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Week of 22 March 2010

Friday, March 26th

The Gospel of John

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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

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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

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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.

The fountain memorializing Mary Latimer McLendon, though no longer functioning, still stands in the Georgia Capitol today.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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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

Atlanta Ballet's Rehearsal

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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

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 25th - The Soft Pack at The Earl

Friday, March 26th - Joanna Newsom at Variety Playhouse

Saturday, March 27th - Fanfarlo at The Loft


Tuesday, March 23rd

Storycorps - Roa

Carlos Roa & Gaby Pacheco

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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.


Francophonie Festival

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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

Ladies Rock Camp

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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

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.

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