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Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:31

WNC Ecofest comes to Haywood

WNC Ecofest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Haywood Community College. The festival put on by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce will share practical ways to embrace a sustainable lifestyle and environmentally friendly…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:30

Folkmoot festival holds Canton fundraiser

Folkmoot USA will kick off its 30th anniversary year with the “BIG 30” from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Sid’s on Main in Canton. It will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, cash bar and live and silent…
Local historian Jane Nardy will lead a presentation on the secret child of Mordecai Zachary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. The Cashiers historian, Nardy will deliver a presentation on the secret son of Cashiers’…
The Handlebar Corral presents the annual Thunder in the Smokies spring rally will be held May 3-5 in Maggie Valley.
Tennis superstars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:26

Dunn to play Harrah’s

Country star Ronnie Dunn will be taking the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:24

Photography exhibit goes underwater

Haywood County Arts Council announces a new exhibition, “Under the Sea,” featuring work by Dr. John Highsmith from May 1-27 at Gallery 86 in Waynesville.
Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the fifth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:21

Aiming for the soul, one note at a time

When finding your artistic voice, it’s about moving forward and not looking back, being true to yourself and refusing to run around in well-worn circles of creativity.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:19

Spring up at Greening Up

The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic downtown Sylva. This free festival celebrates spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great…
Photographer Barbara Sammons will be showcasing an exhibit of her work from May 7 to July 31 at the Canton Branch Library. Titled “Dusty Roads and More,” the exhibit will offer a collection of photographs of old cars, tractors, wildlife…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

J. Creek Cloggers kick into the summer

The J. Creek Cloggers are gearing up for a lively summer festival season. A high-energy dance team based out of Haywood County, the group keeps the mountain tradition alive of clogging, audience participation square dances and broom dances.  Members demonstrate…
The legendary David Holt and local gospel group Mountain Faith will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Coulter Hall at Western Carolina University as a benefit for the Jackson County chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians. 
Woofstock, a benefit festival for ARF (the Humane Society of Jackson County), will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Bridge Park in Sylva.
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that has played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Letters of…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

Reba McEntire to play Harrah’s

Legendary country singer Reba McEntire will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 00:00

HCC Crafts students debut work

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit some their best work at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville through June 23.
All five North Carolina breweries west of Asheville medaled in the recent Carolinas Championship of Beer during the Hickory Hops Festival.   “It’s a testament that we are all in it for the long haul, that we will strive to…
If the litmus test of a community’s health is how strong its art scene is, then, by the looks of it, Waynesville is in tip-top shape. Hundreds will take to the streets of downtown this Friday evening for the first…
A folk concert and artist reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Thea & The GreenMan of Asheville will perform a concert of original…
The Mother’s Day Gemboree will run from May 10-12 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Known as “The…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

A hopping weekend in and around Froglevel

Haywood Square to host block party A day of festivities for “Customer Appreciation Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Haywood Square in Waynesville. There will be live music and children’s activities, food…
The Pyramid Brass Quintet will play at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville as part of the Haywood County Arts Council’s free Sunday Concert Series. Formed in 2001, the WNC-based band was drawn together…
The annual “Spring Fling” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. There will be tubing in Richland Creek, a kid’s dog show, food, music, games for children and a water…
The annual “Airing of the Quilts” festival will be held May 10-11 in downtown Franklin. The event will feature an array of workshops, demonstrations and activities in honor of the tradition and pastime. 
A valuable piece of the history of the Rickman General Store in Macon County is back in its original home thanks to a contribution from Habitat for Humanity.  
Jackson County Arts Council has arranged to donate the money collected in honor of the late Ray Menze to the Junior Appalachian Musicians of Jackson County. 
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Craft beer and canines in Frog Level

A Dogs and Suds fundraiser for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

WCU professor nominated for Tony Award

Broadway star and Western Carolina University Musical Theatre Professor Terrence Mann was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the revival of the production “Pippin.”
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Making crafts of the past come alive

In order to have a clear vision of the future, one must cherish the traditions of the past.  “Southern Appalachian traditions are our heritage,” said Beth Woody. “They made us what we are today. To know who we are now,…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Wedding Day chaos in Bryson City

