Arts

Comedy
12:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Comedian David Koechner Brings his Characters to Atlanta Improv

Lois Reitzes and David Koechner in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

David Koechner may not be a household name, but his face – or better yet, his characters – certainly are. He's the actor behind Champ Kind, the chauvinist sportscaster in the "Anchorman" movies, and Todd Packer, the boorish brute to Steve Carell's bumbling nice guy Michael Scott from NBC's "The Office." Our own Anchorlady, Lois Reitzes, spoke with Koechner about his craft, and his comedy.   

David Koechner performs Thursday through Saturday night at Buckhead's Atlanta Improv Comedy Club.

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Photography
12:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gordon Parks' Photographs Tell a 'Segregation Story' at The High

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.
Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

A new photography exhibition opened at the High Museum of Art this week. It’s called Segregation Story, and the photos are by Gordon Parks. He was the first African-American staff photographer for Life Magazine in the early 1950’s. At the time, Life was read by over 20 million people, and they regularly covered the day’s social issues.

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Books
12:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

From Flop To Famous: Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan On Transformation Of 'Gatsby'

Corrigan's book investigates "[t]he Great American novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Maureen Corrigan appears at the Georgia Center for the Book Thursday, November 20 at 7:15 pm.
Credit Little, Brown and Company

 In all likelihood, you were assigned the celebrated classic The Great Gatsby in a high school English class. The F. Scott Fitzgerald book is often referred to as the great American novel.  

So, how did this story—of a young Midwestern man who falls in with a group of jazz-age partiers, including the mysterious Jay Gatsby—become so revered, especially after experiencing dizzying critical and commercial failure when it was first published in 1925?

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Art
12:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Shinobi Marilyn Purchased by High Museum

Artist Ashley Anderson at the Emily Amy Gallery in 2012
Myke Johns WABE

Atlanta-based artist Ashley Anderson announced this morning through his Facebook page that he has sold three pieces of artwork to the High Museum of Art. That work comes from a series the artist first showed in 2012 called "Shinobi Marilyn," and consists of variations on Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, pixelated, as if in a video game.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

AJC Events: Mindy Smith, Audubon Bird Walk & More

The Audubon Bird Walk will take place this weekend.
Credit Dylan Fagan / WABE

Please join us for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. 

This time around, we began our conversation by talking about singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. She'll be performing her one of her albums in its entirety tomorrow. 

 

WEB EXTRA: John and Shane discuss Christmas lights displays around the area.   

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Art Around Town
2:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cultural Groups, Fulton Commissioners Talk Art And Money

(L-R) Lee Morris, Marvin Arrington, Jr; John Eaves, Joan Garner; Maria Saporta, Fahamu Pecou, Chris Appleton, Virginia Hepner, Lisa Adler, Gail Hisle
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

2014 has been a messy year for arts funding in Fulton County, which has traditionally been one of the strongest counties in terms of arts support in the state of Georgia.

Last night, an informal, moderated meeting between arts groups and County commissioners convened at Woodruff Arts Center to try to sweep the mess of 2014 away and discuss ways to move forward in cooperation.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney was at that conversation, and talks here with host John Lemley about what it accomplished.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Author Events: Ron Rash, Maureen Corrigan & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to tell us about upcoming literary events in Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Ron Rash, Maureen Corrigan and Christina Stevens. 

Miss anything?

Ron Rash will be at the Margaret Mitchell House tonight discussing his latest release, "Something Rich And Strange." Learn more here

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Arts
9:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lois Reitzes on the Exciting Changes at WABE

From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

AJC Events: Jenny Lewis, Renaissance Festival and More

Jenny Lewis performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Credit Jack Plunkett / Invision/Associated Press

  Join us as the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Shane Harrison speaks with host John Lemley about the week in budget friendly events. Even with Halloween at your back and Thanksgiving on the horizon, the Center for Puppetry Arts is kicking off its holiday season with 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.'

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center For Puppetry Arts

Jenny Lewis at The Buckhead Theatre

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Comedy
1:27 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Comedian Wyatt Cenac On His Career, The Art Of Stand-Up, And Puppets

Wyatt Cenac at One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute To Don Rickles in New York.
Credit Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press

You may know comedian Wyatt Cenac for his time as a correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Cenac was on the show from 2008 to 2012. He is also a stand-up comedian, and he has a new Netflix special called Brooklyn.

He’ll be performing  at the Laughing Skull lounge this weekend. Cenac recently spoke with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about the art of stand-up and his career trajectory.

