3:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Value of Scarcity - Shopping at a Rare Book Showcase

Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Dan Raby WABE

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.

  This story originally aired August 15, 2014

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Monkey See
7:12 am
Tue October 14, 2014

In Film, Women's Stories Break Through At Fall Festivals

Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart star in Clouds of Sils Maria, a film about a world-famous actress who is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous.
Courtesy of IFC Films

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 8:05 pm

Bilal Qureshi has covered the Toronto International Film Festival for several years and, back in Washington, works for All Things Considered.

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12:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Elevate Puts Art in the Dumpster

Crystal Dumpster by David Baerwalde & Alex Martinez
Goat Farm Dumpster Project

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.

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5:51 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Artists Could Crash Controversial Krog Tunnel Masquerade

Some local artists plan to "white-wash" the Krog Street Tunnel to show their displeasure with a planned masquerade, which will close the thoroughfare Oct. 25th.
Credit Evan Jang / WABE

Northeast Atlanta’s Krog Street Tunnel is an ever-changing tapestry of graffiti — as much urban art installment as traffic and pedestrian thoroughfare.

In a few weeks, the iconic tunnel will close for part of the weekend to host for the first time what promoters call a European-like masquerade.

Renyoldstown resident Greg Frayser said the closure is inconvenient, but he’s more concerned with how promoters approached the Oct. 25th masquerade.

“The event was sold as having the full support of the community, and that clearly is not the case,” he said.

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7:01 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Georgia Shakespeare Shutting Down

Financial woes force Georgia Shakespeare to shut down.

Parting really is such sweet sorrow.

Georgia Shakespeare is shutting down.

According to a statement posted on the theater troupe’s website, financial woes forced the company to cease operations.

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Art Around Town
12:45 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

History in the Trees: A Tour of the Doll’s Head Trail

On the Doll's Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park
Dan Raby WABE

  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?

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5:30 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

The Economics Of The Symphony: Why Do So Many Struggle?

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra remain locked out in a labor dispute, unable to reach an agreement with management for the second time in two years.

But what’s happening isn’t unique to Atlanta. Orchestras in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Louisville and Nashville have faced contract and budget issues, too.

So why does this keep happening?

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2:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

ASO Concert Cancellations: Conversations with Both Sides

Dr. Stanley Romanstein (left), President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Joel Dallow (right), member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players Association committee and a cellist with the ASO.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

  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.

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12:45 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Romance Alive and Well at Ballroom Club for Seniors

Two dancers jitterbugging at the August Foxtrotters dance
Ryan Nabulsi

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.

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Art Around Town
12:32 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Building Regionalism Through... Photography?

A previous year's "My Atlanta" exhibit at Piedmont Park Community Center
Credit Atlanta Celebrates Photography

For eleven years, the nonprofit group Atlanta Celebrates Photography has put on a festival that’s grown to be one of the largest in the United States.

For one exhibit, the group annually puts out the call both to amateurs and professionals to submit photographs representing their impressions of life in Atlanta. The “My Atlanta” exhibit has rarely been themed—but this year, they're doing something different.

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6:39 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Saving the Fox: A Celebration!

Fox Theatre President and CEO Allan Vella.

  There was a time in this fair city when our most beloved landmark was in danger of demolition.  That was 1974.  

Now, forty years later the Fox Theatre is thriving--a storied and successful evolution worth celebrating.  Recently, Allan Vella, President and CEO of the Fox Theatre, spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...

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City Café
12:47 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Save the Fox Campaign Member on 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Fox Theater
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

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.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lit'cast: Kate Sweeney - "The Pain Study"

Kate Sweeney reading at the Highland Ballroom for Creative Loafing's Fiction Contest Party
Credit Dustin Chambers

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.”

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In Conversation with Valerie Jackson
9:00 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

In Conversation with Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey
Credit Crampton

In this installment of Valerie Jackson In Conversation, Mrs. Jackson talks with Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey, former Poet Laureate of the United States.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
12:52 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Lit'cast: Luis Alberto Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea

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.

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12:49 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

The Unconscious Personality of ACAC's Exquisite Exhibit

Detail of mural by Matt Haffner, Sarah Emerson, and Michi Meko, Exquisite Exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Myke Johns WABE

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.

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Second Cup
12:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

25 Years at the Opera with Walter Huff

Walter Huff and Lois Reitzes in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Erin Wright / WABE

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.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:36 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Lit'cast: Charles McNair

Charles McNair

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,

Lit'cast Calendar for September 9-14:

Tuesday September 9:

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Atlanta BeltLine
3:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

BeltLine Lantern Parade 2014

Alex Henry

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. 

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3:55 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

Rivers became permanent guest host for The Tonight Show in 1983, a gig that ended when she left to host her own late-night show on Fox. Here she interviews Miss America Suzette Charles in 1984.

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 6:49 am

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
1:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 12

Bruce Covey reading at WRITE CLUB Atlanta
Credit Rob Mosca

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.

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12:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

An Interview With Jazz Legend Jimmy Heath

Credit Carol Friedman

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.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
5:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 11

The Naked City reading series at the Goat Farm
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This week on WABE's Lit'cast, our calendar of live literary events, plus Atlanta musician Billy Gewin with a story about youthful folly and casual vandalism, read live at Naked City.

Naked City's next event takes place Monday September 1st at the Goat Farm's Warhorse Cafe.

Atlanta Literary Events, August 17-20:

Sunday, August 17

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11:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

WonderRoot Announces Move to Building 14 Times its Current Size

WonderRoot plans on opening the doors of its new Center for Arts and Social Change (formerly Tech High Charter School) in 2015.
Credit WonderRoot

  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.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:11 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 10

Rachel Trignano
Credit Photo courtesy Rachel Trignano

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.

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12:06 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Ideas Coming Together: The Contemporary Looks at the History of Nexus

Group photo of Nexus members and volunteers with Forrest Ave Consortium members, including John McWilliams, Michael Goodman and Michael Reagan, among others, 1979. Nexus location: 608 Ralph McGill Blvd
photographer unknown Courtesy and collection Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

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. 

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9:05 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oh, the horror that is Monsterama!

This is the first time Monsterama is taking place in Atlanta.
Credit Monsterama

The first ever Monsterama convention gets underway here in Atlanta.

It will celebrate classic horror in a cross-section of film, literature, and art.

If you’re into horror or just want to be around those who are horror enthusiasts, WABE’s Rose Scott has this


Horror film legend Veronica Carlson will be at Monsterama.

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11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Charles DeRamus: An Atlanta Bassist In Sweden

Used with permission of Charles DeRamus.

The Gothenburg Symphony is known around the world for its recordings of composers, such as Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Nielsen.  

But there’s a reason why Atlantans, specifically, might appreciate the Northern European symphony: its double bassist, Charles DeRamus, is an Atlanta native.

He sat down with Second Cup Concert host Lois Reitzes last time he was in town to talk about his work with the orchestra.

You can also listen to excerpts of the orchestra's performances:

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:40 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 8

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.


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7:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

General Sherman Keeping Close Watch on Atlanta

General William T. Sherman's eyes are keeping a close watch on people walking along the Atlanta Beltline.
Gregor Turk

Look out Atlanta... he's back!

The eyes of Civil War Union General William T. Sherman are once again upon Atlanta, plastered on five billboards along the Atlanta Beltline.

It’s the third part of the temporary public art installation called “Apparitions,” which was commissioned by Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Art.

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