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Week of 19 April 2010

Friday, April 23rd

The Break-Up

John Lemley gets broken up

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Hey, do you want to get dumped? It will only take a minute.

That’s the pitch that Out Of Hand Theater is using to promote performances of The Break-Up at two upcoming street festivals.

More performance art than theater piece, the “show” takes place in a car where you are the lone audience member.

Recently, producer Kate Sweeney and host John Lemley both had their hearts broken by the troupe. That’s John, in the above photo. Kate produces this story.


All Things Active

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John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about the coming week in sports.


Thursday, April 22nd

Earth Day

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. It was on this date in 1970 that Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded the celebration. Since then, Earth Day has been celebrated in many countries around the globe. Today, Marcia Bansley, the Executive Director of Trees Atlanta, sits down with WABE’s John Lemley to discuss Earth Day’s past, present, and future here in Atlanta.


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 the city this week.

April 22nd through 25th - North Georgia Arrowhead Makers & Primitive Arts Festival

April 24th & 25th - Jonquil Festival

April 24th & 25th - Inman Park Spring Festival

April 24th - International Food Festival


Wednesday, April 21st

Style Lab

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Recent years have seen a rise in fashion-conscious entertainment. Shows like Project Runway, Ugly Betty, and movies like The Devil Wears Prada have helped to make the fashion industry enthralling, even to those of us who’ve never been to the Garment District.

Appropriately this year, the Savannah College of Art and Design’s School of Fashion broke free of the School of Design to become its own independent department. Students learn everything from the basics of sewing a button to creating a look to marketing their creations.

WABE’s Myke Johns headed down to their Atlanta campus to visit some seniors as they prepared their collections for the runway.


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.

Saturday, April 24th - Joshua James at Eddie’s Attic

Saturday, April 24th - Frightened Rabbit at The Masquerade

Wednesday, April 28th - The Tallest Man on Earth at The Earl


Tuesday, April 20th

Black Pearl Sings

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Who does more to preserve a traditional folksong, the singers who pass it from generation to generation, or the academic who records it for posterity? That’s the question explored in Black Pearl Sings, a play now onstage at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre. In the play, which takes place in 1935, a poor inmate named Pearl is discovered at a Texas penitentiary. The character doing the discovering is a folklorist named Susannah.

Earlier, we sat down with Cynthia Barrett, who plays Susannah, and Minka Wiltz, who plays Pearl. We got to hear some of the play’s powerful music, but the conversation began with Cynthia giving us a bit of historical background on the play’s narrative.


Monday, April 19th

Acclaimed Brit Rocker Finds Home in the Georgia Countryside

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When most people consider our state’s eclectic musical output, they think of Atlanta’s hip hop scene or the indie rockers in Athens. But miles away from both, amid cow pastures and dirt roads, the songwriting duo Holly Golightly and a Texan who goes by the name of Lawyer Dave have made their home. WABE’s Myke Johns trekked out to Danielsville to pay a visit to Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, got lost, and finally found the two transplants at home.

You can see video of the two rehearsing on our Facebook page!


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, April 22nd - Kitty Kelley - Oprah

Thursday, April 22nd - Connie May Fowler - How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly

Monday, April 26th - Mark Kurlansky - The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris