Arts

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

Tuba
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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Children's Lit
12:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Wild Story Behind The Children's Classic "Wild Things"

Highlighting a writer and illustrator whose career spanned generations, the exhibit at the Breman features components for adult and child visitors alike.
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

In this story we learn some very little known facts about the classic picture book "Where the Wild Things Are." Pioneering children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak published his classic tale featuring young Max’s voyage to the magical land where he becomes king and leads the wild rumpus among the dreadful creatures there in 1963, although he actually began work on it years before. It's thrilled generations of children since. 

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Arts
6:49 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Maria Saporta: Woodruff Arts Center To Receive The Largest Gift In Its History

The Robert Woodruff Foundation is granting the Woodruff Arts Centers $38 million.
Credit Wikimedia

On Friday, Dec. 5, in an article by Atlanta Business Chronicle contributor Maria Saporta, it was revealed that the Woodruff Arts Center is receiving the largest gift in its 46-year history:  $38 million from the Robert Woodruff Foundation.  

Recently, Maria Saporta discussed the details of the gift with WABE's Steve Goss.

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Arts
8:32 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Woodruff Foundation Gift & The ASO: A Talk With Woodruff Arts Center CEO Virginia Hepner

Part of the $38 million grant will be given to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Vicky Van Santen / flickr.com/vvansanten

The Woodruff Arts Center is receiving a big gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation:  $38 million.  

A big chunk of that gift - $15 million - will go to an overhaul of the Alliance Theatre.  But the remaining $25 million will be doled out among the divisions of the Woodruff Arts Center:  the Alliance, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum, and Arts for Learning.  

The gift could be especially important to the ASO, which just emerged from a lockout of its musicians, following a dispute with management over benefits and the size of the orchestra.  

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Arts
4:36 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Woodruff Arts Center Gets $38 Million Grant

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will get part of the $38 million endowment grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation if its parent organization, the Woodruff Arts Center, can secure $25 million in outside donations in the next two years.
Credit Wikimedia

Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center is getting the biggest grant in its history: $38 million.

The grant comes from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the same organization that made a major donation to establish the Arts Center.

$13 million will go to capital improvements, including a complete renovation of the Alliance Theatre space, which has not gotten a major overhaul since it opened in 1968.

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Alliance Theatre to Benefit
1:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Woodruff Arts Center To Receive A $38 Million Facelift

Artist's drawing of the upgrades to the Alliance Theatre.
Credit Alliance Theatre

The Woodruff Foundation has awarded a $38 million grant to the Woodruff Arts Center.  They say it will go to support a range of artistic, educational and capital improvements across the Woodruff Campus. It is the is the largest gift in the organization’s 46-year history. 

A good portion of the funds will go to the Alliance Theatre, as WABE's David Barasoain explained to host John Lemley on City Cafe today.  

You can read the whole press release about the grant here.

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Theater
12:58 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

"Not Just About The Steps" - The Nutcracker At Georgia Ballet

John Lemley in studio with Fiona Fairrie, Sarah Lane, and Arron Scott
Myke Johns WABE

Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and we have numerous options here in Atlanta for those hoping to catch a performance.

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Interview
1:19 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Bringing "Gone With The Wind's" Premiere To Atlanta Was A Complicated Process

Searchlights frame the "Tara" facade of Loew's Grand Theater on Peachtree St. for the movie premiere of "Gone With the Wind."
Credit PBS

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the premier of "Gone With the Wind" in Atlanta. Hollywood stars descended upon the city for a week of celebrations, which was capped off by in the initial screening at the Loew’s Theatre on Dec. 15.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:18 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

AJC Events: Reindog Parade, The Happenstance And More

Credit Atlanta Botanical Garden

Please join us 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 host John Lemley began their conversation by talking about an event that might help you discover the perfect wine selection for your upcoming seasonal parties and dinners. 

 

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Interview
10:35 am
Tue December 2, 2014

George Takei On Life and a Sci-Fi Spectacular

George Takei was in town last weekend.  He became famous for his role on Star Trek as Mr. Sulu - helmsman of the USS Enterprise. He was here to narrate 'SciFi-Spectacular,' a series of concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  

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Book Events
12:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Author Events: Robbin Shipp, Nick Chiles & Sandy Althomsons

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to fill us in on the week in book events.

He highlighted an appearance from Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, out with their new book "Justice While Black," and also an event with Sandy Althomsons, author of "Inside A Refugee Crisis: My Time In South Sudan."

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Books
12:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Author Events: Bill Roorbach & George Weinstein

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

Daren Wang of the AJC-Decatur Book Festival dropped by to share this week's upcoming literary events.

He highlighted readings with Bill Roorbach and George Weinstein and also pointed out that this weekend is Small Business Saturday.

