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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.”
This week on the Lit'cast, a conversation with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North, the novel at the center of this year’s Big Read program. Plus a calendar full of lit events, workshops, storytelling shows, author visits and all that stuff keeping our city’s bookish types fully occupied.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center threw their Art Party on September 13, and along with the entertainment, the food and the crowds, they opened a new show called “Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program.” Knowing their first audience would be party-goers, the Contemporary made the exhibit kind of a game. Twenty one artists were tasked with working on seven works of art in the style of exquisite corpse drawings—a sort of collaboration where no one sees the whole picture until the end.
The Atlanta Opera kicks off their new season this weekend, but they're not opening with an opera. The company's Chorus Master — Walter Huff — celebrates 25 years with the Atlanta Opera this year, and what better way to celebrate than in song? WABE's Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Mr. Huff for a little reflection, and a toast to another 25 years.
This week we feature a story from Atlanta author Charles McNair about playing the all-American sport of baseball in the Italian countryside. Plus a week's worth of live lit, storytelling, and other such events getting you close to the writing talent of this city.
Charles McNair is author of Pickett's Charge and is Books Editor of Paste Magazine. You can find out so much more at his website, charlesmcnairauthor.com
More than 15,000 Atlantans came out for Saturday night's fifth annual BeltLine Lantern Parade and illuminated the Eastside Trail from Irwin Street to Piedmont Park. The parade opens the 2014 season of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of temporary public art installations and performances along the trail.
This week: A conversation with poet Bruce Covey about the end of the What’s New in Poetry reading series. Plus a calendar overflowing with lit events, including some notable locals taking part in the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con.
As part of the National Black Arts Festival this year, there's a jazz concert series being held at various venues around city. The next one in the series features the Heath Brothers, and WABE’s jazz host H. Johnson recently had the opportunity to speak with one of them; Jimmy Heath. They began by discussing Heath's life in jazz.
The arts organization WonderRoot has announced a significant expansion. The nonprofit arts and service organization has occupied its current space, a 4,000-square-foot house on Memorial Drive, since 2008.
Next year, it plans to move across the street into the 52,000 square-foot building that was formerly Tech High Charter School. The group plans to call the new space the WonderRoots Center for Arts and Social Change.
This week on WABE's Lit'cast, a story from Rachel Trignano about the shabby kingdom of a New Jersey toy store. Plus, this week in live lit, storytelling, book signings and other wordy activities making Atlanta a hub of literary activity.
Rachel Trignano is an Atlanta-based writer. Her work has appeared in Loose Change Magazine and in Chorus—a poetry anthology edited by Saul Williams.
For more than four decades, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center has brought the works of emerging and established artists to audiences in the city, but for most its life it went by a different name: Nexus. And when it was founded in 1973 it played a big part in making photography an accepted art form in Atlanta.
This week: A story from Laura Relyea about what it really means to wash your hair in a truck stop sink, plus a week’s worth of live lit events and book signings—everything you need to know to dig into Atlanta’s literary scene.
Relyea is Vicerine of Vouched Books, which this month celebrated three years in Atlanta. Laura wrote a post on their website looking back at those three years and at the changes ahead for Vouched and you can read that here.