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Week of 31 May 2010

Playing Hooky

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Just in time for Friday, that most productive of workdays: All week we’ve been asking listeners, “What was a time that you played hooky?” Here are some of the responses that we got.

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

Thursday, June 3rd

Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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

Thursdays, through July 29th - Movies & the Market

Saturdays, through July 26th - Movies Under The Stars

Sunday, June 6th - Rock ‘n Roll MonsterBash

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.

Saturday, June 5th - Monteverdi In Venice

June 4th through 6th - Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival

Sunday, June 6th - Taste of Latin Atlanta

Opens Friday, June 4th - Loot

Wednesday, June 2nd

Remembering the 1962 Orly Plane Crash

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June 3rd, 1962 is a historical date for the city of Atlanta. On that date, 130 people were killed in a Paris plane crash—including 122 members of the Atlanta Arts Association. After the tragedy, an outpouring of sympathy for the survivors came from all over the world. Within a short time, millions of dollars had been donated to the Association. That led to the construction of the Memorial Arts Center—which later became the Woodruff Arts Center.

Milton Bevington’s wife and mother-and-law were killed in the Orly crash, and he knew many other people on the plane that day, too. Producer David Barasoain spoke with Bevington and others—and has this look back.

Photo: Bronze casting of Auguste Rodin’s “The Shade,” in front of the Woodruff Arts Center.

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.

Wednesday, June 2nd - Ari Hest - Eddie’s Attic

Friday, June 4th - Reverend Horton Heat - The Masquerade

Friday, June 4th - Toubab Krewe - Variety Playhouse

Tuesday, June 1st

StoryCorps Atlanta - Helen Kim Ho & Rodney Ho

Helen Kim Ho & Rodney Ho

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If you’re a fan of pop culture here in Atlanta, you’ve probably heard of Rodney Ho, entertainment writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. But he’s also newly married to Helen Kim Ho, executive director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center. They came to StoryCorps Atlanta as part of May’s Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage month. Both are Asian-American. But as Helen tells Rodney, that doesn’t say much about their backgrounds.

Music for Vets

Edward Griffin playing his trumpet

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This Memorial Day week, we pay a visit to the Atlanta V.A. Medical Center for a special Atlanta Sounds Extended Play. Nearly every day for three years at the hospital’s parking deck, Edward Griffin has taken advantage of the impressive acoustics to play original compositions on his trumpet.

To hear more Atlanta Sounds, and to submit your own idea, click here.

Monday, May 31st

Remembering Georgia Veterans

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Here in Georgia, there are over 250,000 active and reserve service members and nearly 800,000 veterans. One of several monuments honoring Georgia Veterans can be found downtown near the State Capitol Building. WABE’s David Barasoain visited the site and has this report.

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, June 8th - Carolyn Jessop - Triumph: Life After A Cult

Wednesday, June 2nd - Paul Guest - One More Theory About Happiness: A Memoir

Thursday, June 3rd - Lee Harris - The Next American Civil War

Note: The Carolyn Jessop event will be held on Tuesday, June 8th instead of Tuesday, June 1st.