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From November 2, 2006...

Americans for the Arts has just released its latest congressional report card - which rates lawmakers on their voting on arts & cultural issues. Forty-one percent of House Members received the highest possible grade, an A plus. That's a 24-percent increase over the previous report card. WBHM's Tanya Ott spoke with Nina Ozlu - executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC - the "political" arm of the organization.

Interview with Nina Ozlu

Nina Ozlu is executive director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC.

Pianist Angela Cheng

Angela Cheng is one of today's most gifted pianists. She's won numerous awards and prizes for her remarkable technique, tonal beauty and musicianship. She's performed with over 100 orchestras and given solo recitals throughout the world. This weekend/Tonight Angela Cheng plays Mozart's concerto for Two Pianos with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and her husband, pianist Alvin Chow. She spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...

Interview with pianist Angela Cheng

Pianist Angela Cheng and her husband Alvin Chow play Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra this weekend at the Alys Stephens Center

Day of the Dead - or Dia de los Muertos - began more than three thousand years ago. The original celebration can be traced back to the Aztecs, as a ritual dedicated to honoring children and adults who had left this world to begin their next journey. This week many Hispanics and Catholics will celebrate Day of the Dead and locally - art will play a major role. Stacey Torch reports.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead artwork and altars will be on display at Bare Hands Gallery through mid-November.

To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.

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Crane Orchard

The band Crane Orchard was born of electronic fusion and acoustic guitars the layering of respective sounds by two musicians who would ultimately forge a partnership. Today, there are four bandmates, including the originals - Paul Fugazzotto the second and Nick Punch - who tour the Southeast with their unique blend of standard instruments and programmed beats, bleeps and samples. They call this blend "Folktronica". From their first full-length CD, "Spread Your Lies Wholeheartedly," this is "Please Forgive Me." (AUDIO MONTAGE)

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell. Francesca Rosko tracks community events. Additional reporting this week from Stacey Torch and production assistance from Steve Chiotakis. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.