“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: The Everglades; Book Titles; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:10: Critic and author Margo Jefferson talks about her new book “Negroland: A Memoir,” which takes a sharp look at the black elite in Chicago;
  • 27:09: Travel contributor Kevin Benefield gives his recommendations for travelers taking trips to the Everglades;
  • 35:49: On today’s “Writer to Reader,” best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson explores what makes for a great book title;
  • 45:17: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

City Lights: ‘Da Kink In My Hair’; KSU Dance; And More

Tuesdays on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:46: Dancer Ella Ben-Aharon and KSU dance department chair Ivan Pulinkala talks about their goals for a semester of Israeli dance teachings;
  • 13:23: Travel contributor Kevin Benefield recommends the hidden treasures of South Carolina’s Congaree park;
  • 19:41: Architect Joe Greco talks about his late colleague, Terry Sargent, and Georgia Tech’s new exhibit “Triptychs”;
  • 30:19: Actress Terry Burrell and director Tom Jones talk about the Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “da Kink in My Hair.” 

City Lights: Exploring Biscayne National Park; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:33: Atlanta playwrights Derek Dixon and Karen Wurl and artistic director Peter Hardy discuss the Essential Theatre Play Festival;
  • 23:09: Travel contributor and Southbound editor Kevin Benefield explores the undersea sights of Florida’s Biscayne National Park;
  • 28:37: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart examines the classic film scores of Franz Waxman.

City Lights: Wabi Sabi; Summer Movies; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:55: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart examines the soundtracks of this year’s summer movies;
  • 20:52: Atlanta Ballet dancer and choreographer Heath Gill talks about creating new work for the organization’s Wabi Sabi project;
  • 30:05:  Trey Clegg talks about following his lifelong dream to create a multicultural chorus, the Trey Clegg Singers;
  • 38:05: 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: Jortsfest; ‘Hart Of America’; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:55: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, creators of the new musical “The Prom,” talk about the show and theater life in Atlanta;
  • 19:41: One of the founders of Jortsfest, Maria Sotnikova, discusses the origins of the music festival and how it stays independent; 
  • 25:09: Gabbie Watts visits the filming of Dad’s Garage’s web series “Hart of America.”
  • 30:52: Erin Wright and ArtsATL’s Laura Relyea recap this week in Atlanta art news and share some upcoming highlights on “ArtsCast.”

City Lights: Hat-Making In China; Black Cat Tips; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:28: Atlanta-born milliner Elisabeth Koch discusses how she found fortune in China;
  • 21:11: Street artist Kyle Brooks talks about his colorful bear drawings, his grandfather, his dog and more;
  • 37:47:  Even with fewer music teachers, music education variety is still being offered in Atlanta Public Schools. Gabbie Watts reports on a middle school offering guitar classes.

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