“City Lights” explores the ways in which people express themselves creatively and enhance our lives.

In addition to a wide range of music, “City Lights” covers theater, dance, pop culture, visual arts and more. WABE has long been a partner with many organizations in Atlanta and through “City Lights” we’re deepening those relationships to serve our community with even greater arts and cultural content.

Featured Episode

City Lights: David Sedaris; And Atlanta Blacksmiths

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:12: Lois Reitzes talks with author David Sedaris about his latest collection of essays, “Calypso.”
  • 29:21: Atlanta-based blacksmiths Jessica Collins and Mark Hopper join Lois Retizes to talk about their craft and their appearance in a recent episode of History channel’s “Forged in Fire.”

City Lights: “Hamilton”; John Pizzarelli; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 1:07: Lois Reitzes talks with two cast members of the production of “Hamilton” on view at the Fox Theatre. Actors Chris Lee and Jennifer Geller, both of whom hail from Georgia, share how their experience with the production has been so far.
  • 27:59: Reitzes joins guitarist John Pizzarelli to talk all things jazz guitar and hear some live music.
  • 41:31: Reitzes speaks with artist William Massey about the second volume of ColorATL, a coloring book featuring Atlanta artists.

City Lights: Adam Koplan; And Charmaine Minniefield

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:08: Lois Reitzes talks to Adam Koplan about lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman who played a role in the development of the Great American Songbook. Koplan is directing Theatrical Outfit’s upcoming show, “The Way We Were,” which focuses on the Bergmans’ work.
  • 34:17: Atlanta-based artist/activist Charmaine Minniefield joins Reitzes to discuss her mural work around the city and “Black Angels,” her exhibit on view at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

City Lights: Chef Todd Richards; “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction”; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:13: James Beard Award-nominated Chef Todd Richards of Richard’s Southern Fried in Krog Street Market joins Lois Reitzes to talk about his first cookbook, “Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.”
  • 21:36: Reitzes and Georgia Tech science fiction professor Lisa Yaszek talk about the new AMC series “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.”
  • 37:09: Reitzes talks with Georgia State University English Professor Randy Malamud about his new collection of essays on travel, “The Importance of Elsewhere.”

City Lights: Historian Jon Meacham; “Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo”; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:28: Lois Reitzes talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham about his latest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.”
  • 26:17: Matt Horgan and Karen Cassady of Dad’s Garage join Reitzes to talk about their new production, “Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo,”
  • 38:49: Reitzes speaks with Oliver Jeffers about his poignant “users’ guide” for terrestrial newcomers: “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.”

City Lights: Matthew Sweet; Six-Word Memoirs; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 1:08: Larry Smith, founder of Six-Word Memoirs, joins Lois Reitzes to talk about the history of the project and the newest book resulting from a collection of six-word memoirs, “Fresh Off The Boat.”
  • 20:42: Ancient Egyptians didn’t get to enjoy cat videos, but they celebrated them in their jewelry, art, and gods. Some of these ancient cats are on view now at Emory’s Carlos Museum in an exhibition called “Divine Felines.” Reitzes speaks with the Carlos’ Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Near Eastern and Nubian Art Melinda Hartwig and Alyson Vuley, manager of educational programs.
  • 31:28: Singer/songwriter Matthew Sweet talks with Reitzes about his new album “Tomorrow’s Daughter,” and plays some songs live in the studio.

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