“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

Out On Film Festival Goes Virtual

Lois Reitzes talks with Jim Farmer about this year’s virtual Out On Film Festival; curator and Welch School gallery director Cynthia Farnell and artist MaDora Frey about two exhibitions at Georgia State Univeristy’s Welch Gallery, “MaDora Frey: Stargaze” and “A Facsimile of Events”; Zach Lamplugh, writer and director of “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Bigfoot”; and directors, Betsy West and Julie Cohen about “RBG,” a documentary that explores U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and her rise to the top.

City Lights: Atlanta Theater Update; Storytelling; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:44: Storyteller Ames Simmons discusses the event “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold, and Proud,” where eight storytellers with tell personal stories about their LGBTQ experiences;
  • 18:03: Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano previews this week’s concerts featuring Shostakovich, John Adams and Mozart;
  • 27:20: Architect Michael Kahn talks about preserving historical buildings in Atlanta;
  • 45:06: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

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City Lights: Cordis; Atlanta Black Theatre Festival; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:50: The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival’s founder and producing director Toni Henson discusses this year’s event and the festival’s five-year anniversary. Local playwright Janice Liddell joins in to talk about her play, “Who Will Sing for Lena,” that will appear on the mainstage during the festival;
  • 18:00: Cellist Matt Haimovitz discuses his latest album, “Overtures to Bach,” which is a collection of new works from composers ranging from Philip Glass to Vijay Iyer, all offering their own overtures to and for Bach’s six cello suites;
  • 31:00: Richard Grimes and Andrew Beall talks about their band cordis, which is a self-described post-rock chamber ensemble.

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City Lights: John Paul White; Destination Dance; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:48: Thurgood Marshall’s granddaughter Cecilia Marshall talks about the legacy of her grandfather and how she’s tried to carry that on in light of Theatrical Outfit’s production of “Thurgood”;
  • 20:17: Amy Kiley profiles the nation’s first African-American radio station founded here in Atlanta. It was founded on this day in 1949;
  • 26:01: Gabbie Watts speaks with musician John Paul White about his new album “Beulah.” He’s performs at the Variety Playhouse on Friday;
  • 37:00: The Alvin Ailey Foundation’s Executive Director Bennett Rink talks about their new initiative, Destination Dance, that will bring more Ailey programs to Atlanta.

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City Lights: Foxfire Magazine; Liquid Blackness; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:35 Singer Storm Large talks about her career in advance of her appearance as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert UK Rocks! Friday night;
  • 20:05 Amy Kiley looks at the history of The Foxfire Magazine, which is dedicated to Appalachian life and turns 50 this year;
  • 25:50 GSU professor Alessandra Raengo discusses film series and research group liquid blackness, which is hosting “Lemonade” director Kahlil Joseph next week.

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City Lights: ‘Threepenny Opera’; Children’s Books; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:49: GSU law professor Jonathan Todres talks about his research and book about how children can learn about their human rights through literature;
  • 24:46: On this week’s “Writer to Reader,” author Joshilyn Jackson talks about why burgeoning novels shouldn’t quit their day jobs;
  • 33:04: “The Threepenny Opera” has been extended at the 7 Stages. Artistic director Michael Haverty and musical director Brian Mercer talk about their production of the show.

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City Lights: User-Centered Design; Atlanta Meat; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:52: Food and music contributor Mara Davis highlights some of the nicest cuts in Atlanta meats;
  • 18:04: Two exhibits focuses on technology customized for human use close at the Museum of Design Atlanta this weekend. We look back at Gabbie Watts’ preview of the exhibits;
  • 23:04: Lois speaks with actor Geoffrey D. Williams about playing a supreme court justice in the Theatrical Outfit’s production of “Thurgood.”

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