Pivot points: WCU art museum presents poetry and painting from three inter-related generations
 

Pivot points: WCU art museum presents poetry and painting from three inter-related generations

By Michael Beadle “Pivot Points” is not your typical art exhibit. Then again, the new Fine Art Museum on the…
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Boggs represents country music’s greatest hope
 

Boggs represents country music’s greatest hope

Though it’s become a standard target for critical blasting, not all of modern country music is bad. Keith Urban turned…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

“Bubble” Director Steven Soderbergh, the darling of the Sundance film festival, had an audacious idea. Take a bare bones script…
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New talent and old influences enter jam genre
 

New talent and old influences enter jam genre

By Chris Cooper Approaching the “jam band” thing from some very different angles, Umphrey’s McGee manage to bring shades of…
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Unto These Hills gets a facelift: Changes to include script rewrite, more Cherokee actors, better marketing plans, and more community involvement
 

Unto These Hills gets a facelift: Changes to include script rewrite, more Cherokee actors, better marketing plans, and more community involvement

By Michael Beadle For 56 years, the outdoor historical drama known as “Unto These Hills” has been a fixture for…
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A changing audience
 

A changing audience

“Unto These Hills” first opened on July 1, 1950, as an outdoor drama to celebrate the history and honor the…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein If you love the goofy wordplay of Spoonerisms — switching the beginning sounds of words…
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Hayseed’s latest falls flat on its grass
 

Hayseed’s latest falls flat on its grass

Some jokes are really, really funny. Some even get better with age, as if their repeated telling somehow increases the…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Most Secret I was given this book over Christmas and finally got around to reading it. It’s a fascinating tale…
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A Mysterious Island: ‘The Tempest’ twists and turns in WCU’s Hoey Auditorium Feb. 8-12
 

A Mysterious Island: ‘The Tempest’ twists and turns in WCU’s Hoey Auditorium Feb. 8-12

By Michael Beadle The Duke of Milan and his daughter have been shipwrecked on a strange island far from civilization.…
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A little frisky — much better than fair
 

A little frisky — much better than fair

By Chris Cooper It’s harder than you would think to write a song. As a musician, it is tempting to…
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The art of forgery: Jackson County blacksmiths learn the art of their business and the business of art
 

The art of forgery: Jackson County blacksmiths learn the art of their business and the business of art

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Deep in the mountains that surround Jackson County’s Tuckasegee community, the sound of metal…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

TV Yeah, fine: burn your television, TV is bad. It’s mind numbing and makes us lazy. Blah blah blah. But…
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Petal to the metal: Franklin metal artist Victor Raul Moraloza grows in art as in life
 

Petal to the metal: Franklin metal artist Victor Raul Moraloza grows in art as in life

By Michael Beadle For Victor Raul Moraloza, each day is a gift. From being a high school wrestling champion to…
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A mysterious masterpiece
 

A mysterious masterpiece

By Chris Cooper Beautiful and alarmingly odd, Andrew Bird makes music that ambles pretty far outside description or categorization. “Chamber…
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The sounds of Jackson County: Landmark collection of local performers bands together for Jackson County library fundraising event
 

The sounds of Jackson County: Landmark collection of local performers bands together for Jackson County library fundraising event

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Backstage at Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, the rehearsal room buzzed…
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The Sounds and the stories
 

The Sounds and the stories

By Michael Beadle In gathering the performers who would help make the Sounds of Jackson County a reality, organizers invited…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

A Soldier of the Great War Recently a friend recommended this book to my 17-year-old son as a sort of…
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Ordinary World: twisted, welcome catharsis
 

Ordinary World: twisted, welcome catharsis

By Chris Cooper When the bio sheet for a band arrives with the greeting “Dear Pop Revivalists,” I feel a…
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Adam’s 29 falls short of past achievements
 

Adam’s 29 falls short of past achievements

By Joe Hooten When it seems like you’ve heard all there is to hear from our Carolina troubadour Mr. Ryan…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

“Firefly” As a proud member of the Star Wars generation, I enjoy a healthy dose of otherworldly sci-fi plots and…
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Work in process: In life as in art, glass artist John Nickerson is a student of methodology
 

Work in process: In life as in art, glass artist John Nickerson is a student of methodology

By Sarah Kucharski John Nickerson is a very exacting man. Tall and solidly built, he moves with efficiency, his speech…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

King of the Hill I picked up a nasty rumor that Fox is planning to terminate my favorite cartoon show,…
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An impressive collection from a bluegrass veteran
 

An impressive collection from a bluegrass veteran

By Chris Cooper It’s not unusual in music circles for one’s sound to be recognizable but the name to be…
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Recommended Diversions – Best Albums of 2005 Edition
 

Recommended Diversions – Best Albums of 2005 Edition

1) The Hold Steady, Separation Sunday If lead singer Craig Finn weren’t fronting this band, he’d be writing short stories…
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Gypsy Bandwagon plays true to the Appalachian tradition
 

