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Week of 3 May 2010

Friday, May 7th

Wisdom from Our Mothers

All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “What is something you learned from your mother?” Here are some of the responses from the deluge we were happy to receive.

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Thanks to everyone who called in for this week’s Have Your Say.

Thursday, May 6th

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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

Opens May 7th - Red Riding Trilogy

Month of May - Races, Chases & Classy Chassis: Cars On Screen

Saturday, May 8th - Rebel Scum

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.

May 7th through 9th - Sweet Auburn Springfest

May 8th & 9th - Dunwoody Art Festival

May 8th & 9th - 20th Annual Colors Festival of Arts

May 7th - Chita Rivera: My Broadway

Wednesday, May 5th

A Conversation with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s New CEO

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Stanley Romanstein comes to Atlanta from Saint Paul, where he served as president of the Minnesota Humanities Center, a professional development arts organization. He has also worked with Minneapolis’s Frederick Weisman Art Museum and the Baltimore School for the Arts, among other nonprofits.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with Dr. Romanstein to discuss what that background adds to his new role as CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The two also discussed the role of arts in greater Georgia and bringing new formats to the classical concert hall.

Ernie Harwell Remembered

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Famed local baseball announcer Ernie Harwell has passed away of cancer at the age of 92. WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with Harwell back in 2008 and has this remembrance.

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.

Thursday, May 6th - The Album Leaf at The Loft

Friday, May 7th - Van Morrison at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Tuesday, May 11th - Ryan Bingham at Smith’s Olde Bar

Note: Ryan Bingham’s show at Smith’s has sold out.

Tuesday, May 4th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Luke Putney & Nancy Hoddinott

Nancy Hoddinot & Luke Putney

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In many ways, Luke Putney is a typical 16-year-old. He runs cross-country, is on honor roll, and plays the bass. But he’s also almost completely blind. Radical treatments including brain surgery have not given Luke back his sight. His mother, Nancy Hoddinott, had some questions for him.

Hebrew Hip-Hop

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The music duo Axum returned home to Israel this weekend after spending two months as artists-in-residence at Emory University.

With international acclaim rolling in and hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, Axum’s Hebrew hip-hop might be the most unique popular international group you’ve yet to hear.

WABE’s Jim Burress brings us their story.

Monday, May 3rd

Happy Birthday, James Brown!

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Also known as Mr. Dynamite, The King of Funk and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, you probably know him as James Brown.

This pioneer of gospel-based rhythm & blues spent his early career in Augusta and Macon, Georgia, and it was in this state that he made his earliest recordings with his group, the Famous Flames, and became a local hit onstage and on Macon’s airwaves.

WABE’s Myke Johns caught up with one of the first DJs to play James Brown’s music on the air, before he became an international sensation.

Georgia History: Margaret Mitchell Pulitzer

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We take a look back at Georgia History with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of The Center For Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.

On May 3rd, 1937, the Pulitzer community announced that Atlanta author, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind won the prize for the best novel published in 1936

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 book events.

Wednesday, May 5th - Hampton Sides - Hellhound on His Trail

Thursday, May 6th - Isabel Allende - Island Beneath The Sea

Friday, May 7th - Rick Riordan - The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid

Note: The location for Isabel Allende’s reading has been changed from the Margaret Mitchell House to the Atlanta History Center.