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Week of 12 October 2009

Friday - October 16, 2009

Driveway Moments

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This week’s question on City Cafe.

All week we’ve been asking listeners to call in with their public radio driveway moment. Here are some of the listeners that phoned in.

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

All Things Active

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John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about the coming week in sports

Thursday - October 15, 2009

John Portman

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If you’ve spent any time in Atlanta, you’re probably already familiar with the work of John Portman without even realizing it. Portman is the architect responsible for Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Marriott Marquis, the fourteen-block Peachtree Center complex and many other icons of our city’s skyline. His work here at home, across the country and abroad has earned him numerous architectural and design awards—and now the High Museum has dedicated three floors to an exhibition which features furniture, paintings, sculpture and of course architectural projects spanning Portman’s five decades of national and international developments.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down for a conversation with the artist himself, but started with a tour given by Coordinator of Museum Interpretation Jenna Madison.

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 - October 14, 2009

Film Notes

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A couple times a month we visit with arts journalist David Lee Simmons to talk about what’s coming up in films around Atlanta. Earlier we talked with him about several of the events coming up over the next few weeks, starting with a well-known film from 20 years ago.

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.

Thursday, October 15th - Elizabeth & The Catapult - Eddie’s Attic

Friday, October 16th - Deer Tick - Drunken Unicorn

Tuesday, October 20th - Leonard Cohen - Fox Theatre

Tuesday - October 13, 2009

The High’s Horse

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If you’ve been by the High Museum of Art recently odds are you couldn’t help but notice one of their latest works. A huge nearly 30-foot horse … a replica of something that Leonardo Da Vinci originally made out of clay over 5-hudnred years ago. His idea was to eventually use the large model to make a similar bronze sculpture, but that never came to be. WABE’s David Barasoain has more on the High’s horse and people’s reaction to it.

Atlanta Sounds: Cigar Box Guitars

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Homemade instruments have been a longtime staple for poor musicians throughout history. Starting sometime in the 1840s, the cigar box became a favorite raw material for folks who wanted to play banjo, fiddle or guitar but couldn’t afford one. The cigar box guitar was especially popular among blues musicians like Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Bo Diddley, many of whom began playing music after building their own instruments. In this Atlanta Sounds Long Play, we catch up with Mike Snowden in his home workshop, where the tradition of these unique—aromatic—handmade instruments is being kept alive.

Monday - October 12, 2009

The Laramie Project

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Today is the 11th anniversary of the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. The trial and eventual incarceration of his attackers began a national dialogue about hate crimes and tolerance. Hoping to keep that conversation going, more than 100 theatres worldwide will simultaneously present staged interactive readings of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (An Epilogue). It’s a follow-up to The Laramie Project, a 2000 play about the tragedy. Two Atlanta theatres are joining forces to take part in tonight’s event, the Alliance Theatre and Actor’s Express. We recently sat down with Freddy Ashley, Artistic Director of Actor’s Express, to discuss the production.

Local Book Events

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Program Director of the Decatur Book Festival Tom Bell stops by to talk about local area books and book events.

Tuesday, October 13th - Max Cleland - “Heart of a Patriot”

Tuesday, October 13th - Taylor Branch - The Clinton Tapes

Sunday, October 18th - Tony Horwitz - “A Voyage Long and Strange”