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Week of 26 July 2010

Friday, July 30th

Influential Summer Jobs

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This week’s Have Your Say on City Cafe.

All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “What summer job influenced you the most?” Here are some of our responses.

Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week, to Have Your Say.

All Things Active

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John Lemley talks to WABE’s Rose Scott about upcoming active events and sports this weekend.

Thursday, July 29th

Gather Atlanta

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This Saturday, some thirty of the metro area’s independent and emerging arts organizations will come together for Gather Atlanta. Now in its second year, the conference seeks to bring a sense of community and collaboration between galleries, theaters, collectives and critics.

Gather Atlanta was begun by four organizations: community center and arts facility Wonderroot, arts coverage websites, Burnaway and ThoughtMarker, and the Mint Gallery. We recently invited the folks behind those organizations in for a conversation. Erica Jamison, Executive Director of Mint joined by phone and started by looking back at Gather Atlanta’s beginnings.

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.

Weekend of July 31st - Asian Cultural Experience

Saturday, July 31st - Drum Corps International

Friday, July 30th - Dekalb Symphony Orchestra with Libby Whittemore

Opens August 4th - Stealing Dixie

Wednesday, July 28th

Musical Explores the Life of King, an Era in History

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The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being brought to the Alliance Theatre in I Dream, a new opera by playwright Douglas Tappin. He began work on Dr. King’s story in 2006 after moving to Atlanta.The UK-born writer previously brought the Biblical story of Moses and the Israelites to the stage in the musical Deliverer.

WABE’s Lois Reitzes spoke with Tappin for a look at how this piece of Civil Rights history is being told in song. City Cafe producers also made it to a rehearsal to speak with the show’s leads.

I Dream takes the Alliance stage this Friday, July 9th.
Produced by Myke Johns.

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 30th - The Rocket Boys at The Masquerade

Friday, July 30th - Steve Miller Band at Verizon Amphitheater

Saturday, July 31st - Deer Tick at Buckhead Theatre

Tuesday, July 27th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Simone Bell & Drew Jamison

Simone Bell & Drew Jamison

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The Honorable Simone Bell serves District 58 in Georgia’s General Assembly. She’s also the first African-American out lesbian in the nation to serve in a state House.

Recently, she sat down with seventeen-year-old Drew Jamison, a self-described lesbian activist. Their conversation took place at Youthpride, an organization serving metro Atlanta LGBTQ youth. You can occasionally hear passing traffic during their conversation. Produced by Kate Sweeney.

A Yabba Dabba Birthday

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This month, the world of cartoons is celebrating a big birthday, for it was in July of 1910 that William Denby Hanna was born in Melrose, New Mexico. Bill Hanna, along with his partner, Joseph Barbera, created television’s first cartoons, with characters like Huckleberry Hound, Fred Flintstone, Scooby-Doo, Yogi Bear, and hundreds more.

To celebrate the centenary of this legendary cartoon icon’s birth, we paid a visit to Atlanta’s Cartoon Network and its retro companion, Boomerang.

While there, John Lemley spoke to Cartoon Network’s Michael Ouweleen, the Senior Vice President and Creative Director—about what we know about Bill Hanna.

Monday, July 26th

Summer Jobs

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Throughout this summer, NPR’s All Things Considered is asking listeners to share stories about the summer jobs that influenced them the most. We thought that one summer job story from a native Georgian was worth sharing again, here on City Cafe.

Click here to share the summer job that had the most influence on your life with NPR’s All Things Considered. Be sure to put “summer job” in the subject line.

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.

Monday, July 26th - Jackson Pearce - Sisters Red

Tuesday, July 27th - Pearl Cleage - Till You Hear From Me

Monday, August 2nd - Rafe Esquith - Lighting Their Fires: Raising Extraordinary Children in a Mixed-up, Muddled-up, Shook-up World