The wild romantic comedy “Perfect Wedding” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. May 24-27 and May 31-June 2 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. A disastrous situation happens on the day of Bill and Rachel’s wedding.…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:59

Highlands to showcase Ephron play

The romantic comedy “Love, Loss & What I Wore” will take the stage this month at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Performances are May 23-26 and May 30-June 2 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and 2:30…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:58

Art camps conjure creativity in WNC youth

Several summer youth art camp workshops will be held by the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS at the Fine Arts Building at Western Carolina University. “Around the World in a Week” features young artists having fun packed days of art making focused…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:56

Sony gifts state-of-the-art camera to WCU

The film program at Western Carolina University scored a professional $100,000 motion picture camera from Sony, presented during the recent Controlled Chaos Film Festival featuring student productions.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:49

Artists open their studios in Caney Fork

The Cullowhee Studio Tour will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 25-26 in the Caney Fork community of Jackson County.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:48

Stecoah Valley bluegrass celebration

A bluegrass festival will showcase the sounds and tastes of Southern Appalachia at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. 
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:47

Learn the secret of home cooking

The Taste of Home Cooking School will demonstrate live recipes and cooking tips on stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:46

Cherokee bonfire opens for summer

Community Cherokee bonfires will kickoff for the summer season on Friday, May 17, at Ocoaluftee Island Park in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 13:40

Heart of the matter

It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart. Filled with the musical attitudes of bluegrass, old-time country and early rock-n-roll, the band is influenced as much by Bill Monroe…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Online historic photo archive flourishes

Western Carolina University has joined forces with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for the latest addition to its digital photograph collections, housed at Hunter Library on campus. “Picturing Appalachia” is a collection of more than 1,000 early 20th-century photographs…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Champagne brunch to benefit animal rescue

A benefit for PAWS will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. The event will feature a gourmet five course champagne brunch. PAWS (Placing Animals Within Society/PAWS Animal Shelter) was…
The Georgia Symphony Orchestra will present their “Symphonic Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The event includes music from the movies, Broadway and popular classics. The GSO is…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Ring of Fire opens at HART

The Broadway musical “Ring of Fire,” honoring the work of Johnny Cash, will open at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Named after one of Cash’s most popular songs, the production celebrates the storied career of the country star,…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Celebrate Appalachian heritage in Swain

The Swain County Heritage Festival will be May 24-25 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City.
A day of craft beer and music will be had at BearWaters Brewing Company as they celebrate their first anniversary on Saturday, May 25, in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Want to learn how to carve leather?

Artisan in the Mountains will host a leather carving demonstration featuring local artist Martin Carter from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at 99 Depot Street in Clyde.
The Shady Ladies quilt league will unveil their latest artistic creations during their annual quilt challenge showcase running May 31 through June 2 at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Haywood County.
Blues, Brew and BBQ will be filling bellies at the Village Green in Cashiers from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.
Aaron Lewis has always seemed to be on the outside. Founder and lead singer of hard rock group Staind, Lewis found great success during the last decade with his soulful, heart-wrenching lyrics soaked in razor-sharp guitar chords. Yet, whenever someone…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 00:00

Arts scene

Brand marketing, quilting classes at SCC There will be a brand marketing and quilting class offered at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. From 6 to 8 p.m. June 4, “Marketing Your Personal Image and Brand: Your Personal Palette” will explore…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:36

Benefits to feature live music, cornhole

There will be two upcoming benefits for children with serious medical issues on Saturday, June 1, in Waynesville and Sylva.  The “Birthday Fiesta for Tye” will be at 11 a.m. at Los Amigos Restaurante in Waynesville. The event will benefit…
Gary Carden and Dave Waldrop will lead a discussion on a recent finding in a long-held Appalachian mystery at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. “Tears in the Rain” is about a chain…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:35

Waynesville brewery hosts golf tournament

Tipping Point Brewing will hold its inaugural charity golf tournament at 12:20 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Waynesville Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Disabled Veterans Chapter #89 of Haywood County. The tournament will be a four-man…
Appalachia, the newest exhibit from the Haywood County Arts Council, will run from May 30 through June 29, at Gallery 86 in Waynesville. An artist reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7.…
The Concerts on the Creek summer music series returns for its fifth season with the Rye Holler Boys from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:33

