March 27, 2008...
A million dollar condo on New York's Upper West Side. A devoted doctor-husband. The money and time to frequent museums and concerts and cultural events. What more could a woman want? Plenty, if that woman is Marjorie Taub, the protagonist of the play Tale of the Allergist's Wife, now on stage at Birmingham Festival Theatre. WBHM's Tanya Ott speaks with director Ellise Mayor.
On Sunday, the Allergist's Wife is paired with a staged reading of a new play, written by Birmingham's Andrew Duxbury. It's also set in one of the most mundane of locations - a suburban living room. But as Duxbury tells Tanya Ott, his play, called Terrorist in the Family Room, is anything but run-of-the-mill.
The staged reading of Andrew Duxbury's Terrorist in the Family Room is Sunday evening, following the matinee performance of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. After the show, the playwright, director, cast and audience will hold an open discussion about the themes it raises.
With the warmer temperatures of spring in the air, it's fitting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra turn to sounds of peaceful, country life in this weekend's program. The concert features a pair of German works, plus a German cellist playing an American composition. WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Conductor Justin Brown.
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Individually, members of the New York band Rudder have impressive resumes. They've recorded soundtracks for The Apprentice and The Sopranos and worked with musicians like Steely Dan, Sting, Bill Frisell and Rod Stewart. Collectively, Rudder is itself referred to as "legendary" on the New York band scene, and this weekend they bring their electro-nu-jazz-jams to Birmingham's Base Camp Lounge. Keyboardist Henry Hey spoke with WBHM's Coleman Lipsey...
Rudder plays Base Camp Lounge this Sunday along with Snarky Puppy. What's that? Well, ask the Texas band's bassist, Michael League, what genre Snarky Puppy's music is and he might say nu-jazz or jam-band or world music --- but most likely, he'll say "something unique". League spoke with Coleman Lipsey about the band and their approach to playing..
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with reporting this week by Coleman Lipsey and Andrew Yeager and production help from Islara Vazquez. If you care about literature, the arts, music and theatre - be sure to join Monday evening at 6:30 for our live call-in program, On the Line. We'll talk about how local arts organizations are dealing with the loss of millions of dollars of local government funding and whether taxpayers should be footing the bill for art anyway. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.