“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.
Lois Reitzes interviews Eric Cervini about his new book “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America“; and Atlanta Opera general and artistic director Tomer Zvulun about their upcoming season. Producer Summer Evans reports on the new food delivery service “Black and Mobile.”
Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:
- 01:22: Public radio darling Mike Birbiglia has a new show he’s taking to Atlanta next week, simply called “The New One.” Mike Birbiglia and Lois Reitzes talk about his recent stand-up specials and movies.
- 12:25: “The Room” is known as as “the best worst film” ever made. “The Disaster Artist” is a book about the making of that film, co-written by one of the stars of “The Room.” Now, that book has been adapted into a major motion picture of the same name, directed by and starring James Franco. Since its original release in 2003, “The Room” has become a cult classic, shown regularly in movie theaters across the country – like the Plaza Theatre here in Atlanta. With “The Disaster Artist” film now out in limited release, producer Erin Wright spoke with the Plaza’s owner, Christopher Escobar.
- 28:04: Atlanta artist Nancy Floyd has been taking pictures of herself for decades. She’s collected some of those images into an exhibit called “Weathering Time.”
- 42:15: Literary events have been making their way into more and more corners of Atlanta’s cultural life. This year, the AJC Decatur Book Festival celebrated its 12th year, the Moth storytelling series set up shop at Dad’s Garage, there are Atlanta-centric literary podcasts and much more. Producer Myke Johns brings us a story about a new reading series taking up residence at another of our cities institutions: “Get Lit” at MailChimp.
- 50:05: Courtney Kueppers highlights holiday theatre on this week’s Atlanta PlanIt spot.
Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes:”
- 1:21: Ballethnic Company Ballet Master Vince Collins and Prima Ballerina Karla Tyson discuss “Urban Nutcracker,” on stage this weekend in the King Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College.
- 18:52: Kevin Robison joined the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus in 2007 as its first full-time artistic director. He has announced that he will be stepping down from the position after their upcoming concert, which will be performed tomorrow and Saturday. Robison joined us in our studios to talk about the show and about his decision to retire.
- 32:25: The Alliance Theatre is preparing to stage “Native Guard” at the Atlanta History Center. The play is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. In it, she honors the life of her deceased mother and confronts the racial legacy of the South, particularly a regiment of black soldiers called into service during the Civil War. The Alliance’s artistic director Susan Booth first adapted the work for the stage in 2014 and Lois Reitzes spoke with Trethewey about seeing her work take on this new form.
- 42:23: Reitzes speaks with photographer and artist Sheila Pree Bright about her experiences documenting protests. Bright’s work appears in the High Museum of Arts’ current exhibit of Civil Rights photography called “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out.”
Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:
- 1:19: Jasmine Guy talks with Lois about directing “The First Noel” for True Colors Theatre Company, as well as her roles on “Superstition” and “The Quad.”
- 19:37: Musicians Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony have created an Atlanta holiday tradition. For a decade now, the two have anchored a jazz combo that faithfully performs Vince Guaraldi’s classic soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which originally aired on CBS in 1965. They have their annual run of shows in Atlanta and Marietta starting this weekend.
- 32:32: “City Lights” contributor Dr. Scott Stewart shares his recommendations for holiday movie soundtrack listening.
Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:
- 1:09: The largest funder of the arts in Georgia is not the state government but Fulton County. Founded in 1979, Fulton County Arts and Culture operates on a $5 million annual budget, with $1.9 million delivered through arts services at five Fulton arts centers. Reitzes learned more about current opportunities and arts funding with Director Lionell Thomas and Deputy Director Emmitt Stevenson.
- 20:46: On Sunday Congregation Or VeShalom in Atlanta will hold its annual Bazaar. One of the big attractions is a food item – a special hand-held pie called a Bureka. This delicacy was recently the subject of the podcast Gravy from the Southern Foodways Alliance, and we’ll listen to an excerpt from WABE’s Susanna Capelouto.
- 30:37: Contributor Mara Davis highlights Georgia artists nominated for a Grammy.
Ask anyone we’ve had on the show in the last week or the last year, and they will tell you about the importance of the arts, not only to their lives, but to the vitality of the city. That is one of the reasons why the arts is an important issue in the Dec. 5 runoff election.
City Lights spent this hour hearing from mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood about their positions on arts funding and their priorities for it in their bid for office.
We also spoke with artists and arts advocates about what is on the table in this election and in our civic life beyond the voting booth.
- 1:31: “All Things Considered” host Amy Kiley speaks with candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms about her campaign and the arts.
- 10:23: Lois Reitzes speaks with Lisa Cremin, director of community advancement for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, about Bottoms’ positions on the arts and the Mayoral Forum on the Arts.
- 16:22: We hear from candidate Mary Norwood by way of her remarks at the Forum on the Arts.
- 25:02: Cremin joins us again to talk about Norwood’s campaign and to compare both candidates.
- 38:13: Atlanta artists Jessica Caldas and Fabian Williams join Reitzes and Cremin for a conversation on how the Atlanta arts community has reacted to this election, their views on the place of art within our civic life, and strategies for working with elected officials once voting day has come and gone.
Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:
- 0:30: Lois Reitzes remembers former Alliance Theatre artistic director Robert Farley, who was a vital part of Atlanta’s artistic community. He died yesterday.
- 2:14: Reitzes speaks with Grammy-nominated singer Neshama Carlebach, who will performing at Ebenezer Baptist Church this Sunday.
- 11:32: Reitzes speaks with Atlanta-native Jay Longino about his new graphic novel “The Son of Shaolin, which Dwayne Johnson will be producing for a film.
- 28:30: Reitzes speaks with comedian Roy Wood Jr., who is performing at the Punchline this weekend.
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