Week of 9 March 2009
Friday - March 13, 2009
Most Memorable Moment of Bad Luck
All this week we’ve been asking “what’s the worst or most memorable moment of bad luck that you’ve ever had?” and here are the results. City Café thanks all the dozens of people who phoned in.
North Springs Charter High School - Wizard of Oz
Well, we’re not in Sandy Springs anymore, Toto. North Springs Charter High School has selected the beloved musical The Wizard of Oz for its spring production. The school has big plans for the show, which opened last Friday night. The students are putting on a page to stage adaptation, including a mechanized tornado, detailed puppets, and, yes, even flying monkeys. North Springs Charter was invited to the 2008 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland for their production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet… and Bat Boy, The Musical. We visited the school on their last night of rehearsals before the big open
John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about the coming week in sports
Thursday- March 12, 2009
The playwright Tom Stoppard has said that “the prospect of reading Beckett’s letters quickens the blood like none other’s,” and on St. Patrick’s Day, blood will be pumping a lot quicker when some of the most distinguished voices in literature take the Emory stage to read in Fundamental Sounds: The Early Letters of Samuel Beckett. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with local actress and Emory Professor Emeritus Brenda Bynum about this remarkable project and how it came to Atlanta.
AJC - Shane Harrison
AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.
Wednesday - March 11, 2009
Late last year Mercer University Press released “Sacred Places: A Guide to the Civil Rights Sites in Atlanta, Georgia.” This tour book was written by Harry LeFever, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Spelman College, and Michael Page, geo-spatial librarian at Emory University. Sacred Places is organized around four walking and driving tours of places both famous, and long-forgotten in our city’s Civil Rights struggle. As part of a lecture series at the Georgia Center for the Book, both men will speak at the Decatur Library Auditorium tomorrow night.
WABE’s Morning Edition host, Steve Goss, spoke with Harry Lefever in December of 2008. You can listen to that extended interview here.
Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.
Tuesday - March 10, 2009
An Evening With Zelda
Zelda Sayre was born in Montgomery, Alabama on July 24, 1900 to a rich and prim Southern family. Shortly after finishing high school, she met F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance and, after a whirlwind romance, married him in 1920. After the success of Scott’s first novel, This Side of Paradise, the Fitzgeralds became celebrities constantly in the public spotlight, a situation which eventually took its toll on Zelda.
Here, John Lemley speaks with Debra Conner, who portrays Zelda in her one woman show, “An Evening With Zelda” at the Margaret Mitchell House in conjunction with this year’s Big Read of The Great Gatsby.
Theaters Nimble In Lagging Economy
Atlanta’s performing arts organizations haven’t escaped the country’s economic woes. One theater company has already shut its doors, and others are cutting back on productions. But in theater, the show must go on, and a few theaters are applying their creativity to finding ways to do just that.
Philip Graitcer has this story.
Monday - March 9, 2009
Local Books & Events
March 10th - Debra Conner performs as Zelda Fitzgerald
March 10th - Jack Riggs - “The Fireman’s Wife”
March 11th - Jodi Picoult - “Handle with Care”
March 11th - James Mann - “The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan”