Arts

City Lights
3:07 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Not Your Average Traveling Band: Virtuoso Packs An Organ For The Road

Cameron Carpenter has made it his mission to develop a portable instrument that rivals those of the great cathedrals of the world.
Credit Heiko Laschitzki / Courtesy of Cameron Carpenter

In 1995, it was a kids’ movie that garnered no less than seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture; bringing some firsts to the Academy’s long history of hallowed honorees, including a talking pig.

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Literature
10:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Geocaching Meets Exquisite Corpse: Story Drop Takes Writing To The Streets

A Story Drop notebook waiting to be found...somewhere in Atlanta.
Credit Natalia Castells-Esquivel / Story Drop

Thanks in part to the ubiquity of social media, the age-old game of the scavenger hunt has returned to Atlanta’s streets.

For instance, there is “Free Art Friday,” where local artists offer small versions of their work for free. The work is often dropped along city streets or parks, posted on Twitter or Instagram, and then the hunt is on.

A new participant to this playful art project puts a literary twist on the game by dropping notebooks in hidden spots around the city.

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City Lights
2:30 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Andrew Moore Photographs 'The South'

Andrew Moore has photographed everywhere from Detroit to Abu Dhabi and now, in his most recent exhibit, he's turned his camera towards 'The South.'
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

From drum set detritus to decaying buildings, photographer Andrew Moore spent the past two years documenting the South. He is unveiling his first photos from this collection at the Jackson Fine Art gallery here in Atlanta. 

Moore always focuses on a sense of place — whether it’s Abu Dhabi, Detroit, Vietnam, Cuba, Bosnia, Russia or Augusta, Georgia. His photos are immense — in literal size and more metaphorical complexity.

In our conversation, Moore introduces his work and his familiar, yet distant, view of "The South."

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City Lights
1:52 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Photographer Steve Schapiro On Selma, Civil Rights, And Photojournalism

Photographer Steve Schapiro at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta for his exhibition, 'Selma'.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Through a long, productive career, Steve Schapiro’s work has graced the covers of publications ranging from Life to People magazines, but there’s one quality of these photos that remains constant: the capturing of human emotion.

This past weekend, he gave an artist talk about his life and photo documentation during the Civil Rights movement at Jackson Fine Art gallery in Atlanta, where his photos of the 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, are on view through March 14.

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City Lights
10:04 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Begins Tonight

''My Italian Secret" tells the story of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II.
Credit Italy and the Holocast, Inc.

The annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival begins this evening. For the next few weeks, Atlanta residents can catch screenings of more than 50 feature and short films at different theaters around the metro area.

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Atlanta Art
5:50 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Critical Coverage Drawing Recognition At BURNAWAY

Susannah Darrow in the BURNAWAY office.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Susannah Darrow is co-founder and executive director of BURNAWAY, a non-profit arts organization based in Atlanta. The group aims to provide critical coverage and create dialogue about arts in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast.

They have an online arts publication and a critic-in-residency program, among other offerings. In support of their goals, BURNAWAY recently won a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Theater
10:16 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Finding Yourself Onstage - A Conversation With Kenny Leon

Kenny Leon was awarded the award for best direction of a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" at the 68th annual Tony Awards.
Credit Evan Agostini / Invision/AP

Think back to life before the web, when people wrote letters, and bought tickets from a person behind a window-to see a Picasso, you might have to go to the library or hop on a plane. Never in human history has the way we share information been so dramatically altered in such a short time, so we’re asking leaders in the arts community how they’ve adjusted to the times.

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Art Addresses Civil Rights
9:49 am
Wed January 21, 2015

#ifTheyGunnedMeDown: Street Artist Gaia On His New Mural

Gaia's #ifTheyGunnedMeDown mural at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Street artist Gaia was identified by Forbes magazine in the 2015 "30 under 30" list of arts leaders. He recently completed a large mural at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.

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City Lights
12:04 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Atlanta Opera Brings New Interpretations, Technology To Stage

Tomer Zvulun of the Atlanta Opera.
Credit Atlanta Opera

We've asked the leaders of major Atlanta arts organizations to come in and share their thoughts with us for a mini-series we're calling "Arts 2015." The local luminaries shared with us their reflections and forecasts on their particular fields and the unique challenges and benefits of being a leader of the arts in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Opera is one of these major organizations. The Opera was founded in 1979, and it produces main stage opera productions and arts education programs.

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Theater
11:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

With Lewis Black, There's 'One Slight Hitch'

Bekah Medford, Jennifer Alice Acker, Karen Howell, Mark Cabus, and Kelly Criss in "One Slight Hitch" at Georgia Ensemble Theatre.
Credit Dan Carmody/Studio 7

Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s current production is a play by Lewis Black — yes, that Lewis Black: the very angry man who can be caught ranting on "The Daily Show" and in his own stand-up comedy specials. It may surprise some of his fans to discover that not only is Lewis Black a playwright, but that his play, "One Slight Hitch," is a romantic comedy.

