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Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.


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Four key players in President Donald Trump's new administration are central characters in a "verbatim play," boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump's Cabinet picks for clues to his government's direction.


‘Infinite Body’ — New Steps And Old Trends For Bojana Ginn

Apr 24, 2017
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Atlanta’s Whitespace Gallery recently premiered “Infinite Body,” the newest, breathtaking creation from Belgian artist Bojana Ginn.

In many ways, “Infinite Body” is not a far departure from Ginn’s past work. She has distinguished herself with unconventional combinations of architecture, technology and color — all of which are encompassed in the popping neons and bold structures of this installation.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Georgia now has its first STEAM-certified school, and it's right here in metro Atlanta.

On Tuesday, Henderson Mill Elementary School in DeKalb County received that official recognition from the state. The certification means it meets all requirements for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and it also offers a strong arts curriculum.

City Lights: Cindy Wilson; Topher Payne; And More

Apr 21, 2017
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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

City Lights: Hari Kondabolu; Colin Hay; And More

Apr 20, 2017
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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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The Temple, Atlanta's oldest Jewish congregation, turns 150 years old this year. Cellist Matt Haimovitz will join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight to celebrate the occasion.

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Haimovitz’s performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is tonight at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall.

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Horizon Theatre, Nobody Loves You, reality TV musical
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis is coming to Atlanta at the end of April. He'll be joined by his quintet and two of his sons.  

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The two concert organizers aren't in the business of entertainment but of advocacy. One is Paul Bolster, a longtime affordable housing advocate and the volunteer executive director of the Urban Residential Development. The other is Noel Kendrick. As a drummer, he used to perform with Ellis Marsalis but then experienced homelessness firsthand.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

photo of Kenny Leon (left) courtesy True Colors Theatre Company, photo of Paul Conroy credit Tyler Ogburn

Earlier this year, ArtsATL columnist Gail O'Neill launched a 12-part series recognizing the artists elevating our city's arts and culture landscape. It's called the Legacy Series, and the latest profile is of True Colors Theatre Company co-founder and artistic director Kenny Leon.

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Matthew Kaminski, the Atlanta Braves organist, during a game against the Washington Nationals.
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At 7:35 p.m. Friday, the Atlanta Braves host the San Diego Padres in their first home game of the new season, and in a brand new stadium to boot.

Now in his ninth season, Matthew Kaminski is the official organist of the Braves, no matter where the team calls home. Matthew joined Lois Reitzes on "City Lights" to discuss his brand-new, state-of-the-art suite at SunTrust Park ahead of tonight's game.

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The personal is author Melissa Febos' fodder, but she never thought she’d be a memoirist. It was only when a professor encouraged her in graduate school to expand on a nonfiction writing assignment that she saw the power in that type of writing.

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“I do think there is a particular power in knowing that the person who wrote the story and lived it is real,” she said.

South Arts

One Atlanta artist has just received a boost to his practice: This week, South Arts, which highlights and supports artists working in the Southeast, named Masud Olufani as one of their 2017 State Fellows. Olufani was chosen to represent Georgia in this honor, and is one of nine artists in the region to receive this fellowship.

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Atlanta Ballet will stage "Firebird" April 14-16. It's the first performance since the announcement that half the company's dancers are leaving.

This is the first season with Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Gennadi Nedvigin. He has a new vision for the company, and, in "Firebird," it shows.

“I want to bring different styles of ballet to the city, to the company that would attract the largest audience possible,” he said.

Right now the company leans toward contemporary dance techniques. Nedvigin wants more variety.

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Few welcome a trip to the doctor's office let alone weeks inside a hospital. Then there are kids who should be spending their time with crayons or running outside who are instead battling serious illnesses cooped up inside their hospital rooms.

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Brian Wallenberg

The fundamentalist slogan "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" inspired playwright Paul Rudnick's 1998 play "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told."

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In it, said Adam and Steve navigate an alternative version of Biblical history with a lesbian couple, Jane and Mabel.

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The day after her grandson was born, Fran Burst-Terranella found out her film was accepted into this year's Atlanta Film Festival. It also received an encore screening.

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This is Burst-Terranella’s debut feature film after a very long career in Georgia's film industry. It's called "The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle" and centers on Sissy, a young woman who writes in 12 different diaries about her fantasy lives.

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Wednesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Darrell Hazelrig

Born in the street festivals of Atlanta, the character of Pete the Cat has found himself on canvas, on the New York Times bestseller list and now he's finding himself on stage. The Center for Puppetry Arts has written a world premier show featuring the cool cat.

Living Walls Brings Performance Art To Auburn Avenue

Apr 11, 2017
Kelly Blackmon

Many of Atlanta's murals are courtesy of Living Walls. The arts organization was founded in 2009, and since then, it has invited artists from Atlanta and around the world to paint the city’s surfaces.

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After a year-long hiatus, Living Walls announced last month that its annual conference will be held along the Buford Highway Corridor in partnership with We Love BuHi.

Darrell Hazelrig

Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Greg Mooney

After its premiere in 2014, Dad's Garage improviser Mark Kendall took his one-man show on the road. Now, it is on stage at the Alliance Theatre.

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After three years, Mark has had to update some of the content to keep the comedy timely.

City Lights: Mark Kendall; Adam And Eve; And More

Apr 10, 2017
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Anne Lamott is a devout Christian, but the path to her beliefs is anything but conventional.

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She converted by accident: while drunk and battling an alcohol addiction. She also says that the three essential prayers are "Help, Thanks, and Wow." That's also the title of one of her many New York Times best-sellers.

City Lights: Author Anne Lamott; Celli; And More

Apr 7, 2017
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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Atlanta has a new destination where you can grab some lunch and see dozens of artists creating work right in the heart of Midtown. The Creative Hive Project has brought individuals and arts organizations to Colony Square.

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Dance companies across Atlanta have left behind traditional performance venues and use the city as their stage. This is site-specific dance, where the space is as important as the performers within it.

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Some examples are gloATL, a live public art platform. Some of its shows are almost like processionals, where audience members must follow the dancers down blocks of the city. Or, there was T Lang's recent piece at Fort McPherson, which delved into love lost and found.

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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The Atlanta Ballet is losing about half its company. Five dancers are quitting; eight more are being fired.

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That's according to the web publication ArtsATL. Its executive editor, Laura Relyea, spoke to WABE's "City Lights" Thursday as part of the show's ArtsCast segment. She said many dancers don't like the company's recent return to a more classical style.