“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: Chamber Cartel; French New Wave; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:30: Atlanta-born opera singer and former All-American football player Morris Robinson speaks with Lois Reitzes about his residency with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, coming back home to Atlanta and his efforts to introduce classical music to younger ears;
  • 25:41: Emory University’s Film Department Chair Matthew Bernstein and curator James Steffen discuss the school’s four-month-long series of French New Wave films;
  • 34:06: Myke Johns visits the Goat Farm to report on Atlanta-based contemporary ensemble Chamber Cartel’s performance of a piece written for six percussionists — one of whom played an instrument that the musicians had to build themselves.

City Lights: Salman Rushdie; Johnny Mercer; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 00:00: WABE’s Erin Wright talks to singer/songwriter Gwen Hughes and Braves organist Matthew Kaminski, two of the members of local band Back in the Saddle;
  • 16:11: Author Salman Rushdie talked about his latest novel “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights”;
  • 31:28: WABE’s Gabbie Watts spoke with Jaqai Mickelsen and Omar Beach about their documentary, “Spilled Milk,”on sickle cell anemia.

City Lights: ‘A Christmas Carol’; George Wallace; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Scott Stewart talks about some of his favorite music from Christmas movies;
  • 19:22: Gabbie Watts profiles Betsy Goodrich, also known as Atlanta’s real-life superheroine Danger Woman;
  • 26:09: Comedian George Wallace speaks with Lois Reitzes about getting advice from Jerry Seinfeld, leaving his Las Vegas gigs and reaching out to a younger generation;
  • 32:59: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews this week’s theatrical events;
  • 35:00: H. Johnson narrates WABE’s own version of “A Christmas Carol,” featuring samples of different “Carol” performances all around Atlanta.

City Lights: Model Trains; ‘On Being Black’; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

City Lights: ‘Star Wars’; STE(a)M Trucks; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:01: Kate Sweeney reports on the STE(a)M truck, a mobile laboratory that combines science and art to teach kids outside of the classroom walls;
  • 6:57: Cellist Alisa Weilerstein discusses her new collaboration with pianist Inon Barnatan and how her career started with a cereal box;
  • 18:58: Gabbie Watts interviews local filmmaker Marcus Rosentrater about his experimental “Star Wars” film project, where he superimposed all six films in the series on top of each other;
  • 24:12: Maria Saporta explains the importance of the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund.

City Lights: A Family Tradition Of Forensic Art; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Michael Shapiro, director emeritus of the High Museum of Art, joins Lois Reitzes to talk about his new book, “Eleven Museums, Eleven Directors: Conversations on Art & Leadership”;
  • 17:53: Gabbie Watts reports on the art of forensic sketch artists, an art style that’s being passed down from Marla Lawson to her daughter, Kelly Lawson.

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