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An evening of traditional African music on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Living Room.

The performer, Sean Gaskell, is an Asheville-based musician who plays the West African Kora, a 21-stringed, gourd-bottomed harp which dates back more than 300 years and is native to the Mandinka people of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. Gaskell has studied with master Kora players in Gambia during multiple visits there, has been featured at music festivals in Gambia, Senegal, and throughout the United States, and has released an album, "Kora Music of West Africa." He will perform in the Macon County Public Schools on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19-20, through the Arts Council’s Artists-in-the-Schools Program. Learn more about him at seangaskell.com.

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The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the recital hall of Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building.

Members of the ensemble, the quintet-in-residence at WCU, are P. Bradley Ulrich, trumpet; David Ginn, trumpet; Travis Bennett, horn; Mike Schallock, tuba; and Zsolt Szabo, trombone. Szabo is the newest member of the ensemble and joined the faculty at WCU in August 2014.

The program will feature “Highland Cathedral” by Uli Roever; Victor Ewald’s “Brass Quintet No. 3”; “Prelude and Fugue in G minor” by J.S. Bach; and “Sweet Georgia Brown.” In addition, the SMBQ will premiere a new composition by WCU composer Robert Kehrberg titled “Corn Song and Dance,” which is based on the music of the Cherokee.

The ensemble’s mission is to promote the understanding and enjoyment of music, particularly among the youth of Western North Carolina; and to expand appreciation for the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian region.

For more information, visit www.smbq.org or call (828)227-3274.

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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