Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

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From March 29, 2007...



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It's been more than 70 years since the creation of the first Nazi concentration camps. Six million Jews died in those camps, as well as hundreds of thousands of others the Nazis considered socially undesirable. The photos taken as the camps were liberated showed human beings who were little more than skin and bones. Nineteen Holocaust survivors live here in Birmingham - and when Becky Seitel heard some of them speak at a Yom Hashoah service -- she got the idea for the exhibit Darkness Into Life: The Birmingham Holocaust Survivors Through Photography and Art. Nine of the nineteen agreed to participate. WBHM's Rosemary Pennington spoke to Seitel, Survivor Max Steinmetz and painter Mitzi Levin about creating the exhibit.

Birmingham area Holocaust survivors share their stories

Darkness Into Life: The Birmingham Area Holocaust Survivors through Photography and Art opens Sunday at the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham.




Princeton Towers residents Eloise Davis, 74 (left) and Mamie Craig, 65, stroll through the garden

Many in the healthcare industry are touting the therapeutic value of healing gardens. The American Horticulture Therapy Association says that these specialized gardens are becoming increasingly common around the U.S. Among their benefits: stimulating memory and alleviating depression. Those pluses are especially helpful for a group of senior adults living at the Princeton Towers in Birmingham's Arlington-West End neighborhood. Gigi Douban has the story.

Healing gardens



Roger Reid

The new children's novel Longleaf chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who goes on a camping trip with his scientist parents in the Conecuh National Forest. Amidst the beauty and diversity of the Alabama woodland, the young genius witnesses a crime involving a case of "native" poachers, lawmen and residents. Author Roger Reid knows the landscape well. He's the writer, producer and director of the television series Discovering Alabama. Reporter Haden Holmes Brown asked Reid how he knew kids would be interested in the plants and animals that create the mystical setting for the book.

Roger Reid interview

Author Roger Reid's new book is called Longleaf. He spoke with reporter Haden Holmes Brown.



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Kendra Sutton

Having a CD recorded at Sun Studios is akin to finding the musical Holy Grail. It's the place of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and - of course, it's most famous star - Elvis, first recorded. And now - add Kendra Sutton's name to that list. The Birmingham honky tonk soul singer Kendra Sutton and her band, The Bad Luck Boys, recorded their forthcoming CD, "The Sun Sessions" in Memphis. This is "Love You Still." (AUDIO MONTAGE)

Kendra Sutton and The Bad Luck Boys with the tune "Love You Still". Their new CD "The Sun Sessions: is expected to be released in early June. She and the band play Marty's near Five Points South on Friday, April 6



Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell, with help this week from Rosemary Pennington, Haden Holmes Brown, Gigi Douban, Steve Chiotakis and Izlara Vazquez. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.

Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.