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City Lights: Cindy Wilson; Topher Payne; And More

Apr 21, 2017
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City Lights: Kasim Reed; Improv Classes; And More

Mar 27, 2017
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed refused to answer questions about the lawsuit and walked away from reporters.
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The Holocaust not only took a horrific toll on human life, it also produced long-lasting cultural erasure. Jewish composers, and even those performing in non-German styles, had their music banned. Some of these composers died in the death camps. Others survived, but their music has been lost.

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Kennesaw State University music professor Laurence Sherr has dedicated much of his musical career to highlighting these erased composers.

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City Lights: Jazz Portraits; Irish Poetry; And More

Mar 17, 2017

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Reading liner notes, talking to aficionados and library research guided Birmingham-based Leanna Leithauser-Lesley's portraits of jazz musicians.

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Her collection is now on display at Theatrical Outfit in conjunction with their production of "Simply Simone," a revue of Nina Simone’s music, which opens next week.

These are not paintings: Leithauser-Lesley does her portraiture in needle point.

Horizon Theatre, Nobody Loves You, reality TV musical
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Characters must find love in “Nobody Loves You,” a reality TV musical by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses. The musical will be at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre with performances starting tomorrow and running through April 30.

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Center for Puppetry Arts, World Puppetry Day
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It might not be on your calendar, but World Puppetry Day is next Tuesday.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating this weekend with a bounty of free events along with its usual programming.

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“Puppetry is a place where everyone can find a home,” Aretta Baumgartner, the Center’s Education Director, said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “We’re hard-wired to tell stories through objects.”

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City Lights: Colin Hay; Colin Mochrie; And More

Feb 24, 2017
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City Lights: John Burke; 'Good Hair'; And More

Feb 8, 2017

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City Lights: Avi Avital; Soul Food Cypher; And More

Dec 29, 2016

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Local pianist John Burke woke up early one morning last week to the news that he had been nominated for a Grammy for the Best New Age Album for his album "Orogen."

He came by WABE earlier this week and spoke with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about this recent accomplishment.

Burke is an independent artist. In the current post-record label music industry, he finds himself managing all his own promotions and touring, among other responsibilities.

City Lights: Library Art; Anthony David; And More

Oct 24, 2016

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City Lights: Iran Beyond Politics; ELEVATE; And More

Oct 10, 2016
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1:41: ELEVATE public art festival kicks off this Thursday. The Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs' art program manager Dorian McDuffie and curator Allie Bashuk talk about this year’s festival and the theme "Microcosm";

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Being invited to show artwork at Venice's Biennale would be considered a career highlight by many, and two Atlanta-based artists are among those holding that honor.

The bi-annual contemporary visual art and architecture exhibition opened among the canals and plazas of the Italian city in late May. The work of William Carpenter, architect and founder of design firm Lightroom, and sculptor Bojana Ginn, titled "Presence," is currently on exhibit at the famed event. 

Abandoned Southeast

There is an abandoned Tiki-inspired paradise hidden in the hills of Tennessee. The mansion comes complete with an indoor pool and leopard print furniture.

This is just one set of photos on Abandoned Southeast, run by Leland, a Florida-based photographer. He’s asked to use only his first name beucase his photography sometimes requires trespassing.

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What sort of untapped potential does our livestock possess? Kentucky-born playwright and former Atlantan Johnny Drago has an idea.

In this edition of the "Storytellers" series, Drago narrates "What Have I Done to You That You Beat Me These Three Times?" – his story of a ne'er-do-well who happens upon a very talented donkey. 

"How do we know it ain't no trick if you're the one what asks all the questions?" The crowd fell silent, awaiting Barker's response.

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While best-known for his endlessly quotable character Kenneth Parcell on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock," actor and comedian Jack McBrayer has actually spent most of his career on the improv stage.  

McBrayer should feel at home this weekend when he's onstage at the second annual Atlanta Improv Festival, hosted by the Village Theatre near downtown Atlanta. It will also be a sort of homecoming for McBrayer, who was born and raised in Macon and graduated from high school in Conyers.

Lawrence Kasdan arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will present its first-ever Icon Award to "The Empire Strikes Back" screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

Kasdan will reflect on his career in conversation with ArtsATL founder Catherine Fox this weekend, and to preview the event, "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes sat down with Emory University film professor Matthew Bernstein.

"Kasdan was a natural choice," Bernstein said about the award's recipient. "He's been such an incredible talent and force in the film industry since the early 1980s." 

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"Metropolitan." "The Last Days of Disco." And now, "Love & Friendship."

Whit Stillman is the kind of filmmaker who only releases a movie every decade or so, but it's worth the wait. 

"Love & Friendship," starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny, is based on a little-known Jane Austen novella called "Lady Susan." Austen's nephew published the novella some 50 years after her death. Mr. Stillman borrowed the title of his new movie from another obscure Jane Austen work, a short story she wrote when she was just 14.