Emory University has been celebrating “Tibet Week,” a program of the Emory-Tibet Partnership which aims to bring together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions. One of the features of the week has been an ongoing art project in which monks paint a mandala using colored sand.
Producer Jenny Ament spoke with the monks and with Kari Leibowitz, the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership, about this intricate work which will be swept away once it is completed.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is in the final week of an exhibition that breaks art back down to one of its formal elements. It’s called “Coloring.” WABE’s Myke Johns visited some of the artists involved as the work was still going up on the walls.
Now in its fourteenth year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival brings together cinema from across the world. Sixty-five films exploring Jewish life, culture and history will be shown over the course of the 23-day festival, beginning Jan. 29.
WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with the festival's programming co-chair Michael Bernstein to discuss what to expect from this year's celebration of Jewish cinema.
Every year, Atlanta’s theater community comes together for the Suzi Bass Awards. The ceremony recognizes outstanding work in live theatre with awards for Direction, Choreography, Design, Acting and many more categories. Think about it as the Tony Awards for Atlanta. This weekend, for the first time, television audiences can follow the action down the red carpet as PBA30 will be broadcasting this year’s “Suzis,” which took place in November.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes, fiction reads startlingly like truth.
That's the theme in this Page-Turners discussion between WABE's Steve Goss and author and Atlanta magazine deputy editor Rebecca Burns. Rebecca has written several nonfiction works about Atlanta history—most recently, the book Burial for a King, about the funeral of Martin Luther King, Junior.
When Jamie Barton last visited WABE, she was preparing for, as she called it, “The Olympics of Opera.” It's more formally known as the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Barton went on to win both the Song Prize and the entire competition. It's thrilling to win, but what happens next?
Not all art is created to be hung on a wall—in the case of artist Jerry Pinkney, his watercolors have illustrated children’s books, National Park Service projects, National Geographic and earned him the Caldecott Medal in the course of his 50 year career. Now a retrospective of his work has made it onto the walls of the High Museum and WABE’s Myke Johns visited the gallery with the artist to take a look at Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney.
On Thursday, Nov. 7, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular--starring the Rockettes--begins a 17-day engagement at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The Rockettes have been performing in New York City since 1933; the 'Christmas Spectacular' has been touring outside New York for 19 years. Earlier, Rockettes Alina Duncan and Joanna Richardson talked with WABE's Steve Goss about their craft...
For many Atlantans who live or work in town, the prelude to the weekend is the long drive home. The ASO has a new solution for those who would rather start the weekend with music, food and drinks instead. WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with ASO cellist Jennifer Humphreys and asked her what audiences can expect from the “First Friday” series at Woodruff Arts Center.
BURNAWAY: INTERIOR (2013), published August 2013 by BURNAWAY Magazine, Atlanta. 44 pages, full color with perfect bound cover, 7 x 10 inches, Edition of 500, with limited edition print of 50 by Ben Roosevelt.
Imagine this; a fire captain struggles to write the eulogies for the 8 men he lost in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. He’s being assisted by a lone reporter. That intimate story is the basis of Theatrical Outfit’s current production, ‘The Guys.’ The show, which is based on a true story, stars Jasmine Guy playing the role of the reporter opposite Brian Kurlander, who plays the fire captain. Jasmine and director Elisa Carlson recently stopped by to share some of their thoughts on the play.
Patients and employees at Grady Memorial Hospital got a sample of what the musical production of STOMP is like as they watched cast members perform at the hospital Thursday. The brief musical and theatrical numbers came ahead of Thursday night's opening of STOMP at the Fox Theatre.
You may have noticed new murals Atlanta. They’re part of the Living Walls street art conference. With the city’s permission the group brings artists from around the world to paint walls and even entire buildings.
Officials with the Atlanta based National Black Arts Festival say they’ve raised seven hundred thousand of their one million dollar goal for this season. Aleck Ragsdale spoke with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed over the weekend about what this festival means for the city.
In this Atlanta Sounds audio slideshow, we meet Kerin Reed, a long-time elementary school orchestra director. Reed says her favorite part of the job is watching her students mature on the instruments. She seems especially proud when she finds out that some of them have gone on to play professionally.
Tonight student musicians from the Atlanta area, including members of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Talent Development Program, will perform a Side-By-Side concert with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
And there’s a very special guest also in the mix.
All 320 lbs. of Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Justin Blalock will join in on this year’s Side-By-Side concert.
Last year Blalock was a guest conductor.
The Dallas, Texas native admits his love for music and specifically the tuba is just as big as playing football.
The annual National Black Arts Festival is months away, but it’s not clear if the organization will have an executive director in place. For the third time in four years, the organization is once again looking for leadership.
In May of 2009, WABE interviewed Neil Barclay. He had just been introduced as the new executive director of the National Black Arts Festival. Barclay was replacing longtime executive producer Stephanie Hughley.
He talked about the challenges of a large arts organization like NABF.
For centuries now, millennia in fact, people have been inventing new ways to share art with others. Jennifer Schwartz is the owner of an Atlanta fine art photography gallery, and she’s come up with an innovative way to connect artists with would-be collectors. She stopped by our studios to talk about it with WABE’s Steve Goss.
Downtown Atlanta will come alive on Friday night with the formal start of 'Elevate,' a free, public art event spread across downtown. Over nine days, local, national and international contemporary artists will transform downtown streets into a living art experience, with everything from mixed-media installations, to music, to graffiti artists, to an all-out street party.
Over the weekend, the downtown Atlanta neighborhood of Castleberry Hill hosted its third annual Flux Night. Flux is a public arts event featuring light and sound installations, dance performances, gallery exhibits and more. Aleck Ragsdale has this report.