Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 7

Cory Byrom, host of The Iceberg storytelling series at Red Light Cafe
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This week: A story from Carapace host Lance Colley about nearly losing your soul at a car dealership, plus a week’s worth of live lit events, storytelling series, book signings and the whole gumbo of good stuff that is the Atlanta literary scene.

Lance’s story was recorded live at the Iceberg storytelling series.

Atlanta Literary Events, July 19-25

Saturday, July 19

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 6

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast,  a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like, highlighting a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene. Plus, a story from Theresa Davis about coming out to your loved ones and the nature of “like” versus “like like,” and a poem by Bruce Covey.

Theresa Davis' story contains some adult language and situations.

Bruce Covey’s poem “Whole” originally appeared in Jellyfish Magazine


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1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath

The students of 2012's Collision Project at the Alliance Theater
Credit Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project 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.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
12:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 5

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: A look ahead at a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like. Also, a story recorded at the True Story! reading series from Rachael Maddux about finding your first love at the circus. Maddux is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Oxford American, Slate, The Believer and elsewhere.

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12:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Washing Your Hair in a Truck Stop Sink

Laura Relyea

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Laura Relyea is Editor and Vicereine at Vouched Books, which reviews and distributes small press publications.

Before doing that, though, Relyea toured the country as a member of a folk band. As with many independent musicians, they relied on audience members for a guest room, a couch, or a floor to sleep on.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
5:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 4

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: It remains, as ever, a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops, open mics and more. Plus, a story from Johnny Drago, playwright of “Trash” and “Kiss of the Vampire,” a MINT Leap Year artist, and first place winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Fiction Contest.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
11:12 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 3

This week in WABE’s Lit’cast: A story from Carleigh Knight and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, and all that good stuff which is making Atlanta a bustling hub of creativity.

Atlanta Literary Events, June 22-30

Sunday, June 22

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Atlanta Literary Events
10:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Lit'cast events, June 15-21

A list of upcoming literary events around Atlanta.

Mon., June 16

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
9:23 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Lit'Cast, Episode 2

This is WABE’s Lit’cast, a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s live-literature and storytelling scene hosted by WABE’s Myke Johns.

This week: A story from Chris Alonzo recorded at the Naked City reading series and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops and all that good stuff which is making the Atlanta metro an exciting and fertile environment for writers and fans of the written word. Plus, a poem by Carrollton-based writer and teacher Matthew Sherling.

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Art Around Town
12:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Building Regionalism Through...Photography?

A previous year's "My Atlanta" exhibit at Piedmont Park Community Center
Credit Atlanta Celebrates Photography

  For eleven years, the nonprofit group Atlanta Celebrates Photography has put on a festival that’s grown to be one of the largest in the United States.

For one exhibit, the group annually puts out the call both to amateurs and professionals to submit photographs representing their impressions of life in Atlanta. The “My Atlanta” exhibit has rarely been themed—but this year, they're doing something different.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
11:33 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 1

This is WABE’s Lit’cast… a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s live-literature and storytelling scene, hosted by Myke Johns.

This week, we’ll hear a story recorded live at Manuel’s Tavern and we’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at the Carapace storytelling series…

Atlanta Literary Events, June 7-14

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6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Free Piedmont Park Concert Series Begins

Xavier Foley is currently perusing a Bachelors of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play three free concerts in Piedmont Park this month.

It’s become an annual event as the ASO partners with the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, if you want to get those free tickets…time is of the essence.

The clock is ticking.

In this case your computer or tablet clock.

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8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: A Portion of Her 2004 "Between the Lines" Interview with Valerie Jackson

Dr. Maya Angelou, addressing the 1992 graduating class at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Credit Spelman College

  Poet, author, activist, and actress Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86.  Dr. Angelou had deep ties to Atlanta, among other places.  In April, 2004, she sat down with Valerie Jackson for an interview for the WABE program, "Between the Lines."  In this segment, Dr. Angelou talked about how she emerged from her grief over the assassinations of her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., by summoning the spirit that infuses one of her best-known poems, "Still I Rise."  (In the expanded version, you can hear Dr. Angelou recite "Still I Rise.")