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Theater
11:23 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Children Invited To 'The Lizard And El Sol' At Alliance Theatre

''The Lizard and El Sol'' is running in Alliance Theatre’s Black Box performance space through Feb. 7.
Credit Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre believes in “getting ‘em while they’re young”… in this case, quite literally.

Their program, Theater for the Very Young, is in its fourth season of bringing the performing arts to children.

WABE's Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Rosemary Newcott and Olivia Aston Bosworth from the Alliance, as well as actor Jose Miguel Vasquez, to talk about their current show, "The Lizard and El Sol."

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Photography
2:05 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Gordon Parks' Photographs Tell A 'Segregation Story' At The High

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956.
Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

This week the New York Times published an article about a photograph by Gordon Parks, the first African-American staff photographer for Life magazine in the early 1950s.

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Interview
12:33 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The Founding, Future Of The New American Shakespeare Tavern

Jeff Watkins, the Creative Director of New American Shakespeare Tavern, has been with the theater company since its inception in a back room of Manuel’s Tavern in 1984.
Credit Frank Carroll / flickr.com/highstrungloner

We've asked the leaders of major Atlanta arts organizations to come in and share their thoughts with us for a mini-series we're calling "Arts 2015." The local luminaries shared with us their reflections and forecasts on their particular fields and the unique challenges and benefits of being a leader of the arts in Atlanta.

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City Lights
10:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Tenor Matthew Polenzani Makes His Spivey Hall Debut This Saturday

Tenor Matthew Polenzani
Credit Photo: Sim Cannety-Clarke, Courtesy of Polenzani Management

Tenor Matthew Polenzani has performed in front audiences at the Metropolitan opera, Deutsche Oper, La Scala and the Lyric. 

This Saturday, audiences in Atlanta will also be able to enjoy his singing, when he makes his debut at Spivey Hall.

City Lights host Lois Reitzes reached him over the phone to discuss his upcoming recital with pianist Julius Drake.

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Arts
10:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Rain Pryor Comes to Town With 'Fried Chicken and Latkes'

Rain Pryor is the daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor.
Credit camelcitydispatch.com

Rain Pryor is the daughter of legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Her mother was Jewish and growing  up with a mixed cultural and racial heritage was not always easy.

Her search for identity led her to produce a one-woman show named "Fried Chicken and Latkes." She’ll be performing it here in Atlanta this weekend. "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes recently spoke with her about the idea behind the production.

More information on the event may be found on Atlanta PlanIt.

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Arts
9:23 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Mason Bates: Symphony Composer By Day, Electronica Disc Jockey By Night

Mason Bates, seen here performing with the San Francisco Symphony, blends the classical world with the electronic.
Credit Mason Bates

Symphonist Mason Bates is a master in merging musical genres with a fluidity that seems effortless.

The 37-year-old Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence is known for dropping ambient electronica beats into an orchestral symphony.

His compositions such as “Alternative Energy” ─ a four movement symphony which recreates industrialist Henry Ford's junkyard, a modern particle collider, a futuristic nuclear wasteland and a pristine rainforest ─ have earned him national recognition as a trailblazer in the classical music world.

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Art Around Town
3:45 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Preview Of New WonderRoot Building Reveals Organization In Flux

Sunlight streams in through large windows. Plentiful natural light is one advantage of the new space for its future artist tenants.
Ryan Nabulsi / twinlensatl.com for WABE

Earlier this year, the nonprofit WonderRoot signaled a major shift in scope when it announced a move to a building 14 times its current size.

The arts group has a unique mission. Dedicated to inspiring social change, WonderRoot’s projects range from youth art programs, to dance showcases, to a variety of social activism projects. So as the group readies for the renovation of its building-to-be, WABE’s Kate Sweeney headed over for a preview tour, to find out what exactly the expansion means — both for WonderRoot and for Atlanta’s arts community as a whole.

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Atlanta Sounds
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Ancient Japanese Art Comes Alive

Atlanta Taiko Project members practice.
Eric Durban / WABE

The art of Taiko drumming dates back to sixth century Japan. Fast forward almost 1,500 years and in this Atlanta Sound, we meet Atlanta Taiko Project member Travis Lau. With such a precise, rhythmic display, Lau says that Taiko is an art that should be seen as well as heard. “It’s such a powerful bodily practice that is mental, spiritual and physical,” Lau says. “That’s what defines Taiko.”

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Controversial Christmas Movie
12:35 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Atlanta's Plaza Theater Will Screen The Interview

'The Interview's' stars James Franco and Seth Rogen pose for pictures at the movie's premiere.
Credit Eric Charbonneau / Invision/AP

The Plaza Theater in Atlanta says it will be screening The Interview on Christmas. That's the movie that Sony Pictures pulled after threats of terrorism. The theater, located in Poncey-Highland, announced on Twitter that it will show the movie on two screens Christmas Day, and will continue playing it through the New Year.

“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” Sony CEO Michael Lynton said in a statement.

