Week of 27 June 2011
Friday, July 1st
Have Your Say - Atlanta’s Endangered Spaces
All week we’ve asked listeners to phone in and tell us about the endangered spaces in their neighborhood—the historic or just meaningful places that they’d like to see preserved.
Here are some of the great responses we received.
Thanks to everyone who phoned in this week to Have Your Say.
Thursday, June 30th
This Week’s Best Bets from Shane Harrison
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Shane Harrison tells us about budget-friendly events this week in Atlanta.
Radcliffe Bailey at the High Museum
The High Museum’s featured exhibits often focus on the works of artists from distant times and places. It’s a rare treat, then, to see contemporary works from a local on its walls. Born in New Jersey, Radcliffe Bailey grew up in Atlanta. His work has found its way to the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and many others. This exhibit at the High—“Memory as Medicine”—is the most comprehensive display of his work to date, and WABE’s Myke Johns recently caught a recent tour of the exhibit led by the the artist himself.
Wednesday, June 29th
Update on the Atlanta Beltline
The Atlanta Beltline is seeing some big changes this spring and summer: the opening of two parks, and construction of the first major stretch of trails. Kate Sweeney walked a portion of that stretch with the CEO of Beltline, Incorporated—to get a progress report on what is arguably Atlanta’s most ambitious green-space and transit project ever.
Linda Lee Harper on “Water”
Linda Lee Harper is a poet, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, now living in Augusta, Georgia. She is the author of five chapbooks, a full length collection and is the winner of the 1995 Washington Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the Georgia Review and other journals and she is a member of the Georgia Poetry Society. She paid our studios a visit to read and discuss her poem “Water.”
Tuesday, June 28th
Imperial Opa Circus
If you’ve attended any of the many many festivals that have been taking place around town since the spring, you may have caught an act from The Imperial OPA Circus. It’s an outfit made up of stilt walkers, contortionists, bizarre puppets, fire dancers and many others. WABE’s Myke Johns paid a visit to a rehearsal and brought back this profile.
The Imperial Opa are performing a number of shows in the coming week. You can find more info on their Facebook page.
StoryCorps Atlanta: Tishana Trainor & L’Erin Asantewaa
Today we commemorate Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride month with a conversation by a woman who came out as a lesbian a decade ago after her marriage ended. By then, Decatur resident Tishana Trainor had two small children and no idea how to meet single women. So, as she told her friend L’Erin Asantewaa, Tishana set her sights on a lesbian bar called My Sister’s Room that—at the time— was right next to an ice cream store.
Monday, June 27th
Atlanta Preservation - The Judge Wilson House
The Atlanta Preservation Center recently released its list of the 19 most endangered places in the city. The list includes such recognizable structures as the Constitution Building on Alabama Street. However, it also lists entire neighborhoods which are threatened by neglect or demolition.
We decided to visit number 12 on the list: the Judge William Wilson House, a two-story Greek Revival and one of the rare pre-Civil War buildings in the city that is still standing—or just barely, as we discovered.
You can find even more photos of the house from our visit on our Facebook page.
Local Book Events
Daren Wang of the Decatur Book Festival and verb.org talks about local book events.
Karin Slaughter in Gwinnett - Fallen
Ally Carter at Little Shop of Stories - Uncommon Criminals