City Café http://wabe.org en Never Fear; the Powder Puff Patrol is Here. http://wabe.org/post/never-fear-powder-puff-patrol-here <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Intermission can be fraught. You want to grab a leg-stretch, maybe a drink, and very often, a trip to the restroom.</span></p><p>But as we all know, this can pose a challenge for those of us—especially women—who don't wish to miss the opening curtain on Act II. This is very much the case at an historic venue like Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, which is known for its stained-glass windows and trademark starry-blue ceiling, but not for its ease of navigation.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:38:44 +0000 Kate Sweeney 61097 at http://wabe.org Never Fear; the Powder Puff Patrol is Here. Changing Lives Through Theater - Youth Creates at 7 Stages http://wabe.org/post/changing-lives-through-theater-youth-creates-7-stages <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For 13 years, </span><a href="http://www.7stages.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">7 Stages Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has worked to bring young people into the theater through a program called Youth Creates--an intensive five-week production during which students create a show from scratch. </span>WABE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Myke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Johns paid them a visit to speak with the students, interns and teaching artists involved.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:17:33 +0000 Myke Johns 61140 at http://wabe.org Changing Lives Through Theater - Youth Creates at 7 Stages More Details on Cyclorama Move http://wabe.org/post/more-details-cyclorama-move <p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 61089 at http://wabe.org More Details on Cyclorama Move Events: Man in Black, Dock Dogs and a Day Trip http://wabe.org/post/events-man-black-dock-dogs-and-day-trip <p>The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, and he starts with&nbsp;‘House of Cash: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black.’&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.eddieowenpresents.com/?Page=http%3a%2f%2fpublic.ticketbiscuit.com%2fEddieOwenPresents%2fEvents%2f206735">House of Cash: A Musical Tribute to the Man in Black</a></p><p><a href="http://dixiedockdogs.com/">Dixie Dock Dogs</a></p><p><a href="http://www.greenbeanfestival.com/">Day Trip: Green Bean Festival</a></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 61031 at http://wabe.org Events: Man in Black, Dock Dogs and a Day Trip On This Date in 1864: A Letter from a Union Soldier http://wabe.org/post/date-1864-letter-union-soldier <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In this installment of “Voices of 1864,” we hear excerpts from a letter penned 150 years ago today by a Union soldier fighting under General William T. Sherman, in what would later come to be known as the Battle of Atlanta, a major turning point of the Civil War.</p><p>Alonzo Miller was a Private in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and 25 years old. He wrote this letter to his family two days after the battle.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:36:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 61040 at http://wabe.org On This Date in 1864: A Letter from a Union Soldier City Cafe on Cyclorama Move http://wabe.org/post/city-cafe-cyclorama-move <p>You may have heard our story yesterday on <a href="http://wabe.org/post/eight-things-you-may-not-know-about-atlantas-cyclorama">little-known facts about Atlanta’s Cyclorama</a>—the panoramic painting of the Battle of Atlanta on display in Grant Park. Here’s a fact which is becoming well-known as the news broke this morning: <a href="http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/">The Cyclorama</a> will be leaving its home and moving to the <a href="http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/">Atlanta History Center</a>. WABE’s Myke Johns joined us live with more on that story.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:35:15 +0000 Myke Johns & John Lemley 61029 at http://wabe.org City Cafe on Cyclorama Move Becoming a Fan of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis http://wabe.org/post/becoming-fan-jazz-wynton-marsalis <p><a href="http://wyntonmarsalis.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wynton Marsalis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is in town this week, performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of the </span><a href="http://nbaf.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Black Arts Festival</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span>Marsalis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center—he has spent much of his life furthering the art form of jazz music. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:54:22 +0000 David Barasoain 61017 at http://wabe.org Becoming a Fan of Jazz with Wynton Marsalis Eight Things You May Not Know About Atlanta's Cyclorama http://wabe.org/post/eight-things-you-may-not-know-about-atlantas-cyclorama <p></p><p><em><strong>Update: </strong>On July 23, Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the Cyclorama of the Battle of Atlanta will be relocated from its current home in Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center, where it will be housed in <a href="http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cyclorama-battle-atlanta">a soon-to-be-built new facility</a>. The move is expected to take two years. Learn more at the <a href="http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cyclorama-atlanta-history-center-fact-sheet">History Center's website</a>.</em></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:20:02 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 60953 at http://wabe.org Eight Things You May Not Know About Atlanta's Cyclorama Author Events: Clay Risen, Lori Rush and Laurel-Ann Dooley http://wabe.org/post/author-events-clay-risen-lori-rush-and-laurel-ann-dooley <p></p><p>Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival talked with City Cafe host John Lemley about the upcoming literary events happening around Atlanta. As Daren starts by pointing out, two of the authors coming to town this week take a close a look at Atlanta history, but come up with very different stories.