From October 27, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry. Tonight, we remember the mother of the civil rights movement. Markand Thakar picks up the baton at the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. And just in time for Halloween, spooky tunes from Birmingham improv band Liquid Brick. That, plus Paula Poundstone after this round-up of arts news.
She's remembered as the "mother of the civil rights movement". Rosa Parks died this week at her home in Detroit of natural causes at the age of 92. Fifty years ago, while living in Montgomery, she defied an order to give her seat up to a white man, saying she was tired of being pushed around. She was arrested, jailed and fined for her defiance. A bus boycott ensued in Montgomery...and then all over the country, the modern civil rights movement began. WBHM's Steve Chiotakis spoke with the Reverend Abraham Woods, pastor of West Birmingham's St. Joseph's Baptist Church and president of the Birmingham chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – the group founded by Dr. Martin Luther King. He says Parks deserves her place in history for fighting Jim Crow laws by simply staying in her seat.
Birmingham SCLC president Reverend Abraham Woods, speaking with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis.
Markand Thakar is the latest guest conductor to lead the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Thakar, who is a candidate for the vacant music director's job, leads the ASO Friday and Saturdays night in the Masterworks series. He spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall about the concert.
Markand Thakar leads the Alabama Symphony Orchestra this weekend in the Masterworks series.
Comedienne Paula Poundstone returns to the Alys Stephens Center for a performance this Sunday night at eight. Poundstone, who loves to talk about her kids, her cats and current events, took a few minutes to visit with me the other day. I asked her what we can expect from her this Sunday night...
Paula Poundstone performs Sunday night at eight at the Alys Stephens Center. Earlier, she referred to her near-death experience with cinnamon. Here is a bit of audio from her website that explains just what happened.
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And now, a special message from WBHM's Rosemary Pennington.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
It's just around the corner...Halloween is stalking us like an ectoplasmic jack-o-lantern loaded with candy corn. And what better to close our program with than the spooooooky, weeeeird, NOISE of Birmingham improv band Liquid Brick. This is Live from the Eydrum Volume IV. Keith and Shea Goodwin are with the band. (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Like what you hear? Live from the Eydrum Volume IV is actually a 40 minute cut of music. We've got the whole thing available for download on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org. Liquid Brick plays Camp Hill this weekend.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya "the terrible" Ott and Michael "makes my skin" Krall. Hunter "the horri-" Bell produces our musician profiles and "Franken"-cesca Rosko compiles the community calendar. Additional reporting this week from Rose "Mary mother of god!" Pennington and Steve "Chio-take-me-away"-kis. I'm Greg Bass. Happy Halloween...
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