“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

Poet Sarah Lao

Lois Reitzes speaks with Westminster senior Sarah Lao. She won first prize in this year’s “Tell Me A Story” High School Writing competition with her poem “Triptych.” She was also the 2020 Teen Poet Laureate of Georgia.

Also, a conversation with playwright Amina McIntyre about her production of “A Good Day” with “Out of Hand Theatre”.

And Matt Terrell describes his new web series, “Living the Dream,” as a cross between Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Martha Stewart.

City Lights: ‘Angels In America,’ Robert Battle And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:17: Lois Reitzes speaks with co-directors Freddie Ashley and Martin Damien Wilkins about producing both parts of “Angels in American” onstage at Actor Express.
  • 21:16: Reitzes speaks with singers Christopher Dunham and Bryn Holdsworth about performing an adaptation of “The Magic Flute” designed for elementary, middle and high school students through Atlanta Opera’s studio tours.
  • 32:20: Reitzes speaks with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Robert Battle.

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City Lights: ‘Lady Day,’ ‘Klook And Vinette’ And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:03: Lois Reitzes speaks with the team behind Theatrical Outfit’s production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”: Terry Burrell in studio, who portrays Lady Day, along with S. Renee Clark who is doing musical direction and director Eric Little.
  • 27:46: Reitzes speaks with chef Asha Gomez about her recent book “My Two Souths.”
  • 38:11: Reitzes speaks with Anoushka Lucas, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for Horizon Theatre’s “The Ballad of Klook and Vinette” along with Brittany Inge who plays the title character Vinette.

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City Lights: Frankenstein Anthology And Norwegian Improv Theater

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:08: Lois Reitzes speaks with actress and improviser Camilla Frey, who is joining Dad’s Garage this weekend for their new show “Improv Idol” from her native Norway.
  • 20:34: Reitzes speaks with Sidney Perkowitz and Eddy Von Mueller about “Frankenstein: How A Monster Became An Icon,” an anthology they edited in celebration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary.

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City Lights: Lorraine Hansberry Documentary And ‘Comedy Of Errors’

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:04: Lois Reitzes speaks with filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain about her documentary “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.”
  • 32:38: Reitzes speaks with director Jaclyn Hofmann and actor J.L. Reed about Shakespeare Tavern’s production of “Comedy of Errors.”

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City Lights: Steve Earle; ‘Making Africa’; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:06: Lois Reitzes speaks with Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop, who is featured in the High Museum of Art’s exhibit “Making Africa: A Continent Of Contemporary Design.”
  • 23:03: Myke Johns talks¬†with¬†the collective Future Dead Artists about their exhibit “Thanksful,” on view at Fort McPherson through Jan. 13.
  • 29:39: Musician Steve Earle talks with Reitzes about his new album “So You Wannabe An Outlaw.”

City Lights: Literature On Stage And Lyrical Innovations In Hip Hop

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:05: Georgia State University Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature Pearl McHaney speaks with Lois Reitzes about this year’s Southern Writers On Stage, which pairs literature and theater. This year’s theme is “Beyond Black and White.”
  • 18:27: Reitzes speaks with Flying Carpet Theatre’s Adam Koplan about the linguistic innovations in hip hop and contemporary pop music.

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