“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 Music Of Ennio Morricone

Lois Reitzes remembers film music composer Ennio Morricone with contributor Scott Stewart; and writer David Sedaris about his book “Calypso.”

City Lights: Dog Movie Music; ‘Queen Of The Night’ And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:00: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart sits, stays and speaks about dog movie soundtracks;
  • 14:46: Author Alexander Chee talks about his new novel “The Queen of the Night” and how operas twist themselves into the narrative.

City Lights: Pimento Cheese; Jumping Hedgehogs; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:15: SCADFILM’s director Brandon Osterman and Brantly Watts, SCADFILM’s industry and community outreach manager, talk about the new program designed to foster homegrown creative film talent;
  • 16:07: Twelve-year-old author Edith Stubbs reads from her story, “The Adventures of Amelia the Crazy Jumping Hedgehog”;
  • 25:49: Author Jacqueline Woodson talks about her new book “Another Brooklyn,” a story about memories, loss and the Bushwick neighborhood of New York City;
  • 39:19: Nick Rodgers waxes philosophical about his distaste for pimento cheese.

City Lights: Remembering Gene Wilder; Drag; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Lois Reitzes pays tribute to the many hilarious acts of Gene Wilder;
  • 4:24: Producers of “Atlanta’s A Drag” Lauren Cribb and Andrew McDonald and drag queen Mister Charlie Brown talk about making the show’s pilot and Atlanta’s drag scene;
  • 20:47: Arts writer Gail O’Neill reviews local author Julia Franks’ debut novel, “Over the Plain Houses”;
  • 28:51: Emory University film scholar Dr. Eddy Von Mueller explores the century-long relationship between movies and print cartoons, comic books and graphic novels.

City Lights: Decatur Book Festival; Pianos; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:31: Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang and program director Julie Wilson preview upcoming festival events;
  • 17:13: South Arts’ senior director for film, Teresa Hollingsworth, and filmmaker Joe York talk about the Southern Circuit Independent Film Series;
  • 30:53: Pianist, composer and humanitarian Malek Jandali discusses the painted pianos that will be popping up around Atlanta as part of the Pianos for Peace program.

City Lights: Sign Spinning; Freestyle Rap; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:16: Artist Larry Walker and Veronica Kessenich, executive director of Atlanta Contemporary, talk about Walker’s life in art and winning the Nexus Award;
  • 18:08: Myke Johns explores Soul Food Cypher’s monthly freestyle rap sessions
  • 25:30: Gabbie Watts reports on a company that’s trying to build a community based around sign spinning;
  • 35:10: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Outkast’s double platinum album, “ATLiens,” Lisa Hagen’s audio postcard describes the tracks that solidified Atlanta’s place in hip-hop history;
  • 37:29: WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss preview the weekend’s best concerts on “Mara’s Music Mix.”

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City Lights: Jim Henson’s ‘Labyrinth’; Landscapes; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Atlanta authors and photographers Ren and Helen Davis talk about their book paying tribute to National Parks Service photographer George Alexander Grant
  • 15:20: Erin Wright and ArtsATL’s Laura Relyea recap this week in Atlanta art news and share some upcoming highlights on “ArtsCast”;
  • 22:48: Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation and daughter of Jim Henson, talks about her time working on the cult classic “Labyrinth,” which turns 30 this year and is being celebrated with a special exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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