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=57235">Laurel-Ann Dooley at the Decatur Library with her book "Wicked Atlanta: The Sordid Side of Peach City History"</a></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 60732 at http://wabe.org Author Events: Clay Risen, Lori Rush and Laurel-Ann Dooley Civil War Historian Gordon Jones on a Pivotal Atlanta Battle http://wabe.org/post/civil-war-historian-gordon-jones-pivotal-atlanta-battle <p>This year marks the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, and Sunday is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek. This was the first major attack in the Atlanta Campaign against General Sherman’s Union forces by Confederate General John Bell Hood. Civil War historian Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center recently visited WABE, and he told host John Lemley about the circumstances of the battle.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:00:22 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60756 at http://wabe.org Civil War Historian Gordon Jones on a Pivotal Atlanta Battle New App Explores Battle of Atlanta Sites http://wabe.org/post/new-app-explores-battle-atlanta-sites <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta right around the corner, the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship has created a new online resource for residents and visitors looking to learn more about the Civil War fight that played out around the city.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:21:15 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 60713 at http://wabe.org New App Explores Battle of Atlanta Sites Events: Tennis, Georgia Mountain Fair & More http://wabe.org/post/events-tennis-georgia-mountain-fair-more <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and he starts with the BB&amp;T Atlanta Tennis Open.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.bbtatlantaopen.com/TicketsTravel/Tickets/?intloc=headernavsub">BB&amp;T Tennis Open</a></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60529 at http://wabe.org Events: Tennis, Georgia Mountain Fair & More Coming Soon: An Atlanta with Cooperating Transit? http://wabe.org/post/coming-soon-atlanta-cooperating-transit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just how realistic is the prospect of an Atlanta with cooperating transit?</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:04:03 +0000 Kate Sweeney, Lisa George & John Lemley 60669 at http://wabe.org Coming Soon: An Atlanta with Cooperating Transit? Capone on Ponce: the Making of an Urban Legend http://wabe.org/post/capone-ponce-making-urban-legend <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Atlanta is a town with no shortage of folklore and urban legend, and this story deals with one particular tale about the notorious gangster, Al Capone. </span>WABE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Myke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Johns dug into the local lore, with surprising results.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:49 +0000 Myke Johns 37011 at http://wabe.org Capone on Ponce: the Making of an Urban Legend Local Performer Wins Best Actress At National High School Musical Awards http://wabe.org/post/local-performer-wins-best-actress-national-high-school-musical-awards <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local high school student is getting national attention for her talents in singing and performing.</span></p><p>Late last month, 15-year-old Jai’len Josey of TriCities high school in East Point <a href="http://www.myajc.com/news/entertainment/tri-cities-student-wins-best-actress-at-high-schoo/ngXNw/">was named Best Actress at the 2014 National High School Musical Theater Awards</a>. She won the chance to compete after being recognized for her performance as “Effie White” in her school's production of Dreamgirls.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 60359 at http://wabe.org Local Performer Wins Best Actress At National High School Musical Awards Author Events: Amanda Lindhout, Jo Baker & More http://wabe.org/post/author-events-amanda-lindhout-jo-baker-more <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Daren Wang drops by to tell us about the week’s litera Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:08:00 +0000 John Lemley & Stephannie Stokes 60433 at http://wabe.org Author Events: Amanda Lindhout, Jo Baker & More Can Public Art Change a Community? University Avenue Project Bets 'Yes.' http://wabe.org/post/can-public-art-change-community-university-avenue-project-bets-yes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://www.uacpublicart.org/uacpap-unveiling-celebration/">celebration of the University Avenue Public Art Project</a> takes place Saturday afternoon at 352 University Avenue in southwest Atlanta. The event will showcase the unveiling of three twenty-foot high-relief sculptures celebrating the past, present and future of southwest Atlanta’s neighborhoods.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:01:03 +0000 Kate Sweeney 60420 at http://wabe.org Can Public Art Change a Community? University Avenue Project Bets 'Yes.' The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath http://wabe.org/post/alliance-collides-grapes-wrath <p>The Alliance Theatre’s <a href="http://alliancetheatre.org/content/current-project">Collision Project</a> assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with a piece of writing and with each other, so to speak. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:29:44 +0000 Lois Reitzes 60330 at http://wabe.org The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath Improvising Opera with Dad's Garage http://wabe.org/post/improvising-opera-dads-garage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've wondered how </span>improv<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comedy works, the performers at Atlanta’s long-running improvisational comedy </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://www.dadsgarage.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dad’s Garage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> can provide some insight. </span>WABE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Myke<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Johns caught them at work with singers from—of all organizations—the Atlanta Opera—and brought back this story.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:24:06 +0000 Myke Johns 60409 at http://wabe.org Improvising Opera with Dad's Garage Events: Atlanta Street Food, The Baseball Project & More http://wabe.org/post/events-atlanta-street-food-baseball-project-more <p>The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, &nbsp;and he starts&nbsp;with&nbsp;an event that has the food lover in mind.