Week of 21 December 2009
Wednesday, December 23rd
Georgia History: The Fox Opening
It’s time for us to take a look at this month in Georgia history and to help us do that is Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.
On December 25, 1929 Atlanta got a great birthday present in form of a movie palace, Atlanta’s Fox Theatre opened.
Paste Magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.
Tuesday, December 22nd
In her late teens and early 20s, Della Allstrom got in lots of trouble… parts of it stemming from bipolar disorder and an addiction to drugs. But after more than 5 years estranged from her family Della got clean and served her time. Now in an emotional conversation, she tells her mom, Nancy, about an unexpected Christmas gift…
Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” 50th
In 1891, Russian composer Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky wrote a ballet based on a Christmas story of E.T.A. Hoffman. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” premiered the next December at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 2009, nearly every major ballet troupe in the world has staged a performance of The Nutcracker. In fact, the Atlanta Ballet is marking quite a Nutcracker milestone this year, the company’s 50th annual staging of Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet. WABE’s John Lemley stopped by the Fox Theatre earlier this month to take in the sights and sounds of one of the final dress rehearsals.
Monday, December 21st
Toast of Christmas Past
Here we have a look at a vocal group that’s keeping a long-standing holiday tradition alive and well, when we chat with Fiona Leonard, creator of the caroling group “Toast of Christmas Past.”
Chris Kayser as Scrooge
Atlanta native and actor Chris Kayser has played many roles in the Charles Dickens play, “A Christmas Carol” over the years. Some of them include Bob Cratchit, Marley and even the Ghost of Christmas Future, but today he’s best known for his role as the lead character, Scrooge and earlier he sat down to talk to us about the play and what he sees as some of the life lessons it still holds.
Chris Kayser plays Scrooge in the Alliance Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol. It runs now through Christmas Eve.