Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

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From February 22, 2007...

Margaret Cho

She grew up in the Castro district of San Francisco in the '70s, amid aging hippies and gay people some of whom who worked in her parents' bookstore. Add the facts that her parents, naturalized citizens from Korea, always felt like foreigners and that she is bisexual and you begin to understand how Margaret Cho comes to see herself as an outsider. (AUDIO SAMPLE) In recent years, Cho has dealt with drug and alcohol problems and a failed sitcom on ABC. But she's back with a vengeance doing stand-up, writing books, making guest appearances on T-V shows like Fox's "'Til Death" and directing an independent film...about belly dancing. Saturday night, Margaret Cho performs a benefit show at the Alabama Theatre for Birmingham Shout, Birmingham's Gay and Lesbian film series. When I talked with her last week, I asked her which comedian inspired her most.

Interview with Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho performs at the Alabama Theatre Saturday night.

Karen Bentley Pollick

For many people, classical music brings to mind images of velvet suited men in white powdered wigs. "Classical" remains a thing of the past for them - but Karen Bentley Pollick cannot be counted among "them". The violinist, and First Lady of Birmingham Southern College, is quite a force in the world of contemporary classical music. And next week she presents a concert with several pieces created by composers living here in the Heart of Dixie. One of them is Dr. Charles Norman Mason - head of BSC's music department and just back from a year studying in Rome. Mason and Pollick stopped by our studios to talk with WBHM's Rosemary Pennington about how the recital and music came to life.

Interview with Karen Bentley Pollick and Charles Norman Mason

Birmingham Southern College composer Charles Norman Mason and violinist Karen Bentley Pollick. The March 1st recital at BSC is called "TransBAMAgiNations" and will feature pieces like this one from composer Dorothy Hindman.

Derek Cracco

Derek Cracco's solo exhibition titled "Love" -- on view at Bare Hands Gallery -- explores the word and its connection to relationships, passion and faith. The show features 15 collages on canvas and was recently chosen as one of the top ten exhibitions in New Orleans by The Times Picayune. Reporter Haden Holmes Brown tours the exhibition with the artist:

Derek Cracco interview

Derek Cracco is Professor of Printmaking and Computer Graphics at UAB. He exhibit, "Love", is on display at Bare Hands Gallery through Saturday.

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The Northern Rattle's Mike Karadimos spent the last ten years in his basement making music -- recording his psychedelic garage pop creations onto hard disk recorders and even answering machines at times. Sounding a bit like 60's rock and roll with a modern indie rock personality, The Northern Rattle characterizes its sound as music for the soul, not for the pockets. This song, "Weatherman", is from the forthcoming CD "Thousand Sun Broadcast". Frontman Mike Karadimos stopped by our studios to talk about their music (AUDIO MONTAGE) Mike Karadimos is the frontman for The Northern Rattle. Their new CD,"Thousand Sun Broadcast", drops March 27th.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Contributors this week include Francesca Rosko, Rosemary Pennington and Haden Holmes Brown. We had production assistance from Islara Vazquez. I'm Greg Bass. 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.