Arts

City Lights
1:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Atlanta’s Cuisine Featured In New Southern Food Documentary

The Lee brothers visited Buford Highway Farmers Market in their trip to Atlanta.
Credit Southern Foodways Alliance / flickr.com/southernfoodwaysalliance

 

Brothers Matt and Ted Lee are out to bust some stereotypes.

The James Beard Award-winning siblings have traveled the South to demystify Dixie's culinary culture.

They documented their journey for the arts network Ovation TV – and the result is "Southern Uncovered," which premieres June 14.

Each of the six episodes explores the cuisine of selected Southern cities: Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Asheville, Louisville and their native Charleston.

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Page-Turners
5:43 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Three Page-Turners ... From Atlanta Actor Bernard Clark

Bernard Clark poses with his three Page-Turner picks.
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

Actor, improv veteran and writer Bernard Clark is best known in Atlanta literary circles as a storyteller. He’s one of the hosts and co-founders of “Naked City,” a monthly reading event known both for its raw spontaneity and for the fact that, if you go, there’s more than a good chance you’ll get candy thrown at you.

Kate Sweeney recently spoke to Clark about three books he loves. She began, though, by asking him about what it’s like to tell stories for a living – since Clark has built a career narrating audiobooks.

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City Lights
11:18 am
Thu May 21, 2015

High Museum Curator Michael Rooks Honored With Nexus Award

Michael Rooks accepts the Nexus Award in a ceremony at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in May 2015.
Credit Kimberly Binns

Atlanta artists have a champion at the city’s biggest art museum, and now he’s been honored by another long-standing institution.

Michael Rooks, the ​Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art has received the Nexus Award from the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The Nexus is the only award given by The Contemporary. Past recipients include the founder of Flux Projects and the Director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.

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City Lights
11:01 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Sculpture Restoration Boosts Fulton Industrial Art Revival

The recently restored Atlanta Gateway Sculpture is the only remaining piece of 1960s-era public art in the Fulton Industrial Boulevard area.
Credit Courtesy Community Improvement District / boulevardcid.org

 

 

In the 1960s and 1970s, Atlanta’s Fulton Industrial Boulevard -- a corridor lined with warehouses and manufacturing centers -- was also home to dozens of sculptures.

That's because world-renowned sculptor Peter Forakis was asked to create the centerpiece for what was hailed as the world's largest collection of contemporary sculptures.

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City Lights
1:42 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Atlanta Filmmaker Jabbar Thomas Puts The Satire In Sci-Fi

In Atlanta Filmmaker Jabbar Thomas’ film “The Bus Stop,” Julia thinks the world is ignoring her, but really, she's on a different plane of existence. “The Bus Stop” will air this weekend on PBA’s “Atlanta Shorts.”
Credit Jabbar Thomas

Science fiction is satire.  It addresses contemporary problems while staying safely behind a spaceship or an apocalyptic world.

For example, along with showing the effects of a totalitarian regime, "The Hunger Games" series comments on the role of reality TV and game shows in our culture. In "Brave New World," Aldous Huxley experiments with a fully regulated, efficient world.

What would happen to the outliers? Even Hollywood blockbuster busts such as Justin Timberlake's "In Time" show the effects of a world with a huge wealth gap.  

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City Lights
11:40 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Food Maven Ruth Reichl Bringing Her Debut Novel To Atlanta

Ruth Reichl sits in her office at Gourmet magazine in 2009. She will visit Atlanta to talk about her debut novel on Thursday.
Credit Richard Drew / Associated Press

On the day that Gourmet magazine shut its doors, editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl spent hours in the cookbook library, reading letters from readers.

As it turned out, that experience would form the foundation for her first novel.

The recently published “Delicious!” is set at a modern-day New York food magazine, but the heart of the story takes place decades before during World War II.

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City Lights
4:41 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Mystery Writer John Sandford Shows How ‘Real Cops Operate’

John Sandford's 25th novel about Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport is entitled ''Gathering Prey.''
Credit Penguin Random House

Since 1989, mystery writer John Sanford – the pen name of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp – has turned out an average of nearly one novel in his "Prey" series a year.

The continuing saga revolves around Minnesota cop Lucas Davenport. "City Lights" crime fiction reviewer Michele Ross says that "Sandford shows the reader the way real cops operate – or at least how this reader assumes they would – with all the attendant vivid dialogue." 

"Gathering Prey" is the 25th installment of the series and was published in April.

