“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

Musician Mike Kinnebrew

Lois Reitzes interviews musician Mike Kinnebrew about his music and new album “One Way To Find Out,” recorded live at Eddie’s Attic; Safe Hands Company cofounder, Christi Woods, and artist Yoyo Ferro about the Safe Hands Artist Series; educator Kyra Sampson and Karen Singer, artist Tiny Doors ATL, about their virtual arts lesson plan for kids and teachers; and Veronica Kessenich of the Atlanta Contemporary and Angela Harris of Dance Canvas about their partnership to provide space for dancers and performances.

City Lights: Spivey Hall; ‘A Thousand Naked Strangers’; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

City Lights: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Tom Key; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:23: Tom Key, artistic director at Theatrical Outfit, joins Lois Reitzes to talk about his 20 years working with the organization and how Atlanta theater has changed during his tenure;
  • 19:10: Architect Michael Kahn of Curbed Atlanta discusses a historic Buckhead mansion designed by Philip Trammell Shutze that is set to be torn down and what it means for the state of Atlanta building conservation;
  • 25:19: Donald Runnicles, the principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, returns to the studio to speak about his love for the human voice and the orchestra’s new production of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis.”

City Lights: Alvin Ailey; Mapping The Art World; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:44: Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, joins Lois Reitzes in the studio to discuss the organization’s history and its collaboration with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights;
  • 25:30: National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu talks about the Endowment’s new initiative “Creativity Connects,” a massive research and grant project;
  • 35:26: Writer Guillermo Castro explores how Atlanta’s economic and structural developments are affecting the city’s music scene;
  • 46:07: Kimberly Harbrecht of Atlanta PlanIt previews Atlanta’s week in theatrical performances.

City Lights: ‘Atlanta In 50 Objects’; Oscar Music; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:11: Myke Johns visits the Atlanta History Center for a look at their new crowdsourced exhibit, “Atlanta in 50 Objects”;
  • 5:38: Dr. Uzee Brown, chair of Morehouse College’s music department, discusses his new CD, which features 17 of his best compositions and arrangements;
  • 18:35: Stephannie Stokes takes a tour of the photography exhibit “On Being Black,” which features African-American artists delving into the topic of race;
  • 27:34: Scott Stewart joins Lois Reitzes in the studio for a look at the recent Oscar-nominated soundtracks.

City Lights: ‘Wild Africa’; Feminist Bookstores; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:18: Myke Johns visits 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points to see the latest entry in the theater’s “Home Brew” series, which workshops new works from local artists;
  • 5:49: Kate Sweeney interviews Elizabeth Anderson, the executive director of Charis Circle, about the future of Charis Books & More, the oldest feminist bookstore in the country;
  • 15:45: Gabbie Watts previews Fernbank Museum’s new IMAX feature, “Wild Africa”;
  • 24:42: Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at some upcoming concerts — including Madonna, hip-hop and more.

City Lights: Making Audio Guides; Arts Education; And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: Jessica Booth, Georgia Department of Education’s fine arts specialist, speaks with Lois Reitzes about the state of arts education in Georgia;
  • 12:06: Myke Johns reports on an outlandish bit of audience disruption at Atlanta’s Shakespeare Tavern;
  • 19:11: Stephannie Stokes visits a group that’s attempting to address racial stereotypes through community discussions;
  • 23:28: Myke Johns goes behind the scenes to see how the High Museum crafts its audio guides.

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