12:26 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

'Sister Uses Her Head' Read In Tribute To Author Eudora Welty

Veronika Duerr reads Wednesday at the release party for "The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader" at the Goat Farm Art Center.
Credit Myke Johns


On Wednesday night, artists and writers from around the Southeast paid tribute to author Eudora Welty.

They gathered at the Goat Farm Arts Center to celebrate the release of "The Eudora Welty Portrait Reader," a publication that includes illustrations of the writer by 20 artists along with writing inspired by what former President Jimmy Carter called Welty's "strong sense of place and triumphant comic spirit." 

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11:13 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Zine That Rocked The Atlanta Zine Fest’s Founder’s World

Atlanta Zine Festival founder Amanda Mills sits with a number of zines. This year's Atlanta Zine Festival is July 18.
Credit Katie Bush

Zines are basically do-it-yourself magazines. Today, they come in a wide variety of genres and visual styles. But in the early 1990s, a rough-hewn version of the form was made popular by feminism’s punk rock Riot Grrl movement.

It was one of those early zines, making its way around the nation via photocopy after faded photocopy, that came into the hands of a young Amanda Mills and changed her life.

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4:34 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Atlanta Named New Home For Multicultural Ballet Company

The New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet company will be moving to Atlanta.
Credit Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP Photo


One of the best-known contemporary ballet outfits in the country will be relocating to Atlanta.

ARTSAtl reported Wednesday that the Complexions Contemporary Ballet will have its first season in Atlanta in the spring of 2016.

ARTSAtl also reported that talks are underway for the company to lease space at the Woodruff Arts Center, and that a fundraising concert will take place in October at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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City Lights
2:25 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Atlanta Director Films 'The Greatest Bar Story Ever Told'

Atlanta filmmaker Marcus Rosentrater claps the clapperboard on the set of "Limo Ride," his and Gideon Kennedy's documentary that uses recreations to tell "the greatest bar story ever told."
Credit Daniel Crocetti

Marcus Rosentrater’s documentary film “Limo Ride” is not for the faint of heart.

It documents a group of friends' raucous New Year’s Eve, where they hire a limo to do a polar bear dip in Mobile, Alabama.

Two shady characters drive the unregistered limo, however, and, amidst debauchery and tomfoolery, the friends find themselves stranded after a series of troublesome shenanigans.

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Collective Unconscious Desk
10:10 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Atlanta Agency Wants Your Dream Donations

The Dream Collection Agency is an Atlanta-based art project and social experiment that invites people to pay them a visit, or give them a call, and share their dreams for posterity.
Kate Sweeney WABE

 What if there were an organization devoted to collecting your dreams?

And what if they also created virtual reality experiences from them, so your friends and neighbors could experience them, too?

Well, there is such an organization.

The Dream Collection Agency is an Atlanta-based art project and social experiment that invites people to pay them a visit, or give them a call, and share their dreams for posterity. They've collected hundreds of dreams from people all over the world.

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City Lights
4:51 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Atlanta Duo's Rock Musical Set For New York Festival Stage

Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Jessica De Maria will be debuting "The Last Time We Were Here" in New York in late July.
Credit Kevin Harry


While taking a college playwriting class, Jeremiah Parker Hobbs wanted to find a creative approach that went beyond a traditional stage production.

After several years of working out the plot and fleshing out the tunes for a folk-rock musical, the Actor’s Express headliner last year showed what he had to singer and Atlanta actress Jessica De Maria.

A couple days later, as he explained on “City Lights,” she had half of it marked up and was bursting with her own ideas in the margins.

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City Lights
2:28 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Silicon Valley Murder Tale Is ‘Perfect Summer Mystery’

Alice LaPlante constructs an elaborate murder plot in "A Circle of Wives."
Credit Gregory Wake /


A plastic surgeon is found dead in Palo Alto, California, supposedly of a heart attack.

In a “A Circle of Wives,” published last year, author Alice LaPlante unfolds a plot behind what’s actually his murder, and it’s an intricate one.

“City Lights” contributor Michele Ross says the motive is “a doozy. Make that three doozies.”

In her review of the paperback version of “A Circle of Wives,” Ross says LaPlante’s ending may “have you pondering the nature of love as you reapply that sunscreen.”

