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Week of 27 April 2009

Friday - May 1, 2009

City Cafe: Film Notes

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist David Lee Simmons, including a screening of Grey Gardens.

City Cafe: Best News Given In Five Words Or Less

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All week we’ve been asking listeners “What is the best news that you’ve ever received that was given to you in five words or less?” Here are the results.

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

Thursday - April 30, 2009

Fernbank Science Center

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This is National Astronomy Week, a celebration that culminates on Saturday with National Astronomy Day. It’s an annual event that gives astronomy-lovers a chance to share their passion with the astronomy-curious. Clubs, planetarium, observatories, and museums all over the country are hosting public viewing events, telescope workshops, hands-on activities, and presentations to increase awareness about the profession and hobby. In addition to these events it is also the International Year of Astronomy. Recently WABE’s John Lemley spoke with April Whitt, an Astronomer at Fernbank Science Center about the day

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 29, 2009

Atlanta Botanical Garden: Henry Moore

Moore In America

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Henry Moore was an English artist and sculptor who died in 1986 at the age of 88. He’s best known for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of art. For a limited time, one of those special locations featuring Moore’s work will be the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The exhibition, Moore in America, officially opens this Saturday. John Lemley spoke with the executive director, Mary Pat Matheson.

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.

Friday - Cursive - Variety Playhouse

Saturday - Ben Harper - Variety Playhouse

Saturday - Ponderosa - Vinyl - Live Performance

Tuesday - April 28, 2009

Alice Walker

Alice Walker

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On this date in 1983… Eatonton, Georgia native, Alice Walker, won the National Book award for her novel, The Color Purple. The book also won that year’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

And now, in an agreement announced late last week, much of her work will be archived at Emory University’s Robert Woodruff Library.

A Keeping of Records: The Art and Life of Alice Walker includes more than 2-hundred papers, handwritten drafts and even photos of her college days.

Recently the author spoke with WABE’s Rose Scott.

August Wilson Monologue Competition

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This past weekend marked the National Finals in the third annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, a scholarship-awarding, tri-city undertaking begun by True Colors Theatre Company’s Kenny Leon and Todd Kreidler.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently sat down with Atlanta finalist and winner of yesterday’s competition in New York, Tri-Cities High School student Galen Williams. Congratulations are also in order for second place winner William Cone also of Tri-Cities High School, and Carter Redman of Pittsburg who came in third.

Monday - April 27, 2009

Street Gang

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Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar and Grover. They’re all part of the neighborhood now. But, in November of 1969, they were all new kids on the block. Forty years later, Sesame Street is the longest-running children’s program on American television and, beyond our borders, has been televised in more than 120 other countries. Michael Davis has written a complete history of Sesame Street, interestingly for Viking Adult, and is here to talk to us about it.

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.