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From February 23, 2006...
1920's Birmingham... Men and women toiled hard in steel mills and coal mines. then brushed off the dust, shined up their shoes and danced the night away at Tuxedo Junction. Ahhhh..."the change" - that time of life when women's body temperatures "spike" while their body parts "sag". Of course it's good fodder for musical theatre! And, slamming beats and groovy grooves from a recent transplant to Birmingham -- electronica musician Jackson McLemore. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.
Life in Birmingham in the 1920s and 1930s was driven by the engines of glowing steel mills and sooty coal mines. Men and women worked hard, long hard hours. But, at the same time, at a small nightclub in Ensley, musical history was being made. Ryan Mills reports.
To see photos of Tuxedo Junction, go to wbhm.org.
In October, America lost one of its great playwrights when August Wilson died of cancer. But Wilson's plays live on. A Theatre UAB production of "The Piano Lesson" runs this week. Alabama native Woodie King Jr., producing director of the New Federal Theatre in New York City, visited Birmingham to kick off the play's run with a talk about Wilson's place in the history of African-American theatre. Reporter Dale Short talked with King...
Theatre UAB's production of "The Piano Lesson" runs through Sunday at the Alys Stephens Center.
First there was the Vagina Monologues. Now, Menopause: the Musical! Since the show premiered in late 2001, more than six million women have seen it --- aaaannnnd a couple of guys have seen it too, no doubt! Writer/Producer Jeanie Linders brings her show to Birmingham tomorrow night in an effort to encourage a dialogue about aging and women's health. Reporter Donna Francavilla explains.
Menopause the Musical plays tomorrow night at the BJCC. We've got more information on our website, wbhm.org.
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Jackson McLemore started listening to electronica music as a young teenager and soon figured out he wouldn't be happy unless he could put his own stamp on the music he loved. He started mixing it up using the old Windows Wav Editor on his PC and he got pretty good at it! Good enough to start recording and getting gigs as a DJ in Virginia. He's since upgraded to fancier software, refined his game and is now ready to take on Birmingham. McLemore, who goes by the name "Jacksin", moved here last month. Check out this tune, called "Low Ground". Jacksin joined us to talk about making music and his move to Birmingham. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Jackson McLemore - a.k.a. "Jacksin" - will be hitting the local DJ scene soon. We've got downloads of his music and links to his website on the Tapestry page at wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Ryan Mills, Donna Francavilla and Dale Short. Production assistance from Anthony Plenty and JT Schill. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry