Arts

City Lights
3:29 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Pianist Stephen Hough Makes Atlanta Return At Spivey Hall

Stephen Hough returns to Spivey Hall this Sunday.
Credit Sim Canetty-Clarke

Stephen Hough is back in the Atlanta area this weekend, and classical piano devotees should be in for a real treat.

The British-born performer will be on stage Sunday afternoon at Spivey Hall for a concert of Debussy and Chopin starting at 3 p.m.

Read more
City Lights
1:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Artist Maren Hassinger On The Evolution Of 'Women's Work'

On display at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, ''Maren Hassinger...Dreaming'' is a retrospective of the artist's career in sculpture, installation, video and performance.
Credit Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

After 40 years in the art world, Maren Hassinger has mounted more than 100 shows across the country. She got her start in fiber arts but also does sculpture, film and performance pieces, using an array of materials from tree branches to plastic bags. 

She is highly awarded with the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award under her belt. She is also the director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute and College of Art.

Read more
City Lights
11:45 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Germans, French Unite In Atlanta For Multimedia Project

Multimedia project ''Poèmes Electroniques'' combines texts, images and electronic sound architecture through the theme of war. The images are projected on the walls of the gallery space.
Credit Gabbie Watts / WABE

Friday and Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, two German men and two French men will join forces to create an immersive multimedia experience. 

United through the theme of war, “Poèmes Electroniques” combines texts, images and electronic soundscapes.

Christof Veillon, the co-artistic director of Théâtre du Rêve, directs the project, but “Poèmes Electroniques” is more of a collaboration between artists and nationalities.

Read more
Arts
11:25 am
Fri March 27, 2015

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...  

  This story originally aired December 10, 2014.

Read more
City Lights
10:53 am
Fri March 27, 2015

‘Big Charity’ Documents Battle Over Hospital’s Closure

300-year-old Charity Hospital closed after Hurricane Katrina without explanation. Alexander Glustrom's documentary tries to figure out why.
Credit Alexander Glustrom

Though he has lived in New Orleans for the past 10 years, Alexander Glustrom was born in Atlanta, went to Paideia High School and even had his 13th birthday party at the Plaza Theatre.

Therefore, it’s only appropriate that his documentary "Big Charity" has been selected as one of the encore screenings at the Atlanta Film Festival. It will be playing at the Plaza at 9:15 p.m. on Sunday. 

The film outlines the history of Charity Hospital, a 300-year-old public hospital in New Orleans, comparable to Grady Hospital here in Atlanta.

Read more
City Lights
2:53 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Keeping Comedy Strong With The Laughing Skull Festival

Lois Reitzes with Laughing Skull Lounge founder Marshall Chiles, who heads up the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.
Credit Erin Wright / WABE

The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival is bringing laughs to stages all around Atlanta for its sixth year, and Lois Reitzes sat down with Laughing Skull Lounge founder Marshall Chiles to talk about how they judge funny.

The Laughing Skull Comery Festival takes place Wednesday through Sunday, March 25-29. For more information, check out Atlanta PlanIt.

Read more
City Lights
12:01 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Atlanta Native Wins Prestigious Award At Metropolitan Opera

Baritone Reginald Smith Jr. won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a prestigious award for up-and-coming opera talent.
Credit Lynn Lane Photography

Though he’s beginning to travel far and wide, Reginald Smith Jr. knows where his roots are planted.

The Atlanta native attended the DeKalb School of the Arts, and after his baritone voice was nurtured there, he went to the University of Kentucky to study vocal performance. Currently, he is finishing up a residency at the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio.

Read more
Arts
11:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Davidson-Arabia Preserve Brings Artists, Nature Together

The Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is just southeast of Atlanta, not far from Interstate 20.
Stephannie Stokes WABE

Southeast of Atlanta, not far from Interstate 20, is a quiet, almost surreal green space called the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.  

The area is home to a granite outcrop, much like Stone Mountain except on a smaller scale. Around Arabia Mountain, you’ll find clearings of exposed rock ─ wide, open surfaces of flat granite where it looks like nothing could ever grow.

But it's in these seemingly empty spaces that composer Stephen Wood found inspiration.

Read more
City Lights
10:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Dante's Down The Hatch': Remembering Atlanta's Treasured Pirate Ship

Dante Stephensen owned and operated his fondue restaurant Dante's Down The Hatch for 43 years until it closed in 2013.
Credit Jef Bredemeier

For 43 years, in the landlocked city of Atlanta, there used to be a pirate ship.

