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From January 19, 2006...

Youth Theatre usually means the "Music Man" or "Annie Jr." But one Birmingham youth theatre troupe takes to the stage with some pretty serious themes. This weekend, they're "Searching for David's Heart". There may not be a "heart", but there are plenty of other body parts referenced in a local museum exhibit. And, blues, funk, jazz, jam - whatever you call it, William Barnes' music grooves. I'm Greg Bass, and this is Tapestry.

Charla Cochran

There's always been a divide of sorts in the theatre community - those theatre companies who produce big budget musicals and traditional fare with lots of name recognition...and those companies who steer more towards the experimental or newer plays. When it comes to children's theatre - most groups prefer the former - staging shows like Annie Jr., the Music Man and Jungle Book. But when Charla Cochran started StageDoor Youth Theatre Company about a year ago, she wanted to take on productions that she says are more "socially relevant." The groups first show - Beloved Dearly - followed the escapades of a group of pre-teens who organized pet funerals. The second show - which opens tonight and runs through Sunday -- explores themes of discrimination, love and loss. The play is "Searching for David's Heart". StageDoor's Creative Director Charla Cochran spoke with WBHM's Tanya Ott.

Charla Cochran on "Searching for David's Heart"

Charla Cochran of StageDoor Youth Theatre Company. "Searching for David's Heart" runs through Sunday afternoon at Children's Dance Foundation in Homewood.

Alabama Museum of Health Sciences

It's a place that could keep you in stitches. If you're into fun a la iron lungs and preserved internal organs. The Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences celebrates its tenth year in its current, permanent home on the campus of UAB. It recently wrapped up an exhibit about editorial cartoons and tobacco use. But there are plenty of things that will arouse even the most un-medical of minds - from ivory and woodenItalian figurines to copies of the first known X-ray to wax models of body parts infested with disease. Sound like just what the doctor ordered? WBHM's Steve Chiotakis takes a ride to the third floor of Lister Hill Library to take a peek inside.

Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences

WBHM's Steve Chiotakis, speaking with the curator of the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Stefanie Rookis. The museum's located on the third floor of the Lister Hill Library on the UAB campus. It's open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. There are pictures of the iron lung, the wax models and some preserved internal organs, inside WBHM-dot-ORG.

Little Richard

Reporter Dale Short says that even if you don't meditate, there are still any number of situations in everyday life that require -- or create -- an almost Zen-like level of focus and awareness. Call it "Ordinary Zen". And these days, when sports ranging from baseball to international cycling are beset by scandals involving steroids, it's good to know that there's still ONE performance-enhancing drug that's all natural, has no dangerous side-effects, and is ingested into the body through...the EARS? This week, Short explains "The Zen of Little Richard"...

"The Zen of Little Richard"

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William Barnes

Birmingham's William Barnes is only 27-years-old, but already he's spent more than half of his life performing as a professional musician. He started when he was just 13 years old. He played sideman to many artists and startied his own group - The pre-jam-band "Far South Movement" in the early 1990's. By the time he was 20, Barnes was a seasoned veteran of the Southern touring circuit, so he took some time off to study music and composition at UAB. The result is a renewed creative energy. This is the tune "Shaky Pipes" - featuring William Barnes and his band "O.K". (AUDIO MONTAGE)

The tune is "Shaky Pipes" from William Barnes and his band, "O.K.". They play Bailey's Pub tonight and the Open Door Café tomorrow night. We've got downloads of their music available on the Tapestry section of our website.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles and Francesca Rosko prepares the community calendar. Additional reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis and Dale Short and production assistance from Anthony Plenty and JT Schill. I'm Greg Bass.