From November 17, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry we celebrate Alabama storytellers! Also, one of the art world's most influential dealers talks about what's wrong with his industry. And, ethereal pop from Birmingham trio "Trees with Bells". After this roundup of arts news.
Richard Feigen is one of today's most influential art collectors and dealers. He's been at the center of the art world for more than forty years. He opened his first gallery in his hometown of Chicago when he was just 27 and opened his second gallery just six years later in New York City. Over the last four decades he's opened numerous other galleries and sold works to more than one hundred galleries worldwide, including the Louvre, the Metropolitan and the National Galleries of Washington and London. Right now, Feigen is entertaining an audience at the Birmingham Musuem of Art with a lecture titled "The Art Market: Boom or Boondoggle?" He shared his thoughts with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Richard Feigen is the Chenoweth Lecturer at the Birmingham Museum of Art. There's an extended version of this interview on our website, wbhm.org.
One of the most popular Mexican holidays is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe every December 12th. The Lady has been revered as the Queen of Mexico ever since appearing in a peasant's vision in 1531. A traditional practice in Mexico City is to run messenger torches in her honor out to surrounding parishes. In 2001, New York's catholic leader Cardinal Edward Egan challenged his Mexican congregants to bring a torch all the way across the border. The next year they did. The 3,000 mile torch relay arrives Alabama next week. In this story, independent producer Rachel Dornhelm brings us the voices of participants, organizers and celebrants involved in the torch's first New York journey.
The torch of the Lady of Guadalupe arrives in Montgomery Tuesday evening. It's scheduled to reach Auburn on Wednesday. To learn more about the torch run, visit our website, wbhm.org
Dolores Hydock is one of Birmingham's busiest performers. You may know her work as an actress; you might be a student in one of her Cajun or Zydeco dance classes; or perhaps you've purchased one of her award-winning storytelling CDs. The difficult job of deciding WHICH Dolores to profile for this edition of Tapestry fell to Lissa LeGrand.
Dolores Hydock offers her "HoliDAZED" story concert this Sunday evening at Cahaba Valley Church. For more details on this Hurricane benefit concert and Hydock's other upcoming engagements, go to the Tapestry section of WBHM.org.
The South is legendary for its storytellers. Perhaps because there's so much good content down here! To celebrate our southern bards, Tapestry is launching a regular series featuring Alabama storytellers - professional and amateur.
Do you know someone who spins a good yarn? E-mail us at email@example.com . with details on your favorite Alabama storyteller. Perhaps we'll feature him or her in an upcoming segment.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
Birmingham band Trees with Bells describes its sound as "ethereal pop". What that means is guitar, drums and CELLO - with a little extra something from bandmates Opal South, Tonya West, and Peter Szelenbaum. We've got two songs from their new CD "A Sweet Sad Bending". This first is "Not Seen As Being", followed by "Cold Shivering Hand". The trio stopped by our studio this week to talk about their music. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Opal South, Tonya West and Peter Szelenbaum are Trees with Bells. The CD is "A Sweet Sad Bending". Trees with Bells plays next Wednesday at the High Note Lounge. We've got more of their music available for download on our website, wbhm.org
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles and Francesca Rosko keeps track of community events. Additional reporting this week from Lissa LeGrand and Dale Short and production assistance from Jonathan Glass and Tommy James. I'm Greg Bass, thanks for listening!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.