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City Lights: Madeleine Peyroux; Tara Ochs; And More

Mar 9, 2017
Shervin Lainez

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Jerry’s Habima Theatre is Georgia’s only theatrical company directed and produced by professionals, featuring actors with special needs ages 18 and up. For 24 years and counting, the company stages a Broadway-style musical, and this year’s production is “The Wizard of Oz.”

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In light of one of the most polarized presidential elections of my lifetime, I think one thing all Americans can agree on is that art remains timeless.

A moment to put your mind in a space that is unfamiliar but naturally comfortable is something we all need as humans. Art helps us make sense of what doesn’t make sense, even if that still does not seem logical.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave me an experience that brought light to the world outside of the theater doors.

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West End Remembers
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The Atlanta BeltLine is a popular destination for runners, cyclists and those looking for an afternoon stroll through the city.

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In addition to the miles of trails, the BeltLine also features a variety of public art murals and sculptures. New works of art are added every year as part of the Art on the BeltLine program.

In honor of International Women's Day, here are some of the works completed by women artists that you can see on your next visit to the BeltLine.

Atlantans Rev Up For St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

Mar 8, 2017
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Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick's Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become a celebration welcoming all who enjoy anything Irish.

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In an interview with Lois Reitzes on "City Lights," Shane Stephens, Ireland's Consul General in Atlanta, shared some of the upcoming events Georgians can attend:

Garrison Keillor
Erik Hageness

Garrison Keillor may no longer host "A Prairie Home Companion," but he's certainly not retired.

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Ahead of his evening of storytelling at the Cobb Energy Centre, the longtime public radio personality spoke with "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes about what he's been up to.


A new documentary aims to tell the story of chocolate, bean to bar.

Filmmaker Tim Shephard followed a group of craft-chocolate makers into the jungles of Peru as they sought to strengthen relationships with farmers and identify new varieties of cacao to introduce into the U.S. market.

City Lights: Atlanta United; Chocolate; And More

Mar 7, 2017
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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Lou Abercrombie

The new novel "Everyone Brave Is Forgiven" examines love, loss and courage. The book begins in 1939 Britain, and it focuses on the intertwining lives of Mary, Alistair and Tom as they navigate brutal World War II.

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Visual artists generally work with a wide array of colors, but an exhibit now open at the High Museum of Art features installations with an intentionally limited palate.

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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Ian Palmer

Atlanta's Full Radius Dance celebrates 25 years of physically-integrated dance this month.

The professional modern dance company features dancers with and without disabilities. Wheelchairs are incorporated into choreography, and dancers of all abilities perform side-by-side.

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Vir Das can make you cry, and he can make you laugh too.

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Born in India, Das attended Harvard University for method acting and has had many serious roles in Bollywood films. But he’s also a comedian, performing in a comedy rock band called Alien Chutney and doing standup all over the world. He also has his own comedy consultant company and produces the largest comedy festival in India.

Teri Darnell

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Stacey Bode

Think of something you could do in 24 hours. You could bake a few pies or read a Harry Potter novel. You could drive to Santa Fe … but could you write an opera?

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That challenge is on for composers and writers alike this weekend as the Atlanta Opera puts up its seventh annual 24 Hour Opera Project. This year, they’ve added a wild card to the mix and partnered with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. 

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“The Arts are alive and well at Georgia Tech.” That’s a direct quote from Madison Cario, the Director of the institute’s Office of the Arts. Many Atlantans are surprised to hear that the arts have a home on the Tech campus, let alone a dedicated office.

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Greg Mooney / Georgia Ensemble Theatre

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Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Peachtree Street
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A bill to allow casinos in Georgia is dead for this year, but its sponsor, state Sen. Brandon Beach, says he'll bring it back next year.

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In the meantime, Beach says he wants to address the concerns of critics. Some doubt casinos would benefit the economy and fill state coffers as promised. Others worry about gambling addictions.

Maura Friedman

In the days following November's election results, Atlanta journalist and photographer Maura Friedman noticed a dialogue emerging among women in the Southeast.

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“Especially through social media and in a lot of private groups I’m in for women,” Friedman said, “[I] saw a totally different narrative of ‘what are we going to do?’”

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Seeing music, attending an open mic or going to an art exhibit on Broad Street, you are bound to come across Victor Revels.

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Revels, along with enjoying the arts events that happen at the many arts institutions on the block, will also lend a helping hand.

City Lights: Oscar-Nominated Music; AJMF; And More

Feb 28, 2017
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Atlanta Jewish Music Festival Highlights Latin Roots

Feb 28, 2017
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The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, which begins on Thursday, unites international and local talent for more than two weeks of music programming at venues around Atlanta. 

For the organizers behind the festival, now in its eighth year, “Jewish music” can range from hip-hop to jazz to world music.

“We define Jewish music as a form of artistic expression by a self-identifying Jew. So we put the onus on the artist,” said AJMF director Russell Gottschalk. “We think that if you are a good artist and authentic musician, you’ll create music that reflects your personal narrative.”

Andrea Corredor

It's Black History Month, and some Atlanta Public Schools students celebrated recently with a civil rights anthem.

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Art often tells a story. But can it tell our story?

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The High Museum is doing just that in their expansive new exhibit, “Cross Country.” The show collects almost 200 works from artists working at the beginning of the 20th century, and shows the development of American art, region by region.

City Lights: 'Cross Country'; Food News; And More

Feb 27, 2017
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Monday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Copyright Dan Kamin

Dan Kamin is on a mission to remind audiences of the genius of Charlie Chaplin. In his one-of-a-kind program at Spivey Hall, Kamin screens a newly-restored version of Chaplin’s 1916 movie “The Pawnshop,” complemented with storytelling, film clips and live performance.

Colin Hay Brings Songs And Stories To City Winery

Feb 24, 2017
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Colin Hay started his musical career in the wildly popular Australian band Men at Work. They sold millions of records and won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1983. A few years later, they split up, but Colin continued on with a solo career, going from international stardom to relative obscurity. 

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City Lights: Colin Hay; Colin Mochrie; And More

Feb 24, 2017
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