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From June 7, 2007...
Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South is the 20th book penned by humorist Roy Blount, Jr. -- an impressive accomplishment to be sure. However, when you take into consideration Blount's regular appearances on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me, multiple visits to A Prairie Home Companion, and regular contributions to the Oxford American, the Atlantic Monthly and numerous other publications, you have to wonder when he has time to write books. The Decatur, Georgia native has become the explainer-in-chief for all things Southern to the rest of America. I asked Roy Blount, Jr. how he got this job.
Take a story that involves a youthful murderer, a transvestite's triumph over oppression, and a life-time of cultural contributions and political activism...Add a little espionage. Now set that story in Germany from the Roaring Twenties to the fall of the Berlin Wall and put it ALL on stage - in the hands of one actor. Lissa Legrand decided to investigate.
Birmingham Festival Theater's I Am My Own Wife runs through Saturday, June 23rd.
Local arts leaders have been touting the economic impact of the arts for years - but this week they got numbers to bolster their case. A new survey from the group Americans for the Arts examines 156 communities, including Jefferson Country. Les Lovoy has details.
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Francesca Rosko. She's the witty purveyor of the Community Calendar and an award-winning commentator -- telling us about everything from her love of Barry Manilow to the evil plot behind Girl scout cookies. At WBHM, we know Francesca as a former intern who later became our colleague and always kept us laughing and on our toes. This is Francesca's last week working for WBHM and as a send-off we thought you'd enjoy some behind the scenes moments...
Those outtakes come courtesy of commentator and community calendar-er Francesca Rosko, who is getting married this month and moving to Tuscaloosa. We wish her all the best!
Ryan Kinder's career started blossoming at the ripe old age of fourteen, when he was in middle school. That was four years ago - and now, graduated and ready for the world, Kinder - along with the rest of his band - is wowing crowds all over the south with his brand of folk and soul and something he calls "Southern vibe". Influenced by some of the greats - Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Stevie Wonder - his musical journeys have been on display at venues all over town, including the Alabama Theatre. Kinder talked with Tapestry about the things that are important to his melodic tastes and the people who continue to help him along. From the debut CD "RyanKinder", this is "Midnight Train". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
That's Ryan Kinder and his band with "Midnight Train", from their debut CD "RyanKinder". They play City Stages next weekend.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Lissa LeGrand and Les Lovoy and production assistance from Steve Chiotakis, Connor McCarty and Robert Brooks. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week!