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Arts & Entertainment

Guy and girl are looking for love in all the wrong places in this romantic comedy presented by the FHS Advanced Theatre Class.

Check Please! is a hilarious look at the good, bad and really bad sides of blind dating with dates ranging from an eager politician to an extreme accountant.

“Check Please” will stage on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the FHS Fine Arts Center as we answer the question: Is love at first sight real?

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The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, March 5, with a concert featuring folk musician and storyteller Josh Goforth.

Goforth’s 7 p.m. performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

A native of Madison County who grew up working on the family farm, Goforth learned to play many musical instruments and attended East Tennessee State University to study music education and participate in the university’s well-known bluegrass and country music program. In 2000, he performed on fiddle for the movie “Songcatcher” and over the years he has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles and has shared stages with musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

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Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel “The Silver Maple Conspiracy” on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.

“The Silver Maple Conspiracy” describes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and his mysterious relationship with nature.

It is a story of the physical changes witnessed during the time-span between the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the first Earth Day, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest, and lastly to the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

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The Too Human Jazz Trio will perform on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The hour-long concert will feature jazz standards from “The American Songbook.” The program is designed for audience members of all ages. Admission is by donation; doors will open at 2:30.

According to Sit ‘N Bull Concert Series host Dave Fishken, Too Human offers “some of the best darned songs you ever heard, played with a depth of soul you rarely hear.” Their performances garner rave reviews at festivals, libraries, schools, galleries, and other venues all along the East Coast. The trio is composed of Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, a Massachusetts- based pair of critically-acclaimed, versatile musicians and songwriters, and Shannon Hoover, a talented bassist from Greenville, S.C.

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