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11:04 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Atlanta's Kenny Leon Talks Tony Nominations with Lois Reitzes

Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is nominated in the best director category for the 2014 Tony Awards for A Raisin in the Sun.
Credit Tony Awards

A real treat for listeners during this morning's WABE 90.1 FM pledge drive, Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is having a very good week and he took time to speak live with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about his Tony Award nomination for best director of A Raisin in the Sun.

Leon is the co-founder of Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company.

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12:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Impermanence - Painting With Sand at Emory

Monks working on the mandala during Emory University's Tibet Week
Katie King WABE

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. 

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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
12:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bringing Coloring to the Contemporary

Paul Stephen Benjamin in his studio at the Contemporary
Myke Johns WABE

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.

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
12:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Celebrating The Jewish Experience Through Film

Credit Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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.

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1:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

High Museum Says Goodbye to Calder Sculpture

'Three Up, Three Down' leaves the lawn of the High Museum of Art after more than 25 years.
Katie King WABE

If you walk down Peachtree Street in Midtown this weekend, you might have a sense that something is missing when you stroll by the Woodruff Arts Center.

You’re not imagining things. A sculpture by Alexander Calder that’s been an artistic landmark for more than 25 years is leaving town.  WABE’s Kate Sweeney has more.

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12:23 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Celebrating the Outstanding at the Suzi Bass Awards

Credit WABE

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.

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4:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Three Page-Turners...from Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns with her Page-Turner picks
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

 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.

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Second Cup Concert
11:10 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jamie Barton on Winning Cardiff, the Met, and What's Next

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (right) visits WABE with classical host Lois Reitzes.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

 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? 

Georgia native mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will perform this Sunday afternoon at 3 at Spivey Hall

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High Museum
12:06 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Visual Storytelling - Jerry Pinkney at the High

Grrr (Lion Picks Up Mouse) Illustration from The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney, 2009.
©2009 Jerry Pinkney Studio. All rights reserved.

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.

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8:39 am
Mon November 4, 2013

The Joys and Challenges of Being a Rockette

Joanna Richardson (left); Steve Goss (center); Alina Duncan (right)
Credit Barkley Russell

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... 

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Second Cup Concert
11:55 am
Fri November 1, 2013

ASO Launches "First Friday" Concert Series

ASO cellist Jennifer Humphreys (left) with WABE's Lois Reitzes
Credit Erin Wright / Lois Reitzes

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.

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Second Cup Concert
12:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Jacques Martial to Perform at Rialto

Jacques Martial performing 'Notebook of a Return to the Native Land.'
Credit James Hercule / Martinique Promotion Bureau

Jacques Martial, known in France as an actor and leader of the arts, visits Atlanta for two special – and free – events.

On October 24, Martial presents his one-man stage adaptation of "Notebook of a Return to the Native Land."

On the morning of October 25, Martial will give a public lecture about the links between culture and place titled "La Villette: Culture and Urban Territory."

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12:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

“This Book Is Not a Book” – Burnaway Goes To Print

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.
Credit Rachel Reese /

Burnaway is an organization dedicated to covering Atlanta’s visual arts scene.

Begun in 2008, their essays, interviews with artists, and critiques were posted to the web on

But last month, they entered the realm of physical media with the publication called “Interior,” and as it turns out, Burnaway wasn’t content to simply put out a facsimile of their website.

WABE’s Myke Johns spoke to former editor Rachel Reese, who helped put the first of the annual editions together, and has this story.

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Theatrical Outfit
1:52 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Jasmine Guy Talks 'The Guys'

Credit Theatrical Outfit

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.

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5:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

STOMP Performers Play for Grady Hospital Patients

Stomp performers drum on unconventional instruments like trash cans, an ice bucket and metal food trays.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

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.

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1:51 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Fulton Blocks Cut to Arts Funding

Credit Fulton County

Fulton County grant funding for arts programs will stay intact.

The county commission Wednesday rejected a plan to cut arts grants by about a million dollars.

Dozens of arts groups lobbied against the proposed cut. Horizon Theatre Company Marketing Manager Kristen Gwock Silton said without arts, governments lose tax revenues, and cities lose culture.

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6:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Living Walls Arts Conference Continues to Grow

3ttman on Georgia Ave.
Aleck Ragsdale WABE

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. 

Aleck Ragsdale reports on Living Walls’ four year growth.

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