Free summer concerts begin at WCU

The annual summer concert series on the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University will begin with Floating Action at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:31

Cherokee festival showcases gourd crafts

Gourd artists from around the world will gather at the 11th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival May 31 to June 2 in Cherokee. 
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:29

Cherokee potter to be honored in Franklin

There will be a public reception for Cherokee artist Joel Queen and the formal presentation of a pottery piece he designed at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.
For Norma Hendrix, it’s all about connecting the dots. “I love working in a community of artists,” she said. “I really like pulling all of those dots together, where you create a sense of community with the energy of people…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Tomato plants If there’s one food that always tastes better fresh from the garden than bought at the store, it is surely the humble tomato. An ingredient for everything from spaghetti sauce to salsa, tomatoes are to a gardener what…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

When ‘it’ is right in front of you

By Chris Cooper Sia: Lady Croissant To a degree, it seems like Zero 7 makes “electronic” music for people that normally wouldn’t really dig the style. Besides the brilliant mix of orchestral, traditional pop and soul elements evident in their…
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 00:00

Kudzu goes barefoot

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Paul Bratter, a newlywed young lawyer, sits on the couch of his fifth-floor brownstone apartment after a long day at work.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Afternoon Naps with the Windows Open A recent dental surgery has left me at home the past few days in recovery. And in that amount of time it’s been amazing to see the green appear outside my window.
By Michael Beadle An old German town has a very serious rat problem. Luckily, a stranger arrives with just the right solution. But how much will it cost the town?
By Michael Beadle New York City has long enjoyed a reputation as a melting pot of music — especially when it comes to the jazz scene.
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

A serendipitious selection of CDs

By Chris Cooper Ah ... the joys of moving. Once you’ve got everything boxed up and ready to go, there’s usually about 2 metric tons of junk left over that you just don’t recall collecting over the years.
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

“The Sopranos” Down now to the last five episodes before creator David Chase closes down the series for good, the show that changed television forever continues to be one of the few good reasons to pay for cable. James Gandolfini…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 00:00

Grant-Lee Phillips scores two in a year

By Chris Cooper First, if you don’t already know (I sure as heck didn’t) fire up Google and read about exactly what a “strangelet” is. Pretty interesting, eh?
Bill Dyar has long been interested in Native American dances. When he was 15 years old, he formed his first dance team growing up in Georgia, and his interest in the Cherokee developed even more having a mother-in-law on the…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Laying down the Lawson

By Chris Cooper Fusing soaring gospel harmony with finely tuned bluegrass firepower, Doyle Lawson has forged an easily recognizable and smoothly accessible sound over all these years. On his most recent Rounder records release he and his band display an…
By Michael Beadle Along with death and taxes, one of the most predictable things in life seems to be political scandal, and for the past quarter century few comedy groups in America have done a better job of poking fun…
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

National Poetry Month In honor of National Poetry Month this April, here are some recommendations for poetry lovers and those seeking to learn more about the craft. First, a few books...
Wednesday, 18 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Guests of the Ayatollah and Kite Runner Trying to understand the Middle East? Here are two books — one non-fiction and the other a wonderfully rich novel — that will open some doors for you. Guests of the Ayatollah: The…
By Chris Cooper See, the primary difference between Todd Snider and Ryan Adams is that Snider didn’t get so caught up in transforming himself into a freakish “just this side of Gen-X” version of Neil Young that he lost sight…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Sitting at a workbench in the back of his gallery on Main Street in Waynesville, wood worker Dennis Ruane meticulously carves a tiny bearded man into the handle of a spoon. The spoon is…
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Well, let’s just consider this a collection of things I would NOT recommend. But maybe reading this will constitute a “diversion” of some sort, so here goes...
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Cowboy Junkies reflect on the family dynamic

The Cowboy Junkies have this thing that only they can do, and as easy as it is to recognize that thing when you hear it, exactly what it is remains uncertain.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 00:00

