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City Lights: Colin Hay; Colin Mochrie; And More

Feb 24, 2017
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Matthew Terrell

The long-running TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” may arguably account for the expansion of improv comedy, especially in the U.S. and Canada.

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City Lights: James Baldwin; Tropical Music; And More

Feb 23, 2017
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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Mark Creasy

Despite the unseasonably warm winter, an event this weekend is bypassing the rest of it all together and spring as well. It’s called Sweater Summer, a tropical light art party, and it will transform the Mammal Gallery into a summer escape featuring music, light art installations and plenty of tiki and tropical decor.

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Richard Skoonberg

Tonight, the Atlanta Photography Group is opening its gallery to anyone with work to hang ... or pin up, to be more precise.

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“The Push Pin is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to bring in their work and put it up on the walls,” APG Executive Director Beth Lilly says.

City Lights: 'Exit Strategy'; Book Tours; And More

Feb 22, 2017
Greg Mooney

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2017 marks 75 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the executive order authorizing the creation of Japanese-American internment camps. After the order, roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans were removed from their homes and forced to live with little but a bed, a few crates and whatever they could carry with them from their homes.

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Greg Mooney

“Exit Strategy” is the story of a Chicago public school on the brink of closure. A small group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their school, following an administrator who may not actually know what he’s doing. The show premiered in Chicago in 2014, and this week it is opening at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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New Sculpture Documents Number Of Atlantans With HIV

Feb 21, 2017
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At the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, there’s a new addition to its grounds: an eight-foot tall pyramid. On two sides of the structure, a number – 30,190 as of last week – is prominently displayed. That’s the number of Atlantans who are HIV positive. The number will be updated every Friday by the artist behind the work, Matthew Terrell.

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City Lights: 'A Kid Like Jake'; 'Homages'; And More

Feb 21, 2017
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Artist Okeeba Jubalo believes that if art is going to tell the truth, that truth is going to make people uncomfortable. 

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Bessie and Sadie Delany became household names in the early 1990s. And at that time, they were both over 100 years old.  

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson Brings Harlem To Atlanta

Feb 17, 2017
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From Ethiopia to Sweden to Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson has had a rich cultural background that informs the cooking that made him famous. Of his many accomplishments, he is a Top Chef Master. He also recently released a cookbook, “The Red Rooster Cookbook.”

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Now in his second term, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera continues his commitment to spreading poetry around the country. While there are few specific responsibilities for the poet laureate, Herrera has developed several projects that he hosts on the Library of Congress’ website.

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Katy Porter

Hari Kondabolu is a mainstream American comic.

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He tours nationally, headlines festivals and records bestselling comedy albums. In fact, Kondabolu’s latest album, “Mainstream American Comic,” hit No. 1 on the comedy charts last summer. Yet there’s more than a little twinge of irony in the album's title.

City Lights: Hilary Hahn; Alvin Ailey; And More

Feb 16, 2017
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Atlanta Musician Chronicles Sam Cooke's Life In Play

Feb 15, 2017
Sam Cooke performs in concert at New York City's Copacabana Night Club in this undated photo.
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In his short life and career, Sam Cooke charted 29 Top 40 hits. As the “King of Soul,” Cooke struck mainstream success for his soul-infused pop songs. His life is a long list of superlatives, punctuated with a sudden and violent death in 1964 at the age of 33. It’s the kind of story ripe for adaptation, and Atlanta musician Nat George did just that.

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Last week, Atlanta artists Amanda Platner and Hasani Sahlehe spent five days, for 16 hours a day, painting a room at the Downtown Player's Club.

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City Lights: Sam Cooke; 'Bipartisan'; And More

Feb 15, 2017
Sam Cooke performs in concert at New York City's Copacabana Night Club in this undated photo.
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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Along with fighting fires, the City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is fighting sexism, racism and homophobia.

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Fire Chief Joel Baker has launched a diversity initiative. One of the goals is to retain and recruit a diverse firefighting force, but also to engage the community beyond public safety. The department is specifically targeting women, Hispanics and LGBT-identifying people.

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During the "Freedom Summer" in 1961, civil rights activists bussed down to Southern states to challenge segregation. It wasn't an easy decision for everyone, and there were many who chose to stay behind. Jiréh Breon Holder's play "Too Heavy for Your Pocket" takes a look at that conflict.

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Atlanta Band Lois Righteous Meets Lois Reitzes

Feb 14, 2017
Lois Reitzes jams out with a tambourine with band "Lois Righteous" members Lisa Highfill (left), Beth Cunningham (center right) and Whitney Hansen (right).
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“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes has been bestowed a great honor. She has been immortalized in a band name: Lois Righteous.

“We all have listened to Lois forever, as long as we can remember,” said Whitney Hansen, one of the three band members. “And from what we know about her, she’s such a strong, powerful woman that won’t back down.”

Cinderella Goes To Harlem In 'Cindy The Musical'

Feb 13, 2017
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Never mind the Brothers Grimm, Disney or Brandy. A new Cinderella story plops the title character into 1943 Harlem.

“Cindy the Musical” is the brainchild of Stepp Stewart, who has made his mark both in music and in theater. He based the show off of a 1978 television special of the same name.

Juan Montier

Atlanta chef Juan Montier approaches his food much like a designer. Before cooking, he sketches. He even sketches the cocktails. This is very unusual.

“I primarily started sketching the food because I needed to communicate my team exactly what I wanted it to look like,” Montier said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. With a background in architecture and interiors, this design savvy probably influenced one of his cooking philosophies, which is “your eyes eat before your mouth does.”

Juan Montier

Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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A self-help book provided the framework for Theatrical Outfit’s current production. Walker Percy’s “Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book” came out in 1983 and was a quirky and futuristic look at the humanity’s identity crisis.

Theatrical Outfit’s Artistic Director Tom Key adapted the book for the stage in the 1990s, creating the character of the volunteer who participates in a seminar that delves into ideas of existence.

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Since 2011, Georgia State and Theatrical Outfit have teamed up to present the works of southern writers on the stage. Whether through dramatic readings or adaptations, local actors and readers perform literature.

This year, the series focuses on four female writers from the South: Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor and Toni Morrison.

Local actress Brenda Bynum presents the Eudora Welty’s “Powerhouse,” a short story about a great jazz musician based on Fats Waller, alongside actor Eric Moore.

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