Week of 11 July 2011
Friday, July 15th
Have Your Say - Geeking Out
All week, we’ve been asking listeners to tell us about their inner geek. And, from Rubix Cubes to Harry Potter, you responded. Here are some of the great calls we received.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in their answers. The discussion continues on our Facebook page.
Alliance Theatre’s Collision Project
For three weeks each summer, Alliance Theatre assembles a diverse group of 20 metro Atlanta teenagers to explore and unpack a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright and director—to “collide” with that text, so to speak. WABE’s Lois Reitzes made her way down to the Alliance’s Hertz Stage to meet the young men and women involved in the Collision Project and to talk to playwright Pearl Cleage and the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth & Families… Rosemary Newcott.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison tells us about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.
Wednesday, July 13th
A Thousand Circlets
Each year, Essential Theatre holds a playwriting competition to give Georgia writers the chance to see their un-produced plays brought to life on stage. The winner of this year’s competition was playwright Theron Darcy Patterson, for his play A Thousand Circlets. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the playwright, as well as director Betty Hart.
Tuesday, July 12th
StoryCorps Atlanta - Larissa & Jessie Bockenek
Larissa Bockenek was a former swimming champ just out of high school when unexpected tragedy struck. He daughter Jessie Bockenek asked her mom to tell the story.
Butter-Churning at Biffle Cabin
The historic Biffle Cabin, just behind the Swanton House in Decatur, was built by a Revolutionary War veteran in the 19th century. These days, Fran Frantz invites elementary-aged children to the cabin—for hands-on demonstrations about how their lives might have looked, decades or even a century ago. One recent morning found the group learning about history—and some science, too—while they churned butter. Kate Sweeney produced this story.
Monday, July 11th
Gone with the Wind - The Lost Manuscript
This year marks the 75th anniversary of a book that began very humbly as the pastime of a newspaper writer. Written in pieces over the course of three years, the book—which had no title—concerned a woman named Pansy living in pre-Civil War Atlanta. Of course, when it was finally published in 1936, the entire world soon came to know Gone With the Wind and its author, Margaret Mitchell. The Atlanta History Center is celebrating that anniversary with an exhibit: “Atlanta’s Book — The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript”. We paid the Center a visit and were shown around by Director of Historic Houses Joanna Arrieta, who talked about how Mitchell came to write one of the most famous books in history.
Local Book Events
Daren Wang of the Decatur Book Festival and verb.org talks about local book events.
Ann Napolitano at Decatur First Baptist Church - A Good Hard Look
Wendy Venet at Carter Presidential Library - Sam Richards’s Civil War Diary
RM Johnson at Outwrite Bookstore - No One in the World