Figuratively speaking

By Sarah Kucharski Entering figurative sculptor Wesley Wofford’s studio one is struck by the sheer size of his works.
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

WCU reels in Half Frame Film Fest

Western Carolina University will launch the Half Frame Film Festival, a daylong celebration of documentary filmmaking, on Monday, April 9, featuring Laura Poitras, director of the Academy Award-nominated “My Country, My Country.”
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Good Friday & Easter Easter, of course, is more than dyed eggs, plastic straw, and strange bunnies.
A king named Midas wishes for riches and ends up with a wealth that kills. A singer named Orpheus descends into Hades to win back his love, but curiosity causes him to lose her forever. Narcissus falls in love with…
Wednesday, 04 April 2007 00:00

Rebel Records Roundup, Part 2

By Chris Cooper Rebel Records, that esteemed purveyor of all that is and has been high and lonesome for the past 40 odd years, has just released (in some cases re-released) a slew of fine discs in the past month…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Slam Poetry Poetry need not be lame. Two Tuesdays ago Western Carolina University’s Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions series and Last Minute Productions brought Saul Williams to the Fine and Performing Arts Center stage for one of the most well student-attended…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Culinary connoisseurs will have a chance to sample the skills of a dozen local restaurant chefs at the third annual Mélange of the Mountains to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March…
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Masters of their musical domains

By Chris Cooper Two very different artists and albums, but similar in the pursuit of uniqueness and mastery in their respective genres: the enigmatic Andrew Bird and Dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 00:00

Franklin carver hatches a unique idea

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The duck egg is just slightly larger than the chicken egg, its shell a little harder, making it the perfect egg for Rebekah Joy Brown to turn into a Christmas tree ornament.
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

“300” OK, to be perfectly honest, this is a “qualified recommendation.” “300” is currently in the theatres, but the original work — a graphic novel by Frank Miller (“Sin City”) and Lynn Varley, contains some of the most “vibrant” art…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

From Waynesville to the Big Apple

By Michael Beadle Nick Taylor’s career in journalism has spanned four decades and several cities, but it all began in Western North Carolina.
By Chris Cooper If you’ve wandered down Main Street in the early part of a summer evening over the years, you’ve probably paused mid-step to the sound of a lady singing the blues bouncing off the bricks. And there’s a…
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

Honoring the lost voices

By Michael Beadle Iranian-born author Farnoosh Moshiri writes about people who are enemies of the state, those who have disappeared, and those displaced by war and oppressive governments. And yet she breathes a light of hope into her characters, a…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Lucinda Williams, West If you don’t already know her, go back to the beginning and catch up, because you’ve missed out on one of the premier singer-songwriters of the past 20 years, that rare artist who sings ‘em as well…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Air skillfully paints a delicate soundscape

What exactly do you say about these guys? There’s certainly something nostalgic in just how painfully arty what they’re doing is — like the old Sylvian and Gabriel stuff. But then there’s that slick, ultramodern sheen to the music, the…
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Food of the Gods

By Michael Beadle Call it a Kiss. A sweet treat. A bonbon. A decadent delight.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007 00:00

Chocolate sensation

By Michael Beadle Come March 24, sink your teeth into blueberry truffles, fudge cookies, and mocha cheesecake.
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Balsam Range, a newly formed group of all-star pickers, will play a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 at Haywood Community College.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Y’all come back

By Michael Beadle The annual foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, kick-up-your-heels music-and-dance show known as the Summit Country and Western Show at Tuscola High School will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend.
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Battlestar Galactica Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a Battlestar fanatic. A few weekends ago, my wife and I glued ourselves to the couch and watched about 10 hours of episodes from the first and second seasons. We’re almost caught up…
In 1992 Mary Chapin Carpenter released Come On, Come On, and though it’s a little hazy as to how I wound up with a copy, the album has since remained one of my favorite collections of songs and performances.
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

Nature Deficit Disorder Sometimes, you read an interview and it hits home, hard. Last month’s issue of The Sun, a magazine out of Chapel Hill that is among the most eclectic in print, featured an interview with Richard Louv, a…