“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

The Allure 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.” 

City Lights: Cameron Espocito And Rhea Butcher; Daddy D’z; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:59: Chase Peacock and Jessica De Maria are part of the creative team behind the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival, and the two have a new show opening next week, called “Vivian,” a musical ghost story. They speak with Myke Johns.
  • 18:54: In this City Tours, A3C’s director Mike Walbert talks about eating at Daddy D’z for 30 days in a row.
  • 25:23: Paint Love is a nonprofit that unites artists with kids facing poverty and trauma. Lois Reitzes speaks with Paint Love’s founder Julie Ann McKevitt and one of their volunteer artists Ellen Gadberry about the organization.
  • 33:28: Johns speaks with show-runners, touring comedians, and married couple Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito about their “Back to Back” tour, which takes them through Atlanta tonight.

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City Lights: Designer Guo Pei; Asha Gomez; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:26: Lois Reitzes speaks with Atlanta-based Chef Asha Gomez. Her new cookbook is “Two Souths,” combining tastes from Southern India and the Southeastern United States;
  • 26:22: Reitzes speaks with SCAD FASH’s director Rafael Gomes and operations manager Rachel Evans about their exhibit featuring the work of Chinese designer Guo Pei;
  • 38:40: Reitzes speaks with playwright Topher Payne, who takes over the role of the misanthropic department store elf Crumpet in Horizon Theatre’s annual holiday season production of “The Santaland Diaries.”

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City Lights: Drag Queen Storytime; First Congregational; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:18: As it turns 150 years old, First Church is the largest Congregational church in the entire South with a storied past and a thriving present. The current pastor Rev. Dr. Dwight D. Andrews spoke with Lois Reitzes about some of the events surrounding the church’s 150th anniversary;
  • 23:47: Alice Lovelace is a cultural worker, writer and arts administrator who has been active in the arts in Atlanta since the mid-1970s. Myke Johns speaks with her to talk about how she came to call Atlanta home and fostered an arts scene;
  • 34:05: Atlanta drag queen Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker (aka Steven Igarashi-Bell) and Claudia Strange, marketing and public relations manager of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library, talk with Reitzes about their first Drag Queen Storytime event.

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City Lights: Atlanta Ballet 2; Out On Film; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:05: Out on Film opens tonight with “Happy: A Small Film with a Big Smile,” a documentary about visual artist (and former Atlantan) Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman. Lois Reitzes speaks with the artist, the film director Michael Patrick McKinley and Out on Film’s director Jim Farmer.
  • 22:26: Reitzes speaks with artists Julia Venske and Gregor Spänle about their public art piece “AutoEater” at the corner of 10th and Peachtree.
  • 32:42: Reitzes speaks with Georgia Tech students Caleigh Derreberry, Will Penniman and Kyle Holstein about DramaTech’s original production “High Ground.”
  • 40:23: The Atlanta Ballet begins a new season with a new program: Atlanta Ballet 2 is a training program for young dancers. They will be performing a special one-hour production of Beauty and the Beast this weekend geared toward young audiences. Reitzes speaks with guest choreographer Bruce Wells and Atlanta Ballet artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin.

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City Lights: Fabian Williams; Amy Ray; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 2:33: Lois Reitzes speaks with one-half of the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray, about her foray into country music;
  • 15:21: Reitzes speaks with Adam Fristoe about performing the one-man show “Dogs of Rwanda”;
  • 36:42: Reitzes speaks with artist Fabian Williams about his murals of Colin Kaepernick and Heather Heyer.

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City Lights: Dorothy Fields; ‘Project Dawn’; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:16: “City Lights” continues its series on the Great American Songbook with Adam Koplan. Between 1928 and 1973, lyricist Dorothy Fields wrote over 400 songs. Dozens of these songs were hits on Broadway and in Hollywood. Lois Reitzes speaks with Koplan to learn more about this extraordinary woman and her work;
  • 30:12: This is the 150th anniversary year of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue, called The Temple. Amy Kiley reports that the milestone has become an opportunity to honor The Temple’s civil rights legacy;
  • 36:20: Theatre has the power to inspire social change. In that spirit, Horizon Theatre Company has taken on a heavy topic for its new production, “Project Dawn.” Horizon’s co-founder and director Lisa Adler joins Reitzes, along with actress Carolyn Cook and Lauren Morris, Horizon’s community engagement director.

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