Web Extra: Wyatt Cenac on his love of puppetry and his visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts. 

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Atlanta's Literary Scene
9:53 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Teen Poet Explores Race, Misconceptions

Cameron Wiley at WABE
Credit Carla Wiley

The shooting of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this year provoked a firestorm of protests and debates across the country.

For 18-year-old high school student Cameron Wiley, it sparked reflection on events in his own life. It also moved the Marist High School senior, who is himself an African-American, to write a poem, even though, he says, he would never ordinarily identify himself as a poet. He visited our studios to read "I Am What I Am."

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City Café
1:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Judith Ivey on Steel Magnolias, the Universal Southern Story

Photo of Zoë Winters (from left), Mary Pat Gleason, Sarah Stiles, Beth Broderick, Deirdre Lovejoy, and Becky Ann Baker in the Alliance Theatre’s 2014/15 production of Steel Magnolias.
Greg Mooney Alliance Theatre

Atlanta's own Alliance Theatre is currently home to a revival of a new American classic — Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias." 

The play first opened in 1987 to nearly immediate success. Only two years later, Hollywood released its first film adaptation.

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Page-Turners
12:20 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Three Page-Turners...from Jim Stacy

Jim Stacy with Lois Reitzes.
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

  Corn dogs, milkshakes, and, of course, books.

Many Atlantans know Jim Stacy for his vociferous passion for the first two of the above, but it turns out that the owner of the corn-dog restaurant and food truck Palookaville, is also a ravenous reader.

Here, the red-bearded, tattooed host of PBA-30’s Get Delicious! talks monsters, chocolate and vinegar-soaked Southern Gothicism with WABE’s Lois Reitzes, starting with the tale of a boy who goes on a very strange adventure—or actually, two such tales.

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Spooky Cooking
12:15 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

"Master of Menace" A Lover Of Cuisine

Actor, art collector and cookbook author Vincent Price.
Credit Courtesy of Victoria Price

Vincent Price, sometimes called the "Master of Menace," is well-known for being a little bit spooky. While he first reached widespread popularity as an actor for his roles in creepy classics like The House On Haunted Hill (1959) or The Fly (1958), later generations may know him best for his haunting voice in Michael Jackson's Thriller.

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Movies
8:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Terrifying terrorramas so scary you'll need a nurse on standby! Bob Mondello says the 1993 film Matinee brought back memories of his days writing Halloween horror ad copy for a movie theater chain.
Courtesy of Universal/The Kobal CollectionTION

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:42 am

Halloween's rolled around again and yeah, yeah, it's a dark and stormy night. The road's washed out, phone's gone dead, the mystic's reading her Ouija board, and zombies are popping through doorways left open by a demented kewpie doll.

Been there. Seen that. Got the T-shirt.

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The High Museum
2:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

High Museum Director to Retire

MIchael Shapiro.
Credit The High Museum

The director of the High Museum of Art has announced his retirement.  Michael Shapiro has been working with the High's leadership team for the past 20 years, and as the High's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director for the past 15 years.

His official last day will be July 31, 2015. He sat down with WABE's Lois Reitzes to talk about his departure.  She began by asking him, "Why now?"

Transcript:

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Arts
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

City Cafe on Atlanta Celebrates Photography and The Bitter Southerner

  Every October, the city welcomes Atlanta Celebrates Photography - or ACP, as it is often called. To find out more about the festival, City Cafe host John Lemley recently sat down with Public Broadcasting Atlanta's Jason Parker.

Jason interviewed The Bitter Southerner’s Creative Director, Dave Whitling about their ACP event that's coming up this Friday. They started off by discussing what Atlanta Celebrates photography is all about.

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Books
3:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Value of Scarcity - Shopping at a Rare Book Showcase

Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Dan Raby WABE

On August 14, A Cappella Books hosted a rare books showcase—bringing together three rare and antiquarian book sellers to put some of their collections on display. The event listing on A Cappella’s web site stated that the guest dealers would have “items priced from 25 dollars to 25 thousand dollars.” WABE’s Myke Johns dropped in on the showcase to get a look at not only these incredibly valuable items, but at who spends thousands of dollars on a book.

  This story originally aired August 15, 2014

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Monkey See
7:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in Clouds of Sils Maria, a film about a world-famous actress who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous.
Courtesy of IFC Films

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:05 pm

Bilal Qureshi has covered the Toronto International Film Festival for several years and, back in Washington, works for All Things Considered.

