From January 6, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry... WBHM's new weekly arts & culture show, where we shine the spotlight on Alabama's artists, actors, musicians and other creative folks. On today's show we answer that scintillating question, what do the Birmingham Zoo, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Sammy's Gentlemen's Club have in common? Also, a Vestavia Hills guitarist who draws heavily on his Latin roots. Glad you?re with us!
On Christian calendars, today is the Epiphany, the day the three wise men arrived with their gifts. There's an Epiphany tradition called the Festival of the Boars Head. It isn't widely practiced any more, but Raleigh-Elizabeth Smith did find one church in Huntsville where it's a highlight of the holiday season.
The Epiphany also marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas... and just in case your true love didn't give you the entire list, Melanie Peeples has it for you now Birmingham style.
The Epiphany or Three Kings Day is a big deal in the Latino community. Children leave their shoes out for the kings to fill with goodies and a pig roast is traditional. If you're on Birmingham's Southside this weekend you might stumble upon a big celebration to mark the day and there, you'll catch the tunes of Holguer Pimiento y Los Broken Corazones. Tanya Ott invited the Vestavia Hills guitarist and his percussionist Greg Hendrick to our studios to talk about their music.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series resume this weekend with Edward Gardner at the baton. Gardner, the sixth guest conductor this season, sat down with WBHM's Program Director Michael Krall for a chat.
The ASO's Masterworks series resumes this weekend with concerts Friday and Saturday night at the Alys Stephens Center.
UAB's Foreign Film Series kicks off the New Year with a bit of Chaos? the award-winning 2001 French film which reviewer Ellen Lichtenstein describes as equal parts comedy, drama and feminist social critique.
Chaos shows Tuesday, January 11th, at 8 p.m. in the Hill University Center Auditorium on the UAB campus.
In crafting Tapestry, we thought it important to give local musicians some air-time on Birmingham radio so we'll close out this week's show with Huntsville's Latin Rhythms Band. The song is For Hayden, from LRB?s new CD Lost Paradise.
THIS WEEK'S MUSIC:
Holguer y Los Broken Corazones perform regularly in Birmingham. You can usually find them at Chez Lulu on Saturday nights and at Highlands Coffee House on Sundays.
Visit the Latin Rhythms Band website for more info about their music, band bios, and performance schedules.