October 18, 2007:
For nearly ten years, Peter Sagal and the gang at Wait Wait Don't Tell Me have been blurring the lines between journalism and jokes, taking a light-hearted look at the news of the day. It's part quiz and part query into what public radio listeners know about current events, pop culture and newsmakers. But in his new book The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them), Sagal also takes a look at the people who indulge in the seedier side of things. He spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.
Peter Sagal and the Wait Wait Don't Tell Me gang will be in Birmingham February 28 at Samford University's Wright Center.
Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators in his generation of young American musicians. At just 25, he's already graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Julliard School where to this day, he continues to study with pianist Emanuel Ax. Sunday afternoon, Weiss plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Munich Bavarian Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the group's debut North American tour. Weiss spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...
Gadsden is working hard to redefine itself. Once a company town run by steel and tires, the city is trying to reinvent itself with a renovation of the historic downtown district. Several storefronts remain closed, but specialty shops are opening -- and anchoring all this activity is the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. And this month - the Center's gallery becomes The World of Kathy Chan. Chan is an international award-winning jewelry artist who lives and works in Huntsville. But Chan's work is much more than just jewelry - she also paints, makes silk prints, sculpts, and sketches. All of it was on display the morning Chan and curator George Terrell Junior of Gadsden State Community College opened the gallery to us for an audio tour.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
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Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis. Islara Vazquez tracks community events and Davis Haines helps with production. Next week on the show, master instrumentalist and chameleon of styles -- Edgar Meyer. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.