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City Lights
12:22 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Atlanta Artist Bethany Collins Wins $50,000 Hudgens Prize

Bethany Collins is the winner of the third Hudgens Prize.
Credit Stephanie Lennox / WABE

Atlanta-based artist Bethany Collins is the recipient of the 2015 Hudgens Prize.

The award, now in its third year, is intended to elevate the visual arts in Georgia. Winners receive a $50,000 cash award and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition. 

"My work very much concerns issues of race and identity and language, and the inability of language to actually speak to those former two topics," Collins explained.

"How much can language capture about race and identity?"

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10:31 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Sculptor Chosen For MLK Statue At Georgia Capitol

Andy Davis has been selected to make the statue that will stand in the northeast quadrant of the Capitol grounds.
Credit Ken Lund /


Gov. Nathan Deal says the state has selected a sculptor to create a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that will stand on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol.

The governor's office said Monday that Andy Davis, who is based in Henry County, has been selected to make the statue that will stand in the northeast quadrant of the Capitol grounds overlooking the newly built Liberty Plaza.

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Documenting Atlanta History
10:06 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Photos Document Five-Year Transformation of Ponce City Market

Demolition equipment looked tiny in the giant halls of the building that would become Ponce City Market.
Blake Burton

  Blake Burton took these photographs of the crumbling old City Hall East building during its five-year transformation into Ponce City Market, the bright and shiny Midtown development viewed by many in Atlanta and beyond as a standard-bearer of a construction that successfully merged the ideals of preservation and sleek design.

When Burton first started snapping these photos, he was fresh out of architecture school and overseeing the cleanup of City Hall East as Atlanta prepared to sell it to developer Jamestown Properties.

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City Lights
2:52 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Atlanta Artist Mike Stasny Turns Debris Into Creatures

Local artist Mike Stasny builds monsters from debris. This is his “K(no)w Monster.”
Credit Courtesy of Mike Stasny

Atlanta artist and musician Mike Stasny has made monsters out of furniture and has turned a gallery into a bar.

“So my grandfather was a taxidermist, so when I was growing up playing with Legos and other things, I would play with his unfinished taxidermy projects,” he said. 

That gruesome and skeletal influence of the unfinished taxidermy animals can be seen in his monster sculptures, which are made out of whatever materials are available.

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City Lights
12:58 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

GSU Develops New Institute To Turn Creativity Into Careers

Georgia State University will open its new building for the Creative Media Industries Institute in the fall of 2016.
Credit Courtesy of David Cheshier

Gov. Nathan Deal recently announced a new initiative to train students in Georgia’s university system for working in the film industry.

Georgia State University, however, has already begun preparing students for the changing world of media. It’s developing programs of study under its new Creative Media Industries Institute. 

The university is offering two new programs of study this upcoming fall – one in media entrepreneurship and the other in game design and development.

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Where Cinema and Science Collide
12:25 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Separating The Dinosaur Fact From Dinosaur Fiction

If you’ve ever wanted to get your questions answered about real dinosaurs, you have a chance this Friday night at Fernbank.
Credit Dave Catchpole /

"Jurassic World" has stomped its summer competition, grossing more than a $1 billion at the box office. 

And if you’ve ever wanted to get your questions answered about real dinosaurs, you have a chance this Friday night. That’s when Fernbank Museum of Natural History is screening the original "Jurassic Park," followed by an audience Q-and-A with a real paleontologist.

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10:49 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Urban Blanket In Tech Square Encourages Social Interaction

The Urban Blanket was designed by Kennesaw State University professor Gernot Riether and 20 of his design students. It's located on Fifth Street in Midtown Atlanta.
Alison Guillory WABE

It's burning hot in Atlanta lately, but students at Kennesaw State University want people to sit and socialize on a blanket in Midtown. 

The "Urban Blanket" is a large, white, wavy structure in Tech Square. Samantha Johnson passes it every day. 

"The white thing in the middle? I thought it was like a piece of art, so I didn't think I was supposed to sit on it, or sleep on it," Johnson said. 

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10:24 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Burnaway Columnist Helps Atlanta Frame Artwork The Right Way

Sara Estes: ''If you don't know something could be done better, then you can't fix it.''
Credit Lisa Dunn

You go to an art gallery or festival, fall in love with a painting or photograph, and make the big decision to buy it.

But this is not the end of the story. It turns out that choosing the proper frame can actually make or break your experience of your beautiful new artwork.

