“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.

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City Lights: Kip Winger; Krampus XMas; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 1:41: City Lights host Lois Reitzes talks to a pair of the creators behind 7 Stages Theatre’s debauched and raucous holiday tradition Krampus XMas.
  • 18:39: Reitzes speaks with Grammy-nominated singer Ricky McKinnie of the Blind Boys of Alabama.
  • 33:51: Contributor Mara Davis talks to Classical Composition Grammy nominee Kip Winger about the second act of his music career.
  • 43:39: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht runs down the week’s theater events, including the production of Topher Payne’s “Let Nothing You Dismay” at Stage Door Players.

City Lights: Stone Mountain Troubadour; Kenny Leon; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 2:11: Atlanta-based theater artist Kenny Leon talks to “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about directing NBC’s “Hairspray Live”;
  • 13:40: Reporter Tasnim Shamma brings us a story about Tony Taylor, a 62-year-old guitarist who has become the unofficial troubadour of Stone Mountain;
  • 17:52: Chip Simone, the curator of MOCA GA’s exhibit “Edge to Edge,” talks to Reitzes about this first ever state-wide survey of contemporary Georgia photography;
  • 29:36: Beau Brown, creator of the “Puckin’ Fuppet Show” talks to Reitzes about this quarterly puppet slam featuring a wide range of puppetry styles.

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City Lights: Christmas Music; Literary Gift Ideas; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 2:09: Author Joshilyn Jackson joins City Lights host Lois Reitzes to discuss holiday gift ideas in the form of books.
  • 13:41: Poet and Emory professor Jericho Brown talks to producer Myke Johns about being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and reads his poem “Bullet Points.”
  • 31:24: Contributor Scott Stewart talks to Reitzes about the Jewish songwriters whose work comprises the great Christmas songbook.

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City Lights: Eric Carle; ‘Left Out’; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 2:20: Producer Myke Johns speaks with the husband-and-wife team behind Eyedrum’s “Left Out,” an art exhibit taking a very personal look at the world many of our veterans face returning home;
  • 12:42: “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes speaks with Daniel Wallace, author of the novel “Big Fish,” and Theatrical Outfit artistic director Tom Key about the musical based on Wallace’s book;
  • 29:35: The local curators behind the High Museum’s exhibit “I See A Story: The Art of Eric Carle” talk about the serious origins behind beloved children’s books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

City Lights: Tuba Christmas; WUSSY Magazine; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 2:08: Choreographer Stepp Stewart talks to Lois Reitzes about his annual holiday show “A Soulful Christmas.”
  • 17:11: Stephannie Stokes sends an audio postcard from a hundreds-strong musical gathering known as Tuba Christmas;
  • 21:59: Editors of LGBTQ magazine WUSSY speak to producer Myke Johns about their inaugural print issue;
  • 34:47: Virtuoso lute player Hopkinson Smith talk to “City Lights” ahead of his concert at Spivey Hall this weekend.

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City Lights: The Secret Sisters; Mimi Plange; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:56: Musical duo The Secret Sisters talk with Lois Reitzes about their Alabama roots, recording with Brandi Carlisle and going on tour for Christmas;
  • 24:47: In this week’s “Writer to Reader” segment, author Joshilyn Jackson discusses the increasingly fluid process of editing a novel electronically;
  • 33:31: Renowned fashion designer Mimi Plange speaks to Reitzes about having her work on display at the Spelman Museum of Fine Art.

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