Arts

City Lights
3:19 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

T.J. Miller's ‘Meticulously Ridiculous’ Tour Hits Atlanta

''Silicon Valley,'' starring T.J. Miller, is being renewed for a third season by HBO.
Credit Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP Photo

The realistic flair that has earned the HBO series “Silicon Valley” critical praise occasionally revisits one of the program’s stars when he’s out in the real world.

Actor and comic T.J. Miller, who plays the abrasive technology entrepreneur Erlich Bachmann, said a relentlessly confident developer once tried to demonstrate his beta project to him, only for the app to crash repeatedly.

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City Lights
2:02 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Atlanta's Renaissance Man Embraces The Lover, Hater Within

Sean Fahie is an author, designer, visual artist and MC. That’s all.
Credit Courtesy of Sean Fahie

Leonardo DaVinci was the Renaissance Man of the Renaissance, but Atlanta has its own Renaissance Man of now. 

"Creative Loafing" named Sean Fahie Atlanta’s “Best Local Renaissance Man” in 2014, and it’s duly given. He’s a painter and illustrator. He’s written two books. He’s a graphic designer, and when he arrived in Atlanta seven years ago, he was very involved with the hip-hop music scene as an MC.  

He hosts a radio show and curates parties at some of Edgewood Avenue’s raucous bars and clubs. He calls himself “a purveyor of fun” and "grandmaster lurker."

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City Lights
2:24 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Atlanta Animator Draws Connections For Fellow Artists

Lip-synching for ''Archer'' is a small part of what Alyssa Lewis does as a professional animator in Atlanta.
Credit Alyssa Lewis

On the job, Alyssa Lewis focuses her talents on the delicate art of lip-synching for the FX animated television show “Archer.”

In her spare time, Lewis lends a helping hand to fellow animators in the Atlanta area and Georgia who are trying to break into, or move up in, the very competitive business.

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City Lights
12:40 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Art Exhibit At Airport Raises Awareness Of Human Trafficking

Tracy Murrell imposed text on top of silhouette images for her four pieces for "Freedom Expressions ATL." This one highlights how 300,000 children are trafficked in the United States each year.
Credit Tracy Murrell

Beyond the peach trees, the summer festivals, the green spaces and museums, Atlanta has an underbelly — a dark and cruel syndicate revolving around the business of human trafficking.

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Arts
6:24 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Early Morning Dance Movement Arrives In Atlanta

Early morning dance parties called Daybreaker happen in nine cities around the world.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

 

    

Think about how you began your day. You probably drank coffee. Maybe you exercised. Well, this morning, a group of people in Atlanta did something similar – except on a crowded dance floor.

"I love to dance and I love dance music so I was very interested," says Adrian Harris, one of the hundred or so people dancing in the empty General Assembly space at the new Ponce City Market. "I’m actually a seventh grade teacher so after this I’ve got to head to the school and get the day started."

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Arts
4:47 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Animation, Gaming Fans Converge On Atlanta For Momocon 2015

Momocon 2015 kicks off May 28 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, and more celebrate their passions for the art forms.
Credit Heather Miller / flickr.com/heathervesta

A unique convention for fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics, video games and more opens Thursday at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Momocon 2015 features celebrity cartoon voice talent, costumes, designers, the writers behind favorite shows, games and comics.

The senior director of media relations for Momocon, Dan Carroll and prop artist Harrison Krix discussed the four-day convention, how it started, and what’s on tap this year on “A Closer Look.”

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City Lights
12:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Yoko Ono Discusses Roswell's ‘Art Of John Lennon' Auction

A reproduction of John Lennon's “Forever Love” is up for auction in Atlanta.
Credit Courtesy of Bag One Arts

Reproductions of paintings and sketches by John Lennon will be up for auction this weekend in the Atlanta area.

From Friday through Sunday, the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell will be selling reprints of dozens of Lennon’s works to benefit North Fulton Community Charities.