WABE scored some tips for doing it right from Nashville-based art curator Sara Estes, who wrote a recent column on the subject for arts website Burnaway. She tells us how to choose the right frame, and why the consequences for choosing the wrong one can get very, very ugly.

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City Lights
3:11 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

True Colors Theatre To Present ‘Chasin’ Dem Blues’ Musical

The stage production of, “Chasin Dem Blues: Untold Story of Paramount Records,” written and produced by Kevin Ramsey.
Credit Matt Urban/Joe del Tufo of Mobius / Courtesy of Kevin Ramsey /


The story of the blues and its rising popularity in the American musical lexicon will be told on the Atlanta stage next month.

“Chasin’ Dem Blues,” written and directed by Kevin Ramsey, runs from July 7 to Aug. 2 at the Southwest Arts Center.

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City Lights
1:45 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Gritty Female Boston Private Eye Returns In ‘Brutality’

Author Ingrid Thoft continues her mystery series featuring the female Boston investigator Fina Ludlow.
Credit Doug Berrett / Penguin Random House


The character of Fina Ludlow is back in print in “Brutality,” which is being published this week as the third in a series of crime fiction novels by Ingrid Thoft.

As “City Lights” contributor Michele Ross explained, Ludlow is a different kind of private eye, based in Boston and with a complicated family drama that she’s constantly battling against.

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City Lights
1:08 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Atlanta's 48 Hour Film Project Draws Marathon Filmmakers

For the team Picture Shift's 48 Film Project, Jenna Kanell directed and Katy Tulka played the lead role.
Credit Naomi Smith

On a recent Friday, filmmakers gathered at a large studio space to kick off a weekend of poor rest.

“Welcome to the 2015 Atlanta Film Project,” Gabriel Wardell, the co-producer of Atlanta’s 48 Hour Film Project, said. 

Each team has 48 hours from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday to complete a four- to seven-minute film. The films then premiere one week later at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.

This year, the Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project had 80 teams participate. That means there were 80 directors, 80 directors of photography, 80 editors and several writers for each team.

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City Lights
2:58 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Atlanta History Center To Mark 150 Years Of ‘Juneteenth’

People pose during a ''Juneteenth'' celebration in Texas in 1900. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the day on which the end of slavery was declared.
Credit Wikimedia Commons / Austin History Center


On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and brought with them the news that the Civil War was over.

Major General Gordon Granger also read a statement declaring that all slaves were to be free, in accordance with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

Since then, June 19 has become a day of celebration of the end of slavery, which is widely known as “Juneteenth.”

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City Lights
12:12 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Architect Discusses History Of Atlanta's Adair Park

Melody Harclerode, president of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, shares the history of the city's Adair Park neighborhood.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Today, most of the Westside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline remains undeveloped dirt. However, that hasn’t stopped local architects from coming up with some big plans for the trail’s entrance at Adair Park, a neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta.

The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects recently announced a national design competition for a new pavilion there. It’s in partnership with the city and Atlanta Beltline Inc., and its goal is to create a connection between the new trail network and the historic neighborhood.

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10:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Atlanta’s High Museum To Exhibit Works of Artist Alex Katz

On Wednesday, the crew at the High Museum hangs the gargantuan ''White Roses 9'' by Alex Katz.
Credit Myke Johns

The city’s biggest art museum now has an exhibit of really big paintings on display.

“Alex Katz, This Is Now,” features over 60 works by the artist, including some truly monumental landscapes. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to the High Museum as workers were hanging the last of the works.

“Alex Katz, This Is Now” opens Sunday at the High Museum and runs through September. Learn more at Atlanta PlanIt.

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City Lights
5:10 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Ahead Of New Harper Lee Book, ‘Mockingbird’ Praises Continue

Marja Mills is the author of "The Mockingbird Next Door."
Credit Teresa Crawford / Associated Press

Next month, a second Harper Lee novel will be published in a busy time of retrospectives devoted to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

It’s been nearly a year since Marja Mills published a book about the reclusive Lee, now 89 years old and living in a nursing home in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

That’s the town where Mills spent 18 months in the mid-2000s, as she got to know the author of the celebrated “To Kill a Mockingbird” through her sister, Alice Lee.

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City Lights
4:24 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

New Saul Bellow Volumes Among Summer Book Recommendations

Several books have been published this spring to mark the 100th birthday of the late novelist Saul Bellow.
Credit Elise Amendola / Associated Press

Last week, the literary world observed the 100th birthday of Saul Bellow, the late American Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novelist.

