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Arts & Entertainment

The Western Carolina University School of Music will host the debut appearance of the newest star to join its roster of acclaimed music-makers in a special concert Tuesday, Feb. 15.

The star in question is a recently obtained instrument made by acclaimed manufacturer Steinway & Sons, widely regarded for crafting the finest pianos in the world. The ninefoot “D” concert grand piano is replacing an older Steinway model that has been providing musical accompaniment for music faculty, student and ensemble recitals for 34 years.

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The Primitive Quartet of Candler will be the special singers at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Sunday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited.

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Local residents will have an opportunity to dance away their winter blues starting in early February at Western Carolina University.

“Beginning Ballroom” dance classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 3 and continuing until March 17. Participants will learn dances such as the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing and fox trot, as well as the basics of leading and following in social ballroom dance.

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Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen will present the Neil Labute comedy “Reasons to Be Pretty,” an examination of the trials and tribulations of male-female relationships, Wednesday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 12.

The production, part of the University Theatre’s Mainstage Seasons for 2010-11, explores the anatomy of a breakup after Steph learns boyfriend Greg had categorized her looks, specifically her face, as “regular,” said Claire Eye, assistant professor of theatre and director of “Reasons to Be Pretty.”

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