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Week of 20 June 2011

Friday, June 24th

Have Your Say - Summer Songs

All week we’ve asked listeners to phone in and tell us about songs that say “summer” to them.

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.


Playmaking for Girls

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Nine years ago, Synchronicity Theater began a program in Georgia’s juvenile detention centers, in which teenage girls wrote, rehearsed and performed short plays over two days. A year later, the Playmaking for Girls program added a summer camp—in which the plays written by girls in detention are passed on to girls outside of detention—to be rehearsed and performed for the outside world. Kate Sweeney has the story.

Playmaking for Girls performs this Sunday night at Georgia State University’s Alumni Hall. You can find more information here.


Thursday, June 23rd

SONIC Palooza

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Sonic Generator is the contemporary music ensemble from Georgia Tech. The six-member group says it makes music that is composed, shaped and created through the use of technology. Musical experimentation has led Sonic Generator to perform with wine glasses, iPhones, car speakers, DJs and even a robotic drummer. This Saturday, as part of a program called SONICPalooza, the group holds a free performance at Woodruff Arts Center to showcase a type of music that really doesn’t get that much public attention. Click here to see a video with Tom Sherwood and his marimba playing robot.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison tells us about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.


Wednesday, June 22nd

Senior Prom at Christian Towers

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If there’s one high school ritual that’s steeped in generations of expectation and tradition, it’s prom. For 15 years, a retirement community in Decatur has given its residents a chance to re-live that magic with its own senior prom. Kate Sweeney brought back this report from the annual dance at Christian Towers.


Screen on the Green

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This year’s Screen on the Green almost never happened. Organizers had made a very public announcement that it was off for 2011, but then, at the last minute, sponsors swooped in to save the Thursday night June tradition. Screen on the Green is hosted each year by the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Just before last week’s film started, we sent WABE’s David Barasoain off to check out the scene at Screen on the Green.


Tuesday, June 21st

StoryCorps Atlanta - Frank Ford & Claudia Ford

Frank Ford & Claudia Ford

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Frank Ford III had just graduated from UGA when his entire family was in a terrible car accident. Frank fell into a coma and was given a 50/50 chance of survival. He lived, but now at age 43, he suffers from brain damage and memory loss. He can sometimes be fidgety and hard to understand. His mother and caretaker, Claudia Ford, talked to him about his life now.


What Makes Georgia a Hot Spot for Films?

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It’s the first day of summer, a time of barbecues and swimming—and for those trying to escape the heat for a few hours, perhaps a movie. It turns out that a surprising number of today’s summer films were shot right here in Georgia. X-Men: First Class was filmed here, and so was the academy award winning film The Blindside, and even the upcoming remake of Footloose was shot in Georgia. In total, there are now nearly two dozen film and TV projects in various stages of production across the state. The reason for all this is simple, as WABE’s David Barasoain explains.


Monday, June 20th

Antony & Cleopatra

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Antony and Cleopatra opens this Friday at Georgia Shakespeare, on the campus of Oglethorpe University, and runs through July 22nd. It picks up where Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar left off, and follows the two main characters into the ends of their lives. It’s the first time Georgia Shakespeare has performed the play, and earlier we stopped in on a rehearsal to meet the cast of characters and artistic director. This piece was produced by WABE’s David Barasoain and Scott Casavant, with special thanks to Klimchak, the composer of the music for the production.


Local Book Events

Verb.org

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Daren Wang of the Decatur Book Festival and verb.org talks about local book events.