Arts Underground

What is art, and what can we learn from it? On Arts Underground, host Sarah Williamson explores all different forms of creativity and skill, such as the art of love, war, charisma, food, and comedy. Bringing you the stories and lessons behind art, while taking the time to stop and smell the roses that are the classics. 

The Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

Arts Underground: The Trip to Scotland

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Last year in October we debuted a travel episode dedicated to Iceland, and what a hit! So this year, we've dedicated one to Scotland. Listen for the sounds and stories of Scotland - specifically Edinburgh!

Arts Underground: Tweed Ride 2019 Interview with Brandy Baird

Saturday, October 19, 2019

We spoke with organizer Brandy Baird about this year's Tweed Ride, inspired by London's Tweed Run, a leisurely bike ride through the city while wearing your best tweedy dapper duds. Crowned as one of the featured events of the Alabama Bicentennial, the Tweed Ride is a fun and fantastic way to get to know Huntsville old and new!

Arts Underground: Arun Gandhi Interview

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi helped to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule through nonviolent reistance and teachings. His grandson, Arun Gandhi, is now also an activist who advocates for understanding and education surrounding the nature of anger and how it can lead to violence. Sarah Williamson interviewed Arun when he visited Huntsville to speak at the Indian Festival for Asha Kiran. 

Arts Underground: Cheez Sampler from Evil Cheez Productions

Saturday, August 24, 2019

We interviewed Daphne and Duncan from Evil Cheez Productions about their performances in "Cheez Sampler", a show composed of sketches about Alabama Monsters, including a ghost, Bamgila, and the Alabama Booger. 

Arts Underground: Remy Neal

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Huntsville-based singer/songwriter Remy Neal visited the studio to talk about his upcoming work and how one incident with a theiving roommate in NYC instigated his musical career.

Arts Underground: Jovani Occomy

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Jovani Occomy has been creating music from the time she was little and sang with her grandmother during car rides. She sat down to talk with us about her music-making journey, and told us some of the stories behind her most memorable songs to date

Arts Underground 8/3/2019 Elliot Landy Interview

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Elliot Landy came to the station to talk about the gallery show "Peace, Love and Rock and Roll: Elliot Landy's Vision of Woodstock" at the Huntsville Museum of Art. Elliot was the official photographer for the iconic music festival at Woodstock, and he shares with us his stories from that time - how he came to photograph the leading musicians of the time, his work as an activist, and when he became one of the first music photographers to be considered an artist. 

Arts Underground - Estonian Cyber Security with Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Estonia is one of the most cyber secure nations in the world and it's thanks in part to Estonian Ambassador and former Minister of Cyber Defense, Jonatan Vseviov. In this interview, we talk about how Estonians spend hardly more than 3 minutes on their taxes, and never have to visit a government office except for renewing national online I.D.'s (what is that? Listen to find out), real estate, and marriage licenses. In light of the Mueller report and statement, it's also nice to know what we could be doing better with regards to internet safety. 

Arts Underground: P.O.W "Understanding Fear", ep. 11

Saturday, June 15, 2019

In this episode of arts underground, you can hear about fear as it sometimes affects the art-making process as well as surprising things that doctors and scholars used to believed about the female anatomy.

Arts Underground - Perception of Women, Ep. 10 "Fear of the Unknown"

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Why is a naked human body so taboo? Why does the idea of posing for art make us so uncomfortable? In this episode of Arts Underground, our P.O.W. panel dives into the feelings behind why the female body is sexualized when nude regardless of context. 

Zulfat Suara - the "Us vs. Them" Mentality

Saturday, June 1, 2019

It's a mentality that helped us to survive in the ages before technology, and we grew up watching it in the Saturday morning cartoons.

Us vs. Them: Good guys and bad guys, Cat and Mouse, Cowboys and Indians, Black and White, Muslim and Christian, Liberal and Conservative.....what we percieve to be Good and Evil based on what we're told in the media and on social platforms.

The very idea that we must be afraid of and control each other because of our differences is the foundation of the "us v. them" mentality.

Perception of Women, Ep. 8 - "Fear of the Unknown"

Saturday, May 4, 2019

In this continuation of the Perception of Women series, our panel of artists and subjects discuss humanity's greatest enemy - fear of the unknown - and how that has influenced our perception of women. 

Panoply, Threshold, POW Ep. 7

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This episode of Arts Underground features interviews about Panoply and what to expect as well as Chris Wade, featured artist on the Panoply promotional poster; Jane Philips and her art show "Threshold" which beautifully honors the natural female form; and the 7th installment of the Perception of Women series, where a panel of artist and subjects handle difficult women's issues as they relate to art. 

Jane Philips - Threshold 4/26/19

Friday, April 26, 2019

In this candid discussion, Lowe MIll artist Jane Philips talks about the imporance of creating and viewing art - how it improves mental health and changes beauty narratives surrounding women. Her gallery show opening is April 26th and her work will remain on display through June 15th. 

Ready and Resilient Interview & The Perception of Women, Ep. 6: Gender Colors and Toolboxes

Saturday, April 13, 2019

To artists, colors are colors. They are resources from which we communicate an image. To most other people, though, colors represent concepts. For example, in America, approximately 80% of people associate the color red with the smell or taste of berries, cherries, or fruit punch; the color blue is associated with water, sky, and blue raspberry, and pink is associated with...girls? 

W.C.Handy Blues and Perception of Women, Ep. 5 [4/6/2019]

Saturday, April 6, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we talk about the life of W.C.Handy, father of blues, with relative Cynthia Handy Quintela who choreographs the show "W.C.Handy Blues: Legacy of Dance and Swan Lake", presented by Alabama Youth Ballet Theater. 

Perception of Women, Episode 4: "Warrior Women"

Saturday, March 23, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we continue with the table discussion series "The Perception of Women" where we talk about the expectations of women shown through advertising, traditional female roles, and beauty standards. In this installment, we discuss being handed these expectations of what women can and can't do, and how history repeatedly shows women breaking away from the mold and demonstrating that there is no good reason to place restrictions on any one group of human beings. Such restrictions leads to an "Us vs.

3/16/19 Yuyi Morales Interview; The Perception of Women Ep. 3 "Control and Acceptance"

Saturday, March 16, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, we talk with multiple award-winning and New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Yuyi Morales and her most recent picture book "Dreamers", which was published almost exactly a year after President Trump shut down the DACA program. Also, we continue with the Perception of Women series, a table discussion about the roles of women, beauty standards, and how it all relates to art. In this third installment of the series - are beauty standards and advertising just part of the age-old struggle of man exerting control over his fellow human?

The Perception of Women, Episode 2: "Perception Starts Early"

Friday, March 8, 2019

In this episode of Arts Underground, the series "The Perception of Women" is continued - a discussion about art as it relates to beauty standards, advertising, and the roles of women in and out of the home.

Arts Underground "Perception of Women - Ep. 1 Disaster and Beauty"

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In the first episode of this discussion series we're calling “The Perception of Women”, we largely focused on art and beauty as it relates to nature, disaster, and disease.




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