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.
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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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.
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.
A longtime WABE radio host and volunteer has died. Arnold Rosenberg passed away on Monday at the age of 89. He was one of the earliest voices ever heard on 90.1 FM. Rosenberg is survived by his wife of 68 years, Frances Rosenberg, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His funeral will be held Thursday at 11:00 am at Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs. WABE’s Lois Reitzes has this remembrance.
Skate ramps and grind rails were set up in the middle of Peachtree St. in between the High Museum and the Museum of Design Atlanta. It was in celebration of MODA’s new exhibit featuring skate deck art from the 70s through today. Skate decks are the actual wooden boards themselves, minus the wheels and axles. 34 year old Wes Pitts was there with his daughter. Both of whom made sure to bring their skateboards along.
Libraries all over the world have special collections, but the one at the Woodruff Library on the campus of Emory University is quite amazing – and completely open to the public. Highlights of the MARBL collection – Manuscripts and Rare Book Library – range from Irish and English poetry and literature, to a unique African American collection, to a remarkable set of Southern culture and literature pieces. From the tenth floor of Emory’s Woodruff Library, Daren Wang of verb.org gave us a closer look at
A new production at Theatrical Outfit tackles space- and time-travel. It doesn’t shy away from other big ideas either, like the nature of evil and the power of the individual to fight it.
Maybe it’s not surprising, in this age of serious fantasies like Twilight and The Hunger Games, to learn that this is a play based on a book for children. But unlike today’s filmic spectacles that hold appeal for both adult and young audiences, A Wrinkle in Time was published back in 1963.
Since the release of the 1955 novel Auntie Mame, the title character of author Patrick Dennis’ book has been portrayed in stage and screen versions of the story by the likes of Rosalind Russell, Angela Lansbury and Lucille Ball. As of this week, you can add to that list, Topher Payne.