March 13, 2008...
Author Joshilyn Jackson's debut novel, Gods in Alabama, won the 2005 Novel of the Year award from the Southern Independent Book Sellers Alliance and her sophomore effort, called Between, Georgia, also garnered critical praise. But her third novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming could be the real breakout book. It opens when Laurel, a young mother and wife, is awakened by the ghost of her daughter's best friend. She follows the ghost to the bedroom window from where she can see the girl floating face down in the pool. The police suspect foul play and question Laurel's daughter Shelby as a "person of interest". Enter Thalia, Laurel's bohemian older sister, who shakes the family to its foundation when she begins to expose ghosts of the past. Joshilyn Jackson picks up the storyline.
If you're out over these next few days celebrating the St. Patrick's Day holiday, there's a reasonable chance you could see some Irish step dancing. Think Michael Flatley or Riverdance, which brought the tradition to American eyes more than a decade ago. Here in Alabama, a group of young performers is working to learn and preserve this slice of Celtic culture. But for students in the Alabama Academy of Irish Dance, there's more to it than just fancy footwork. WBHM's Andrew Yeager reports.
When it comes to symphonic music of the new world, names like Gershwin, Copland or Bernstein often come up. But looking beyond America to Latin America reveals composers and music many people in this country haven't encountered. A few of those selections will be on display this weekend as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra takes the stage with its Latin Fever concert. Returning to the podium is guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. When WBHM's Andrew Yeager asked him what gives Latin music its unique sound, Guerrero had one word - rhythm.
See what happens when fairy tales and reality cross paths in Steven Sondheim's Into the Woods. WBHM's Q Owens has a preview of the latest musical from Birmingham's Centerstage Productions.
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The music of local band June Avenue is often upbeat, balanced by a point of view that takes a close look at painful subjects. That's possible, they say, because the band members enjoy a close knit chemistry, relating as family, rather than just a group of musicians. On their new "The Bats EP" they mix new wave, folk rock and gospel to create a unique indie style. This is their song Dominican Republic. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
June Avenue performs at Workplay on March 21st.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with reporting this week by Andrew Yeager and Q Owens and production help from Coleman Lipsey and Islara Vazquez. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.