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 "Christmas Rock" [12/1/18]

Monday, December 3, 2018

In this episode, Sarah interviews members of the musical "American Idiot", presented by Lyrique Music Productions, as well as the writer, director, and lead of "Humbug! A Christmas Carol", presented by Bank Street Players of Decatur. Andrew Pittman co-hosts.

Arts Underground "Gypsee Yo" (11/10/18)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Performance artist Gypsee Yo is a slam poem champion whose work attempts to blur the lines between genres. She's toured world-wide and has been featured on numerous programs, including Snap Judgement. She's looked into the face of poverty, evil, and devastation, and lived to tell the countless stories. In this episode of Arts Underground, she shares a few of those - as well as some stories of joy and hope - with us. 

The Trip to Iceland

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Sarah is excited about visiting Iceland! In the land of ice and fire, rainbows pop up every five minutes, there are milky blue thermal pools to relax in, and the breathtaking landscape makes for INSTAGRAM GOLD....however, things don't go according to plan.

Spooky Tweed

Saturday, October 27, 2018

In this episode of Arts Underground, Sarah interviews Brandy Baird about the upcoming 2018 Tweed Ride HSV on November 17. www.tweedridehsv.com You can hear about where the best places are to get costumes, how to prepare, and what activities to look forward to. Additionally--in celebration of Halloween--Sarah tells the story of Aunt Emma, the haunted old Stegar Place, and the phantom which visited her one stormy night. It was this visitation which led to the discovery of a possible secret underground passageway. 

The Future of Rocketree

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Two things we know: the brain can act as the ultimate muse, and healing is the portal to incredible things. Artist and musician Chris Wade demonstrates this as he discusses his past and the path that set him on his way to creating his series "Evolution of a Dream" and the sub-series "The Future of Rocketree". 

Female Saints with Cynthia Wagner

Friday, September 14, 2018

This week on Arts Underground, Sarah Williamson sat down with artist Cynthia Wagner to discuss her art, the stories of incredible women who inspired her female saints series, and the absence of women from the church.

The Arts Underground "The Bad Pony Club" (July 15, 2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Some ponies are badder than others, and all horses are pretty badass. On the show today will be Spirit Horses by James DeMars, a Thai classical dancing horse, Bronze Horses and Horsemen by Auber and Gliere, some of The Red Pony suite by Copland, and a peek into the Bad Pony Club with the Out Loud Poets. Oh, and also a dragon. 

The Arts Underground "Five or Six Senses" (July 8, 2017)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Music and poetry for the five (or six) senses today...including works by The Bobs, Michael Gandolfi, Michael Torke, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, and the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "A Little Light Music" (July 1, 2017)

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Out Loud Poets lighten up, and we'll also hear Dustin O'Halloran's album, LUMIERE. 

The Arts Underground "Three Spirits" (June 24, 2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Alicia Cole is an Out Loud Huntsville poetess, but her work inhabits many realms...you can find out about her at Alicia Cole on Facebook. Kimeko Farrar is a super jazzy internet sensation, mom, engineer and poetess, and you can find her work on Facebook and on YouTube. Dr. Mary Crowell is a piano and music theory teacher who also plays the clarinet and writes and sings her own songs; just Google Mary Carolyn Phillips Crowell to find her work on the web. All three of these very inspiring people are local folks who have created great CDs that I'll share parts of with you today.

The Arts Underground "Memory" (June 17, 2017)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We remember so many things in so many different ways. Let's see if I can remember who's on the show today...oh yes, music by Timo Andres, Lee Actor, Grieg and Janacek...and a poem by Kristy Brown of Out Loud Huntsville. Some memories never fail!  

The Arts Underground "Sky Music" (June 10, 2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Celestial-sounding works by Alun Hoddinott and Blake Tyson, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael on today's show. One really fabulous number on the programme today is from Out Loud Huntsville...their combination of poetry and music together will send your spirits soaring skyward!  

The Arts Underground "The Letter T" (June 3, 2017)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Today's show brought to you by the letter T. Really, we couldn't do this show without it...so we feature the Out Loud Poets, and music of Torke, Tailleferre, Telemann and a little something from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. Truly terrific!

The Arts Underground "Swiveling Fantods" (May 27, 2017)

Monday, May 29, 2017

An eerie tale of wonder and eldritch weirding from Princess of the Out Loud Poets. Andre Caplet's Poe-inspired Conte Fantastique for harp and string quartet will air on our programme today, along with Kip Winger's Ghosts, and some other creepy stuff. Also, we'll hear just a tad of Paul Chihara's Mistletoe Bride, but only in the billboard.

The Arts Underground "Let's Go to Paris with Shea Stripling and Bill Murray!" (May 20, 2017)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yes, let's! This week's episode is a veritable visit to the Ville Lumière, with poetry by Out Loud poetess Shea Stripling, and music by five of Les Six, W. A. Mozart, and the EYM Trio. Allons-y! 

The Arts Underground "Funeral Music" (May 13, 2017)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Outstanding music has been written for funerals. It can make a funeral a very beautiful occasion. The music on today's show is by Faure, Durufle, W. A. Mozart and Chopin, and to begin the show, the Out Loud Poets take us to a very personal experience of a funeral, creating a complete picture.  

The Arts Underground "Coffee Break" (May 6, 2017)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's coffee time! And that's always a good time. Out Loud Poets take a coffee break with us today, and we'll also be revved up by music from Darrell Grant, Dr. Mary Crowell, J.S. Bach, Prince and The Ink Spots. Cheers!

The Arts Underground "Music of the Fertile Crescent" (April 29, 2017)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

What kind of music says "loam" like nothing else? Music from Kronos Quartet, of course! We'll hear a good deal of their FLOODPLAIN CD today, featuring ancient tunes from the Fertile Crescent (also known as the cradle of civilisation) in some modern arrangements. Also, the Out Loud Poets get themselves rooted in the dirt. Which, according to a few really good sources, is kinda where ya wanna be.

The Arts Underground "Four Seasons, Four Ways" (April 22, 2017)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Any way you slice it, it comes up Vivaldi. The Four Seasons today, played by a Chinese baroque ensemble, a harp, three guitars, and a regular old baroque violin. Plus a seasonal stop-in from the Out Loud Poets. 

The Arts Underground "Goin' to the Movies" (April 15, 2017)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Out Loud's Shea Stripling is back with popcorn! So we're goin' to the movies, with music from Funny Girl, Citizen Kane and Il Postino, and some original music for silent films by the Alloy Orchestra.

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