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City Lights
12:48 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Burnaway Co-Founder To Become Executive Director Of ArtsATL

Cathy Fox, left, and Susannah Darrow, right, visit City Lights following the announcement that Darrow will join ArtsATL as new executive director in September.
Credit Alison Guillory / WABE

One of the city’s major voices in arts criticism is about to see a changing of the guard.

ArtsATL is bringing on a new executive director and it's one who happens to be coming from another of the city’s critical publications – Burnaway.

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City Lights
12:36 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Hollywood Elite Documented Horrors At Concentration Camps

Filmmaker John Ford poses with his film crew. Prior to filming the liberation of concentration camps, Ford filmed World War II.
Credit Courtesy of the Lilly Library at Indiana University

There is little that can prepare a person for the horrific images that emerged after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Filmed at the close of World War II, the footage bears witness to one of the darkest chapters in human history, and it was captured not by soldiers or by government officials but by Hollywood elite.

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City Lights
11:06 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Author Mo Willems Gets Seriously Silly At High Museum

Author Mo Willems with his non-bus-driving pigeon. Willems’ work will appear at the High Museum of Art this May.
Credit Marty Umans

Some children's books are being raised to the status of high art here in Atlanta.

Mo Willems is the author of over 40 books for children. His first book, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” became a New York Times bestseller and won a Caldecott Honor in 2004. Since then, he’s brought the characters of Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie into children’s bedrooms everywhere. The books are notable for their humor, their interactivity and their ability to talk to kids without talking down to kids.

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Atlanta Sounds
9:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Atlanta Man Sings Ancient Form Of Poetry Known As Ghazal

Vishal Vaid sings the ancient form of poetry known as ghazal.
Credit Vishal Vaid

Love is the predominant subject for a form of poetry known as ghazal. And it was the love of Vishal Vaid's musical parents that opened him up to this classical art form. 

With roots in ancient Arabia, ghazal is traditionally sang in languages that would prove foreign to many Americans, such as Farsi, Urdu or Hindi.

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City Lights
11:14 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Atlanta Actor Takes On Shakespeare's Most Controversial Role

Doug Kaye, left, plays Shylock and Amee Vyas, right, plays Portia in Shakespeare Tavern's ''The Merchant of Venice.''
Credit Courtesy of the New American Shakespeare Tavern

Sometimes, we get a little behind on repaying our debts, but would you take a loan if your interest was a pound of flesh?

That’s the agreement Antonio of William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice" has with the moneylender Shylock. The money is for Antonio’s friend Bassanio, who needs 3,000 ducats to woo the beautiful and rich Portia.

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City Lights
5:12 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Georgia Tech Program Links Creativity Between Art, Science

Madison Cario, director of Georgia Tech's Office of the Arts.
Credit Georgia Tech Office of the Arts

What happens when you add the arts to the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math?

You get STEAM, and at Georgia Tech a full head of steam has powered Madison Cario in the nine months since she became director of the institute’s Office of the Arts.

In a “City Lights” interview with Lois Reitzes, Cario explained her role as Tech’s chief advocate for bridging the gap of understanding between two seemingly disparate fields.

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City Lights
2:12 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Atlanta's Puppets, Puppeteers Are Stars Of The Screen

This is Schnick, who appears in New Puppet Order's film ''Shadow Puppets.''
Credit Courtesy of New Puppet Order

There's no doubt about it, Atlanta is a puppet hub.

That's partially thanks to the Center For Puppetry Arts, which has attracted a large puppet community.

The center encourages puppet innovation. Along with its museum and a calendar full of puppet performances, the Center for Puppetry Arts hosts an experimental puppet program once a year – duly called Xperimental Puppetry Theater, or XPT for short. The program provides a small grant to emerging and professional puppet artists to make some sort of puppet production.

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City Lights
12:01 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Atlanta Filmmaking Duo Rebrands, Takes On Southern Gothic

Brad Carter portrays a man obsessed with finding the voice on a number station in Ruckus and Lane Skye's short film, ''The 7 Sevens.''
Credit Ruckus Skye and Lane Skye

In sickness and in health, to love and to cherish and to make films together, Ruckus and Lane Skye are a duo in life and in filmmaking. Their films are born out of the great storytelling tradition of Southern Gothic.

