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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The Language of Glass: World famous glass artist Joel Philip Myers  brings impressive exhibit to WCU Fine Arts Museum
 

The Language of Glass: World famous glass artist Joel Philip Myers brings impressive exhibit to WCU Fine Arts Museum

By Michael Beadle On pedestals they stand. Whimsical arrangements of colored glass bottles, leaning, bending to resemble animated statues caught…
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Exhibit by artist Jesse Wills to benefit home for autistic individuals
 

Exhibit by artist Jesse Wills to benefit home for autistic individuals

Jesse Wills, a local artist who has autism, will present his paintings at an art show at Hardwood Gallery at…
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To Russia, with love: HART concludes season with Chekhov's The Three Sisters
 

To Russia, with love: HART concludes season with Chekhov's The Three Sisters

By Michael Beadle By the end of the 19th Century, the once powerful Russian aristocracy was crumbling, and playwright Anton…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Schoolhouse Rock Growing up on mindless hours of Saturday morning cartoons, I never knew how much fun parts of speech…
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Bound Away - a great piece of work
 

Bound Away - a great piece of work

By Chris Cooper Eric Brace writes damn fine songs. His band Last Train Home plays these songs pretty damn well,…
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All in the Family: Haywood County Arts Council presents Sanders Family Christmas at HCC
 

All in the Family: Haywood County Arts Council presents Sanders Family Christmas at HCC

By Michael Beadle Journey back to Christmas Eve, December 1941. The United States has just entered World War II after…
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Recommended diversions
 

Recommended diversions

Wild animal sightings I was driving in Francis Cove near Waynesville before sunrise one day last week.
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Art for fun and profit: Study finds cultural travelers spend more
 

Art for fun and profit: Study finds cultural travelers spend more

A study released earlier this month by the North Carolina Arts Council shows that cultural travelers to the state spend…
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Hurray for a Day of Clay: Dillsboro hosts inaugural Western North Carolina Pottery Festival Nov. 5
 

Hurray for a Day of Clay: Dillsboro hosts inaugural Western North Carolina Pottery Festival Nov. 5

By Michael Beadle • Staff Writer As the retail industry gears up for another busy holiday season of sales, some…
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