Week of 21 March 2011
Friday, March 25th
Atlanta Ballet - Rite of Spring
This weekend, the Atlanta Ballet is presenting three works by three of ballet’s premier choreographers in a program called Fusion. WABE’s Lois Reitzes recently sat down with one of the talented creators behind this, Christopher Hapson, who created the high-energy Sinfonietta Giocosa for the Atlanta Ballet back in 2005, and is behind the program’s performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
WABE’s John Lemley & Lois Reitzes Favorite Classical Music
Throughout the day here on WABE, we bring you the best in classical music. And when it comes to our very favorite selections, it’s impossible to narrow it down to one or even two. So host, John Lemley sat down with 2nd Cup host Lois Reitzes to share some of the recordings we’re especially fond of.
Thursday, March 24th
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.
March 26th & 27th - Conyers Cherry Blossom Festival
Friday, March 25th - Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses
Friday, March 25th - John Cage: Lecture on Nothing
Joan Rivers Comes To Atlanta
With her plastic surgery, vulgar jokes and red-carpet gossip in-tow, America’s original comic “queen of mean” is in Atlanta tonight. Joan Rivers is bringing her audacious one-woman show to Atlanta Symphony Hall. In advance of her Atlanta appearance, host John Lemley was able to catch the comedienne at her publicist’s office in New York for a quick phone chat. He began by discussing just how many people she idolized at the beginning of her career.
Wednesday, March 23rd
Full Radius Dance Company
Full Radius Dance Company provides one of Atlanta’s most unique offerings. They work with dancers with and without disabilities in hopes of promoting and advancing modern dance. WABE’s David Barasoain attended a rehearsal and produced this profile.
Atlanta Harpist on From the Top
According to its mission statement, NPR’s From the Top celebrates the passion, dedication and personal stories of the nation’s outstanding young classical musicians. Angelica Hairston is an Atlanta harpist who displayed her musical passion as a guest on the show that was taped in Athens recently. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with her to talk about her music and her experience on the show.
Tuesday, March 22nd
StoryCorps - Tobyette Wheeler & Percy Jackson
When dementia hits older adults, it can tear families apart—or bring them together. When Tobyette Wheeler Jackson and her siblings realized that their 64-year-old mother had dementia, they decided to come together, literally. At StoryCorps, Tobyette told the story to the husband she met after her mother’s death, Percy Jackson.
MODA’s New Home
The Museum of Design Atlanta reopened Sunday in its new location on Peachtree Street. Aleck Ragsdale headed down to see their inaugural exhibit on the design of Italian Motorcycles and find out what sparked the move.
Monday, March 21st
On this date in 1944, twenty-one Trappist monks left an Abbey in Kentucky to set up a monastery in what was then a very rural Conyers, Georgia. Trappist monks value silence and will generally only speak when necessary. And for decades they’ve worked to uphold their faith and traditions.
Local Book Events
Monday, March 21st - Rita Dove, Alvin Singleton, and Robert Spano - This Is a Story About Music
Thursday, March 24th - Agnes Kamara-Umunna - And Still Peace Did Not Come
Thursday, March 24th - Fiona Zedde - Dangerous Pleasures