“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

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.

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.” 

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