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From June 8, 2006...

(Audio) A new photo exhibit gives a glimpse behind closed doors...

Another Birmingham artist is using a childhood toy to make a political statement...

And - indie folk rock from Delicate Cutters.

I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.



Neha & Chris -- (c) Kim Riegel

The bedroom. It's where we're sent as children when we misbehave..where we retreat as teenagers, when the world is just too much. It's a place where we sleep, read, fight, and make love. It's also the focus of a new photo exhibit at Lyda Rose Gallery in Homewood. "Observations of Intimacy" features pictures of couples in their bedrooms. On a recent Monday, when the gallery was closed, photographer Kim Riegel shared the behind-the-scenes story of the project with WBHM's Tanya Ott. Riegel says it all started with a commission portrait of a couple - Geno and Michelle. Michelle was very pregnant and they wanted some photos to share with family and shots to have for themselves. Riegel says one picture really captured her imagination.

Interview with photographer Kim Riegel

One of those "newer couples" are newlyweds Neha and Chris Luhar-Trice Both Neha and Chris are photographers themselves, so being on the other side the camera was an experience.

Interview with Neha and Chris Luhar-Trice

Of course, the question, at least for gallery owner James Wood, is whether anyone will want to buy photos of other people in their bedrooms. Wood says staging a show like this is a gamble for his gallery.

Interview with gallery owner James Wood

"Observations of Intimacy" is on display at Lyda Rose Gallery in Homewood through the end of the month. If you want to see photos from the exhibit - including one of Chris and Neha Luhar-Trice, go the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.



Feizal Valli

The French painter and sculptor Edgar Degas once said, "Art is a battle." But one Birmingham man's current art project is a battleFIELD...one that's symbolic of a real battle being fought almost seven-thousand miles away. Reporter Dale Short has the story...


Art on the battlefield





A scene from Arsenic and Old Lace

Directing a community theatre production can be challenging. You have to cast good actors, piece together costumes from thrift store castoffs... oh yeah, and design the set! And when you're working in a small community theatre like SouthCity Theatre in Alabaster that can be a challenge, as director Diane Daniels and assistant director George Scott discovered with their latest production of Arsenic and Old Lace.

Daniels and Scott on "Arsenic and Old Lace"

"Working out" ...thanks to a lot of elbow grease from cabinet maker Henry Johnson and the cast and crew. Arsenic and Old Lace opens this weekend and runs three weeks at SouthCity Theatre in Alabaster.



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Janet Simpson from Delicate Cutters

Try classifying the music of Birmingham band Delicate Cutters. I dare you! It's a strange mix of Appalachian folk, country, and pop, with lyrics as timeless as landscapes. This is "One Trick Pony" from the new CD "We Are Not Lovers". Janet Simpson is lead singer, pianist and guitarist. (AUDIO MONTAGE)

Delicate Cutters is Janet Simpson, Chance Shirley, Brian Moon, Pete Szelenbaum, and Kevin Nicholson. The song is "One Trick Pony", from the Delicate Cutters new CD "We Are Not Lovers." We've got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.




Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Dale Short and production assistance from Katie Barzler. I'm Greg Bass. Next week is our special hour-long City Stages edition of Tapestry. We'll talk to some of the musicians and Steve Chiotakis will have a very special surprise -- hope you can join us.