Arts Underground

Arts Underground is like no other public radio show, where we dig in and take an hour to excavate beautiful oddities that lie just beneath the surface, from around the world, and here in the Tennessee Valley. Soak in music from new artists, explore the Valley's local comedy scene, and revel in the rare art from creators living in the Huntsville area who make our community a special place to live.

Hosted by Katy Ganaway, Arts Underground airs Saturday from 2-3 PM ... or listen to a podcast below.

Arts Underground: Funny You Should Ask - Brandon Ijames

Saturday, February 13, 2021

In this episode of Arts Underground, we're bringing you a new segment called, 'Funny You Should Ask.' In this series, we'll talk with comedians in the TN Valley to get to know their style, hear first gig stories, and plenty more. Brandon Ijames is our first guest, a quick-witted comedian and veteran of a local comedy showcase that debuted in 2012, Homegrown Comedy.

Arts Underground: Lowe Mill's New Mosaic

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lowe Mill has a new mural, but it's not just any mural -  It's a mosaic created from several thousand hexagon tiles. Roberto Salcido and Max Lizarraga created the piece inspired by traditional beadwork and donated it to the Mill in celebration of Huntsville, 7 years residence, and new citizenship. 

Arts Underground: 1000 miles in Huntsville

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Lowe Mill artist David Nuttall is known for his realistic ficticious maps. He's also a cyclist, and now he's accomplished 1000 miles cycled in Huntsville's streets. Now, not only does he probably know the roads of Huntsville better than anyone, but he's also discovered quite a bit regarding segregation of neighborhoods. 

Dana Anderson Interview

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Dana Anderson is the very first artist with special needs in the south (that we know of) to have her own solo gallery exhibit, in Chicago's Magnificent Mile no less! They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and never is that more true than with Dana's art. Since she's nonverbal, we spoke with Dana's mother, Janet, about her journey and process. 

Arts Underground: Debbie Smith and the Child Ghost

Saturday, November 2, 2019

If you like a good ghost story, listen to this feature from Arts Underground where we brought in Debbie Smith to tell hers. If you like a fantastic scares-the-snot-outta-ya ghost story, turn off the lights and listen to this ghost story!! It's real, it's recent, it's local, and it's SCARY. 

Arts Underground: The Ghost of Stegar Brick

Saturday, October 26, 2019

In this Halloween special episode of Arts Underground, we hear the story of the Old Stegar Brick Mansion atop the highest hill in Nashville, rumored to be haunted, with secret tunnels somewhere below the foundation. Emma Petty woke up one night to see a pair of doors that hadn't been there before, and what was behind those doors frightened the entire family. 

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: 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, November 23, 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? 




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