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Comedy
12:31 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Comedian David Koechner Brings his Characters to Atlanta Improv

Lois Reitzes and David Koechner in WABE's Studio 4
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

David Koechner may not be a household name, but his face – or better yet, his characters – certainly are. He's the actor behind Champ Kind, the chauvinist sportscaster in the "Anchorman" movies, and Todd Packer, the boorish brute to Steve Carell's bumbling nice guy Michael Scott from NBC's "The Office."

Our own Anchorlady, Lois Reitzes, spoke with Koechner about his craft, and his comedy.   

David Koechner performs Thursday through Saturday night at Buckhead's Atlanta Improv Comedy Club.

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Photography
12:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Gordon Parks' Photographs Tell a 'Segregation Story' at The High

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

A new photography exhibition opened at the High Museum of Art this week. It’s called Segregation Story, and the photos are by Gordon Parks. He was the first African-American staff photographer for Life Magazine in the early 1950’s. At the time, Life was read by over 20 million people, and they regularly covered the day’s social issues.

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Books
12:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

From Flop To Famous: Fresh Air’s Maureen Corrigan On Transformation Of 'Gatsby'

Corrigan's book investigates "[t]he Great American novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Maureen Corrigan appears at the Georgia Center for the Book Thursday, November 20 at 7:15 pm.
Credit Little, Brown and Company

 In all likelihood, you were assigned the celebrated classic The Great Gatsby in a high school English class. The F. Scott Fitzgerald book is often referred to as the great American novel.  

So, how did this story—of a young Midwestern man who falls in with a group of jazz-age partiers, including the mysterious Jay Gatsby—become so revered, especially after experiencing dizzying critical and commercial failure when it was first published in 1925?

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Art
12:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Shinobi Marilyn Purchased by High Museum

Artist Ashley Anderson at the Emily Amy Gallery in 2012
Myke Johns WABE

Atlanta-based artist Ashley Anderson announced this morning through his Facebook page that he has sold three pieces of artwork to the High Museum of Art. That work comes from a series the artist first showed in 2012 called "Shinobi Marilyn," and consists of variations on Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, pixelated, as if in a video game.

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
12:15 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

AJC Events: Mindy Smith, Audubon Bird Walk & More

The Audubon Bird Walk will take place this weekend.
Credit Dylan Fagan / WABE

Please join us 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, we began our conversation by talking about singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. She'll be performing her one of her albums in its entirety tomorrow. 

 

WEB EXTRA: John and Shane discuss Christmas lights displays around the area.   

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Art Around Town
2:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cultural Groups, Fulton Commissioners Talk Art And Money

(L-R) Lee Morris, Marvin Arrington, Jr; John Eaves, Joan Garner; Maria Saporta, Fahamu Pecou, Chris Appleton, Virginia Hepner, Lisa Adler, Gail Hisle
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

2014 has been a messy year for arts funding in Fulton County, which has traditionally been one of the strongest counties in terms of arts support in the state of Georgia.

Last night, an informal, moderated meeting between arts groups and County commissioners convened at Woodruff Arts Center to try to sweep the mess of 2014 away and discuss ways to move forward in cooperation.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney was at that conversation, and talks here with host John Lemley about what it accomplished.

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Books
12:15 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Author Events: Ron Rash, Maureen Corrigan & More

Credit Bob AuBuchon / flickr.com/bobaubuchon

The AJC-Decatur Book Festival's Daren Wang stopped by WABE studios to tell us about upcoming literary events in Atlanta. This week, he highlighted events with Ron Rash, Maureen Corrigan and Christina Stevens. 

Miss anything?

Ron Rash will be at the Margaret Mitchell House tonight discussing his latest release, "Something Rich And Strange." Learn more here

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From the AJC's Shane Harrison
1:28 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

AJC Events: Jenny Lewis, Renaissance Festival and More

Jenny Lewis performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Credit Jack Plunkett / Invision/Associated Press

  Join us as the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Shane Harrison speaks with host John Lemley about the week in budget friendly events. Even with Halloween at your back and Thanksgiving on the horizon, the Center for Puppetry Arts is kicking off its holiday season with 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.'

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center For Puppetry Arts

Jenny Lewis at The Buckhead Theatre

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Comedy
1:27 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Comedian Wyatt Cenac On His Career, The Art Of Stand-Up, And Puppets

Wyatt Cenac at One Night Only: An All-Star Tribute To Don Rickles in New York.
Credit Charles Sykes / Invision/Associated Press

You may know comedian Wyatt Cenac for his time as a correspondent for The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Cenac was on the show from 2008 to 2012. He is also a stand-up comedian, and he has a new Netflix special called Brooklyn.

He’ll be performing  at the Laughing Skull lounge this weekend. Cenac recently spoke with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about the art of stand-up and his career trajectory.

Web Extra: Wyatt Cenac on his love of puppetry and his visit to the Center For Puppetry Arts. 

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