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Art
12:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elevate Puts Art in the Dumpster

Crystal Dumpster by David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez
Goat Farm Dumpster Project

The Goat Farm is putting art in the trash…sort of. The art center is curating a project called Dumpsters. 20 Atlanta artists have been given big metal trash receptacles—as the title would suggest—to create a work of public art. It’s part of this year’s Elevate, the Office of Cultural Affairs’ week-long public art event. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with some of the artists involved and has the story.

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Arts
5:51 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Artists Could Crash Controversial Krog Tunnel Masquerade

Some local artists plan to "white-wash" the Krog Street Tunnel to show their displeasure with a planned masquerade, which will close the thoroughfare Oct. 25th.
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Northeast Atlanta’s Krog Street Tunnel is an ever-changing tapestry of graffiti — as much urban art installment as traffic and pedestrian thoroughfare.

In a few weeks, the iconic tunnel will close for part of the weekend to host for the first time what promoters call a European-like masquerade.

Renyoldstown resident Greg Frayser said the closure is inconvenient, but he’s more concerned with how promoters approached the Oct. 25th masquerade.

“The event was sold as having the full support of the community, and that clearly is not the case,” he said.

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Arts
7:01 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Georgia Shakespeare Shutting Down

Financial woes force Georgia Shakespeare to shut down.
Credit GeorgiaShakespeare.org

Parting really is such sweet sorrow.

Georgia Shakespeare is shutting down.

According to a statement posted on the theater troupe’s website, financial woes forced the company to cease operations.

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Art Around Town
12:45 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

History in the Trees: A Tour of the Doll’s Head Trail

On the Doll's Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park
Dan Raby WABE

  We Atlanta residents may suffer an unusual sort of fatigue.

Living in a place known for continually re-making itself, and for forgetting its own history, many of us almost tire from hearing repeated claims of the "discovery" of "little-known" pieces of that history. I mean, how much forgotten history can there be?

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Arts
5:30 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Economics Of The Symphony: Why Do So Many Struggle?

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra remain locked out in a labor dispute, unable to reach an agreement with management for the second time in two years.

But what’s happening isn’t unique to Atlanta. Orchestras in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Louisville and Nashville have faced contract and budget issues, too.

So why does this keep happening?

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Arts
2:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

ASO Concert Cancellations: Conversations with Both Sides

Dr. Stanley Romanstein (left), President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Joel Dallow (right), member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association committee and a cellist with the ASO.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

  On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced it was calling off its season-opening concert, set for September 25, and all other concerts through November 8, 2014.  The orchestra and its musicians have been unable to reach a contract agreement, and the musicians have been locked out since the expiration of their previous contract on September 6.

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Atlanta
12:45 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Romance Alive and Well at Ballroom Club for Seniors

Two dancers jitterbugging at the August Foxtrotters dance
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

It’s National Ballroom Dance week, a nice time to consider that old idea of romance taking flight on the dance floor. The spark ignited by jitterbugs and tangos is crystal-clear at one local ballroom dance club for the 55-and-over set.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney spent a recent Friday night at a dance put on by The Foxtrotters Club at East Cobb Senior Center, where she says she met so many couples who met their sweethearts while dancing, she lost count. She brought back this sound portrait.

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Art Around Town
12:32 pm
Wed September 24, 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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Arts
6:39 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Saving the Fox: A Celebration!

Fox Theatre President and CEO Allan Vella.

  There was a time in this fair city when our most beloved landmark was in danger of demolition.  That was 1974.  

Now, forty years later the Fox Theatre is thriving--a storied and successful evolution worth celebrating.  Recently, Allan Vella, President and CEO of the Fox Theatre, spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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City Café
12:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Save the Fox Campaign Member on 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Fox Theater
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre. In 1974, the iconic downtown movie house was in disrepair and was sold to Southern Bell with the intention of demolishing it to build a parking lot.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lit'cast: Kate Sweeney - "The Pain Study"

Kate Sweeney reading at the Highland Ballroom for Creative Loafing's Fiction Contest Party
Credit Dustin Chambers

This week’s story comes from American Afterlife author Kate Sweeney. In January, Kate placed 2nd in Creative Loafing’s annual fiction contest—every fall, the paper gives writers a theme and offers cash prizes for their work. This year the theme was “Race.” Winners were invited to read their work at a party at the Highland Ballroom, where Sweeney read her story, “The Pain Study.”

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