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Week of 19 July 2010

Friday, July 23rd

All Things Active

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John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about the coming weekend events.


When You Read The Riot Act

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This week’s Have Your Say on City Cafe.

All week we’ve been asking listeners “When was a time you were really read the Riot Act?” Here are some of the listeners that phoned in.

We thank you for the many great responses to this week’s Have Your Say.


Thursday, July 22nd

Sherman’s View from Vinings Mountain

A view of Atlanta's skyline from Vinings Mountain

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This week marks the anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta. Weeks before that landmark conflict, on July 6th, 1864, Union general William Tecumseh Sherman rode his horse, Sam, up the side of one of the southernmost foothills of the lower Appalachians. He was about nine miles northwest of Atlanta, and from the summit, he could see the church spires of a town that he and his troops would soon leave in ruins. This spot was—and is—Vinings Mountain. WABE’s John Lemley visited with local historian Tony Doyle, author of Vinings Revisited.


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.

Through August 8th - Stage Door Players present Company

Saturday, July 23rd - B*ATL, Battle of Atlanta Anniversary

Thursday, July 22nd - Portraits of Uganda

Through August 8th - Hairspray


Wednesday, July 21st

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Windows: Painstaking Repairs Two Years after the Storm

Westin Peachtree Plaza Window Damage

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When the John Portman designed Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened in the late ’70s. the cylindrical hotel quickly became an unofficial icon of the Atlanta skyline. But two years ago, a tornado blew through the center of Atlanta damaging much of downtown, including many of the windows at the Westin. These days, the windows are being replaced. Starting at the top of the 73 story building and working their way down, workmen have nearly finished the repairs, but—as WABE’s David Barasoain reports—it wasn’t easy.


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, July 23rd - William Fitzsimmons at Smith’s Olde Bar

Friday, July 23rd - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals at Variety Playhouse

Sunday, July 25th - John Hiatt at Atlanta Botanical Garden


Tuesday, July 20th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Theresa & Stephanie Nguyen

Theresa & Stephanie Nguyen

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Theresa Nguyen was a child in Saigon when the communists took over in the 1970s. That experience of war has shaped Theresa’s life ever since including her parenting of children Mathew and Stephanie. Stephanie, who’s now 24, had some questions for her mom at StoryCorps Atlanta.


Discovering Shay Youngblood

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Two plays by Georgia-born playwright Shay Youngblood are running at The Horizon Theatre: Amazing Grace and Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery.

Youngblood is the recipient of numerous literary awards, including a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and she’s an Edward Albee honoree.

WABE’s Rose Scott tells of Youngblood’s inspiration.


Monday, July 19th

The Venezuelan Clarinet

Alcides Rodriguez

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Alcides Rodriguez is the bass clarinetist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, but he’s taken some time in the last year for some extra curricular work - an album of music from his native country, entitled The Venezuelan Clarinet.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently sat with the musician, and some of his instruments, for a conversation about where the music on the album came from.

Rodriguez will be performing at Peachtree Presbyterian Church tonight at 8:00 PM.


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.

Wednesday, July 21st - Jonathan Lerner - Alex Underground

Thursday, July 22nd - Allison Weir - Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

Thursday, July 22nd - David Bottoms - The Onion’s Dark Core