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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

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Storytelling, art performance by The Ammons Sisters

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold their annual Celebration of the Arts with a storytelling and art performance by The Ammons Sisters at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.

The show will open with Storytelling by Amy Ammons Garza and Spontaneous Visual Art by Doreyl Ammons Cain, followed by Betty Brown singing and performing Appalachian music on guitar and six Appalachian authors sharing their poetry, vignettes and short stories. Immediately following the one-hour performance there will be a meet and greet reception for the four exhibiting artists and a book signing for the 12 authors who have artwork and books currently on display and for sale at the Center for the Arts. 

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the performance and the reception free of charge. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’ to feature song, improv comedy

“Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” will bring an evening of musical comedy improvisation to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The show, part of the Galaxy of Stars Series at WCU, features an award-winning cast from New York City who are masters of improvisation.

Audience participation is a key part of the show. As they arrive at the Bardo Arts Center, each member of the audience is asked to make up a song title and write it down on a slip of paper. In the show’s first act, the actors choose four of the titles in a random drawing and spontaneously perform a song based on each one. Then, in a format modeled after the Tony Awards, the audience votes for a favorite to receive a “Phony” Award. The winning song sets the theme for a musical that is performed in its entirety in the second act. 

Ticket prices are $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff and $7 for students and children. The performance is sponsored by The Smoky Mountain News.

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• Brooks Robinson, the CEO of Harrah’s Cherokee will don a bra during the Beautiful Bra Pageant at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Essence Lounge at the resort and casino. The CEO will lead a parade of male executives to the stage wearing bedazzled bras in order to raise awareness for breast cancer. Last year, the $10,000 prize was donated to the American Cancer Society. 

• “The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass & Clock” puppet show will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center. The Red Herring Puppets will be featured. The production uses stories from four different cultures — the Chinese legend of K’uei, the Underground Railroad, the Greek legend of Callisto, and the Micmac Indian legend of the Sky Bear — to show how the Big Dipper has served through the ages as calendar, compass and clock. Admission is by donation, with proceeds to support the Arts Council of Macon County’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program. 828.524.2787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The Haywood Dancers will hold a monthly dance at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Angie’s Dance Academy in Clyde. Evening of dancing to recorded ballroom music. Refreshments. $10. 828.734.8726.

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