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From January 18, 2007...

The Sooty Man

Birmingham physician Steve Rudd is a neurologist who has also practiced law. Along the way, he's developed an unusual side-interest that intersects with both of those careers...serial murder. Rudd has just published his second novel that features a quirky young psychiatrist named Kristin Van Zandt, a fictional Alabamian who has an eerie insight into what makes a serial killer tick. Reporter Dale Short talked with Steve Rudd about his new book, The Sooty Man.

Steve Rudd interview

Physician, lawyer and author Steve Rudd talking about his latest novel The Sooty Man and about making movies.

The UAB Foreign Film Series celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend with a festival. Sixteen films in 13 different languages, screened at two locations on campus. WBHM's Tanya Ott asked UAB Catherine Danielou - "what's the must-see movie"?

UAB Foreign Film Festival

Catherine Danielou is interim chairwoman of the UAB Department of Foreign Language and Literature. The UAB Foreign Film Festival runs Friday through Sunday.

Yo La Tengo CD cover

The indie rock scene is known for constant turnover - with bands burning bright, then fizzling...or forming, breaking up, re-forming, then calling it a day! That's why the accomplishments of a husband/wife duo from Hoboken, New Jersey are so notable. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed an eclectic little rock group called Yo La Tengo back in 1984, and in the two decades since, they've produced more than a dozen albums and a huge catalogue of singles. They've got a new CD and are on world tour right now, including a stop in Birmingham later this month. Ira Kaplan talked with WBHM's Hunter Bell about the music and the career..

Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo

That was Ira Kaplan from the indy-rock band Yo La Tengo. They'll perform at WorkPlay Theatre January 26th.

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D Watts and her band

When we last heard from Birmingham musician D. Watts, she had left the life of singing for cover bands and was promoting her first album - "My Own Way". She characterized it as the beginning of a journey -- A journey that, at the time, she didn't realize was going to be more of a circle than straight line. Watts grew up in a Christian household, with musician parents who raised her to "sing for God". Now, with her latest CD, Watts finds herself doing that once again. The CD, "Brand New Start", might not be what some would expect of Christian music - featuring heavy guitars and a liberal use of cymbals, it's definitely got a hard rock groove. This song is "Break Down the Walls". Watts came by our studios to talk about the new CD and inspiration. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Christian hard rocker D. Watts talking about her new CD"Brand New Start" - it's out later this month.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Dale Short and production assistance from Rosemary Pennington and Islara 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.