“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

David Driskell At The High

Lois Reitzes talks with Leatrice Ellzy about her time at Hammonds House Museum as well as her move to senior director of programming at the Apollo Theatre in New York; Matt Paxton about the new PBS series “Legacy List,” which airs every Wednesday at 5PM on ATL-PBA; and High Museum curator Michael Rooks about David Driskell’s first posthumous exhibition, “Icons of Nature and History” on view through May 9th.

City Lights: Atlanta Homeward Choir; Norman Lear; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: The late Robert Shaw and former WCLV host Martin Perlich talk about what Atlanta’s music scene looked like in 1969;
  • 6:54: Producer Gabbie Watts talks with Henry Diltz about his experience as a photographer in the folk music world; 
  • 13:27: Amy Kiley reports on the Atlanta Homeward Choir, a group of Atlanta-area homeless men who performed at the White House in 2015;
  • 20:28: Producer Norman Lear speaks with Lois Reitzes about his long career developing more than 100 TV shows.

City Lights: Roy Blount Jr. Saves Room For Pie; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:21: Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, shares his memories of being hired by Robert Shaw;
  • 8:39: ​Myke Johns speaks with choreographer Twyla Tharpe about her new ballet ““The Princess and the Goblin”;
  • 13:41: Author and humorist Roy Blount Jr. shares some of his “chewy ruminations” from his new book on food;
  • 18:35: Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss preview the weekend’s best concerts on “Mara’s Music Mix.”

City Lights: Clarkston Grocery; British Accents; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:00: In an archived interview, Robert Shaw describes what he finds so compelling about Brahm’s “German Requiem”;
  • 8:22: Jeff Watkins, the artistic director of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, discusses Shakespearean dialects, the changing Atlanta theatrical audience and more;
  • 13:52: Stephannie Stokes reports on how a small Clarkston grocery store learned to survive by embracing the town’s changing demographics;
  • 18:14: In the latest “Writer to Reader,” best-selling Atlanta author Joshilyn Jackson offers advice on how to get an author to visit your book club;
  • 27:20: Atlanta PlanIt’s Kimberly Harbrecht previews what’s going on this week on Atlanta’s stages.

City Lights: ‘The Light In The Piazza’; Illumine; And More

Tuesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:10: Theatrical Outfit director Richard Garner discusses the company’s new staging of “The Light in the Piazza”;
  • 15:58: Atlanta Symphony chorus member and executive producer Kiki Wilson talks about the film that’s been in her mind for three decades, “Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices“;
  • 30:06: Erin Wright speaks with Oakland Cemetery’s marketing and PR manager Pamela Henman and gardener Cooper Sanchez about the cemetery’s new programming, “Illumine … an Evening of Light and Art in the Garden”;
  • 37:24: Adrienne Thompson, program manager of Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, and high school junior and oboist Mekhi Gladden talk about the program, which is committed to diversifying orchestras.

City Lights: Music And The Brain; Hip-Hop Learning; And More

Monday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:30: Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, talks about the beginnings of his experience working closely with conductor Robert Shaw;
  • 11:03: Dr. Bettina Love speaks with Gabbie Watts about creating a hip-hop curriculum for elementary school students and hip-hop education’s origins;
  • 23:02: ”Stories of Atlanta” looks at the life, achievements and the Atlanta connections of W.E.B. Dubois;
  • 24:02: Dr. Scott Stewart and neuroscientist Dr. Anna Moore explore some of the latest findings about music and brain research.

City Lights: Outrageous Fashion; Atlanta Concerts; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 0:20: Conductor Robert Shaw discusses the importance of creative experiences in an archived interview;
  • 5:32: Gabbie Watts tours two very different exhibits at SCAD FASH, which are now in their final weeks at the museum;
  • 12:46: Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss preview the weekend’s best concerts on “Mara’s Music Mix.”

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