Week of 19 December 2011
Thursday, December 22nd
Have Your Say: Most Wanted Gift
As Christmas day approaches, you or maybe your children may be thinking about that special something they’re hoping for this year. This week, City Café asked you to Have Your Say on a special gift that you most wanted to receive as a child.
Special thanks to everyone who called in to share their stories.
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison.
Georgia History: Atlanta Becomes Georgia’s Capitol City
In December of 1867, a convention of delegates from around Georgia gathered in Atlanta to write a new Constitution for the State. We met with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University outside the north entrance of the Georgia State Capitol to learn more about this historic summit.
Wednesday, December 21st
Backstage at “A Christmas Carol”
Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been a holiday mainstay at the Alliance Theater for nearly two decades. The elaborate production, anchored by Chris Kayser as Ebeneezer Scrooge, features a cast of all ages, song and dance, and characters appearing from thin air or flying around the stage as the story leads us through the miserly Scrooge’s Christmases past, present and future. WABE’s David Barasoain gives us this rare behind the curtain view of … A Christmas Carol.
Old-Time Radio Takes the Stage
The day of radio dramas like Tales of the Texas Rangers and Fibber McGee and Molly may be long past. But for more than two decades, with one hiatus, Marietta’s Theater on the Square has presented The 1940s Radio Hour, a stage comedy about a ragtag radio theater company from that golden era.
Host John Lemley sat down with artistic director Jessica West and actor Matt Myers to talk about the show—and its sound effects—which hearken back to that earlier time.
Tuesday, December 20th
StoryCorps Atlanta: Maryann Gillespie, Audra Macon, and Liddy Chatham
For this week’s StoryCorps Atlanta, we return to a seasonal favorite. Anthony Knight interviewed a trio of Salvation Army Bell Ringers. 79-year old Maryann Gillespie, her granddaughter Audra Macon, and their friend, Liddy Chatham had volunteered for ten years. Maryann began the conversation.
Coca-Cola and Santa on Canvas
In 1823, a New York professor of literature wrote “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” a poem that transformed the staid patron saint of children into a jolly old elf. A little more than a century later, a Chicago artist, through a commission from the world’s largest soft drink maker, created the modern image of Santa Claus. The Woodruff Arts Center’s new exhibit, “Visions of Santa: The Artistry of Haddon Sunblom,” features seventeen original oil paintings of these iconic images.
Phil Mooney has been the historian and archivist for Coca-Cola for over three decades, and host John Lemley joined him at the 1280 Gallery to find out more about the exhibit. WABE’s Dave Barasoain produced this story.
Monday, December 19th
Georgia History - Henry Grady
For the December 23rd anniversary of the death of Atlanta Constitution editor Henry Grady, host John Lemly went downtown to see the statue erected in his honor, and to meet with Dr. Tim Crimmins, Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies at Georgia State University.
You can see more photos of the memorial through the years at Atlanta Time Machine.
Local Book Events
Storytelling at Little Shop of Stories- The Night Before “The Night Before Christmas”
Storytelling at Barnes & Noble Buckhead- “The Night Before Christmas”
Holiday Book Pick - Thomas Mullen- The Revisionists
Holiday Book Pick - Laurel Snyder- Bigger than a Bread Box