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Week of 21 June 2010

Friday, June 25th

Acclaimed Brit Rocker Finds Home in the Georgia Countryside

Holly Golightly & Lawyer Dave

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When most people think of our state’s eclectic musical output, most people immediately 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 of Holly Golightly (that is her real name) and a guy who goes by the name Lawyer Dave have made their home. WABE’s Myke Johns made the trek, got lost, and finally found the two transplants at home.

Have Your Say: Summer Memories

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All week we’ve been asking you to call in and tell us about a summer memory that stands out to you. Here are some of your responses.

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

Thursday, June 24th

The Allure of The Automobile’s Final Run

1935 Dusenberg JN Roadster | Peter Harholdt

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An exhibit at the High Museum of Art closes after this weekend. The Allure of the Automobile features some very rare old cars, dating back as far as the 1930s. WABE’s David Barasoain has this final look.

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.

Opens June 25th - The List Wall Project

Friday, June 25th - Roswell United Methodist Church Patriotic Celebration Concerts

Opens June 25th - The Tenderloin Project

Wednesday, June 23rd

Georgia History - The Death of Two Georgia Titans

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Seven years ago, two successive days saw the deaths of two leaders of Atlanta and Georgia politics. On June 23rd, 2003, former Atlanta mayor, Maynard Jackson, died on a business trip to Washington DC. He was 65. The next day, June 24th, former State Governor Lester Maddox died at the age of 87. Maddox and Jackson represent two different traditions in Georgia politics. We spoke with the director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University, Dr. Tim Crimmins, to find out what these two very different men came to symbolize.

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, June 24th - Matt Pond PA at The Earl

Friday, June 25th - Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs at The Earl

Saturday, June 26th - The New Pornographers at Variety Playhouse

Click here to hear the feature on Holly Golightly by producer Myke Johns.

Tuesday, June 22nd

StoryCorps Atlanta - Jamie Strand & Natalie Schulhofer

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Next week marks the 41st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which is generally considered the catalyst of the gay rights movement. 41 years later, it can still be scary to come out as gay or transgender. At StoryCorps Atlanta, Jamie Strand tells her friend Natalie Schulhofer about the secret she kept for the many decades of her life.

Atlanta Gardening Tips

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Humming Bird Bush

Butterfly Weed

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From marigolds to tiger lilies to butterfly weed, it can be hard to know what to plant in the summertime in Atlanta, and how—so we turned to an expert. Vicki Nace is a neighbor of the station over at Habersham Gardens. She told WABE’s John Lemley about plants mistaken for weeds, the number-one mistake made by novice gardeners—and she started out by discussing some of Georgia’s indigenous summer plants, including the oak leaf hydrangea. Click on the picture of the plants above to find out more about them.

Monday, June 21st

SOAR Rocket Launch

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For many of us, launching model rockets is a fond childhood memory: painting the rocket, shooting it off, and watching the small parachute float back down to earth. For one group of kids and adults alike, though, this is more than a fond remembrance; it’s how they still spend a number of weekends each year. The enthusiasts of Southern Area Rocketry, or SOAR, hold regular launches of mid-to-high power rockets around the state. WABE’s Myke Johns headed out to Hoschton, Georgia for one and brought back this story.

You can see the video from David Sleeman’s rocket here! Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

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 books and book events.

Tuesday, June 22nd - Michael Largo - God’s Lunatics: Lost Souls, False Prophets, Martyred Saints, Murderous Cults, Demonic Nuns, and Other Victims of Man’s Eternal Search for the Divine.

Friday, June 25th - Jane Green - Promises To Keep

Saturday, June 26th - Dorothea Benton Frank - Lowcountry Summer: A Plantation Novel