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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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Lit'Cast Episode 7

Cory Byrom, host of The Iceberg storytelling series at Red Light Cafe
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

This week: A story from Carapace host Lance Colley about nearly losing your soul at a car dealership, plus a week’s worth of live lit events, storytelling series, book signings and the whole gumbo of good stuff that is the Atlanta literary scene.

Lance’s story was recorded live at the Iceberg storytelling series.

Atlanta Literary Events, July 19-25

Saturday, July 19

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
4:57 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 6

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast,  a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like, highlighting a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene. Plus, a story from Theresa Davis about coming out to your loved ones and the nature of “like” versus “like like,” and a poem by Bruce Covey.

Theresa Davis' story contains some adult language and situations.

Bruce Covey’s poem “Whole” originally appeared in Jellyfish Magazine


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1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Alliance Collides With Grapes of Wrath

The students of 2012's Collision Project at the Alliance Theater
Credit Alliance Theater

The Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project assembles a diverse group of 20 teenagers from metro Atlanta to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with a piece of writing and with each other, so to speak.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
12:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 5

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: A look ahead at a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, and the like. Also, a story recorded at the True Story! reading series from Rachael Maddux about finding your first love at the circus. Maddux is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Oxford American, Slate, The Believer and elsewhere.

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12:58 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Washing Your Hair in a Truck Stop Sink

Laura Relyea

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

Laura Relyea is Editor and Vicereine at Vouched Books, which reviews and distributes small press publications.

Before doing that, though, Relyea toured the country as a member of a folk band. As with many independent musicians, they relied on audience members for a guest room, a couch, or a floor to sleep on.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
5:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 4

This week on WABE’s Lit’cast: It remains, as ever, a busy week in the Atlanta literary scene with a calendar full of readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops, open mics and more. Plus, a story from Johnny Drago, playwright of “Trash” and “Kiss of the Vampire,” a MINT Leap Year artist, and first place winner of Creative Loafing’s 2012 Fiction Contest.

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
11:12 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 3

This week in WABE’s Lit’cast: A story from Carleigh Knight and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, and all that good stuff which is making Atlanta a bustling hub of creativity.

Atlanta Literary Events, June 22-30

Sunday, June 22

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Atlanta Literary Events
10:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Lit'cast events, June 15-21

A list of upcoming literary events around Atlanta.

Mon., June 16

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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
9:23 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Lit'Cast, Episode 2

This is WABE’s Lit’cast, a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s live-literature and storytelling scene hosted by WABE’s Myke Johns.

This week: A story from Chris Alonzo recorded at the Naked City reading series and of course a calendar full-to-bursting with readings, storytelling events, book signings, workshops and all that good stuff which is making the Atlanta metro an exciting and fertile environment for writers and fans of the written word. Plus, a poem by Carrollton-based writer and teacher Matthew Sherling.

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Art Around Town
12:40 pm
Wed June 11, 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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Atlanta's Live Literature Scene
11:33 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Lit'cast, Episode 1

This is WABE’s Lit’cast… a podcast highlighting Atlanta’s live-literature and storytelling scene, hosted by Myke Johns.

This week, we’ll hear a story recorded live at Manuel’s Tavern and we’ll take a behind-the-scenes look at the Carapace storytelling series…

Atlanta Literary Events, June 7-14

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6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Free Piedmont Park Concert Series Begins

Xavier Foley is currently perusing a Bachelors of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Credit Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play three free concerts in Piedmont Park this month.

It’s become an annual event as the ASO partners with the Piedmont Park Conservancy.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, if you want to get those free tickets…time is of the essence.

The clock is ticking.

In this case your computer or tablet clock.

