“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 Laureate Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage creates in all literary forms, and the many facets of her writing were acknowledged by Mayor Bottoms recently, as she named Pearl Cleage the first Poet Laureate of Atlanta. She spoke with Lois Reitzes about the honor.

Also, the High Museum’s Sarah Kennel and Maria Kelly talk with Lois about the exhibition “Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection”.

And, Fernbank’s Education Director, Sarah Arnold takes us through some habitats found throughout the world.  

City Lights: Georgia Grammy Nominees; Fulton County Arts And Culture; And More

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.

City Lights: Arts And Atlanta’s Mayoral Runoff

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.

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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.

City Lights: Roy Wood Jr.; Jay Longino; And More

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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City Lights: Lonnie Holley Documentary; Wonder Goblin Toys; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:10: Lois Reitzes speaks with Atlanta filmmaker George King about his documentary focusing on artist and musician Lonnie Holley, which he has been working on for 21 years.
  • 29:09: Reitzes speaks with filmmaker and monster maker James Sizemore about his company Wonder Goblin Toys.
  • 44:44: Reitzes speaks with Kate Breakey, an internationally renowned artist known for her lyrical, evocative, and often large-scale photographs, about her work on view at Brickworks Gallery.

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City Lights: ‘Smitten Kitchen’; Vietnam War Exhibition; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:26: The Atlanta History Center’s Director of Oral History and Genealogy Sue Verhoef talks with Lois Reitzes about the Veterans History Project and the center’s current exhibition focusing on the Vietnam War called “More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War.”
  • 18:00: Blogger turned cookbook author Deb Perelman talks with Reitzes about her new book “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.”
  • 36:58: Dad’s Garage improviser Jon Carr talks with Reitzes about his first play is called “Black Nerd.”

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City Lights: ‘Miss Bennet’; ‘Soul of Philanthropy’; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:29: Lois Reitzes speaks with curator Tracy Murrell about the exhibit on view at the Auburn Avenue Research Library “The Soul of Philanthropy” along with Elyse Hammett, the vice president of marketing and communications with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
  • 17:57: Children’s book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers talks with Reitzes about “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.”
  • 31:23: Reitzes speaks with director Carolyn Cook and actress Amelia Fischer about Theatrical Outfit’s production of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.”

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