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Week of 28 March 2011

Thursday, March 31st

Four Days At Dragon*Con

Dragon*Con

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If you’ve never attended Dragon*Con or perhaps never heard of it, WABE’s companion TV station PBA 30 has the perfect introduction for you. It’s a documentary called Four Days at Dragon Con. Created by Gordon Ray and Jack Walsh, it has won a Telly Award and been broadcast by other public television stations around the country. This Saturday, the documentary will air nationally on American Public Television’s WORLD channel. Gordon and Jack stopped by to tell us about the documentary.


Wednesday, March 30th

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.

April 1st through 3rd - Atlanta Home Show

Friday, April 1st - Residency with Eighth Blackbird and Nico Muhly

March 29th through April 17th - Brave New Works


Jerry’s Habima Happy Days

Jerry's Habima - Happy Days

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Television’s love letter to the 1950s and ’60sm Happy Days, is being brought to the stage. The company mounting the production is Jerry’s Habima Theater, which for the last eighteen years has featured actors with developmental disabilities.

We paid a visit to the Marcus Jewish Community Center to see a rehearsal, and to sit down with director Dina Shadwell, Stage Manager Amy Rosenberg Schwartz, and Sammy Rosenberg, cast member and assistant director of the Blonder Family Department for Developmental Disabilities.


Reel Atlanta

Reel Atlanta

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A look at the city’s cinematic offerings with WABE contributor David Lee Simmons.

Friday, April 1st - Flux Fly Body Music

Friday, April 8th - Bottoms

Thursday, April 7th - Stories of The American Puppet

Sunday, April 3rd - Ben Hur


Tuesday, March 29th

StoryCorps Atlanta - Libby Yost & Erin Robbins

Libby Yost & Erin Robbins

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Best friends Libby Yost and Erin Robbins met in high school fourteen years ago, and then went to the same college. During a semester break, they went to Peru to do research the rainforest—but the journey didn’t turn out as planned. At StoryCorps, Libby and Erin recounted why.



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

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Last month, 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).


Monday, March 28th

A Conversation with Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg & John Lemley

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Fannie Flagg, the Alabama-born actress and author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café was touring the country late last year in support of her latest novel, I Still Dream About You. She was kind enough to stop by the station for a visit and to talk about the book.

Click below to hear an excerpt read by the author.

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Local Book Events

Verb.org

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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, March 29th - Free reading by Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady

Wednesday, March 30th - Kathryn Stockett and Susan Rebecca White

Thursday, March 31st - 40th Annual Agnes Scott College Writer’s Festival