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City Lights
1:59 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Emory Professor Talks Impact Of Temple Destruction In Nepal

The earthquake that hit Nepal two weeks ago killed over 8,000 people. It also destroyed complete villages, homes, business and Hindu and Buddhist temples like this shrine at the Pashupatinath Temple, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal two weeks ago devastated the country.

The death toll has risen to over 8,000. Water and basic essentials remain scarce in the country, and aid workers report that they have received a fraction of the aid that they need. The quake also reduced many of the Kathmandu's temples and other Buddhist and Hindu structures to rubble.

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City Lights
11:07 am
Mon May 11, 2015

‘Nature Rules Everything’ In Falkland Islands Suspense Tale

Sharon Bolton is the author of “Little Black Lies.”
Credit St. Martin's Press

“Little Black Lies” is set in The Falkland Islands in the 1990s, and little boys are going missing. That’s unheard of in such a small community. The islands may be vast, but the population isn’t. So the grief and fear is quickly followed by suspicion.

“Mystery Guest” host Michele Ross says author Sharon Bolton includes the geography of the islands, with its uneven landscape and harsh weather, as a major character in the suspense novel.

"Nature rules everything, and the ocean is a constant," Ross says in her review.

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Page-Turners
10:17 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Three Page-Turners ... From Author Jessica Handler

Author Jessica Handler’s Page-Turner picks reflect an enduring interest in history and understanding her past.
Kate Sweeney WABE

Books about history and identity are the focus of author Jessica Handler’s Page-Turners picks.

It’s not such a surprise, considering the fact that Handler’s memoir, "Invisible Sisters," deals with her own search for her place in the world following the deaths of her two younger sisters. The book, which Atlanta Magazine named Best Memoir of 2009, comes out in paperback from University of Georgia Press this fall.

In this edition of Page-Turners, Handler about what happens when an upbeat person gets a reputation for writing about very serious subject matter.

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City Lights
11:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Emory Physician’s World Travels Captured In New Photo Book

Mario DiGirolamo's collection “Visione” documents European and American life through DiGirolamo's travels. He took this one in Assisi, Italy in 2003.
Credit Mario DiGirolamo

Though an endocrinologist, thyroids do not appear in Mario DiGirolamo’s photography.

In 1959, DiGirolamo moved from his native Rome, Italy to New York City for his medical residency at Columbia University. After moving back to Rome for a couple of years, he moved to Atlanta to accept a position at Emory University. Though a physician, he mostly does scientific research.

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Arts
9:26 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Atlanta's Homeless Men Finding Peace In Art Class

Khashee Raheem, right, and Grant Mullins taking part in Central OAC's Art Ministry.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

Quiet music plays in this classroom in the basement of Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta. Art is taped to walls and tacked to cork boards. A big table in the center of the room almost overflows with art supplies. A handful of people sit, quietly absorbed in their own projects — drawing, constructing a sculpture out of cardboard.

It looks like any other art workshop in a recreation center, except those around the table are grown men and they happen to be homeless.

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A Closer Look
5:56 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

New Film Shows Social Reaction To Infamous Rape Case In India

“India's Daughter” filmmaker Leslee Udwin talked about the rape case that horrified India and the world on “A Closer Look.”
Credit Courtesy of Women Make Movies

A word of caution: The above audio segment contains graphic descriptions.

In December 2012, Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student, was brutally gang raped by six men while riding on a bus in Delhi, India. She died of severe injuries two weeks later in a case that earned worldwide notoriety.

The horrific incident, which included an attack on her male companion who survived, prompted protests in India.

Four adult men convicted for the crimes were sentenced to death; a juvenile was sentenced to three years and another suspect died in jail.

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City Lights
2:23 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Steampunk Web Series Turns Atlanta Into Victorian London

“Archangel from the Winter’s End Chronicles” is currently a Web series with two episodes, but creator Dave Di Pietro hopes to turn it into a full-fledged steampunk film.
Credit Courtesy of Dave Di Pietro

Sometimes, they frolic through Little Five Points, or once a year, you might seem them picnicking at Oakland Cemetery or stomping through Dragon Con. They are the Atlanta-area steampunks, dressed in Victorian-era garments mixed with elements of sci-fi and fantasy. 

Influenced by writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, the steampunk genre derives its name from 19th century steam-powered machinery. Steampunk appears in books, in fashion, in art, in television series and in movies. There are steampunk conventions, and steampunk is a popular cosplay style. 

