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Week of 16 November 2009

Thursday, November 19th

Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony

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There are few musicians as versatile as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. He is equally comfortable playing jazz or classical music. He is not only an arts advocate, music educator, and the Artist Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Marsalis is also a composer. Excerpts from his Blues Symphony will be performed tonight by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with Wynton Marsalis about the commission and about working with ASO conductor Robert Spano.

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, November 18th

Johnny Mercer

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Today would have been the 100th birthday of the great American song writer Johnny Mercer. We remember one of Georgia’s greatest musical exports in a conversation with Georgia State University historian Dr. Glen Escue.

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, November 19 - Heavy Trash - The Earl

Wednesday, November 18th - David Berkeley and Kim Taylor - Eddie’s Attic

Tuesday, November 17th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Joyce & Errin Haines

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Atlanta’s own permanent StoryCorps booth opened earlier this fall & right here at WABE. Two of the first people who came through the door were 63-year-old Joyce Haines and her adopted now-grown-up daughter Errin Haines. It was an early birthday present for Joyce, but Errin had some questions about her own origins.

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Peachtree Battle

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Peachtree Battle, Atlanta’s longest-running production, debuted in September of 2001. Since then, the show has enjoyed over 1,200 performances and over 140,000 patrons have enjoyed the show. We sat down with Peachtree Battle’s co-writer, director and producer John Gibson to talk about the play, which is back for a limited engagement at Ansley Park Playhouse.

Monday, November 16th

Local Book Events

Verb.org

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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.

Monday, November 16th - Jeff Shaara - No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II

Wednesday, November 18th - Jennifer Burns - Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Night of 1,000 Laughs at Marcus Jewish Commmunity Center

Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival

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This year marks the 18th annual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center, a two week long event which opened last Tuesday. Our own Lois Reitzes sat with event Co-Chair Julie Mokotoff (MOCHA-toff) to discuss the festival’s highlights and their philosophy.