From October 20, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry, capturing the human struggle in art. And, celebrating Everyday Art. Also, timeless country classics from Bo Butler and the Niceboys.
As many as four million women will be victims of domestic violence over the next year. Many of their children will suffer as well. October is domestic violence awareness month -- and two books by a Birmingham resident explore the issue. Michael Morris is new to Alabama, physically, but his first novel A Place Called Wiregrass revolves around a women escaping from an abusive marriage and relocating in Alabama. Written in the first person, the novel examines issues of faith, love, forgiveness and family. As does Morris's second book Slow Way Home -- about an abused boy whose grandparents take him in. Morris tells WBHM's Rosemary Pennington it's a subject he knows well.
John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath tells the depression-era story of the fictional Joad family and the many thousands of other farmers and sharecroppers who fled the dust bowl of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas for the mythical promised land of California. The Grapes of Wrath is being staged this week and next in the Sirote Theatre of the Alys Stephens Center by the UAB theatre department in collaboration with the Alabama School of Fine Arts. The play is directed by Will York, interim Theatre Department Chair at UAB, who spoke with us about the inspiration for this collaboration.
The Grapes of Wrath, a co-production of the UAB Theatre Department and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, is being staged in the Sirote Theatre at the Alys Stephens Center tonight through Saturday with performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. The schedule repeats next week, Oct. 26 through the 30th.
Over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed some odd, artistic things going on in downtown Birmingham. Maybe it was a magician who set up shop outside a local tavern or a poet waxing philosophically over lunch. You may've seen one of dozens of billboards-turned into art throughout the area, or, ridden with a banjo player on one of Birmingham's DART buses. If you're thinking it all seems so "random," then you get the point: to expose as many people in the Birmingham area to art, randomly, without warning. It's an idea concocted by Operation New Birmingham, the Birmingham Art Association and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham. Jan Hunter is responsible for coordinating many of the acts and she spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.
Jan Hunter is a coordinator for Random Acts of Art, which highlights more than 300 works throughout Birmingham and surrounding areas. The displays continue through November 10
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
The Birmingham News says Bo Butler and the Niceboys play "timeless classics from the heyday of country music" ----"Right and True" Country, they say. This is "Stumbling Westward", from their Demo CD. (AUDIO MONTAGE) It's a regular feature in their live shows. Bo Butler and the Niceboys. We've got more of their music available for download on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces the musician profiles and we had reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis and Rosemary Pennington. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.