“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: Atlanta Public Art; Topher Payne; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:24: Atlanta playwright Topher Payne talks about his first experience in television, writing the upcoming Hallmark movie “My Summer Prince”;
  • 21:00: Gabbie Watts reports on how Atlanta institutions have conserved Olympic public art over the last 20 years;
  • 28:17: Freelance photographer Dustin Chambers describes his attempts to capture the human side of the zeal outside of the recent political conventions;
  • 37:22: Erin Wright and ArtsATL’s Laura Relyea recap this week in Atlanta art news and share some upcoming highlights on “ArtsCast.”

City Lights: Slam Poetry; Robert Shaw; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:46: Jeffrey Baxter, administrator for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, discusses ASO conductor Robert Shaw’s take on Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” for the Atlanta 1996 Olympics opening ceremony;
  • 12:01: On today’s “Writer to Reader,” novelist Joshilyn Jackson talks about how writers spend their time between books;
  • 22:08: Local slam poet Daryl Funn talks about the National Poetry Slam Competition in Decatur;
  • 36:55: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

City Lights: James Baldwin; Stone Mountain; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:00: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart examines the soundtracks of the 2016 Emmy score and soundtrack nominees;
  • 30:44: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht looks at upcoming Atlanta arts and culture events;
  • 31:19: Charles Stephens, founder and executive director of Counter Narrative, discusses the organization’s event exploring the legacy and writings of James Baldwin;
  • 35:05: Myke Johns and photographer Shannon Byrne hike up Stone Mountain to look at the people who visit the giant Georgia landmark.

City Lights: SweetWater Brewery; Sorry Mom!; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:22: SweetWater co-founder Freddy Bensch remembers how the 1996 Summer Olympic Games helped to create Georgia’s most successful craft brewing business;
  • 10:32: Ari Fouriezos, promoter and founder of Sorry, Mom! Productions, talks about choosing bands to promote and the changing demographics of the music business;
  • 20:42: Singer Chandra Currelley and pianist Mose Davis discussed the intricacies of preparing a concert where food is involved;
  • 31:42: WABE contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss preview the weekend’s best concerts on “Mara’s Music Mix.”

City Lights: ‘Smart People’; Atlanta Art News; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:26: Actresses Julee Cerda and Danielle Deadwyler discuss their roles in True Color Theatre’s production of “Smart People”;
  • 18:25: Longtime Atlanta dancer and choreographer Lee Harper remembers performing in the opening ceremony of Atlanta’s 1996 Olympic Games;
  • 27:14: Erin Wright and ArtsATL’s Laura Relyea recap this week in Atlanta art news and share some upcoming highlights on “ArtsCast.”

City Lights: ‘Miss Saigon’; Moore’s Ford Bridge; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”

  • 1:42: Serenbe Playhouse’s executive and artistic director Brian Clowdus previews the group’s elaborate production of “Miss Saigon”;
  • 11:33: Musician Laura Veirs talks about her new supergroup with Neko Case and k.d. lang and how collaboration changes the songwriting process;
  • 22:00: Stephannie Stokes explores the annual reenactment of the murder of four African Americans at Moore’s Ford Bridge in Walton County;
  • 34:59: In today’s “Writer to Reader,” author Joshilyn Jackson discusses how she used her writing to take part in the ongoing conversation about race and police-involved shootings;
  • 44:32: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

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