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From June 30, 2005...

Arts news

It's summertime and that means blockbuster movies, right? This year Hollywood is weathering a bit of a slump. I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry we'll also hear about a local summer music program that brings classical training to inner-city kids. And - tunes from the T-Minus Band. After this arts news...

Arts news

Bob Shelton

"Batman Begins" goes into this weekend with more than 27-million dollars in ticket sales over two weeks. Challengers for the top spot include Bewitched, Mr & Mrs Smith, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. The summer is traditionally a box-office bonanza, with studios rolling out big action movies and chick flicks meant to appeal to a wide audience. But this year there's a bit of a film industry slump. Joining us to talk about it is Birmingham Southern College's film expert Bob Shelton.

Bob Shelton interview

Birmingham Southern professor Bob Shelton is author of the book A Cultural Study of the Art Film.

Last month, the U-S Department of Education announced it would not renew the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's 175-thousand dollar grant for the "Strings for Students" program. The program taught hundreds of at-risk school kids to play classical music. It was a big blow for the local music community. But as Amanda Shaw reports, other groups are hoping to fill the gap.

Miles College music program

AFS student exchange

This week, the AFS Intercultural Programs/USA officially welcomed Birmingham as an AFS International Bridge City. That means 12 international exchange students will live with Birmingham families and attend local high schools next school year. It also means increased scholarship opportunities for local students who want to study abroad. WBHM's Roslynn Fairlis talked with AFS USA Vice President Christine Vogel about the program.

Christine Vogel interview

Christine Vogel is vice president of AFS Intercultural Programs, which this week announced Birmingham as an International Bridge City. She talked with WBHM's Roslynn Fairlis.

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

Community Calendar

T-minus Band

Their music is all over the place! It can be a put-down... or, in the case of Birmingham's T-minus Band...a compliment. Listen to their CD "Four Legs to Three" and you'll hear a dose of Brian Wilson, Pavement, Beck, a little of the WHO and plenty of other influences. This is "Two Bit". "Troy T" is the "T" in the T-minus Band. (AUDIO MONTAGE) The T-minus Band plays the Nick tomorrow night. 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 Amanda Shaw and Roslyn Fairlis. I'm Greg Bass...join us next week as we focus on - some good summer reading.

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