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Week of 12 December 2011

Friday, December 16th

Have Your Say: Local Christmas Light Displays

This week we asked about the remarkable light displays in your neighborhood.

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.


Thursday, December 15th

The AIDS Memorial Quilt at MODA

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The AIDS Memorial Quilt was begun by a small group of activists gathered in San Francisco in 1987, whose goal was to create a memorial to those who had died of the still-mysterious disease. 24 years on, the quilt has amassed some 94 thousand names—still only a small fraction of the estimated 35 million people who have fallen victim to AIDS. Portions of The AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta until January 1st.


This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison

Access Atlanta

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


Wednesday, December 14th

The Accidental Slaveowner

Detail from the quilted art work, “Unravelling Miss Kitty’s Cloak,” created by artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier and the members of Grace United Methodist Church in Covington, Georgia. Photograph: Mark Auslander

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Conflicting stories exist about “Miss Kitty,” a slave who lived in antebellum Oxford, Georgia. To whites in the area, Kitty was a dedicated servant who stayed loyal to her Methodist bishop slave master and refused to be freed. Meanwhile, there’s another story, that claims Miss Kitty was actually held in sexual servitude for years. Anthropologist Mark Auslander went in search of what really happened in the life of Miss Kitty, a journey he unfolds in his new book, The Accidental Slaveowner. Auslander visited our studio to tell us more about this much-debated page in Georgian and American history.

Here is an excerpt read with an introduction, read by the author in our studio:

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex and the Second City (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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The venerated comedy enterprise that gave us Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Gilda Radner and hundreds more—Chicago’s Second City—is back at the Alliance for its fourth year in Atlanta. In the past, the troupe has tackled the ATL with heavily improv’ed send-ups of MARTA, city politics and the Christmas season. This year, they’re doing something a little different. Cast members Amy Roeder and Ed Kross joined WABE’s Lois Reitzes to talk about the show Sex and the Second City—a play about love in the 21st century.


Tuesday, December 13th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Lahouse & Wetzel

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Earlier this year, Sandra Wetzel LaHouse retired, after working in insurance claims for a number of decades. Her 31-year-old son John knew his mother had achieved some remarkable accomplishments before his birth. He brought her to StoryCorps to hear the details.


Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents The Sound of Music

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The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical about an Austrian family in Nazi Germany, has been a favorite for many years. With a rich history on stage and on screen, the story continues to be performed in theatres all over the country. This holiday season, Atlanta Lyric Theatre is mounting its own production of the show at Marietta’s Strand Theatre. Host John Lemley dropped in to one of their rehearsals, to find out more.


Monday, December 12th

Local Book Events

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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.


Celtic Christmas

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Celtic Christmas, An Atlanta Tradition will hold its show at Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College this Saturday. It’s the 19th year that the group has pulled together what they call ‘a rare union of the secular with the spiritual and featuring many of the region’s most revered traditional instrumentalists, singers and dancers’.