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Week of 29 March 2010

Friday, April 2nd

Easter Hats: A Look Under the Brim

Illona Cordona

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In many churches across town, Sunday mornings still sees a profusion of bright, springlike colors, in the form of ladies’ hats.

There’s a deep history behind the donning of beautiful and often elaborate hats. The inspiration for Irving Berlin’s song “Easter Bonnet” was inspired by the annual Easter Parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that makes its way from 5th Avenue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. And wearing the gorgeous, stylish creations to church, particularly on Easter, holds especially deep roots in the African-American community.

To learn more about the tradition behind the style, we paid a visit to local long-time milliner—or hat maker—Ilona Cordova. She owns A Tisket a Tasket in Roswell—a shoppe whose motto warns, “The next best thing to a hat is a halo. If you’re not wearing a halo, you’d better be wearing a hat.”

Having been a designer in New York, Illona remembers the Easter Parade well.

Your Stories About Those Unique Pets

All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “What’s something unique about your pet?” Here are some of our responses. Listen here.

…And here are a few web-exclusive responses that we couldn’t fit into the noon hour. Listen here.

Thanks for the many great responses to this week’s Have Your Say.

Thursday, April 1st

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.

Saturday, April 3rd - Atlanta Audobon Society Bird Walk

Through September 25th - Voices Across the Color Line

Saturday, April 3rd - Memory Flash

To hear the piece with Dr. Tim Crimmins on The Atlanta Student Movement, click here

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist, David Lee Simmons.

Wednesday, March 31st

The Threshing Floor

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The Jewish festival of Passover began Monday at sundown. A new recording of Jewish music from distant lands and cultures, The Threshing Floor, features singers and musicians from Atlanta’s Congregation Bet Haverim. WABE’s Lois Reitzes talked with choral director Will Robertson and music director Gayanne Weiss about this unique collection of recordings.

This Week in Independent Music

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.

Friday, April 2nd - Midlake at Variety Playhouse

Saturday, April 3rd - Girlyman at Eddie’s Attic

Tuesday, April 6th - Yeasayer at The Masquerade

Tuesday, March 30th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Ashe

Sandra & Jeffrey Ashe

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Sandra and Jeffrey Ashe have been a couple for 24 years and married for 18. But even when they made their vows, they knew their relationship would have to last sickness and health. After all, Jeff’s had type 2 diabetes almost his whole life.

Coworking: Independent Workers Create a New Kind of Office

Atlanta Magazine

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We’re used to seeing row upon row of Bluetooth devices and laptop computers in our neighborhood coffee-shops. But now, some of those self-employed people, seeking a more professional atmosphere, have started up new coworking facilities in neighborhoods all over Atlanta. These new offices have all the amenities of traditional offices, but without the “nine-to-five” grind.

Host John Lemley spoke with Candice Dyer, who wrote an article on the coworking trend for Atlanta magazine. He started off by asking her how this trend got its start.

Monday, March 29th

A Conversation with the Conductor of the ASO Pops

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If you’ve ever seen the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra play pops music (they recently played a tribute to the music of John Williams), then you’ve probably noticed Michael Krajewski. He was recently named the Principle Pops Conductor for the ASO. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with him for a revealing conversation about the place of pops music within the Symphony’s repertoire.

Local Book Events


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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 30th - Mary Jane Mahan - Love At The Pub

Wednesday, March 31st - Deborah Blum - The Poisoner’s Handbook

Friday, April 2nd - Barbara Hamby & Robert Fanning - Poetry At Tech