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Rock Band GOODING Teaches Finance Skills To Teens

May 19, 2017
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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are a supposed trifecta. But drop the drugs, drop the sex, and add financial literacy.

Then, you get GOODING, a rock band that preaches fiscal responsibility and rails against financial inequality. They visit middle and high schools across the country to rock out and to encourage young people to get the lowdown on their own finances. They performed at Inman Middle School earlier this week

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City Lights: 'Unloaded'; Kenny Leon; And More

May 19, 2017
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Every once in a while we need a change in setting to get a fresh perspective and, hopefully, to be inspired. Enter “the retreat,” a tried and true way to get away from the daily grind.

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It isn’t reserved for just the office worker though, artists often use retreats to improve upon their craft. In this edition of “Writer to Reader,” best-selling novelist Joshilyn Jackson explains how.

Jackson goes on three to five retreats per book, typically with a group of close confidants.

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Three brothers, all born of different mothers, find themselves all living under their father's roof. Truths about past affairs surface and the tension builds. This is the way "House of Brothers," the latest production by The Americolor Opera Alliance, begins.

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Eric Einhorn is well-versed in the art of outdoor opera. He’s the general and artistic director of On Site Opera, a New York City-based company specializing in on-site, immersive opera performances. He is in town to direct a co-production with the Atlanta Opera of an early Mozart work, “The Secret Gardener.”

The Atlanta Opera and On Site Opera produced the opera in New York, and each new location provides new challenges, he said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

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City Lights: Uncle Sam; Steffen Thomas; And More

May 16, 2017
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Tuesday on "City Light with Lois Reitzes":

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You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And, as it turns out, you can learn a lot about world history and culture by looking at shoes too.

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A new exhibit now open at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film explores that very history and creativity with more than 200 pairs of shoes from ancient Egypt to contemporary Disney films.

City Lights: Shoe History; 'LadyShakes'; And More

May 15, 2017
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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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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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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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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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“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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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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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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