On July 30, 2013, the pirate ship set sail, so to speak, and no longer welcomed its customers to sit on its many levels, eat fondue and hear jazz six nights a week.

Dante’s Down The Hatch, a favorite restaurant for prom, anniversaries, birthdays and long evenings, closed its doors due to a variety of tax, property and other reasons.

In 2013, Jef Bredemeier was not a filmmaker. He was a fine arts painter and also a waiter (or "tron" as they were called onboard the ship) at Dante's.

Read more
Storytelling
12:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Manuel's Storytelling Series Carapace Comes To TV

Lois Reitzes (on left) speaks to PBA30's Jack Walsh and Carapace co-founder Randy Osborne.
Credit Myke Johns / WABE

Carapace, founded in February 2010 by Joyce Mitchell and Randy Osborne, is a monthly event featuring true personal stories recited in the very crowded space of Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, ordinary raconteurs tell true, personal, five-minute (or so) stories. 

And now, PBA30 is bringing some of those stories to television with "Life Stories: True Tales from Carapace." 

Read more
Mystery Guest
4:33 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Suspense By The Sea In 'All The Old Knives'

Author Olen Steinhauer is back with a new CIA-themed thriller, ''All The Old Knives.''
Credit Gregory Wake / flickr.com/gregwake

Spy novelist Olen Steinhauer is back, following the success of his Milo Weaver trilogy, with the recent publication of “All the Old Knives.”

As in much of his previous work, Steinhauer weaves the complex tales of present-day American spies, their moral dilemmas and their intimate lives, in his latest book.

Read more
City Lights
2:49 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

After 'Glee,' Jane Lynch Turns To Cabaret

Jane Lynch will be at Symphony Hall in Atlanta on Saturday in "See Jane Sing," a cabaret-style musical show.
Credit Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Sue Sylvester has changed out of her tracksuit, put down her bullhorn and uttered her last put-down.

As the final episode of “Glee” aired last week, Jane Lynch was beginning a new phase of her multi-faceted career.

Read more
City Lights
2:07 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Ga. Blues Musician Traveling 304 Miles For Disability Awareness

Frank Barham and his Brazilian Fusion group will perform Monday at the Emory Performing Arts Studio to kick off his Wheel 2 Live trip to Savannah in May.
Credit Photo Courtesy Frank Barham

After a serious car accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 24, Frank Barham couldn't be consoled by his love for music right away.

“Music had always been a place I could go and be somewhere else,” Barham recently told “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes.

But where he was as he began recuperating ─ a hospital room at Duke University ─ was instead a place where he “became a big ball of anger. I was mad at myself,” since he had caused the accident.

Read more
City Lights
12:30 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Whitespace Gallery Owner Turns Carriage House Into Gallery

Susan Bridges converted her carriage house into Whitespace Gallery when real estate development took over the spaces she had used for pop-up art shows.
Credit Richard Sexton

As part of Women's History Month, "City Lights" has been taking a look at influential women in the Atlanta art world.

Susan Bridges got her start in art with an art history degree. Instead of going the seemingly only route of becoming an art history teacher, she went into advertising.

During her advertising stint, she was a mediator between artists and accounts. Now in the Atlanta art world, she is one of the mediators between artists and the public as the owner of Whitespace Gallery.

Read more
City Lights
10:34 am
Mon March 23, 2015

KSU Composer Pens Music In Remembrance Of Holocaust Victims

Songs of Jewish partisans inspired professor and composer Laurence Sherr's new sonata. Pictured here is a partisan musical troupe in the Narocz Forest in Belorussia.
Credit Courtesy of Benjamin Meed / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Through novels, film, paintings and photographs, artists give voice to the shared experiences of millions who were touched by the Holocaust.

Laurence Sherr, composer-in-residence and professor of music at Kennesaw State University, is one of those. He tells Holocaust stories gleaned not only through research but also through his family history. His medium is music. 

Much of his work focuses on Holocaust remembrance, and he has written several memorial compositions and hosted lectures, concerts and presentations that focus on the music and the Holocaust.

Read more
Arts
6:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Five Georgia Film Studios Form New Alliance

The new alliance describes itself as a ''legislative and educational advocacy group'' for the studios and production support companies here in Georgia.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press

Five of the state’s biggest film studios have banded together to form the Georgia Studio and Infrastructure Alliance.

The alliance describes itself as a “legislative and educational advocacy group” for the studios and production support companies here in Georgia. It’s also partnered with the lieutenant governor’s office and the state’s College and Career Academies to help create a training curriculum for film and TV jobs.

