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From January 4, 2007...

Black & Tan Fantasy l by Jayme Barr-Nobles

Women are often underrepresented in the arts. Just a fraction of playwrights are women and while there are plenty of female visual artists - how many "modern masters" can you name? Georgia O'Keefe and Frida Kahlo, perhaps...but the list of recognizable names is pretty thin despite some immense talent. In a provocative article in Artsnews more than a quarter century ago, professor and art historian Linda Nochlin asked: "Why are there no great women artists?" Is it, as some suggest, women lack artistic genius? Or have the achievements of women been written out of art history? No - asserted Nochlin. Instead, it's economics and social pressures. Women historically have not had the time or opportunity to learn and practice art - so they've simply produced less. Three local female artists have felt some of these pressures, but carry on regardless. And this weekend they'll be the first artists to represent Birmingham at Art Miami, an international modern and contemporary art fair. Stacey Torch sat down with the women of Hawthorn Gallery.

Meet three women artists over 40

Violinist Hilary Hahn

She's only 27, but Grammy award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has become one of the most compelling artists in the international concert circuit. In 2001, Time Magazine named her "America's Best" young classical musician, and she appears regularly with the world's great orchestras. Sunday afternoon, Hilary Hahn gives a recital at the Alys Stephens Center in a program which includes works by Janacek, Mozart and Beethoven. Hahn spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...

Hilary Hahn interview

Violinist Hilary Hahn gives a recital Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the Alys Stephens Center.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra's first Masterworks concert of 2007 is titled "Music of Angels" and features works by Sibelius and Berg. WBHM's Mike Morgan talked with conductor Justin Brown about this weekend's concert...

Justin Brown interview

Conductor Justin Brown speaking with WBHM's Mike Morgan. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series resumes Friday and Saturday night at the Alys Stephens Center.

To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.

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Nearly three months ago Alabama lost one of its "River Heroes". Shane Hulsey, a tireless environmental activist and outdoor enthusiast died in a kayaking accident on the river he loved. Since then, his friends have been holding raffles and working to establish land trust in Hulsey's name. On January 14th, their efforts take a particularly artistic bent with a silent art auction at Rojo on Saturday and the Raindrop musical Festival at BottleTree on Sunday. Among the performers, Birmingham band Sunny So Brite. They'll be playing tunes from their upcoming untitled eighth CD, including this one: Brave New Boy. Sunny So Brite's Mark Carmichael and J.M. Cifonie dropped by our studios. (AUDIO MONTAGE)

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesco Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Mike Morgan and Stacey Torch. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week!