September 20, 2007:
Kuumba Nia Omari started Birmingham's Poetry in the Park series back in 1999 in an effort to give local artists a chance to showcase their talents. The event features poets, obviously, as well as singers and dancers and others. Poetry in the Park was always a very personal project for Omari, who is spoken word artist. But Omari tells WBHM's Tanya Ott that it's taken on even more meaning as he has struggled with drug addiction and other demons.
Poetry in the Park is Sunday afternoon in Linn Park.
When Leah Webb and Maud Coirier Belser walk into the children's section in many bookstores, they get little saddened. Children's literature - they say - is populated by too many formulaic stories that do little to inspire young kids. They wanted to offer something a little different - a gentle story with a message of peace. And the result is Grace and Marie's Little Farm on the Hill. Webb wrote the book, which Coirier Belser illustrated. They talked with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
Author Leah Webb and illustrator Maud Coirier Belser will be signing their book Grace and Marie's Little Farm on the Hill this weekend at the Birmingham Zoo's Harvest Festival.
This book is available locally at Jonathan Benton Bookseller, Little Professor, Milestone Books, Overton Frameworks and Gallery, Lamb's Ear, and Christine's. Or, it can be ordered directly from the authors via e-mail.
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The members of Birmingham band Part Time Poet invite you to forget, for a moment, about the sugar-coated mainstream pop that inhabits much of the radio airwaves. They readily admit theirs isn't a "million dollar recording contract" kind of music. In fact, they call is a mediocre attempt at something special...but they say, their Christian indie rock is packed with emotion - true emotion - and powerful instruments. This is the tune "Remember my Scars". Bassist Devin Smith dropped by our studio. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Bassist Devin Smith, talking about the music of Part Time Poet. Smith is joined by Luke Williams and Drew Davis on guitar, Jarrod Robertson on keys and Clark Turner on drums.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott, Michael Krall and Hunter Bell with help this week from Islara Vazquez. Next week, we check in with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and take a whirlwind tour of theatre stages across the metro area. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.