Bellow, who died in 2005, is the subject of a new biography by Zachary Leader, “The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame And Fortune,” which traces the first 50 years of the novelist's life.

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City Lights
11:30 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Decatur Book Festival Reveals This Year’s Keynote Speaker

AJC Decatur Book Festival founder and executive director Daren Wang at the launch event for the 2015 festival at Leon's Full Service in Decatur, June 15.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This coming Labor Day weekend, some 600 authors will gather for this year’s AJC Decatur Book Festival. Festival representatives, including Program Director Philip Rafshoon and Executive Director Daren Wang announced some of their plans for the festival yesterday, as the arts and literary press packed into Leon's Full Service in downtown Decatur to hear the news.

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Appalachian Trail Serves As Backdrop For ‘The Precipice’

Paul Doiron has written four previous mystery novels featuring Maine game warden Mike Bowditch.
Credit Mark Fleming / St. Martin's Press


The latest Mike Bowditch novel by author Paul Doiron is set once again in the rural landscape of Maine.

Two Georgia characters, young women who are recent graduates of a Christian college, are at the heart of “The Precipice.” The story revolves around their disappearance while hiking The Hundred Mile Stretch, the most remote part of the Appalachian Trail.

As “City Lights” contributor Michele Ross explains, Bowditch, a youthful Maine game warden, faces a complicated task in trying to find them.

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City Lights
2:55 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

'Avenue Q' Opens Friday At Conant Performing Arts Center

Leica Wilde, Nick Arapoglou, Spencer Stephens, and Natalie Gray practice a dance number for “Avenue Q.”
Brenna Beech WABE


Raunchy-themed, award-winning, singing puppet-populated Broadway hit “Avenue Q” returns to Horizon Theatre Company for a third time. 

"Avenue Q” is filled with puppet nudity, foul language and suggestive material not suitable for children or even teenagers. But, Horizon Theatre Company is also running a limited number of PG-13 rated versions of the show. They did a run of these PG-13 versions at Piedmont Park last week.

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1:44 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

The Indigo Girls Love Dark, Funny Books

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls with their Page-Turners book picks.
Credit Evan Carter

Darkly funny tales featuring religious struggle and social outcasts top the favorite book lists of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known together as Indigo Girls. That's what they told WABE when they stopped by the station recently for an installment of Page-Turners.

In this web bonus, Ray reads from "The Last Report on Miracles at Little No Horse" by Louise Erdrich.

The Indigo Girls return to their hometown June 26 to play Chastain Park Amphitheater as they tour for their  new album “One Lost Day.”

Emily Salier’s Book Picks

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Fred Willard Headlines Dad’s Garage Show At Fox Theatre

Fred Willard's comedy career dates back more than 40 years.
Credit Bridget Laudien / / Laudien


In a long career that has included many interesting twists, Fred Willard hasn’t lost his love for the improv stage.

He’ll be among the acts appearing at the Fox Theatre on Saturday in a special Dad’s Garage and Friends presentation.

Willard got his start at Chicago’s famed Second City comedy troupe in the late 1960s and has since expanded his work to include the big screen and television.

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10:06 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Comedian Colin Mochrie Joins Dad's Garage At The Fox

Comedian and improviser Colin Mochrie appears Saturday as one of the celebrity guests at Dad's Garage and Friends at the Fox Theatre.
Credit Courtesy Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie was part of the small cast of the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The show brought improv comedy into people's living rooms and helped launch the Canadian comedian's career.

Mochrie will be performing in town at the Fox Theatre. He’s appearing as part of Dad’s Garage and Friends, which artistic director Kevin Gillese describes as “an improv jam to end all jams." It will feature a number of celebrity guests, including actor/comedian Fred Willard and "Reno 911" actor Cedric Yarbrough.

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City Lights
4:12 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Politically-Charged Comic Hari Kondabolu Makes Atlanta Stop

Stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu is in Atlanta for shows at the Laughing Skull Lounge this weekend.

With a background in comparative politics and as a human rights organizer, Hari Kondabolu wasn’t sure if his dream to be a comic performer would come true.

Now that it has, he’s bringing some of his academic studies – which include an advanced degree from the London School of Economics – to the stand-up stage.

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