April 3, 2008...
When the Alabama Ballet staged Romeo and Juliet in February it was a physically and emotionally draining production. Artistic director Tracey Alvey says the demands on the dancers were immense, so she's thrilled to take on a lighter-hearted comedic ballet this weekend. Alvey tells WBHM's Tanya Ott that Coppelia is a good introduction for children and adults who may not have much experience with the ballet.
It's no secret that reading is on the decline in America. With distractions like television, sports, and work, coupled with the reality that most of us are over-programmed, it's no wonder that books aren't flying off the shelves. This worries educators and policy makers who know that a literate public is key to a healthy democracy. In response, the National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring The Big Read, the largest reading project in American history. The Jefferson County Library Cooperative is participating with Project Mockingbird, a month-long series of events they hope will get county residents reading and discussing Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I asked Birmingham Public Library archivist Kelsey Bates why this community project is so important.
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.
The music of Birmingham indie-band 13ghosts moves freely from psychedelic to country-punk. But their new CD, The Strangest Colored Lights, takes on a special flavor. The songs on the CD came from a session recorded shortly after the suicide of songwriter Brad Armstrong's cousin a decade ago. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
The song is Bury Me by 13ghosts.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Coleman Lipsey and Q Owens. Next week on the program, meet The King of Country. Music, that is...I'm Greg Bass. Join me for a visit with author Wayne Greenhaw, next week, on Tapestry.