“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

City Lights: Gad Elmaleh; Super Bowl Bets; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:52: Renowned comedian Gad Elmaleh speaks with Lois Reitzes in advance of his appearance at Symphony Hall;
  • 29:10: Out Front Theatre’s Paul Conroy speaks with Reitzes about his theater company dedicated to telling stories about the LGBTQIA community;
  • 40:20: Dad’s Garage’s Kevin Gillese and Matt Horgan talk with Reitzes about a Super Bowl bet they have with their improv counterpart in Boston. 

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City Lights: Remembering Richard Thomas; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:30: Lois Reitzes speaks with choreographer Sandra Hughes and director Julie Skrzypek about Synchronicity Theatre and Gateway Performance Productions’ joint production of “The One and Only Ivan,” which is based on the true story of Zoo Atlanta gorilla Ivan.
  • 18:08: Kate Sweeney explores R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, the so-called “Bird Restaurant.” Its founder and Atlanta culinary icon Richard Thomas died last week.
  • 25:10: Musician Bill Taft reads an essay dedicated to his friend, Benjamin Smoke, who left a profound mark on Atlanta’s underground music scene.
  • 31:16: Filmmaker Robert Philipson speaks with Reitzes about his documentary “Body and Soul: An American Bridge,” which is part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. 

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City Lights: The Nile Project; ‘Rise Up’; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:21: Lois Reitzes talks to Rabbi Micah Lapidus about his composition “Rise Up,” which has been performed for the last five years as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat;
  • 7:12: Lois revisits an interview she did last year with Atlanta Braves infielder and musician Chase d’Arnaud. They talked about how he got into music and d’Arnaud performed some of his songs live;
  • 26:11: The Nile Project producer and CEO Mina Girgis and Leslie Gordon, director of Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, discuss The Nile Project, which aims to unite the countries the Nile River passes through using music.

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City Lights: Art Smith; ‘Million Dollar Quarter’; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:33: Chef Art Smith joins Lois Reitzes to talk about cooking, his humanitarian work and the culture and food of the South;
  • 29:40: ArtsATL executive editor Laura Relyea and producer Erin Wright have the latest Atlanta arts and culture news on “ArtsCast”;
  • 33:11: Atlanta PlanIt gives a rundown of what’s happening this week in theater;
  • 34:51: Reitzes talks with two members of The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, actor Ethan Parker and actor and director Chris Damiano about their new production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

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City Lights: Art Smith; ‘Million Dollar Quartet’; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:33: Chef Art Smith joins Lois Reitzes to talk about cooking, his humanitarian work and the culture and food of the South;
  • 29:40: ArtsATL executive editor Laura Relyea and producer Erin Wright have the latest Atlanta arts and culture news on “ArtsCast”;
  • 33:11: Atlanta PlanIt gives a rundown of what’s happening this week in theater;
  • 34:51: Reitzes talks with two members of The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, actor Ethan Parker and actor and director Chris Damiano about their new production of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

City Lights: Burns Day; Heroic Orphans; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:23: Lois Reitzes talks with actress Maria Mamona and writer, director and producer Ryszard Bugajski about the film “Blindness,” which is being shown at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival;
  • 19:21: Commentator Joshilyn Jackson examines the recurring trope of the “hero-orphan” found in fiction in “Writer to Reader”;
  • 29:08: Scotsman Hamish Caldwell joins Reitzes to talk about Burns Day, a holiday celebrated in Scotland to honor Scottish poet Robert Burns.

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