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Books
11:10 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Chuck Palahniuk To Celebrate New Novels At SCADShow

Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club,” appears in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Credit Allan Amato

Chuck Palahniuk is noted by the Library of Congress as being a writer of “transgressional fiction,” and his two latest works do little to change that.

“Fight Club 2” and “Make Something Up,” a collection billed as “Stories You Can’t Unread,” are out now, and the author is making an appearance in Atlanta to celebrate the books' release.

Palahniuk spoke on the phone with WABE's Myke Johns about his latest offerings and about what makes him tick as a writer.

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Arts
8:22 am
Wed May 27, 2015

John Lennon's Artwork Makes Its Atlanta Debut

Some of John Lennon's artwork will be on display in Roswell this weekend.
Credit Bag One Arts

John Lennon will always be most remembered as a Beatle.

However, the legendary Liverpudlian also was a best-selling author and an accomplished artist.

Some of his artwork will be on display at the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell this weekend.

That includes a drawing Lennon called "Suddenly 38."

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Storytellers
2:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Stories From Carapace: Sulking Through Europe With Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh telling a story on stage at Carapace at Manuel's Tavern.
Credit PBA30

 Family vacations can be fun-filled adventures, but they can also be something of a nightmare if not everyone is on their best behavior. Here, PBA30 producer Jack Walsh gets onstage at the Carapace storytelling series at Manuel’s Tavern to talk about his last family vacation.

Life Stories: True Tales from Carapace airs on PBA30 Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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City Lights
1:56 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Ga. Filmmakers Turn Lung Cancer Diagnosis Into Short Film

Robyn and Jonathan Hicks’ film “Nirvana: a short film about lung cancer” explores the inner turmoil of disease diagnosis. It’s based on Jonathan Hicks’ own process of dealing with lung cancer.
Credit Robyn and Jonathan Hicks

It was a classic love story. Jonathan Hicks and Robyn Young (now Hicks) met each other nine years ago in film school. Jonathan was pursuing filmmaking, and Robyn was studying acting at the time.

They instantly connected because of their love for Southern literature and art.

“I was writing stories, and I didn't realize it at the time, but I was writing them for her," Jonathan Hicks said.

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Storytellers
1:51 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Stories From Carapace: A Cat Bite Kept Me From Prom

Denise Mount telling a story at Carapace at Manuel's Tavern.
Credit Jack Walsh / PBA30

    

Often, a story about why you didn't do something is just as interesting as one about why you did. Here, Denise Mount took to the mic at the Carapace storytelling series at Manuel’s Tavern with her memories of what kept her from her junior prom.

Life Stories: True Tales from Carapace airs on PBA30 Tuesday at 8 p.m.

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City Lights
11:06 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Atlanta Opera To Perform Composer Heggie's 'Three Decembers'

The Atlanta Opera will perform composer Jake Heggie's opera "Three Decembers" this weekend.
Credit Art & Clarity

 To this day, Verdi, Wagner and Mozart are titanic figures in opera. Also, the English language is conspicuously rare. Several American opera companies are looking to change that with commissions of new work.

Since 2000, Jake Heggie has been opera's golden boy. His first opera, "Dead Man Walking," premiered at the San Francisco Opera and has been performed more than 40 times worldwide. His most recent work, "Moby-Dick," premiered in Dallas with rave reviews and standing ovations.

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Atlanta Sounds
9:30 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Atlanta Woman Comes To Appreciate Her Late Mother's Art

Lisa Frank holds a ceramic whistle by her mom Shirlee Frank.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Buckhead resident Lisa Frank has lined the walls of her home with art. It’s art with a special meaning – it was all created by her late mother, Shirlee Frank.

Since Shirlee passed away, Lisa has become determined to share her mother’s vast body of work – including watercolors, etchings and, in particular, her intricately designed ceramic whistles.

It’s something Frank was unable to do while her mom was alive, as she tells us in this Atlanta Sounds. 

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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.''
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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.
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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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