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City Lights with Lois Reitzes

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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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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Blue Delliquanti / Iron Circus Comics

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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Mike Mantione

One long-running indie rock band is looking forwards and back at the same time. The Athens-based group Five Eight has been around since the late 1980s and they're getting ready to release a new album. They're also the subject of a documentary about their history and return to one ill-fated record.

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The new album is “Songs for Saint Jude,” named for the patron saint of lost causes.

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The 2017 legislative session in Georgia is over. A list of bills now just needs approval from Gov. Nathan Deal to become law. This year, several measures in support of the arts saw votes in the state House and Senate. 

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Here’s which bills passed and which failed when it comes to Georgia’s arts.

Atlanta Sales Tax For The Arts: Failed

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Maria Abou Nassar

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.

Laurie Sermos

As March Madness comes to a close, another competition revs up. There might be less sweat and adrenaline, but the competitors are still the crème de la crème. That is the crème de la crème in impressionist painting.

The Olmstead Plein Air Invitational brings 30 impressionist painters to Atlanta each year to compete. Each day, they paint a different picturesque site in Atlanta, and at the end of the week, the artist with the best work is awarded a very hefty purse.

Julian Mignot / Warner Classics

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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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

On average, women make less than men and hold fewer high-ranking positions. This even holds true in the arts.

The New York Times recently quoted another study that said out the nation’s 13 largest museums, only one is led by a woman.

In addition, a study done by the Freelands Foundation showed that between 2007 and 2013, only 27 percent of solo art shows in American museums were devoted to women.

Courtesy of Actor's Express

Any artistic director can tell you that getting a nonprofit arts organization through a single year is a challenge, which makes Atlanta’s Actor’s Express pretty remarkable. The theater company is getting ready to begin their 30th season.

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Courtesy of Orchestra Noir

Orchestra Noir is Atlanta's all-African-American orchestra. The group has only been around for 10 months, but it is already redefining where classical music is performed and who its audience is.

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For one, Orchestra Noir appeared in a music video by Atlanta hip-hop stars Migos and 2Chainz. And the group’s next concert will feature not just their concerto competition winner but also Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.

Paul Cesar Toledo and Abigail Spindel

How long would you wait in line for a concert? An hour? A whole day?

How about two months? That's what a group of young Brazilians in São Paulo did in 2013. They camped outside of a stadium for the queen of pop, Beyoncé, to make sure they could stand in the front row.

Filmmakers Paul Cesar Toledo and Abigail Spindel captured those two months in a documentary called "Waiting for B," which premieres in Atlanta Friday at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Georgia Center For The Book

Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Polly Buxton

The acclaimed author Pat Conroy endeared himself to many readers, perhaps southerners most of all. His love for Charleston and the Low Country provided ongoing inspiration for his work. Shortly before he died last year, Conroy wrote the forward for “The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston” by Atlanta-native Michele Moore.

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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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City Lights: Kasim Reed; Improv Classes; And More

Mar 27, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed refused to answer questions about the lawsuit and walked away from reporters.
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Knopf/Eric Weber

Author Peter Heller's latest novel focuses on the title character Celine, a detective in the twilight of her life.

She takes on the case of Gabriela, who tragically lost her mother as a child. Now as an adult, her father is presumed dead, but his body was never found.

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Celine is extraordinary, drawn a vividly drawn character, and the novel might as well be a family biography tucked into a bit of fiction.

Mayor Kasim Reed has given United Consulting until this upcoming Monday evening to make a decision.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed proposed a one-tenth of a penny sales tax for the arts in his State of the City address last month, but time is running out to make it happen.  

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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

Mar 24, 2017
Courtesy of Brantly Watts

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

Mar 24, 2017
Associated Press

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.

Courtesy of David W. Green

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.

Brooke Anderson

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
Courtesy of Atlanta Film Festival

"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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