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From March 31, 2005...

Arts news

It's that time again – Spring Overture 2005...when we ask you for your support for the programs you listen to on WBHM. Call 1-800-444-9256...we interrupt this fundraising message, to bring you -- Tapestry. I’m Greg Bass and tonight - we talk about the art of fundraising with one of public radio’s best – Ira Glass. Also – Birmingham Southern's first lady drops by to talk about her career as a concert violinist. And, the music of Taylor Hollingsworth. All that and more, after this arts news from Tanya Ott.

Arts news

Ira Glass

Okay – there's no avoiding it. We're now well into our first full-day of the spring fundraiser and let's face it – there are only so many ways we can ask for money. Creativity gets chucked out the window during a fund drive – or does it? Certainly not for Ira Glass, host of This American Life heard Sunday nights at six. In fact, Ira somewhat famously pushes the creative envelope in his fundraising spots and he tells us he wouldn't have it any other way.

Ira Glass on fundraising...

Ira Glass, producer and host of This American Life. Like This American Life, Tapestry is also an expensive venture for WBHM...but we've made a commitment to bring you the Birmingham art and music scene and now – we’re asking you to make a commitment of your own.

Recital Hall at the Alys Stephens Center

Birmingham has a variety of venues for live performances. There's the Oak Mountain Amphitheater, the historic Alabama Theater, and the BJCC Concert Hall and Theater. There are also various college and university facilities, and smaller "black box" theaters like Birmingham Festival and Terrific New Theater. Still – some arts advocates complain there aren't enough multi-purpose performance facilities in town. Lisa LeGrand reports on what such venues "could" look like in the future.

Theatre design

Karen Pollick

Next week, thousands of musicians around the world will perform hundreds of concerts in a span of three days… all in the name of Peace. The Music for Peace Project hopes to promote international peace efforts while building a global community of active, socially conscious artists. Here in Birmingham, two musicians to team up for a pair of concerts. Cellist Craig Hultgren and violinist Karen Bentley Pollick will play a program that includes a lot of contemporary music – something that Pollick says she's always been drawn to.

Karen Pollick interview

Karen Bentley Pollick...you can catch her in concert Wednesday night at 6 at Birmingham's St. Paul A-M-E church and again Thursday at 7 at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

Taylor Hollingsworth

On first glance, Taylor Hollingsworth may appear to be just another skinny punk with a lot of attitude...but music critics say otherwise. When the Birmingham-native straps on a guitar and gets to work – well, let's just say his band has been described as the best garage band Birmingham has seen in a long time. And Hollingsworth's not just getting attention here in `Bama. He's just back from a short European tour and a gig at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. This is How Could You Be So Cold off the new release,Shoot Me, Shoot Me, Heaven. Taylor Hollingsworth stopped by our studio this week to talk about his music.

Music and interview with Taylor Hollingsworth

How Could You Be So Cold off the new recording Shoot Me, Shoot Me, Heaven. Taylor Hollingsworth and his band play The Nick Saturday night, but if you gotta get your fix of their music sooner, check out the Tapestry section of our website, WBHM.org, for downloads of their music.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell is our music man. We get production assistance from Brian Creel, Brad Robinson and Ali Boudhani. Additional reporting this week from Lissa LeGrand. I'm Greg Bass… thanks for joining us – and for supporting Tapestry on WBHM.