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From December 14, 2006...
Changes are afoot at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, with the sudden resignation of co-creator Erik Jambor. Jambor had held the director position since the festival's inception eight years ago. Les Lovoy reports that while the shakeup may not cause a ripple for the casual attendee of the festival, it's causing major tremors among the loyal and passionate followers and volunteers of the annual event.
Two nationally-acclaimed poets come to the Birmingham Museum of Art this weekend to read poetry against a backdrop of Alabama landscape photography by William Christenberry. It's an appropriate setting for poet Rodney Jones, who grew up in Morgan County, and has received numerous awards including the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Alabama Writer. Poet Natasha Trethewey, a native Mississippian, taught creative writing at Auburn and now teaches at Emory. Jones and Thetheway are two of America's best poets - according to Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers Forum.
Jeanie Thompson is the Executive Director of the Alabama Writers Forum, which is sponsoring the poetry reading Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Poetry, of course, has a long tradition in both Eastern and Western cultures. Because writing poems is seen as an art, it's long been thought that those outside the creative sphere can do little more than string together rhymes a la "roses are red, violets are blue". It all goes back to the divide between the left and right side of the brains; the idea that right brain people can't do math and left brain people can't make art. Lee Moradi says that's nothing more than myth.
Moradi is the director of engineering at UAB's Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering. He's also a poet, self-publishing a collection of his work called "HOO". Moradi calls it a meditation on existence. He talked with WBHM's Rosemary Pennington about his writing and about what it's like being a scientist poet.
Engineer and poet Lee Moradi talking about his collection of poems "HOO"
It's the holidays and local theatre stages are awash with the usual offerings. The Nutcracker, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Carol and Scrooge. But here's one you haven't seen: "Don't You Just Love Christmas". It's the tale of a little girl named Chelsea and all she wants for Christmas is for her daddy to come back from the war in the Middle East. Birmingham vocal coach Steve Pennington first got the idea for the show from a song - This Christmas Eve. It's the holidays and local theatre stages are awash with the usual offerings. The Nutcracker, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas Carol and Scrooge. But here's one you haven't seen: Don't You Just Love Christmas. It's the tale of a little girl named Chelsea and all she wants for Christmas is for her daddy to come back from the war in the Middle East. Birmingham vocal coach Steve Pennington first got the idea for the show from a song - This Christmas Eve That one song grew into a much larger production - as Steve Pennington and choreographer Carl Dean tell WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Don't You Just Love Christmas runs through next Wednesday at the Virginia Samford Theatre. The company is Magic City Actors Theatre
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Birmingham indy-folk singer Jesse Payne is a work in progress. He began songwriting at a young age... added piano, guitar and drums to the repertoire... but kept his music aspirations largely to himself. Then in 2003, he formed his first band, released a CD and now - has a follow-up. It's called "Ghosts.in.Mirrors". This is the tune "In The Morning." (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Les Lovoy and Rosemary Pennington. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.