“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: Dad’s Garage; ATL Collective; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:52: “Invasion: Christmas Carol” is back and Dad’s Garage, and Lois Reitzes speaks with two cast members, Megan Leahy and Amber Nash;
  • 17:46: ATL Collective’s co-founder Micah Dalton talks with Lois Reitzes about the monthly musical event’s origin, in advance of their show featuring the songs of James Brown;
  • 32:11: Arts writer Gail O’Neill and Lois Reitzes share some of their favorite books for the past year;
  • 44:09: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht lists this week’s theater events.

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City Lights: Avi Avital; Gail O’Neill’s Book Picks; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 2:08: City Lights host Lois Reitzes talks to “rock star mandolinist” Avi Avital about commissioning works and creating new models of the instrument to play in modern concert halls.
  • 16:57: Atlanta arts writer Gail O’Neill shares her book picks for newborns to young adults.
  • 30:15: Contributor Scott Stewart suggests off-the-beaten-path classical holiday music for our Christmas playlists.

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City Lights: Asperger’s Are Us; Barry Lee; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Retizes”:

  • 1:56: “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes speaks with Noah Britton about his sketch comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us in advance of the release of a documentary about the group being released on Netflix;
  • 14:11: Reitzes speaks with Atlanta-based artist Barry Lee about his colorful, jovial illustrations for Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine;
  • 30:26: Producer Myke Johns visits Emory’s Carlos Museum for a look at their exhibit of Shakespeare’s first four folios;
  • 39:20: Laura Relyea from ArtsATL brings some of the latest arts news, including some background on Stephen Mulligan, the newly-named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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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