Arts + Entertainment

Though the culinary and agricultural history of Southern Appalachia is as vast and robust as the tall and rigorous mountains that make up this region, the intense worldwide focus and adoration for the ingredients, recipes and folks who stir it all together is more of a 21st century phenomenon. 

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Cape Cod.

Well, to be more specific, the small seaside town of Chatham, Massachusetts, on the southeastern coast of Cape Cod. April 20, 1999. My family and I emerged from our old Nissan Quest minivan to check into our bed and breakfast for spring break. 

Salt Lake City-based honky-tonk/rock act Lorin Walker Madsen & The Hustlers will be performing at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. 

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Highlands’ popular celebration of Appalachian food, music and culture, “Root Bound” will return Feb. 23-25 at participating locations. 

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The 2017-18 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University continues with a concert featuring the mountain ballads of Sarah Elizabeth Burkey and Susan Pepper on Thursday, March 1.

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Popular rock/funk act Porch 40 will hit the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.

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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Western North Carolina to film more episodes of the popular television show “American Pickers.”

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The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will present “LINING: SHEATHING” through May 4, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 19 in Cullowhee.

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The Overlook Theater Company will present a stage production of “James and the Giant Peach: A Magical Puppet Adventure” at 7 p.m. March 2-3 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. 

A southern gothic love triangle set in the age of Trump? Or maybe J.D. Vance’s bestseller Hillbilly Elegy as a postpunk concept album? How about a singer/songwriter coming off a ten-year hiatus, provoked from a peaceful period of dadhood into sounding his barbaric yawp over the roofs of rural Appalachia and the rest of “the solid south”?

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In partnership with Western Carolina University, Folkmoot is proud to host a Lunar New Year event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. 

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Crissy Stewart’s mixed media art will be on display during the month of February in the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

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One of the bright spots of the winter is the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre Studio Season. 

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Reading Room

  • A strange mix of books crosses my desk
    A strange mix of books crosses my desk The first weeks of 2018 have seen some offbeat books shamble across my desk and into my fingers. First up is John Buchan’s Mr. Standfast, also known as Mr. Steadfast. Buchan, a Scottish novelist and politician who served as Governor General of Canada from 1935…
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