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City Lights: Hari Kondabolu; Colin Hay; And More

Apr 20, 2017
Katy Porter

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Horizon Theatre, Nobody Loves You, reality TV musical
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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.

Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet

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.

Courtsey of Fran Burst-Terranella

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.

Stacey Bode

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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.

Darrell Hazelrig

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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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Isadora Pennington

Mice is the plural of mouse, geese is the plural of goose and celli is the plural of cello.

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Here in Atlanta, Celli is also a group of four female cellists who had so much fun playing together in groups like the Savannah Philharmonic that they decided to form their own ensemble. 

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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.

Courtesy of Life in a Kilt Podcast

Five years ago, Rick Baldwin decided to wear a kilt every day for one year. It was a self-described "goofy experiment" in celebration of his 50th birthday.

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"I’d never even touched a kilt,” Baldwin told Lois Reitzes on “City Lights.” “It was weird when I started.”

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Stephen Hough is heralded as a polymath. He is an acclaimed pianist and composer, but he is also a writer of poetry and prose.

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Hough is in Atlanta this weekend, performing on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s all-Rachmaninov program. That will featured Rachmaninov’s "Vocalise" and "Symphonic Dances," and Hough will performance the "Piano Concerto No. 1."

Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and India S. Tyree star as the titualar characters in the Alliance Theatre’s fairy tale ''Cinderella and Fella.''
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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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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.

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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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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.

Georgia Center For The Book

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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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