April 24, 2008...
Thousands of people are expected to converge on Linn Park in downtown Birmingham this weekend for the ONB Magic City Art Connection. The festival features dozens of contemporary artists, art workshops, and children's activities. It took Fairhope, Alabama artist Pinky Bass several hours to load in her large sculpture installation. Her signature gelatin silver prints are accented with a motorized petit componium - a gizmo sort of like an old player piano mechanism. Holes punches in the photographs allow the musical movement to "plunk" notes. The result is an abstract piece of music that relates to the photographic image running through the componium. The installation draws on living, aging and death --- a very personal journey for Pinky Bass.
Magic City Art Connection celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It's come a long way from its early days as a young mother's pet project. WBHM's Tanya Ott talks with festival director Eileen Kunzman.
The Martini Shakers also make an appearance late Saturday afternoon/late this afternoon. The Martini Shakers began like most garage bands do - in the garage, with no audience and no money. But in 2001, vocalist and guitarist Jory Heindel decided to devote his efforts to really capturing the sound of his Rock-a-billy heroes - Elvis, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash and Hank Senior. The gamble paid off for the Birmingham band and the Martini Shakess have charted in Belgium and have a following in Japan. (LISTEN)
There's all kinds of local music from techno to classical, folk to rock on the Centre Stage throughout the weekend at the ONB Magic City Art Connection.
There's lots going on this weekend that's not Magic City Art connected... The Alabama Symphony Orchestra's semi-staged version of Porgy and Bess. Ira and George Gershwin's tale of an African-american slum in 1930's Charleston, South Carolina is arguably the most well know American opera. WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Elias Hendricks, a Birmingham native who plays several roles in the production. And he asked Hendricks just what the audience will see in a semi-staged production.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Porgy Bess this weekend, in collaboration with Opera Birmingham and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
What's going on around town? Activeculture.info is a one-stop source for finding out what's going on in the Birmingham metro area.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with help this week from Andrew Yeager, Islara Vazquez, Coleman Lipsey and Hunter Bell. Next week on the program, we talk to Kathy Mattea and hear about the therapeutic effect of theatre. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.