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Arts & Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a Gospel music festival. Concerts will begin at 7:00 PM on both Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Saturday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The Primitive Quartet, and Sunday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The McKameys. Ticket prices start at $10.

The Inspirations have sold over one million records, chartered more than 60 hit songs, and have been awarded numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Based out of Bryson City, this awardwinning Southern Gospel group includes: Mike Holcomb, Jon Epley, David Ragan, Jodi Hosterman, Martin Cook, Myron Cook, and Luke Vaught.


The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University presents “Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell” from through Friday, Oct. 28.

Sebrell, a North Carolina native and program director for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, uses photography and other media, including wood, metal and glass, to create work that combines imagery from the natural world of plants and animals with the human-constructed environment.

The WCU exhibition includes selections from several recent bodies of work (including two-dimensional and three-dimensional), all of which reveal a curiosity about – and appreciation for – the secrets of the world. The work prompts questions, without attempting to provide answers, about the story behind the narrative – the “understory.”


Labs expanded to enrich artistic entrepreneurship to more of WNC

The Craft Lab, a series of monthly lectures given by the staff at HandMade in America has engaged craft artists of all levels to take their work to new heights. Offered the second Tuesday of each month at HandMade in America in Downtown Asheville, the success of the workshops have created a demand for classes in Stecoah and Burnsville.


Friends and neighbors in the Cashiers area will be on stage at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library on Thursday, Aug. 25, to read their favorite poems and to share their reasons for enjoying them. The Second Annual Cashiers Favorite Poem Readings, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will begin at 7:30 and be followed by a reception in the library’s Friendship Garden.

“I know the word ‘poetry’ makes some folks yawn,” said Marilyn Staats, coordinator of the event. “Most of us were raised by parents who read us Mother Goose poems and, if we were lucky, we had teachers who introduced us to everything from Winnie the Pooh to Robert Frost to Shakespeare to nonsense verse.


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