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Week of 6 February 2012

Friday, February 10th

Twyla Tharp and The Princess and the Goblin

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The Atlanta Ballet is opening a world premier tonight. It’s the latest show from legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp. Tharp has been working with the company since last summer to create the full-length ballet, The Princess and the Goblin. WABE’s Myke Johns sat down with Tharp to find out more about the show.


Atlanta Sounds - Cigar Box Guitar

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Musical history has a rich tradition of homemade instruments. Starting in the 19th century, the cigar box became a favorite raw material for folks who wanted to play banjo, fiddle or guitar, but couldn’t afford one.

The cigar box guitar was especially popular among blues musicians like Blind Willie McTell, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Bo Diddley, many of whom began playing music after building their own instruments.

In this piece, we catch up with Mike Snowden in his home workshop, where he’s keeping the tradition of these unique—and aromatic—instruments alive.


Thursday, February 9th

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, February 8th

The Raconteur Carnival Comes to Town

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You might be familiar with the live storytelling on The Moth Radio Hour Sunday nights on WABE. Well, now, a group of The Moth’s most notable storytellers are taking a bus tour across Georgia, and some of Florida too, to raise awareness for independent bookstores.

WABE’s Kate Sweeney met with the man behind the “Unchained” Tour, to find out: why Georgia, why storytelling, and why a 1972 school bus.


Sidney Lanier Memorial Back Home in Piedmont Park

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This past weekend, a long-absent figure made its way home to Piedmont Park. A bust of poet and composer Sidney Lanier was reinstated near the 14th Street entrance to the park. It’s where the statue stood since 1914 before a series of vandalizations and eventually, disappearance. But now the bust has been restored and we invited two of the men responsible in for a conversation about the memorial and Lanier himself: Boyd Coons, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Preservation Center and Richard Guy Wilson, commonwealth professor in architectural history at the University of Virginia and longtime Sidney Lanier scholar. Coons began the conversation by talking about how a statue of a Macon-born poet who is buried in Baltimore came to be erected in Atlanta in the first place.

Hear our full conversation with Dr. Susan Copeland here.

For more info on the restoration, the Atlanta Preservation Center has a page here.


Tuesday, February 7th

StoryCorps Atlanta: Nalini & Nandy Isaac

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Nalini Isaac’s adult daughter, Nandy, has Down Syndrome. At StoryCorps, Nalini told Nandy about her first experience ever seeing a person with a disability, when Nalini was a six-year-old growing up in India.

This story was recorded in partnership with TASH, which advocates for equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities.


Sonic Generator Showcases Local Talents

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The Atlanta based group “Sonic Generator” uses modern technology in their performances. Like the time they featured a marimba playing robot, or music composed and performed on an iPhone, and now, tonight, a couple of works that use the Beatle’s song, “Strawberry Fields Forever” as a starting point. One of the members of Sonic Generator, Jason Freeman recently stopped in to discuss tonight’s performance.


Monday, February 6th

Georgia History - Carnegie Library

Dr. Tim Crimmins & Host John Lemley

On February 8th, 1899, it was announced that steel magnate Andrew Carnegie was donating $100,000 toward the construction of a public library for Atlanta. The building—at what is now One Margaret Mitchell Square—was completed in March of 1902 and served as the city’s Central Library until being demolished in 1977. WABE’s John Lemley met Dr. Tim Crimmins at the site of what remains of Atlanta’s first public library. Dr. Crimmins is Georgia State’s Director of the Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies. You can see photos of the Carnegie Library at Atlanta Time Machine.

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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.