Read more
Atlanta Sounds
5:00 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

A Growing Group Of Handspinners Drawn To The Ancient Craft

''Spinning is the process of putting twists into a raw fiber,'' Paula Vester said. ''You can do it with your fingers, you can do it with a handspindle or you can do it with a spinning wheel.'' Pictured here is Deborah Held and part of her spinning wheel.
Credit Stephannie Stokes / WABE

For thousands of years, people have used a craft called "spinning" to turn fibers, such as silk, cotton and wool, into thread and yarn.

While today most thread is spun on machines, there is a growing community of handspinners – people who prefer to create it themselves. To learn what's behind this movement, WABE's Stephannie Stokes talked with Paula Vester, Deborah Held and Alyssa Gulledge at the Peachtree Handspinners Guild.

  Here is the 30-second version of this story:

Read more
City Lights
3:06 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Ladyfest Atlanta Encourages Feminist Dialogue In Local Arts

Co-directors Nina Dolgin (left) and Chelsea Dunn developed Ladyfest Atlanta as an "intentionally political space" for local Atlanta artists.
Credit Nina Dolgin / Ladyfest Atlanta

There’s a new arts festival in town this weekend, and it’s radical. Ladyfest Atlanta is a three-day showcase of local musicians, performance artists, and filmmakers, as well as a space for dialogue about feminist issues. It marks the first such event in Atlanta since the last Ladyfest South eight years ago. 

Read more
City Lights
1:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Atlanta Film Festival Brews Craft Beer Entrepreneurs’ Stories

In the documentary ''Blood, Sweat, and Beer,'' Danny Robinson faces a trademark lawsuit over the name of his brewery.
Credit Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden

The Atlanta Film Festival kicks off Friday, and one of this weekend’s documentary films features something Georgians value so highly, they lobby for it: craft beer.

In Georgia, craft brewers and beer enthusiasts alike have been fighting for legal beer sales at breweries, instead of going through its current three-tiered distribution system.

Read more
City Lights
11:33 am
Fri March 20, 2015

'China Dolls' Author Lisa See At Margaret Mitchell House Sunday

Lisa See will discuss her novel ''China Dolls'' at the Margaret Mitchell House on Sunday.
Credit Patricia Williams

Lisa See's Chinese-American heritage informs the themes and contents of all of her books, nonfiction and fiction alike.

Her first book, "On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family," indeed, traces her family’s history, a bi-racial family before Chinese-Caucasian marriage was even legal in the United States.

Since her debut historical account, she has written novels focusing on China, Asian-American identities and female friendship.

Read more
City Lights
12:26 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe Singing At Spivey Saturday

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe appears at opera houses around the country, like the Metropolitan Opera pictured here, and also tours recitals and cabaret-style shows.
Credit Ralph Daily / flickr.com/ralphandjenny/

There’s the clichéd image of the opera singer breaking a wine glass, but for mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, it would be a more appropriate image to have her vocal abilities busting through walls. She has a powerhouse voice.

As a touring performer, Blythe performs at opera houses around the world. Just last month in Seattle she sang a rare opera by Handel (a production by Atlanta Opera’s Tomer Zvulun). She also sings often at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Read more
City Lights
3:09 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Slingshot Festival Aims To Make Athens A Destination City

Peelander Z is among the featured acts during the Japan Nite component of the Athens Slingshot Festival March 26-28.
Credit Photo Courtesy Athens Slingshot Festival

Created to entice attendees returning from the South By Southwest Interactive Festival, an upstart cultural celebration in Athens is aiming to become more of a destination event.

The third annual Slingshot Festival – named for the “catapult” effect organizers were seeking on the heels of the high-profile SXSW in Austin, Texas – is slated for March 26-28 across five blocks of downtown Athens.

Read more
City Lights
10:44 am
Wed March 18, 2015

The Dancers Speak: Atlanta Ballet Premieres 'Camino Real' This Weekend

Atlanta Ballet's Tara Lee and Heath Gill perform as Esmeralda and Kilroy in Helen Pickett's adaptation of ''Camino Real'' this weekend.
Credit Charlie McCullers / Courtesy of Atlanta Ballet

Tennessee Williams premiered his play "Camino Real" in 1953. It had a short run on Broadway with only 60 performances, and in today’s theater circuit, it is rarely revived.

Indeed, the play deals with bleak themes, and the prose lacks logic with strange appearances by literary figures like Don Quixote and Casanova. It's a difficult mix of dark poetics, many characters and twisted plot points.

