“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: 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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City Lights: ‘Threads Of Time’; ‘Wicket’; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:10: Gabbie Watts speaks with Dad’s Garage writer Travis Scott and actor and singer Jayme Alilaw about their new scripted show, “Wicket”;
  • 18:40: Lois Reitzes speaks with Justin Anderson, the director of Theatrical Outfit and Aurora’s joint production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” along with actor David De Vries, who plays Claude Frollo. It opens at Theatrical Outfit this week;
  • 34:56: Reitzes speaks with curator and Emory art history professor Rebecca Stone about the Carlos Museum’s new exhibition ”Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles” along with the Carlos Museum’s Chief Conservator Renee Stein.

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City Lights: Kara Walker; Jiha Moon; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:33: Lois Reitzes speaks with artist Kara Walker about her piece now in the High Museum permanent collection;
  • 20:02: Hudgens Prize finalist Jiha Moon speaks with Reitzes about her work combining traditional and contemporary elements;
  • 30:30: Artist and environmental activist Pam Longobardi speaks with Reitzes about her current exhibit now on view at Hathaway Gallery. 

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City Lights: Emily Saliers; ‘Atlanta’s A Drag’; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:16: Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers talks with Lois Reitzes about her new album, “Murmuration,” which is also her first solo record;
  • 25:53: Reitzes speaks with comedian Tig Notaro, who performs in Atlanta this Sunday;
  • 33:33: Atlanta drag performers Wild Cherry Sucret and Bubba D Licious and TV producer Lauren Cribb speak with Reitzes about their reality series “Atlanta’s A Drag.”

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City Lights: Comedian Rory Scovel; Film Education; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:03: Atlanta filmmaker Linda Burns speaks with Lois Reitzes about the importance of education for Georgia’s growing film industry.
  • 20:58: Comedian Rory Scovel speaks with Myke Johns about his recent Netflix special “Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For the First Time,” which was shot in Atlanta.
  • 32:18: Artist Pam Longobardi speaks with Reitzes about her exhibit “Reworlding” now on view at Hathaway Gallery. 

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