Week of 15 November 2010
Thursday, November 18th
The Life of Johnny Mercer
Today, we take a look back at this great Georgia-born songwriter and composer on his birthday.
If you’ve ever sung along to “Skylark” or “Moon River,” then you’re more familiar with Johnny Mercer than you think. Mercer wrote the lyrics to more than a thousand songs, including compositions for movies and Broadway. Mercer also composed music and was a popular singer who recorded his own songs as well as those of others. From the mid 1930’s through the mid 1950’s at least many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
Atlanta Journal Constitution “Best Bets” writer Shane Harrison talks about what’s going on around the city this week.
Through January 2nd - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Through November 21st - You Can’t Take It With You
Friday, November 19th - Sing Along with Mamma Mia
Wednesday, November 17th
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces Independent Label
For the past 37 years, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has been releasing its recordings through the Telarc label, garnering 27 Grammy awards along the way. But then in February of last year, Telarc announced that it would no longer produce new recordings.
Today, the Symphony announces that it will be going into business for itself by establishing a new label, ASO Media. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to Atlanta Symphony president Stanley Romanstein to learn more.
Host Lois Reitzes talks with WABE contributor David Lee Simmons about these events taking place around town this weekend.
Tuesday, November 16th
StoryCorps - Claudine Forbes & Ronnie Wheeler
Today, during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we hear from 42-year-old Ronnie Wheeler. For a few years not so long ago, Ronnie found himself homeless after a medical problem cost him his job. He ended up living and then helping out at Atlanta’s Gateway Center. Through his work there, he met Claudine Forbes, a 22-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer. At StoryCorps, Ronnie told Claudine about one particularly difficult day he had while homeless.
A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with arts journalist, David Lee Simmons.
Wednesday, November 17th - Ikiru
Saturday, November 20th - Festival of Fantasy & The Surreal
Friday, November 19th - Warren Sonbert Part 3: Honor and Obey
Friday, November 19th - Waste Land
Monday, November 15th
Dali’s Work Uncrated at the High Museum
Transporting priceless works of art and hanging them in a gallery is delicate, sometimes secretive work. For some notable pieces, however, the High Museum of Art invites members of the media for what’s called an uncrating. This past Friday, they uncrated a famous work by Salvador Dali. WABE’s Myke Johns was there to see what was in the box.
You can see a video of the uncrating right now on Facebook.
Local Book Events
Thursday, November 18th - Salman Rushdie - Luka and the Fire of Life
Wednesday, November 17th - Jessica Seinfeld - Double Delicious
Saturday, December 4th - Anthony Bourdain - Medium Raw