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Week of 20 April 2009

Friday - April 24, 2009

The Flying Dutchman

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Tomorrow night The Atlanta Opera begins a run of Richard Wagner’s haunting, “The Flying Dutchman.” Since this is a musical tale of Norwegian sailors, the cast is primarily male; however, there are two female roles. One of those is Senta, a sailor’s daughter sung by a soprano. In Atlanta that singer will be Swedish-American soprano Erika Sunnegardh. She stopped by and spoke with host John Lemley.

Rainy Day Answers

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All week we’ve been asking listeners “What do you plan to do with your next rainy day?” Here are the results.

City Cafe would like to thank all callers who phoned in their answers.


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Thursday - April 23, 2009

Inman Park Festival

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The Atlanta neighborhood of Inman Park was the first planned residential suburb developed in the city and for a number of years has been home to the Inman Park Festival. Host, John Lemley spoke with the chair of the event Danny Feig-Sandoval.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Access Atlanta

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AJC Best Bets writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.

Wednesday - April 22, 2009

Outcasts United

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Outcasts United is the story of a soccer team made up of young refugees from scores of war torn nations set against the backdrop of Clarkston, Georgia—a small town still adjusting to being designated a refugee settlement.

Author Warren St. John appears for a lecture and book signing tonight at 7pm at the Carter Center.

Valerie Jackson’s interview with St. John airs May 15th & 16th on Between The Lines.

Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine

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Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.

Tuesday - April 21, 2009

National Poetry Month

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Fourteen years ago the Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month. Observed every April, It’s a time when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

Recently, our own Lois Reitzes sat down with Emory University professor of English and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey to talk about the place of poetry in our everyday lives.

Earth Day - Trees Atlanta

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In September 1969 at a conference in Seattle, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin raised a few dismissive eyebrows when he announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment.

As unlikely as it seemed at the time, Earth Day really marked the beginning of our modern environmental movement. Earth Day is now in its 39th year.

Trees play a big role in the health of this big ball we call home. In Atlanta, there’s a non-profit organization whose mission is to to preserve and protect the city’s trees. Marcia Bansley is the executive director of Trees Atlanta and stopped by to talk about how trees factor into our current environmental equation.

Monday - April 20, 2009

Gone With The Wind 70th Anniversary

John Lemley & Lillian Wyan at the 70th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind

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Yesterday afternoon, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre hosted a 70th anniversary screening of the film Gone with the Wind. The 1939 classic, starring Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable, was a page-to-screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Civil War novel. I was lucky enough to snag a couple of tickets for yesterday’s matinee, one for me and another for a very special guest.

Margaret Mitchell’s first cousin, Lillian Wyan at the Fox Theatre yesterday. We were at the movie palace for a 70th anniversary screening of Gone with the Wind, the 1939 film adaptation of her 1936 novel. The matinee was part of this year’s Atlanta Film Festival. The actual anniversary of the premiere is actually later this year, on December 15th.

Local Book Events


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Executive Director of the Decatur Book Festival and curator of verb.org Daren Wang stops by to talk about local area books and book events.