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Week of 24 October 2011

Friday, October 28th

Fred Schneider Rings in “Discoween”

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Fred Schneider, front man for the Athens rock band the B-52s, and his “comedy synthpop” side project The Superions, is in Atlanta this week ahead of his weekend stint as DJ for the 1970s-themed party, Discoween. We invited him in to talk about his band, the party and the ’70s kitsch that is close to his heart.


Thursday, October 27th

ASO’s Storybook Halloween

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Pumpkins are on doorsteps. Movie screens are aglow with zombies and torture devices. Virtually every show on television has a Halloween theme. For one last day, Halloween is everywhere. But where’s the Halloween music? Well, City Café does play its “Creepy Classics” throughout October. But if you’re a kid and want to get in the perfect musical mood for “tricks and treats,” there’s only one place to go this weekend—and that’s Symphony Hall. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s annual laugh-out-loud horror show is a ton of fun for the entire family. Host John Lemley sat down with the devilish duo behind this comedy of terrors, ASO Staff Conductor & Youth Orchestra Music Director, Jere Flint and Lee Harper, founding director of Lee Harper & Dancers.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

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The Atlanta Journal Constitutions Shane Harrison talks about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.


Wednesday, October 26th

The Atlanta Ripper

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Some two decades after the infamous “Jack the Ripper” slayings gripped London in 1888, a similar terror took hold of Atlanta. Starting in 1911, a series of murders claimed the lives of at least twenty working-class black women. The killer was never identified. 100 years later, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s heard of the murders.

One Atlanta author is looking to change that—with a new book called The Atlanta Ripper: The Unsolved Case of the Gate City’s Most Infamous Murders. Jeffrey Wells agreed to meet up with us one rainy morning in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood—at the scene of one of the very first murders.

A warning—There are a few details of violence in this story that some listeners may find disturbing.


Tuesday, October 25th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Kristina & Jamaal Gilchrist

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Kristina Gilchrist grew up in Washington D.C. in the 1980s. These days she’s a mother of two in Stone Mountain, married to Jamaal Gilchrist. He started their interview with a question. This story was recorded in partnership with Main Street Community Association in Stone Mountain.


In the Fall, One’s Fancy Turns to…Daffodils and Tulips?

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With temperatures getting cooler and leaves just starting to crunch underfoot, most of us are probably not thinking of January and February. But late winter is exactly what’s on the mind of horticulturist Geri Laufer, who is busy planting bulbs around her new house—for the daffodils and tulips that will see their first blooms in the late icy months. Geri invited host John Lemley over to get his hands a little dirty, sowing some bulbs. She started things off by sharing her extraordinarily ambitious planting goal for this fall.


Monday, October 24th

The Atlanta Opera’s Rabbit Tales

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The Atlanta Opera has commissioned a children’s opera based on the famed tales of Brer Rabbit—popularized by Joel Chandler Harris—for its 2011-2012 season. Rabbit Tales will be touring schools through October and November—and performing this Saturday the 29th at the Wren’s Nest House Museum.

We invited Nicole Chamberlain, Madeleine St. Romain and Park Cofield—the composer, librettist and director respectively—into our studios to talk about the project. Nicole started by talking about the genesis of Rabbit Tales.


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.