Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM


From June 23, 2005...

Arts news

Cities rise and fall on the character of their community. I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry we talk about "smart communities" – what Birmingham has to offer, the challenges it faces, and how the arts fit into it all. Also, re-examining one of the most turbulent times in our history. All that and the new age soundscapes of Birmingham's Dreamwind, after this round up of arts news.

Arts news



The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the voting rights act. And one woman's death helped to galvanize support for it. Unlike other civil rights murders in the South, the 1965 shooting death of Viola Liuzzo was solved rather quickly... within hours. That's because there was an undercover FBI informant who witnessed the shooting and testified against his fellow Ku Klux Klansmen.

Like other people who came to Alabama during the voting rights march, Viola Liuzzo was considered an 'outside agitator'. She was a white, middle-class housewife from Detroit, but came to a place she knew all-too-well, according to Gary May, the author of the new book The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo. He spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.

Gary May interview

Steve Chiotakis, talking with Gary May – author of the new book The Informant: the FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo.



Smart Communities:  How Citizens and Local Leaders can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future

German philosopher Walter Benjamin wrote – "Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred." Cities do rise and fall on the character of their community and their ability to learn from past mistakes, according to Suzanne Morse. She's the author of Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future. Morse is a former Birmingham resident – and the city figures prominently in her book. Morse identifies seven keys to having a smart community. She tells WBHM’s Tanya Ott that the first is "investing right the first time" – knowing what the community needs and will need – and making sure it happens.

Suzanne Morse interview

Suzanne Morse is executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and author of Smart Communities.



What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar



Warp Date

If you’re a fan of the public radio program Music from the Hearts of Space – you may already know about this week’s featured band. Birmingham-based Dreamwind hasn’t been featured on Hearts of Space – YET – but give them time. The improvisational electronica band is still pretty young, even though it’s members have been a fixture on the music scene for decades. Ray Gantt, Rick Bales and Andy Douglas were all in rock bands back in the 1970s. Now, they’re trying something new. This is "Journey to Titan" from their new CD "Warp Date". Ray Gantt plays bass. Rick Bales and Andy Douglas handle keyboards. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Dreamwind’s new CD is “Warp Date”. We’ve got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org



Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell books our musicians. Reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!

Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.