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><a href="http://atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=56014">Atlanta Street Food Festival</a></p><p><a href="http://www.badearl.com/events/2785/The-Baseball-Project">The Baseball Project at The EARL</a></p><p><a href="http://www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott">Daytrip to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center</a></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60329 at http://wabe.org Events: Atlanta Street Food, The Baseball Project & More "A Little More Fearless" - Classical Musicians Think Like Rock Musicians http://wabe.org/post/little-more-fearless-classical-musicians-think-rock-musicians <p><a href="http://thestrad.com/latest/blogs/classical-musicians-should-think-more-like-a-rock-band" style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent article in The Strad</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a magazine geared toward classical string musicians, bore the title “Classical Musicians Should Think More Like a Rock Band.” It’s a provocative idea, and here in Atlanta, it’s something that quite a few groups have been practicing for years—you are, for instance, just as likely to see an ensemble like </span><a href="http://www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Sonic Generator</a><s Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:36:21 +0000 Myke Johns 60278 at http://wabe.org "A Little More Fearless" - Classical Musicians Think Like Rock Musicians Sagal Radio Continues to Bring News to Refugees http://wabe.org/post/sagal-radio-continues-bring-news-refugees <p>The city of Clarkston has been home to thousands of refugees in recent decades, from countries including Bhutan, Somalia, and Burma. And though many are far from where they’re from, a small community radio station, called <a href="http://www.sagalradio.org/">Sagal Radio</a>, has been bringing a sense of home through its low-powered AM station. The station has been broadcasting for more than 15 years, but was recently dealt with a setback. Reporter Elly Yu has this story.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Elly Yu 60235 at http://wabe.org Sagal Radio Continues to Bring News to Refugees An Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain in Hapeville http://wabe.org/post/old-fashioned-soda-fountain-hapeville <p>In the first part of the twentieth century, the soda fountain could be found in drug stores across America. However, with the rise of the vending machine and pharmacy chains, soda fountains began to disappear. While are very few working fountains these days, &nbsp;there is a drug store in Hapeville that's had one for almost 100 years. We visited Chapman Drug Company to find out more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 60165 at http://wabe.org An Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain in Hapeville Author Events: Barbara Brown Taylor, Chris Colfer & More http://wabe.org/post/author-events-barbara-brown-taylor-chris-colfer-more <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s literary events, and starts with</span><span style="line-hei Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Eric Durban & Dylan Fagan 60142 at http://wabe.org Author Events: Barbara Brown Taylor, Chris Colfer & More Events: 4th of July, Art and a Daytrip http://wabe.org/post/events-4th-july-art-and-daytrip <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, &nbsp;and he starts by talking about a couple of independence day events.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.kennesawjuly3.com/">Kennesaw's Salute to America</a></p><p><a href="http://atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=56519">Salvador Dali: Trilogy of Love</a></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Eric Durban 59631 at http://wabe.org Events: 4th of July, Art and a Daytrip Hummingbirds - Audio Slideshow http://wabe.org/post/hummingbirds-audio-slideshow <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hummingbirds are seasonal in Georgia, and they usually make their first appearances here in early March. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Woodstock, Georgia resident Betsy </span>Hegerty<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has a love for the birds which is quite evident. She’s set up a dozen or so feeders around her home. </span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:12:13 +0000 David Barasoain & Dylan Fagan 59983 at http://wabe.org Hummingbirds - Audio Slideshow On This Date in 1864: Diary of Samuel Pearce Richards http://wabe.org/post/date-1864-diary-samuel-pearce-richards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer marks the </span>150<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the Civil War’s Atlanta campaign, which marked the war’s final turning point. To commemorate it, </span>WABE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> today begins a new series.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 59945 at http://wabe.org On This Date in 1864: Diary of Samuel Pearce Richards Are Atlantans Happy? http://wabe.org/post/are-atlantans-happy <p>When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence more than 200 years ago, he wrote that all people enjoyed certain fundamental rights, including “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”</p><p>But while our founding fathers guaranteed us a right to pursue happiness, they didn’t give us any directions for finding it.&nbsp;</p><p>So as we approach the Fourth of July, we reflect on what the pursuit of happiness means to people today, asking Atlantans this question – Are you happy?&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Jenny Ament 59872 at http://wabe.org Are Atlantans Happy? Randall Balmer on Jimmy Carter's Evangelism http://wabe.org/post/randall-balmer-jimmy-carters-evangelism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Jimmy Carter was known to have struggled during his time in the White House, serving only one term as our </span>39<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Commander-in-Chief. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:06:00 +0000 John Lemley & Myke Johns 59864 at http://wabe.org Randall Balmer on Jimmy Carter's Evangelism StoryCorps: Ian and Carlos Moreno http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-ian-and-carlos-moreno <p>Ian Moreno recently graduated from high school and is about to enter college at Georgia Tech. In the StoryCorps booth, Ian spoke with his father Carlos about what this transition means as both a son and a student. Carlos began by asking him about his planned field of study.</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps&nbsp;booth.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 59802 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Ian and Carlos Moreno