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Week of 30 January 2012

Friday, February 3rd

Have Your Say - What Would Your Theme Song Be?

This week we asked you to call in and tell us about a song that really captures your essence.

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!


Next Fall at Actor’s Express

Jennifer Levison (Holly) and Mitchell Anderson (Adam) in Next Fall at Actor's Express, now through February 11

Photo: Offhand Photography

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Mitchell Anderson is an actor best-known for his roles on TV’s Party of Five and Doogie Houser. A decade ago, Anderson moved to Atlanta and, very soon, met restaurateur Jenny Levison. The two worked together in Levison’s Buckhead lunch spot, Souper Jenny before Mitchell left to start his own restaurant: MetroFresh. The two remain friends and, with Levison’s own acting chops, this all led to the two starring in Next Fall, the latest production at Atlanta’s Actor’s Express Theatre. Any questions? Well, of course there are. So earlier we spoke to Jenny Levison and Mitchell Anderson about going from kitchen to stage.

Next Fall is onstage this weekend and next and closes on February 11th. Tickets and info can be found here.


Thursday, February 2nd

Predicting Winter’s End…Before the Groundhog

WABE’s John Lemley talks with Bishop Neil Alexander.

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February 2nd marks City Caf�’s second birthday, and as you probably know, it’s also Groundhog Day. But as you might not have known, this date in history has a rich significance beyond Punxsutawny Phil (or Gen. Beauregard Lee,) going all the way back to the Middle Ages and the Christian holiday of Candlemas, which is largely forgotten in the western world.

Bishop J. Neil Alexander, of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, has written a great deal about liturgical seasons. Host John Lemley met with him at the Cathedral of St. Philip to discuss Candlemas—and this date’s history in winter weather prediction. WABE’s Kate Sweeney produced this piece.

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From foreboding church bells to new year riches, here’s more on some of the old superstitions surrounding Candlemas.

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Wednesday, February 1st

Theatrical Outfit Goes “Red”

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Abstract expressionist art has its share of giants: Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline… and one Mark Rothko. The artist is the subject of John Logan’s play Red, which opens on Theatrical Outfit’s stage this week. The two-man show stars Artistic Director Tom Key as the volatile artist and Jimi Kocina as his young apprentice. WABE’s Lois Reitzes sat down with the two recently to talk about the show.


At the Alliance: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

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The Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition awards student playwrights with professional productions of their work. This year the honor went to Yale School of Drama graduate Megan Miroshnik. Her play: “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” opens this week. WABE’s Myke Johns produced this story.


Tuesday, January 31st

StoryCorps Atlanta: Roberto Llopart & Danielle Bartone

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Roberto Llopart and his wife Danielle Bartone are both teachers. But during recess, Roberto has taken on an athletic role that’s changed life on the playground.


“Soup-er” Bowl

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This winter’s got at least a few more chilly days left, and this weekend’s football festivity is a great excuse to cook up one last batch of hearty soup. Host John Lemley went to the home of food writer Helen Cauley for hands-on instruction on a fresh version of a perennial favorite. The story begins with an explanation from Helen, about how one moves from the old red-and-white can to homemade. WABE’s Kate Sweeney produced this story.

Alon’s Tomato Basil Soup

1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 white onion, diced
8-10 tomatoes (depending on size,) chopped
1 T garlic, chopped
8 leaves basil, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Add some oil to a stock pot over low heat. Cook garlic, carrots, celery and white onion until tender (5-7 minutes). Add tomatoes and cook for approximately 7 more minutes until tomatoes start breaking down. Add cream and bring to simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and basil. Puree in blender (or use an immersion blender).


Monday, January 30th

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.


The Fat Boy Chronicles Brings Bullying and Obesity to Big Screen

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This past fall, New Jersey passed an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, and a controversial anti-obesity campaign in Atlanta also grabbed the nation’s attention. Now, a new film is dedicated to the confrontation between an overweight boy and school bullies. The Fat Boy Chronicles was filmed in Newnan, Georgia. It’s based on a 2009 book written by two former teachers who wanted to speak out for children they cared for so much. One of those teachers, Michael Buchanan, stopped by our studios to tell us more about the book and film.