“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

It’s What’s Happening, Baby!

Lois speaks with producer TJ Lubinsky about the music special “It’s What’s Happening, Baby!” The film includes videos made by Berry Gordy and a historic concert filmed at the Brooklyn Fox Theatre, and it airs tomorrow night on ATL PBA.

Plus, author and educator Dr. Ana Gerhard. Her new series of children books is “Little Stories of Great Composers.” 

A Conversation with William Bell

Lois speaks with legendary soul artist William Bell about his career and his music. He will receive the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts in a virtual ceremony of the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows tonight at 8.

Also, a conversation about the artwork of Emma Amos. She is best known for her colorful large-scale canvases that incorporate African fabrics and semi-autobiographical content. Her works are on display at the Georgia Museum of Art.

Plus, we hear from Mike Tollin, the Executive Producer of the climate change documentary “Meltdown.” The film can be streamed on Apple iTunes, Vudu, Xfinity, and other streaming platforms.

The Prophets

“The Prophets” follows the love story of two enslaved men in Antebellum Mississippi. Author Robert Jones, Jr. joins Lois to talk about the novel.

Plus, Atlanta chef Asha Gomez talks about her book “I Cook in Color: Bright Flavors from My Kitchen and Around the World.”

New Cinematic Directions

Lois is joined by Emory Film Professor Matthew Bernstein and Honors student/curator Evan Amaral to discuss Emory Cinematheque’s free virtual film series “New Cinematic Directions.” The centerpiece of the series is a four-film mini-retrospective of works by the Angolan filmmaker, Sarah Maldoror — the first woman of African descent to write and direct a feature film. The film series runs through March 19th. More information will appear on our website–wabe.org/citylights

Also, Matt Paxton joins us to talk about the new PBS series “Legacy List.” The show airs every Wednesday at 5PM on our PBS station, ATL-PBA.  

“Three Billion” Shines A Light on Lost and Endangered Birds

Sculptor Chris Condon and curator Laura W. Adams joined Lois Reitzes to talk about the exhibition “Three Billion” which focuses on the loss of bird life. More information is on our website – wabe.org/citylights.

Plus, Fahama Pecou tells us about “The Space Between” – his new installation on view at Hambidge Cross Pollination Art Lab.

And we celebrate St. David’s Day, the Welsh national holiday. 

A Battle for the Ages

Acclaimed opera singers, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres join Lois Reitzes to explain their friendly rivalry and demonstrate with some dazzling sounds. Their new album ‘Amici e Rivali’, also known as “Friends and Rivals” is out now. 

Plus, Otis Redding’s classic song “Dock of the Bay” is reimagined as a children’s book. Karla Redding-Andrews, the daughter of Otis Redding and executive director of The Otis Redding Foundation, and Atlanta artist Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor, the illustrator of the new book stopped by to talk about it.

And we’ll hear from Rob and Fox Rich, the subjects of the documentary “Time.” They were joined by filmmaker Garret Bradley. The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

The Universal Appeal of “Finding Your Roots”

Sabin Streeter joins Lois Reitzes to talk about the intensive research involved in the making of “Finding Your Roots” and share some memorable stories of guests. This evening, our PBS station ATL PBA will host a virtual conversation with Sabin Streeter and WABE’s Morning Edition host Lisa Rayam. More information about that event will be on our website–wabe.org/citylights.

Plus a conversation with Miriam Udel, associate professor of Yiddish language, literature, and culture at Emory University. She is also the author of the Yiddish children’s book, “Honey on the Page.” 

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