing songs and playing flute.

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