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Spenser Detective Series Endures With Ace Atkin’s ‘Kickback’

Ace Atkins has just published his fourth Spenser mystery novel, succeeding the late Robert Parker.
Credit Penguin Random House

In her latest “Mystery Guest” segment, “City Lights” contributor Michele Ross reviews the newest edition to the Spenser series, "Kickback." The late Robert Parker penned the original 39 Spenser novels, but, after he died, his estate chose writer Ace Atkins to continue the series.

In “Kickback,” Atkins explores the corruption of for-profit prisons for teens. Ross says that while she’s leery of other writers who continue the work of dead writers, Atkins has been a worthy successor to Parker.

 

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Hartsfield-Jackson
2:10 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Hartsfield-Jackson Olympic Mural Now A Porsche Ad

The mural, ''Spirit of Atlanta,'' has been replaced with an advertisement for Porsche.
Credit Courtesy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Travelers flying into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are seeing a car ad where there was once a mural commemorating the 1996 Olympic games.

At least for now. 

The airport’s advertising contract was just renewed by Clear Channel. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesperson Reese McCranie says that meant searching the airport for new ad space.  

“One of those areas is at the top of the escalators as passengers come in and are welcomed to the city of Atlanta,” McCranie says.

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City Lights
12:08 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Oakland Cemetery’s History Told Through Sound At New Event

''The Cryptophonic Tour'' is designed as a ''sonic journey'' through the history of Oakland Cemetery
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

In March, the Historic Oakland Foundation announced a new annual event at the cemetery called Arts at Oakland.

Its first partner in the Arts is ROAMtransmissions, which on Saturday will present "The Cryptophonic Tour."

The event is an interactive sound installation featuring local artists exploring Oakland Cemetery's history and stories, as explained previously on “City Lights.”

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Mental Health Month
10:26 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Atlanta Man Finds Identity, Wellness Through Art Therapy

"Phoenicopterus ruber," a pastel drawing by Michael Stanley
Michael Stanley

For most of his life, 55-year-old Michael Stanley had one identity and one career. For 27 years, he was a landscape architect. But the work he’s showing off these days isn’t a set of blueprints. It’s chalk pastel drawings on cardboard that he’s spent the past two years creating.

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A Closer Look
3:56 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Teen Author’s Book Sends Message Of Brushing Off The Bullies

Justine Del Monte's ''Drew's Dancing Drum'' and ''Drew Meets Boo'' send an anti-bullying message to young children. She was just 11 years old when she wrote the books.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Young California author Justine Del Monte is very wise, despite her young age.

She's 14 years old and has already written two books on bullying aimed at young children. The books are growing in popularity. PBS has even turned the stories into children’s interstitials, which are shorts played between programs.

The two books so far in Del Monte's Drew's Books series are “Drew’s Dancing Drum” and “Drew Meets Boo.” The books are aimed at young children and send a basic message about how to brush off bullying.

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City Lights
2:59 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Old Fourth Ward Remembers Great Atlanta Fire Of 1917

The Great Fire of 1917 decimated the Old Fourth Ward. Part of the damage was due to Atlanta's infrastructure: The fire easily jumped from wooden house to wooden house.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Despite what Metallica says, it's not always effective to fight fire with fire. In the Old Fourth Ward, however, they are celebrating fire with fire from 2 to 10 p.m. this Saturday on Edgewood and Auburn avenues between Jackson and Boulevard.

Fire in the Fourth is the Old Fourth Ward Business Association's (O4WBA) inaugural street festival.

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City Lights
12:48 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Cotton Pickin' Fair, Madison Homes Tour Kick Off May Festivals

Country sausage biscuits are popular at the Cotton Pickin' Fair near Gay, Georgia.
Credit S. Lester / Multi Image Studio

The west Georgia hamlet of Gay -- population 89 -- springs to life with the arrival of May and the spring rendition of the biannual Cotton Pickin’ Fair.

Started in 1972 and featuring a wide variety of food, artisanal crafts and entertainment, the Cotton Pickin’ Fair is one of the better-known spring festivals in small-town Georgia and includes antiques and live entertainment.

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Atlanta Filmmaker James Sizemore Builds A World Of Monsters

Filmmaker James Sizemore is a self-taught monster maker. Along with effects, he has created a monster universe that appears in all his films.
Credit James Sizemore

As the film industry booms, it’s almost normal to see synthetic zombies walking down Atlanta streets, fake fur werewolves scampering through fields or goat demons partaking in a witch’s ceremony.

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