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8:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: A Portion of Her 2004 "Between the Lines" Interview with Valerie Jackson

Dr. Maya Angelou, addressing the 1992 graduating class at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Credit Spelman College

  Poet, author, activist, and actress Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86.  Dr. Angelou had deep ties to Atlanta, among other places.  In April, 2004, she sat down with Valerie Jackson for an interview for the WABE program, "Between the Lines."  In this segment, Dr. Angelou talked about how she emerged from her grief over the assassinations of her friends Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., by summoning the spirit that infuses one of her best-known poems, "Still I Rise."  (In the expanded version, you can hear Dr. Angelou recite "Still I Rise.")

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11:04 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Atlanta's Kenny Leon Talks Tony Nominations with Lois Reitzes

Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is nominated in the best director category for the 2014 Tony Awards for A Raisin in the Sun.
Credit Tony Awards

A real treat for listeners during this morning's WABE 90.1 FM pledge drive, Atlanta’s Kenny Leon is having a very good week and he took time to speak live with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about his Tony Award nomination for best director of A Raisin in the Sun.

Leon is the co-founder of Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company.

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12:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Impermanence - Painting With Sand at Emory

Monks working on the mandala during Emory University's Tibet Week
Katie King WABE

Emory University has been celebrating “Tibet Week,” a program of the Emory-Tibet Partnership which aims to bring together the best of the Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions. One of the features of the week has been an ongoing art project in which monks paint a mandala using colored sand.

Producer Jenny Ament spoke with the monks and with Kari Leibowitz, the Program Coordinator for the Emory-Tibet Partnership, about this intricate work which will be swept away once it is completed. 

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Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
12:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bringing Coloring to the Contemporary

Paul Stephen Benjamin in his studio at the Contemporary
Myke Johns WABE

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is in the final week of an exhibition that breaks art back down to one of its formal elements. It’s called “Coloring.” WABE’s Myke Johns visited some of the artists involved as the work was still going up on the walls.

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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
12:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Celebrating The Jewish Experience Through Film

Credit Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Now in its fourteenth year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival brings together cinema from across the world. Sixty-five films exploring Jewish life, culture and history will be shown over the course of the 23-day festival, beginning Jan. 29.

WABE's Lois Reitzes sat down with the festival's programming co-chair Michael Bernstein to discuss what to expect from this year's celebration of Jewish cinema.

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1:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

High Museum Says Goodbye to Calder Sculpture

'Three Up, Three Down' leaves the lawn of the High Museum of Art after more than 25 years.
Katie King WABE

If you walk down Peachtree Street in Midtown this weekend, you might have a sense that something is missing when you stroll by the Woodruff Arts Center.

You’re not imagining things. A sculpture by Alexander Calder that’s been an artistic landmark for more than 25 years is leaving town.  WABE’s Kate Sweeney has more.

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12:23 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Celebrating the Outstanding at the Suzi Bass Awards

Credit WABE

Every year, Atlanta’s theater community comes together for the Suzi Bass Awards. The ceremony recognizes outstanding work in live theatre with awards for Direction, Choreography, Design, Acting and many more categories. Think about it as the Tony Awards for Atlanta. This weekend, for the first time, television audiences can follow the action down the red carpet as PBA30 will be broadcasting this year’s “Suzis,” which took place in November.

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4:33 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Three Page-Turners...from Rebecca Burns

Rebecca Burns with her Page-Turner picks
Credit Kate Sweeney / WABE

 Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes, fiction reads startlingly like truth.

That's the theme in this Page-Turners discussion between WABE's Steve Goss and author and Atlanta magazine deputy editor Rebecca Burns. Rebecca has written several nonfiction works about Atlanta history—most recently, the book Burial for a King, about the funeral of Martin Luther King, Junior.

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Second Cup Concert
11:10 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Jamie Barton on Winning Cardiff, the Met, and What's Next

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton (right) visits WABE with classical host Lois Reitzes.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

 When Jamie Barton last visited WABE, she was preparing for, as she called it, “The Olympics of Opera.” It's more formally known as the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Barton went on to win both the Song Prize and the entire competition. It's thrilling to win, but what happens next? 

Georgia native mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will perform this Sunday afternoon at 3 at Spivey Hall

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