“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

The Big Band Is Back!

Lois Reitzes talks with Joe Gransden about his music, his band, and getting back to live performances.

Plus, a conversation about the new play “DATA” with Susan V. Booth, artistic director of The Alliance Theatre and playwright Matthew Libby. 

City Lights: Bobby Rush; Sara Tiana; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:18: Comedian and Atlanta-native Sarah Tiana talks with Lois Reitzes in advance of her run at the Punchline Comedy Club.
  • 19:28: Reitzes speaks with comedian Chris Fleming in advance of his performance at the Plaza Theatre on Sunday.
  • 35:58: Reitzes speaks with blues legend Bobby Rush about his career in advance of his performance for the Royal Blues Holiday Celebration for Prostate Cancer Awareness at the Vista Room.

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City Lights: Ruby Velle; Mike Birbiglia; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:15: Lois Reitzes speaks with Ruby Velle, Scott Clayton and Spencer Garn of Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics about their new single “Broken Woman” and their upcoming album “State of All Things.”
  • 24:02: Reitzes speaks with SCAD FASH director Rafael Gomes and Operations Manager Rachel Evans about their exhibit featuring the work of Guo Pei.
  • 37:20: Reitzes speaks with comedian Mike Birbiglia about his show that he’ll be performing in Atlanta this weekend called “The New One.”

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City Lights: Best TV Of 2017; Lilly Hiatt; And Norman Lear

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:10: Paste Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and co-founder Josh Jackson talks with Lois Reitzes about his staff’s picks for the top TV shows this year.
  • 28:07: Musician Lilly Hiatt speaks with Myke Johns about her new album “Trinity Lane,” which has topped end-of-year lists.
  • 45:36: Reitzes speaks with legendary television producer and writer Norman Lear.

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City Lights: New Public Art; ‘The Santaland Diaries’; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:08: Lois Reitzes speaks with  two of the members of the team that has acquired new public art for Atlanta through the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond: Lisa Cremin, chairwoman of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and Victoria Camblin, editor of Art Papers.
  • 20:09: Actor and playwright Topher Payne speaks with Reitzes about taking over the lead of the misanthropic department store elf in Horizon Theatre’s annual “The Santaland Diaries.”
  • 32:51: Reitzes speaks with singer and trumpeter Joe Gransden about his new Christmas album “The Christmas Song.”

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City Lights: 2017 Book Picks; Libby Whittemore; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:02: Writer, author and WABE contributor Gail O’Neill and host Lois Reitzes bring us their favorite books of 2017.
  • 25:58: Lois interviews local author Joshilyn Jackson about her book “The Almost Sisters.”
  • 38:06: Libby Whittemore talks about her years singing cabaret on Atlanta’s stages, as well as her annual holiday show at Actor’s Express.

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City Lights: Mike Birbiglia; ‘The Disaster Artist’; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 01:22: Public radio darling Mike Birbiglia has a new show he’s taking to Atlanta next week, simply called “The New One.” Mike Birbiglia and Lois Reitzes talk about his recent stand-up specials and movies.
  • 12:25: “The Room” is known as as “the best worst film” ever made. “The Disaster Artist” is a book about the making of that film, co-written by one of the stars of “The Room.” Now, that book has been adapted into a major motion picture of the same name, directed by and starring James Franco. Since its original release in 2003, “The Room” has become a cult classic, shown regularly in movie theaters across the country – like the Plaza Theatre here in Atlanta. With “The Disaster Artist” film now out in limited release, producer Erin Wright spoke with the Plaza’s owner, Christopher Escobar.
  • 28:04: Atlanta artist Nancy Floyd has been taking pictures of herself for decades. She’s collected some of those images into an exhibit called “Weathering Time.”
  • 42:15: Literary events have been making their way into more and more corners of Atlanta’s cultural life. This year, the AJC Decatur Book Festival celebrated its 12th year, the Moth storytelling series set up shop at Dad’s Garage, there are Atlanta-centric literary podcasts and much more. Producer Myke Johns brings us a story about a new reading series taking up residence at another of our cities institutions: “Get Lit” at MailChimp.
  • 50:05: Courtney Kueppers highlights holiday theatre on this week’s Atlanta PlanIt spot.

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