Week of 22 March 2010
Friday, March 26th
The Gospel of John
This month at Oglethorpe University, Georgia Shakespeare is presenting The Gospel of John, a one-man performance focused on the Biblical book of the same name. For over ten years, actor and associate artist Brad Sherill has performed the show throughout the country and abroad. Earlier, he stopped by for a chat with host John Lemley, and he began by telling us about the genesis of this work.
In addition to The Gospel of John, Sherill will be premiering his new show, Prophets, a multimedia performance that takes from prophetic Biblical texts such as the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Both shows will run through this weekend at Oglethorpe University.
Have Your Say - Spring Cleaning
All week we’ve been asking listeners to tell us stories of spring cleaning in their lives. Here are some of the folks who phoned in.
We thank everyone for the many great responses to this week’s “Have Your Say.”
Thursday, March 25th
Georgia History - Women’s Suffrage
It wasn’t until March 27th, 1970, that the Georgia General Assembly ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Of course, the Federal amendment had gone into effect fifty years before, on August 26th, 1920. WABE’s John Lemley sat down with Dr. Tim Crimmins to learn more about why it took so long for Georgia to catch up.
Dr. Crimmins is a history professor and director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Bets” writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around Atlanta this week.
Saturday, March 27th - BaconFest
March 27th & 28th - Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Friday, March 26th - Caroline Herring
Through April 3rd - Art In The Eye Of A Needle: Micro-sculpture by Willard Wigan
Wednesday, March 24th
Atlanta Ballet - Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
This week, the Atlanta Ballet is presenting the US premiere of a James Kudelka ballet, The Four Seasons, which he created for the National Ballet of Canada in 1997. The music was written over two and a half centuries before that by Antonio Vivaldi. The score is Vivaldi’s set of four violin concertos, The Four Seasons, penned in 1723.
The Atlanta Ballet production will feature some very special performances. These include that of artistic director John McFall. The production will also see the first stage appearance in 36 years by former Atlanta Ballet artistic director Robert Barnett, who has danced with such famous companies as the Original Ballet Russe and the New York City Ballet. We spoke with Mr. Barnett about his 36-year sabbatical.
Paste magazine’s Kevin Keller stops by to tell us what’s happening this weekend in Atlanta’s independent music scene.
Tuesday, March 23rd
Storycorps - Roa
Gaby Pacheco pushed herself to take college-level classes in high school. But an academic conflict before her senior year meant choosing between two loves.
Gaby’s family moved to the US from Ecuador when she was seven, without legal papers. She visited the Atlanta Storycorps booth during a 1,500-mile walk from Miami to Washington DC to raise awareness about the issues facing undocumented young people. For more on that project, visit here.
Every March, French speakers and Francophiles in cities around the world hold festivals to celebrate the French language and the diversity of French-speaking cultures. On the occasion of Atlanta’s own Francophonie Festival, which runs through March 25th, WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with Atlanta Consul-General Pascal Le Deunff.
You can find a complete schedule of festival events here.
Monday, March 22nd
Ladies Rock Camp
Maybe you’ve heard the story. A lot of boys spend their teenage years playing in rock and roll bands, while a lot of girls spend their teenage years cheering in the audience.
Several years ago, the first Rock Camp for Girls, in Portland, Oregon, set out to change that. More girls’ rock camps sprung up and started handing teenage girls around the country electric guitars and drumsticks, including one here in Atlanta.
Now, as a fundraiser for its Girls’ Rock Camp, Atlanta’s organizers have started a weekend camp for older would-be rockers.
Kate Sweeney brings us the sights and sounds of the city’s very first Ladies’ Rock Camp.
Local Book Events
Thursday, March 25th - Chang Rae Lee - The Surrendered
Thursday, March 25th - Scott Russell Sanders - A Conservationist Manifesto
Sunday, March 28th - Chelsea Handler - Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang