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Week of 1 March 2010

Friday, March 5th

Oscar Picks

All week we’ve been asking listeners, “What are your Oscar Picks?” Here’s what some people had to say.

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Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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The twelve-member Palast Orchester specializes in re-creating the sound of German dance music of the 1920s and ’30s. They will be performing at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre this weekend as they near the end of their current US tour. Host John Lemley recently caught up with the band’s leader, charismatic baritone Max Raabe. Herr Raabe began the phone interview by explaining the make-up of his orchestra.


Thursday, March 4th

Wild & Scenic Film Fest

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The hidden costs of conventional agriculture. Looking beyond the “eco”-label at grocery stores. And an average guy makes the resolution to stop using plastic grocery bags. All of these subjects are fodder for movie-making at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, taking place at Atlanta’s Tara Theater this Sunday afternoon. The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia River Network and Georgia Forest Watch are hosting the event, which hopes to build upon the growing public awareness of the environment and features a number of inspiring and educational films. WABE’s John Lemley spoke with the UCR’s Mary Harrison about it.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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

March 4th through March 7th - The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival

Saturday, March 6th - Matthew Kaminski CD release show

March 4th through April 15th - Russian Tea Party

Thursday, March 4th - Throw Down Your Heart: Béla Fleck Brings the Banjo Back to Africa

Saturday, March 6th - Béla Fleck’s The Africa Project


Wednesday, March 3rd

Our Dogs, Ourselves? Pet Names See a Change.

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Goodbye, Rover and Fido. Hello, Eliza and Tyler. These days at the dog park, you’re likely to hear names that sound like they belong in an elementary school. playground The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Helena Olivera has written an article about giving dogs human names, and she stopped by to talk with WABE’s John Lemley about it.


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, March 4th - Jenny Owen Youngs - The Earl

Friday, March 5th - They Might Be Giants - Variety Playhouse

Sunday, March 7th - Ani Difranco - Variety Playhouse


Tuesday, March 2nd

Storycorps - Jones

Rachelle Jones & Stephanie Grant

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Until recently, there had never been a commercial flight crew made up solely of African-American women. That changed by accident in February 2009, when Rachelle Jones and Stephanie Grant co-piloted an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight from Atlanta to Nashville—with African-American flight attendants also on board. A year later, Rachelle and Stephanie sat down to reflect on that first.


Star Soprano Talks Verdi

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Mary Elizabeth Williams is the lead in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, now onstage at the Cobb Energy Centre. Recently, the woman who has been called “the next great Aida” by the Atlanta Opera’s general director, Dennis Hanthorn, came by for a delightfully down-to-earth conversation with host John Lemley.


Monday, March 1st

Free to Be…You and Me

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The Synchronicity Performance Group is putting on a show whose material some of us may recall from when we had young children, or from when we were children ourselves. Free to Be…You and Me was an album, a book, and a movie from the 1970s, and now it’s a play at Seven Stages Theatre in Little Five Points. Kate Sweeney went to a matinee performance and spoke with host John Lemley about it.


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.

Tuesday, March 2nd - Mara Shalhoup - The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family

Thursday, March 4th - Lisa See - Shanghai Girls

Tuesday, March 2nd - Chris Cleave - Little Bee