“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

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.

City Lights: John Waters; Dulce Sloan; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:43: Lois Reitzes speaks with filmmaker John Waters a.k.a. “the Pope of Trash,” who is talking tonight at the Woodruff Arts Center a part of the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival.
  • 15:59: Dulce Sloan is the newest correspondent on the Daily Show, and the Atlanta native speaks with Reitzes about what she has planned for the show.
  • 29:44: Reitzes speaks with Colin Baker, who played the sixth incarnation of Doctor Who.
  • 43:36: Reitzes speaks with Atlanta artist Fabian Williams about his murals and making art with a missions.

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City Lights: Alan Alda; Kara Walker; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:38: Lois Reitzes speaks with renowned visual artist Kara Walker, who spend her teenage years in Atlanta and has work in the High Museum of Arts’ permanent collection.
  • 15:12: Reitzes speaks with City Lights contributor and author Joshilyn Jackson about her new novel “The Almost Sisters.”
  • 31:30: Reitzes speaks with cultural critic and writer Chuck Klosterman about his new collection of essays “X.”
  • 43:37: Reitzes speaks with actor and writer Alan Alda about his new book “If I Understood You, Would I Have this Look on My Face?”

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City Lights: Nick Offerman; Scott Adsit; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:42: Lois Reitzes speaks with actor, comedian and carpenter Nick Offerman about his stand-up tour coming through Atlanta tomorrow.
  • 17:07: Reitzes speaks with actress and comedian Caroline Rhea about her daughter, parenting and her new projects.
  • 30:41: Actor, writer and comedian Scott Adsit speaks with Reitzes about his time on “30 Rock.”
  • 44:02: Reitzes speaks with Dad’s Garage’s artistic director Kevin Gillese, who also helped Reitzes pitch during the show, about working with actors with special needs on a video project and what Dad’s Garage is looking to do with it.

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City Lights: ‘One Mississippi’; Weird Sisters; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:16: Rachel Frawley and Julie Skrzypek of the Weird Sisters Theatre Project speak with Lois Reitzes about their season closer “Dangerous Women” at the Windmill Arts Center in East Point.
  • 17:33: Reitzes speaks with choreographer Juel D. Lane, whose piece will be performed with Ailey II this week in Atlanta.
  • 29:16: Reitzes speaks with actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph about working on Tig Notaro’s Amazon series “One Mississippi.”
  • 49:19: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht gives a run down of this fall’s festivals.

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City Lights: ‘The Blue Stain;’ Emory Film Series; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

1:22: Lois Reitzes speaks with Emory University German Professor Paul Buchholz and Professor Matthew Bernstein, Chair of Film and Media Studies at Emory, about the array of film series on view at Emory now.

23:03: Reitzes speaks with author Markus Zusak about his book “The Book Thief.”

32:11: Reitzes speaks with Emory Professor Peter Hoeyng and Jeff Mellor, who translated the novel “The Blue Stain” from German into English. The 1922 novel follows a young man of mixed race as he travels from Europe to the US and witnesses Atlanta’s race riots of 1906.


City Lights: Ghosts At Zuckerman Museum; Atlanta Pride; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:17: Atlanta Pride is ongoing this weekend and Lois Reitzes speaks with executive director Jamie Fergerson about the many arts offerings in the programming;
  • 17:20: Reitzes speaks with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Jon Ludwig and Jason Hines about their annual production, “The Ghostly Dreadfuls”;
  • 31:01: Amy Kiley reports on Georgia’s booming film industry as part of WABE’s series on the future of Atlanta;
  • 34:06: Reitzes speaks with Zuckerman Museum of Arts’ curator Teresa Bramlette Reeves and artist Ben Coleman about their current exhibition “Medium.”

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