Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

From February 10, 2005...


Arts Highlights

Al Franken brings his road show to Birmingham this weekend – but first, he talks to Tapestry. I'm Greg Bass and on tonight's show we'll also hear from commentator Francesca Rosko – who's got a thing for Barry Manilow. If Manilow isn't your thing, you may want to check out the local band Snow Machine – we've got 'em, on tonight's Tapestry. But first, a roundup of arts news with Tanya Ott

Arts news



Al Franken

He's a five time Emmy winner, a best selling author, the winner a Grammy last year for the spoken word recording of his book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them". Now, comedian Al Franken is the marquee talent on Air America, the liberal radio talk network that can be heard on 48 stations around the country. Fresh off a USO-sponsored trip to Iraq where he entertained US troops, Franken is coming to Birmingham this weekend. I asked what it was like to work in such a dangerous place.

Al Franken interview

Comedian Al Franken performs Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. at the Alys Stephens Center.



Cupid

Well – there's no avoiding it. The grocery stores are brimming with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and the newspapers will soon be filled with stories of love and love lost. Frank Thompson prepared his own special valentine for Tapestry this week.

Love notes




Barry Manilow

There is one musician who embodies that romantic spirit – or according to critics, a schmaltzy version of it. He's been dissed for his operatic pop ballads and flouncy-sleeved jumpsuits… but that doesn't dissuade commentator Francesca Rosko.

Barry Manilow

Take heart, Francesca. According to the current issue of Newsweek, Barry Manilow is HOT! He still sells 1-and-a-half million records a year… a remix of his 1978 hit Copacabana was recently a hit on the dance-club play charts… and in two weeks he’ll will launch his much-anticipated Las Vegas show “Music and Passion”. Barry Manilow and Las Vegas – a marriage made in heaven!




Nowhere in Africa

If you're a foreign film fan you choices are somewhat limited here in Birmingham – since most of the major theaters don't go anywhere near the genre. But Jewz on Scene is showing a German film next week which film reviewer Ellen Lichtenstein says is a must-see.

Review of "Nowhere in Africa"

Our reviewer is Ellen Lichtenstein. "Nowhere in Africa" airs next Tuesday night at 7 at WorkPlay with cocktails and conversation after the screening. It's part of the Jewz on Scene cinema series sponsored by the Birmingham Jewish Foundation.




Community Calendar

What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar



Katharine McElroy of Snow Machine

Okay – perhaps the musical stylings of Barry Manilow we offered you earlier in the show just didn’t do it for you… How about this? The song is Summer Snow – by Birmingham band Snow Machine. Their new self-titled album will be released March 8th by Daemon Records, but Snow Machines’ Katharine McElroy stopped by our studios this week to talk about her music and the Birmingham music scene. (MUSIC)

The song is "Summer Snow" from Birmingham band Snow Machine. More of their music – available for download – on our website … wbhm.org. Next week on our show -- it's time for the Sidewalk Scramble, so grab your video camera and get ready make a movie!



Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. We had production assistance this week from Steve Chiotakis and Ali Boudhani. Hunter Bell handles our music. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!