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Week of 4 April 2011

Thursday, April 7th

Matthew Kaminski: The Man Behind the Organ at Turner Field

Matthew Kaminski

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Turner Field, home of The Atlanta Braves, may be a state-of-the-art park, with giant LED screens and an enormous sound system, but the sound of the traditional organ can still be heard pumping up the crowd as players make their way to the batter’s box. We paid a visit to meet Matthew Kaminski, the man behind the keys.

You can follow Matt on Twitter (and send him requests) here.


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.

Thursday, April 7th - Malaria: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

April 12th through 14th - Free Live Taping of America’s Got Talent

Friday, April 8th - Serafin String Quartet


Wednesday, April 6th

Jazz Appreciation Month: A Conversation with WABE’s H. Johnson

WABE's H Johnson

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WABE is lucky enough to have an in-house authority on the genre in H. Johnson, who’s been doing his Saturday night program “Jazz Classics,” since the late 1970s. Recently we had a conversation with H. about his show, how he got into jazz in the first place, and how you know when it really does have that swing.

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Imperial Opa Circus

Imperial Opa Circus

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Back in January, we covered the surreal soiree at the High Museum as they closed out their Dali exhibition. Among the crowds were all manner of strange circus acts—stilt walkers, contortionists, bizarre puppets, and a fire dancer. As it turned out, those performers were part of the Imperial Opa Circus. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to one of their rehearsals, and brought back this profile.


Tuesday, April 5th

StoryCorps Atlanta - David and Ted Lane

David & Ted Lane

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A tale of an unusual start to a long and happy marriage unfolds—as told by Ted Lane to his son David. David gets the conversation with his father started.


Georgia History - Butler Street YMCA

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Georgia State University’s Director of the Center of Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies Dr. Tim Crimmins stops by to talk about the first black police precinct at Butler Street YMCA in Sweet Auburn neighborhood.


Monday, April 4th

Jasmine Guy on The Colored Museum

Photo by: The Horne Brothers

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Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre is known for provocative work that pushes the envelope, and their latest production is no exception. George Wolfe’s satire, The Colored Museum, takes a hard yet humorous look at African American culture and stereotypes over the past two hundred years. The director of the show is Atlanta’s own Jasmine Guy, who spoke with WABE’s Lois Reitzes about the play.


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, April 5th - Sarah Vowell - Unfamiliar Fishes

Wednesday, April 6th - Jonathan W. Jordan - Brothers, Rivals, Victors

Sunday, April 10th - Cokie & Steve Roberts - Sampling Seder Favorites