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Week of 16 August 2010

Friday, August 20th

Have Your Say: Advice For Your 20-Year-Old Self

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All week, we’ve been asking listeners, “What advice would you give to the 20-year-old version of yourself?” Here are some of the responses we received.

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

Thursday, August 19th

National Aviation Day

Charles Dryden

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Today is National Aviation Day. With that in mind, we decided to remember a man who was arguably one of Atlanta’s most famous aviators. Charles Dryden was a Tuskegee Airman during World War II, and he was part of the first African American Fighter Squadron, the 99th. He died in 2008. WABE’s David Barasoain has this remembrance.

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, August 21st - BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

August 21st & 22nd - Summer Flavors Festival

Saturday, August 21st - Pickin’ ‘n Junkin’ Festival

Wednesday, August 18th

Atlanta Sounds - African Drum Class

Peter Marino teaches an after-school African drumming class at Drew Charter School.  Photo by Aaron Smith

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Peter Marino teaches an after-school African drumming class at Drew Charter School. He started teaching around 2003 with kids who had ADHD, had special needs or who were autistic. He says he did it as a way for the kids to experience music. He confides that and as much fun as it is for people to listen to music, it’s even more fun to play.

You can submit your ideas for Atlanta Sounds here.

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, August 20th - Colour Revolt at The Earl

Saturday, August 21st - Beth Orton at Variety Playhouse

Saturday, August 21st - The Dirty Guv’nahs at Smith’s Olde Bar

Tuesday, August 17th

Storycorps - Laura & Rebecca Greenberg

Laura & Rebecca Greenberg

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Recent college graduate Rebecca Greenberg came to StoryCorps a few weeks ago to ask her mother, social worker Laura Greenberg, about life growing up in New York, where she lived near her best friend Margie.

A Confederacy of Dunces Hits the Stage

A Confederacy of Dunces

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Since it was published in 1980, John Kennedy Toole’s farcical novel A Confederacy of Dunces has enticed playwrights and filmmakers alike, but securing the rights to adapt the work has been a rare feat. Here in Atlanta, we have the good fortune of seeing a world premier of the stage show, adapted by Theatrical Outfit’s Executive Artistic Director, Tom Key.

The play opened on Saturday. We were able to get a front row seat at a rehearsal, and a conversation with the creators.

Produced by Myke Johns.

Monday, August 16th

Atlanta Ballet’s New Home

Atlanta Ballet's New Headquarters

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Finishing touches are still being added to new headquarters for the Atlanta Ballet. The 81-year-old organization is moving from its old location on West Peachtree Street in the heart of Midtown, to West Midtown. It’s an area, that until very recently, was known only for its large warehouses.

Host John Lemley started the tour by speaking with the Ballet’s Alice Johnston.

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, August 17th - Eric Jerome Dickey - Tempted By Trouble

Sunday, August 22nd - Suzanne Ruff - The Reluctant Donor

Monday, August 23rd - Josh Russell - My Bright Midnight