Gypsy Bandwagon plays true to the Appalachian tradition

By Joe Hooten Throughout the 1700s, immigrants from European nations began pouring into the 13 colonies with dreams that were…
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2005
 

2005

For the past two years the Smoky Mountain News has culled Top 10 Albums of the Year lists from avid…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Christmas shopping Granted it’s four days before Christmas and those of you that haven’t yet gotten your shopping done are…
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Vocal and instrumental abilities carry through a wide variety of styles
 

Vocal and instrumental abilities carry through a wide variety of styles

By Chris Cooper If you didn’t know already, Jamie Cullum is that kid who was on Pay-Per-View last summer. It…
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In full swing: Appalachian banjo player and singer Laura Boosinger shares memories of an old-time mountain swing band in Canton with her latest CD, Let Me Linger.
 

In full swing: Appalachian banjo player and singer Laura Boosinger shares memories of an old-time mountain swing band in Canton with her latest CD, Let Me Linger.

By Michael Beadle Laura Boosinger was a student at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa in the late 1970s when she…
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A mutual enterprise
 

A mutual enterprise

By Michael Beadle Sometimes John Grant sees a bear inside a rough block of soapstone. Sometimes he sees a buffalo…
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Giving art a hand
 

Giving art a hand

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Cozzo, director of the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources project, stands on…
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An Asheville trio’s mad swing-a-billy party
 

An Asheville trio’s mad swing-a-billy party

By Joe Hooten The Roaring ‘20s ushered in an era of looseness, flair, and simplistic decadence that would quickly diminish…
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(Un)RecommendedDiversions
 

(Un)RecommendedDiversions

Here’s the deal. I’m not going to be “recommending” anything in this installment of “Diversions.” I’m just going to tell…
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Larry Watson — a student of the song
 

Larry Watson — a student of the song

By Michael Beadle It was Chet Atkins who really put the hook in Larry Watson. Atkins had that masterful style…
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Power guitar trio delivers
 

Power guitar trio delivers

By Chris Cooper The G3 tours are a traveling celebration of the virtuoso rock guitarist. Joe Satriani developed the concept…
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Exploring the creative side with handcrafted jewelry
 

Exploring the creative side with handcrafted jewelry

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jewelry artist Debbie Higdon makes what she likes to wear — handmade pieces, created…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Graham Greene Recently I have begun revisiting authors I read back in my 20’s — Thomas Wolfe, Hemingway, Faulkner, some…
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One year and all’s well: 2005 finale of Waynesville’s popular gallery stroll marks anniversary of Outer Spaces Gallery
 

One year and all’s well: 2005 finale of Waynesville’s popular gallery stroll marks anniversary of Outer Spaces Gallery

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer On a cold, grey Sunday afternoon just before Thanksgiving, Polly Smith sits behind the…
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New Faces, Familiar places: Galleries old and new wrap up a successful year
 

New Faces, Familiar places: Galleries old and new wrap up a successful year

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer This Friday (Dec. 2) marks the close of what Waynesville Gallery Association chairman David…
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NY rock quartet conjures a blast from the past
 

NY rock quartet conjures a blast from the past

By Joe Hooten Scene: A Friday night, Firebirds and Camaros fill a Main Street parking lot after the big high…
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Bright nights in Dillsboro
 

Bright nights in Dillsboro

By Michael Beadle Dillsboro becomes a village of glittering lights for the first two Friday and Saturday nights in December…
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Pottery, naturally
 

Pottery, naturally

By Greg Sessoms • Correspondent Upon entering Susan Balentine’s home off of Howell Mill Road in Waynesville, one could be…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

“Elizabethtown,” Soundtrack From everything I hear, the movie turned out to be entirely less than it was cracked up to…
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Lamotte’s work branches beyond music with non-profit
 

Lamotte’s work branches beyond music with non-profit

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer David Lamotte is a safe driver. Headed south to Columbus, Ga., last Friday afternoon…
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Wide variety of influences leaves sump’m for everyone
 

Wide variety of influences leaves sump’m for everyone

By Chris Cooper Let’s just go ahead and say it: terrible title for an album. Thankfully, a lot of the…
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Triumph from tragedy: Franklin film student premiers ‘Tragedy of Glady’ to rave reviews nationwide
 

Triumph from tragedy: Franklin film student premiers ‘Tragedy of Glady’ to rave reviews nationwide

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer The crowd held its breath, barely shifting in creaky metal chairs as a stunned,…
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Superb acting highlights HART’s ‘Three Sisters’
 

Superb acting highlights HART’s ‘Three Sisters’

In The Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov tells audiences that suffering, education and work will lay the foundation for a new…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Jack Russells I was surprised to discover that Jack Russell terriers bear the name of a 19th century English clergyman…
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CYHSY makes their own way
 

CYHSY makes their own way

By Joe Hooten Popular music is made trendy by sweaty handshakes, neon dollar signs, shady deals, and artificial relationships that…
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