Read more
A Closer Look
2:46 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Flannery O'Connor Inspired By Irish, Southern Storytellers

Georgia writer and artist Flannery O'Connor grew up in Savannah, but lived at her home ''Andalusia'' in Milledgeville until her death in 1964.
Credit andalusiafarm.org

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that seems to celebrate a lot of things here in America ─ beer, the color green, more beer ─ but at its core is a celebration of Irish Catholic heritage.

Last year, Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Library (MARBL) acquired the extensive archives of Georgia’s most famous Irish Catholic writer: Flannery O’Connor.

Rosemary Magee, director of the library, joined Rose Scott in the "A Closer Look" studio to talk about the collection and the woman who many may consider to be Georgia's greatest fiction writer.

Read more
Phoenix Flies Three
12:36 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Phoenix Flies: Auburn Avenue Reflects 'Time Period Of Success'

The area around the old Atlanta Life Insurance building experienced a surge in growth and now reflects a time period of success, Atlanta Preservation Center Education Director Paul Hammock said.
Brenna Beech WABE

You have until Sunday to tour area historic sites through the Atlanta Preservation Center’s Phoenix Flies event, but our three-part sneak peek of it concludes with this installment.  

WABE’s Amy Kiley previewed the Sweet Auburn Avenue walking tour. She met up with Atlanta Preservation Center Education Director Paul Hammock in front of the old Atlanta Life Insurance building. 

Read more
City Lights
12:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Atlanta Writer Debuts A Rough Family Reconciliation For The Screen

Gabrielle Fulton wrote and directed ''Ir/Reconcilable,'' which focuses on themes of forgiveness and family strife.
Credit Courtesy of Gabrielle Fulton

Gabrielle Fulton is first and foremost a writer — everything from film to television to the stage.

Her short film, "Ir/Reconcilable," is her debut film as a director. It's also her first independently-funded, non-student film.

Fulton received her master of fine arts from Northwestern University, and while she was there, she wrote a script for an emotionally packed film. During a reading of the script, audience members were crying, so she knew she had to put her words on the screen.

Read more
Theater
11:26 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Arís Theatre Gives Atlanta Celtic Performance An Encore

For three decades, Theatre Gael brought the Celtic arts to Atlanta, up until closing five years ago. But those who have missed the music and theater of Ireland and Scotland now have a venture to look to. 

Arís Theatre (pronounced "ah-REESH")  launched in June of 2013 and is dedicated to bringing the traditions and artistry of Celtic culture to the stage. Two of the founders of Aris, Kathleen McManus and Robert Shaw-Smith, spoke to WABE's Lois Reitzes.

Shaw-Smith began by explaining the company's name.

Read more
Comedy
3:30 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

An Amazing Colossal Conversation With Gilbert Gottfried

WABE's Lois Reitzes with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, in Atlanta for a run of performances at the Improv Comedy Club March 12-14.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Gilbert Gottfried is in town for a three-night stand at the Improv Comedy Club. The famed comedian is known for his uniquely abrasive voice work, which he recently lent to a sketch on the website College Humor. In the video, Gottfried narrates passages from the book "50 Shades of Grey."

Read more
City Lights
11:55 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Move Over Muppets: Center For Puppetry Arts Brings Dementia To The Stage

Sandglass Theater will perform their touring show ''D-Generation: An Exaltation Of Larks'' at the Center for Puppetry Arts next weekend.
Credit Courtesy of Sandglass Theater

Puppetry is often associated with Muppets and Sesame Street.

But at the Center For Puppetry Arts puppetry tells more complex stories than the ABCs and 1, 2, 3s.

Founder and director Vince Anthony came to WABE to talk with Lois Reitzes about the Center's ongoing and upcoming performances: 

"Rainforest Adventure" is one of the Center's family shows and concludes this weekend with two shows on Saturday and two shows on Sunday. 

Read more
City Lights
11:32 am
Fri March 13, 2015

All Glitter, Everything – Laura Relyea On Writing For Friends And Pop Stars

Laura Relyea's ''All Glitter Everything'' finds the author channeling Kesha through many stories.
Credit Dan Raby, Owen Sweeney / WABE, Invision/Associated Press

Great works of literature have inspired many musicians, but that inspiration does occasionally flow the other way, with writers drawing from pop music. Nick Hornby’s novel "High Fidelity" comes to mind.

One young writer here in Atlanta is about to release a book inspired in part by the pop singer Kesha. It’s titled "All Glitter, Everything" and author Laura Relyea joined WABE’s Myke Johns to talk about finding strength and deeper meaning in the singer’s pop persona. 

Read more

Pages