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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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If you've ever wanted to scream, quit your job, and start a punk ukulele band, Synchronicity Theatre has a show about exactly that. "Hannah Cremation + The Ash" is opening for two nights of performances this week.

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This will be a bittersweet weekend for high school seniors in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sunday is not only the last concert of the ASYO season, it will be the last of their concerts with the esteemed ensemble altogether.

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But many will continue their musical education and are off to music colleges in the fall, including bassoonist Christopher Chung and oboist Mekhi Gladden.

City Lights: Mother's Day Duos; 'Unravel'; And More

May 12, 2017
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Mother's Day is Sunday, and we thought it would be fun to invite in a mother and daughter who both work in the arts for a conversation.

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We fell immediately upon Alice Lovelace and Theresa Davis. Lovelace is a writer and activist who moved to Atlanta in the 1970s and helped found a number of organizations, including the Arts Exchange. Davis, her daughter, is a teacher, poet and organizer who can be found hosting poetry slams around the city.

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Art is still going up on the walls of the airplane hangar-like space of the Notch8 Gallery. Artist Tiffany Charesse watches, smiling and satisfied, as her work is hung. One of those pieces is of a modern dancer —tank top, jeans and ballet flats rendered in delicate pastels. The dancer’s knees are bent, he is up on his toes with his arms outstretched. This image repeats in a pattern that stretches all around the picture — the dancer holding hands with himself over and over.

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In Actor's Express’ upcoming production, a slave is offered freedom if he fights for the Confederacy. The play, called "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3)," is by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

This is not a traditional historical drama. For one, it loosely uses Homer's "The Odyssey" as its storytelling mechanism. Also, director Martin Damien Wilkins explained that the vernacular of today is used throughout the story.

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When you see her work, it makes sense that Atlanta photographer Myrtie Cope received a degree in interior design. Her current photography project focuses on some of the most ornate interiors of the Southeast: historic theaters.

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She's presenting some of that work in an exhibit featuring the Fox here in Atlanta and the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

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A surprising combination propelled author Adam Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri to children's book fame.

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That combination was dragons and tacos, the inspiration for their 2012 book "Dragons Love Tacos." Now, they are on to the sequel.

“My dad had a statue on his desk that always looked like a dragon eating a taco to me,” explained Rubin in an interview with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. “here’s some twisted logic that makes sense that dragons would love tacos.”

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Spivey Hall is celebrating an anniversary this year. But it's not a great performer or composer's anniversary, it's an instrument's. The Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ at Spivey is getting a 25th anniversary concert.

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The organ was built by the firm of Fratelli Ruffatti in Padua, Italy and its installation was overseen by Emily Spivey.

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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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One way of dealing with stress is to imagine one's happy place. Alon's Bakery and Market is one of those places for many Atlantans. The shop recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

From the sound of Ella Fitzgerald often heard over the store's stereo to the tantalizing food on display, Alon's has become a mainstay in the Morningside neighborhood.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano and gloATL founder Lauri Stallings are once again coming together.

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For their fourth creative collaboration, they will stage Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera "Orfeo," which includes several dance scenes. The collaboration also includes opera superstar David Daniels, director James Alexander and artist Daniel Arsham, who will be doing the scenography for the production and whose work is currently on view at the High Museum.

Longtime Hammonds House Museum Director Retires

May 9, 2017
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A director's tenure has come to an end. Myrna Fuller headed the West End's Hammonds House Museum for 13 years. During her time there, she oversaw over 50 exhibits, initiated documentation of their permanent collection and developed partnerships with artists and organizations around Atlanta.

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For 7 Stages’  latest production, audience members will not sit. Instead, they must roam.

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“Each piece is immersive or interactive, which means you won’t be sitting down for any of the show in a normal theater setting. You’ll be moving throughout our building and seeking out performances pieces in the nooks and crannies in the building,” explained 7 Stages artistic director Michael Haverty.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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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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It’s a play that the writer describes as “like a Shakespeare hoedown that might make you cry.” It is called “The Heath” and it tells the story of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s own grandfather alongside the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear, who famously went mad.

And on top of that, she plays the banjo.

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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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Painted trees, purple totems and chain chandeliers have been installed throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden. They are the work of artist and horticulturist Adam Schwerner. 

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Schwerner is the director of Disneyland Resort Horticulture and Resort Enhancement, and at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, he has created 11 site-specific installations in an exhibition called “The Curious Garden.”

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A new production at Aurora Theatre is not split in two but “Split in Three.” That’s the title of Atlanta playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio’s play that opens tonight.

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Split in Three,” which runs through May 28 at the Gwinnett venue, tells the story of two poor white sisters in 1969 Mississippi, living in a county that has yet to integrate its schools.  

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Moving in the Spirit is wrapping up its season of programming and classes for 5 to 18 year-olds with its end-of-year performance Thursday. The program, called "SOAR:  be bold. be brave. believe.", drew inspiration from the students’ favorite vocalists.

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Co-founder and Executive and Artistic Director Dana Lupton asked the students, what singer touched your heart in such a bold way that encouraged you to be bold?

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Last year, the New York Times reminded its readers that Atlanta is a great food town. Of course, Atlantans have been well aware the city’s food prowess for years. And now, the Atlanta History Center diving deeper into Atlanta’s foodie history.

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They are kicking off a series called “Hidden Midtown,” and the first event explores the restaurants, bars and food culture of Atlanta’s past.

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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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A rare copy of William Shakespeare's Second Folio is being auctioned off ... one page at a time.

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The Atlanta Shakespeare Company and Peachstate Historical Consulting Inc. have partnered to host an auction of more than 100 individual leaves drawn from a single, imperfect copy of the Folio, which dates from 1632. 

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At the beginning of Tom E. Brown’s debut feature film “Pushing Dead,” the main character Dan deposits a birthday check for $100 in his bank account. That leads to him maxing out of his insurance bracket, and he is unable to pay the monthly $3,000 for all of his medications.

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Yet, this is an “AIDS comedy,” Brown explained in an interview with WABE’s Lois Reitzes. “I wanted to make a moving about living, not about dying.” 

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