Arts & Life

Arts & Life
7:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Cuban Orchestra to Perform in Alabama During Tour

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday.
Credit musicworcester.org

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform in Alabama this week.


The Cuban group will play at the 1,100-seat Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday during its first tour of the United States and Canada.


The 75-member orchestra has been traveling the United States by bus since Oct. 16. It's playing in other cities including Chicago, New York and Kansas City, Mo.

Read more
Arts & Life
6:36 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Deer Hunts Getting Under Way at Huge Ala Park

Bowhunters can begin killing deer in Alabama's largest state park this week in a program designed to reduce the number of the animals living on the suburban acreage.

The hunt begins Thursday at Oak Mountain State Park, located in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham.

Limited numbers of hunters will be allowed in parts of the park through Jan. 31, but only on weekdays with the exception of three weekends in January.

Golfers, bikers, hikers and others will still be allowed to use the 10,000-square-foot park during the hunt.

Read more
Arts & Life
6:32 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments

Homes in this Hillcrest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, AL are among the thousands lost in the April 2011 outbreak in Alabama.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

Alabama is still waiting on more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.

The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters.

Faulkner says more payments are coming.

Read more
Arts & Life
10:09 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Selma Sued Over Work at Confederate Monument

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest
Credit http://en.wikipedia.org

(Information in the following story is from: Times Journal, http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/ )

A Virginia company is suing the city of Selma and its police chief over the stoppage of work on a Confederate memorial in a Selma cemetery.

Read more
Arts & Life
1:05 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Ala. Civil Rights Institute Gets $100,000 Donation

A visitor looks at an exibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Birmingham News/Emma Tannebaum

The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help it mark next year's 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, marches and boycotts that brought national attention to segregation in 1963.

Credit Birmingham News/Emma TannenbaumA visitor looks at an exhibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.Edit | Remove

Read more
Arts & Life
9:20 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Detection Dogs Converge on Ala for Trials

Credit http://www.funnosework.com/

Dogs with a knack for sniffing out items are gathered in Alabama this weekend for an unusual event.

Dog handlers and their animals will be in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday for the first K9 Nose Work trials held in the Southeast.

Such events were started by the National Association of Canine Scent Work as a way to highlight dogs' detection abilities.

Dozens of teams will participate in a competition where the animals find certain odors hidden in cars, containers and outdoor spaces.

Read more
Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Pets and Halloween - Maybe Not Such a Great Combination

Pumpkin Dog
Credit istolethetv

As we celebrate a holiday that usually means a lot of fun and maybe even some excitement for us humans, remember that our pets may not be quite as enthusiastic about the festivities.



***********************************



Read more
Tuscaloosa Safe Rooms
3:32 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

FEMA To Fund Community Safe Room In Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa will get money from FEMA to fund a community safe room.
Credit Kansas City District / Flickr

A nearly $500,000 federal grant is being used to build a community safe room in Tuscaloosa.


An announcement released Friday says the shelter will house as many as 300 people in Tuscaloosa, where more than 50 people died in the April 27 tornado outbreak last year. It will be located at the city's transportation building.


The money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Another $640,000 grant will be used for an emergency generator for waste water treatment facilities.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:06 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Public Radio Pays Tribute to 35 Years of 'Car Talk'

Tom and Ray Magliozzi at the Annual WBUR Gala Celebrating 35 years with the Car Talk hosts.
Mary Flatley for Liz Linder Photography

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:28 pm

On Monday, October 15, NPR Member Station WBUR celebrated 35 years of Car Talk at their Annual Gala in Boston. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to some as Click and Clack) were present to be toasted and roasted by NPR colleagues Robert Siegel, Nina Totenberg and Scott Simon among others.

Read more
Arts & Life
9:03 am
Fri October 26, 2012

An 'Orchestra' Lacking Harmony

The real Palestine Symphony Orchestra, subject of Aronson's documentary.
Pro-Or

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:51 am

Near the end of the 19th century, an 8-year-old Polish Jewish violin prodigy moved to the capital of European classical music: Berlin. Bronislaw Huberman was more than accepted. He was hailed throughout the continent and endorsed by one of his favorite composers, Johannes Brahms. Yet Huberman is now best known for leading an exodus from Europe, a story told by Josh Aronson's documentary Orchestra of Exiles.

Read more
Arts & Life
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Can Windows 8 Bridge The Gap Between Tablet And PC?

The Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is unveiled at a press conference on October 25 in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:50 am

  • Listen To Steve Henn's Report On All Things Considered

For better or worse, Microsoft has now shown its hand. The company Thursday showed off its new operating system, Windows 8, which will either mark a new era for the software giant in a hyper-competitive market, or spell its downfall.

Read more
Arts & Life
4:04 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

On Saturn, Cassini Observes Huge Storm, Causing Incredible Temperature Spike

These red, orange and green clouds (false color) in Saturn's northern hemisphere indicate the tail end of the massive 2010-2011 storm. Even after visible signs of the storm started to fade, infrared measurements continued to reveal powerful effects at work in Saturn's stratosphere.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

"Frankenstorm" may be drawing the attention of meteorologists here on Earth.

But NASA scientists using the Cassini spacecraft have witnessed a rare massive storm on Saturn that was so violent it sent the temperature in the planet's stratosphere soaring to 150 degrees Fahrenheit above normal.

Read more
Arts & Life
3:39 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Beef Heart: An Unexpected Meal That Spans Generations

The Bristol's Beef Heart
Jody Eddy

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 5:43 pm

Beef heart — it's what's for dinner! Well, if you're not a vegetarian. Stick with us on this.

All Things Considered is launching a Found Recipe series Thursday, asking cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers to tell us about the dishes that surprise and delight. These are recipes stumbled upon or created by accident or by necessity.

Read more
Arts & Life
3:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

A Journalist Chronicles Lives After Guantanamo Bay

Journalist Michelle Shephard has been covering stories from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the Toronto Star.
Michelle Shephard AP

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 1:45 pm

The presidential candidates may not be talking much about Guantanamo Bay, but the U.S. detention center there has been at the forefront of Michelle Shephard's mind for the last decade. The national security correspondent for the Toronto Star has traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, more than two dozen times; she even got enough stamps on her Guantanamo Starbucks card for a free latte.

Read more
Arts & Life
3:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gary Clark Jr.: A Blues Wunderkind Grows Up, Breaks Out

Gary Clark Jr.'s new album is called Blak and Blu.
Frank Maddocks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 8:05 am

Read more

Pages