Sunday, March 9th is National Good Deeds Day, and this got us thinking about a story we first ran a couple of years ago. A lot of nonprofits devote themselves to getting homeless people off the streets. One group has a different goal: to provide better shelters for homeless people, right where they are.
WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to a build by the Mad Housers. Here's her story, followed by a conversation between Kate and host John Lemley, about the sticky question of good deeds when it comes to a complicated issue like homelessness.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta this week, and he starts with a western-themed event just up the road.
Traditionally, when showing work in a gallery, an artist will complete the work, the curator will hang it up, audiences will come and see it until the exhibition closes. But an exhibit on view at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center tweaked that formula by having the artists continually return to the gallery to alter their work. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke to artist Nathan Sharratt about his work in the "In Translation" exhibit.
A quarter of the British population visits a cathedral every year - and the numbers are rising. And for many, the music they hear is very much part of the experience. But now there's a warning that cathedral choirs are under threat as finances come under increasing pressure. The BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been finding out more.
For many music listeners, the work that goes into releasing a new album may be an unknown process. But recently, the Atlanta "rural pop" group Book Club decided to open up and invite their audience to The Goat Farm Arts Center see how it was done. Part live show, part art project, they called it “Live to Lathe.” WABE’s Myke Johns was there and has the story.
The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and he starts this week with an appearance by one of the most prominent authors of modern African literature.
A lucky couple in California recently discovered they were sitting on gold. Unbeknownst to them they had over 1,400 gold coins from the 19th century buried on their property. Now some of these coins are being displayed here in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria through tomorrow at the National Money show. NPR’s Audie Cornish recently spoke with rare coin dealer, Don Kegan, about the extremely rare find.
Every week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Features Editor Shane Harrison shares a few of the more budget-friendly events happening around Atlanta with City Cafe host John Lemley. This week, Shane began their conversation with a performance of a play that’s listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play of all time.
Discussions about race and racial inequality can be difficult to have. And True Colors Theatre Company is purposefully trying to start those conversations, both on-stage and off. The company recently hosted a panel discussion on race and the law in advance of their production of David Mamet’s play Race. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with the show’s director, John Dillon, and with the panel’s moderator David Vigilante, who is Vice President of Legal at CNN.
For decades in popular culture culture, the word "nerd" generated images of socially-awkward guys in Coke-bottle glasses wearing pocket protectors. Not so today. And now there's an event in town to celebrate today's Nerd Renaissance. WABE’s Kate Sweeney went to last month’s Nerd Night Atlanta, and brought back this report.
This month’s Nerd Nite Atlanta takes place this Thursday night at 8:00, at Smoke Ring Barbecue. More details here.
The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and he starts this week with an appearance by an author who's written about one of the attorneys who helped give the Civil Rights Movement momentum in Georgia.
Last month, an annual spelling bee more than four decades old took place in Atlanta. But this bee is not for young people, and it’s not associated with a local school. In fact, it takes place in a bar.
In the late 1700s and 1800s, two groups of Native Americans, the Choctaw and the Chickasaw, traded and owned African-American slaves. Thursday night, an author coming to Atlanta’s Cyclorama will discuss her new book about this complicated chapter of American history.
The Ritz Chamber Players are the nation’s first African-American chamber music ensemble. This Saturday, they start a series of performances at Morehouse College. Recently a couple of their members stopped in to talk to WABE's Lois Reitzes about their performance this weekend at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.
Each year, students from graduate playwriting programs across the country submit their work to the Alliance Theatre. Those plays are judged and one writer is awarded the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award and earns their show a full, professional production on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage.
People like Alan Lomax and Art Rosenbaum have made names for themselves by traveling all over the country—and even all over the world—to collect rare old music recordings. And record labels like Atlanta’s Dust to Digital have made names for themselves by reissuing those recordings in compact disc form. But what comes between? What of the guy who takes those old, scratchy recordings, and restores them to sound as close as possible to being in the same room with the musician?
Bluegrass music originated in the Appalachians, from musical traditions dating back to the eighteenth century. In recent years, bluegrass and old-time music have enjoyed a renewed popularity in the mainstream. But for some, it has just always been a part of life. Producer Scott Casavant happened upon a few of those folks at the historic Marietta Square one night, and listened in on their weekly bluegrass jam. Here's the story he brought back.
The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and he starts with an author whose appearance is just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta.
Morning Edition contributor Cokie Roberts spent ten years as NPR’s congressional correspondent. But her life in politics didn’t begin there. Her parents were Congresswoman and ambassador Lindy Boggs and Congressman Hale Boggs, who served both as House Majority Leader and as a member of the Warren Commission.
The AJC - Decatur Book Festival’s Daren Wang drops by to fill us on the week’s book events, and he starts off with a visit by a scientist whose new book covers one of the worst nuclear disasters of all time.
A monastery some 20 miles east of downtown Atlanta was built by hand by its monks, nearly eighty years ago.
But the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers has another distinction. It's home to the Georgia's only conservation burial ground, a type of "green" cemetery that has a protective easement from the state to secure conservation of the land.
Dr. Seuss is possibly the most famous children’s book author of all time and right now in Roswell, you can get a little peek into his closet. Hats Off to Dr. Seuss is an exhibition of a portion of the artist’s hat collection. We paid a visit to the Ann Jackson Gallery to talk to Bill Dreyer, curator and director for the Art of Dr. Seuss collection.
Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 31, and there are many attendant events and celebrations taking place around Atlanta.
To get a better idea of what’s going on, we spoke to Wanda Yang Temko—musician, performer, vocal instructor at several schools around town and former host of "The Art of Song" here on WABE. We began our conversation with her childhood.
Wanda Yang Temko hosts the Chinese New Year Special on Sunday February 2nd at 9pm here on 90.1FM.