From September 1, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry a looming crisis in arts education in some school districts. What teacher shortages, No Child Left Behind, and budget troubles mean for the arts in schools. Also, after four decades of writing sports, Clyde Bolton finally takes a break and writes about - writing sports. And it doesn't sound like he's suffering through retirement. And, music from Stuart McNair. After this round-up of arts news.
Across the state, parents are being notified that the schools their kids attend don't meet the federal No Child Left Behind standards. Test scores are too low or there aren't enough "highly qualified" teachers. That, coupled with a serious teacher shortage, has school administrators scrambling and some observers worrying that arts education will get lost in the mix. Tanya Ott reports.
In forty years of writing sports columns for The Birmingham News, Clyde Bolton has followed all the big names from the track and field to restaurant and bar. Through his columns, readers of the state's largest newspaper were treated to stories and anecdotes about sports hero and newsmaker alike. Bolton retired in 2001, but never put down the pen. He's written a memoir about his days covering big time sports, titled Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off). Bolton spoke with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis about his book which comes out in a few weeks. He also spoke about his retirement for which he remains unapologetic.
Former Birmingham News sports columnist Clyde Bolton, speaking with WBHM's Steve Chiotakis. Bolton's new memoir, Stop the Presses (So I Can Get Off) comes out in a couple of weeks. More details on the Tapestry section of our website, wbhm.org.
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
Take rock-n-roll, country, zydeco and bluegrass ? throw it in a blender and you've got the sound of Birmingham musician Stuart McNair. An accomplished singer and guitarist, McNair also plays keyboards, trumpet accordion, mandolin and a handful of other instruments. This is "Millions" from the CD "Building A Fire". (AUDIO MONTAGE) The song is "Millions", off the CD "Building a Fire." Stuart McNair plays Highland Coffee Company tomorrow night and Doubleplay Sports Grill in Montevallo on Saturday. We've got more of his music available for download on our website, wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces the musician profiles and Francesca Rosko tracks community events. We had additional reporting this week from Steve Chiotakis. I'm Greg Bass. Hope you join us again next week!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.