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Week of 21 February 2011

Friday, February 25th

Have Your Say - Multitasking Versus Single-Tasking: The Showdown

All week we’ve been asking listeners to phone in and tell us how multitasking has has helped—or hindered—their productivity and their lives.

Here are some of the great responses we received.

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


Bach’s Mass In B Minor

Bach's Mass In B Minor

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Fans of Bach are in for a treat these next two weeks, as two different takes on the composer’s Mass in B Minor are performed across the city. First, there’s the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, which performs with the Vega String Quartet and members of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra on modern instruments this Sunday at Emory University’s Schwartz Center.

Next weekend, we see a very different approach, as the Georgia Tech Chamber Choir the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra, playing on period instruments, gives two performances—first at St. John’s United Methodist Church, and then at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

WABE’s John Lemley sat down with both choral directors—and trumpeter Amanda Pepping.


A Visit from Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart

Lois Reitzes & Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart

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Keith Lockhart has been the principle conductor of the Boston Pops for 17 years, succeeding the likes of John Williams and the great Arthur Fiedler. This week, Lockhart takes on Gershwin and Atlanta as conductor for the Atlanta Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with him to find out what brought him to the podium for the show.


Thursday, February 24th

Katyn Massacre

Katyn: Massacre. Politics. Morality.

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In April of 1940, at the direction of the highest levels of Soviet authority, Soviet secret police carried out the mass execution of some twenty-two thousand Polish citizens. The executions were suppressed for more than 50 years, but are remembered by the Polish people as the Katyn Forest Massacre. Right now at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston Campus, there is a traveling exhibition on display called “Katyn: Massacre. Politics. Morality,” commemorating the atrocity’s 70th anniversary. WABE’s Myke Johns took a tour with Bozena Zayac, Cultural Coordinator for the Polish Club of Atlanta, and her husband Marc Zayac, history professor at Georgia Perimeter College.


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.

February 25th through 27th - 24th Annual Southeastern Flower Show: In Tune with Blooms

Through March 27th - Synchronicity’s The Brand New Kid

Sunday, February 27th - Atlanta Chamber Players Reeds, Hammers & Strings


Wednesday, February 23rd

Cartier-Bresson at the High

New York 1946, by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York 1946

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An exhibit featuring more than 250 photographs from a man who helped to define photojournalism as we understand it today is on display at the High Museum of Art. At the start of his career, Henri Cartier-Bresson wanted to be a painter. He became known, instead, as one of the great artistic photographers and photojournalists, his work spanning historic decades—and continents.


Tuesday, February 22nd

Can You Spell “Orthographic”? After Four Decades, Atlanta’s Spelling Bee for Grownups Lives On

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Last weekend, an annual spelling bee 41 years old took place in Atlanta. But this bee is not for young people, and it’s not associated with a local school.

In fact, it takes place in a bar. The Atlanta Open Orthographic Meet may also be the only written spelling bee in town, and it’s open to anyone who wants to challenge him- or herself to spell words like “coccygodynia” (a pain in the tailbone) or “zugzwang” (a chess situation in which the player is limited to moves that would hurt his position).


StoryCorps Atlanta - Tim Carlson & Richard Neves

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Coming up in March, 57-year-old Tim Carlson and his partner, 45-year-old Richard Neves, will get married in Washington, D.C. The partners have been together for ten years, after meeting in an online chatroom. At StoryCorps, Rick recounted the story of their first gift exchange.


Monday, February 21st

SCAD deFINE Art

Marina Abramovi

Marina Abramovi, The Kitchen I - Homage to Saint Therese, 2009, framed Lambda print.
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.

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As part of its many initiatives to expand the learning environment beyond the classroom and studio, the Savannah College of Art and Design last year launched deFINE Art, a week-long event featuring lectures, exhibits and performances from those on the cutting edge of contemporary art. To find out more, we sat down with Brett Osborne, SCAD Atlanta’s Associate Dean of the School of Fine Art, and Stephanie Green, Assistant Curator in the school’s Exhibition Department.

Full schedule of events.