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Atlanta's Secret Train Club
12:40 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Move Over, Edgewood Streetcar: Model Train Club in Operation Since 1940s

Trains parked in the roundhouse at the Railroad Model Club
Ryan Nabulsi / twinlensatl.com for WABE

 The Railroad Model Club of Atlanta has been around for more than seven decades, operating its vintage train set-up from the same second-floor room on Edgewood Avenue for nearly that entire time.

So, why doesn’t anyone know about it? WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to find out.

The Railroad Model Club of Atlanta welcomes visitors the first Saturday morning of every month. Find out more here.  

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

AJC Events: It's A Wonderful Laugh, Lyle The Crocodile And More

Performances of Lyle the Crocodile are happening at Synchronicity Theatre this week.
Credit Synchronicity Theatre

Join host John Lemley for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison. This time around, Shane and John started off by discussing Dad’s Garage Theatre’s comedic take on the classic holiday movie "It’s A Wonderful Life."

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Arts
12:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Pinning Art Down At MINT Gallery

The MINT Gallery
Myke Johns

Each year, the MINT Gallery hosts a Postcard Pinup Show. The rest of the year, the nearly decade-old art gallery hosts carefully curated exhibitions, group shows, and runs various programs for developing artists, but for this one night, anyone can come and hang art on the walls. WABE’s Myke Johns was there and has the story.

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Storytellers
12:30 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Are You A Reindeer? Living Out My Sci-Fi Mall Fantasy In Woolworth’s

A 12-year-old Jack Walsh at Christmas time.
Credit Courtesy of Jack Walsh.

This is an installment of our occasional series, “Storytellers” –personal, first-person narratives from metro Atlantans.

Picture a shopping mall around the holidays. Christmas music plays from every speaker, decorations fill the window displays and crowds of holiday shoppers rush in and out of stores.

When Jack Walsh looked at this scene as a young teenager, he saw something more than holiday consumerism. For him, the suburban mallscape was a setting for a sci-fi adventure. 

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Celtic Christmas
12:06 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

"The Entire World Being Holy" - A Celtic Christmas in Atlanta

Celtic Christmas musicians John Maschinot, Joe Craven, Lisa Edwards, and Evan Kinney.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

The arts of the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian holiday traditions will take the Rialto stage this weekend for Celtic Christmas. WABE's John Lemley sat down with a few of the musicians—Joe Craven, Lisa Edwards, and John Maschinot—to talk about the show. John began by discussing the oral traditions that birthed much of the music and poetry they will be performing. 

See a video of Joe, Lisa, and John performing with guitarist Evan Kinney in the WABE studios here:

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Exhibitions
12:30 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Wilbur G. Kurtz: The Man Behind The History In "Gone With The Wind"

Wilbur Kurtz created this title card for "Gone with the Wind" in 1939. It is currently on display at the Atlanta History Center.
Credit Atlanta History Center

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Atlanta premiere of the film "Gone with the Wind." The movie, directed by David Selznick , was based on Margaret Mitchell’s book of the same name about Atlanta during the Civil War. It was an immediate hit upon its release, and someone instrumental in its success was Wilbur G. Kurtz.

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Arts
4:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Lois Reitzes on the Exciting Changes at WABE

Atlanta Sounds
12:30 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

At Tuba Christmas, Low Brass Gets The Spotlight

Tuba Christmas at Underground Atlanta
Ryan Nabulsi twinlensatl.com

Tuba players don't always get a lot of attention. They're generally stuck in the back rows of the orchestra, providing the bass while the trumpets take the melody.

But for at least one hour every year, these low brass musicians get to perform front and center. In an event called Tuba Christmas.

The annual performance brings together a couple hundred tuba players, from students in their early teens to professional musicians in their late 50s, to play Christmas carols.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

AJC Events: Yacht Rock Revue, Winter Wonderland and More

The Yacht Rock Revue Holiday Special takes place this weekend.
Credit Yacht Rock Revue

Join host John Lemley for a look at some of the more budget-friendly events around town this week with the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison.

Even though it’s usually associated with sunshine, boats, and beaches, the local soft rock cover band The Yacht Club Revue is hosting its annual holiday concert this weekend.

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Page-Turners
12:17 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Three Page-Turners From… Maureen Corrigan

Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan's picks reveal an endless fascination with the Big Apple.
Credit Nina Subin

You may know Maureen Corrigan from the NPR program Fresh Air with Terry Gross. She’s the show’s book critic, known for her thoughtful, considered recommendations. Recently she told WABE’s Kate Sweeney about three of her all-time favorite books—all centered in the city where she grew up.

Before they got down to business, Kate began by asking Maureen Corrigan a little about her work on Fresh Air.

Two Short Web Bonuses

Maureen Corrigan’s Picks

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Arts
6:49 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Discovering 'The Hidden South': A Conversation With Photojournalist Brent Walker

'I probably won’t get sober til [my son's] grown and the damage is done.'
Brent Walker

Their stories and portraits aren't the kind that the local chamber of commerce would highlight in a glossy brochure.  But they are the subjects of what Newnan, Georgia-based photographer Brent Walker has brought into sharp and compelling focus in a blog he calls "The Hidden South."  Recently, he spoke with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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