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A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolay Rimsky- Korsakov will highlight the program as the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra performs Monday, April 20, at Western Carolina University.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Coulter Building recital hall. Admission is free.

The orchestra includes WCU students, faculty and staff, as well as residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, the ensemble’s conductor and associate professor of piano in WCU’s School of Music.

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Don Williams, a highly-acclaimed country music singer and songwriter who has played in front of sold out audiences all over the country, will return for his third appearance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $35.

Williams has produced 17 number one hits and more than 40 top ten singles. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and has multiple awards to his claim. Classic songs such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,” and “Tulsa Times,” showcase Williams’ unique blend of commanding presence and laid-back, easy style. That, along with his stately build, earned him the nickname, “Gentle Giant.”

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The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held in Room 102 of the Killian Building on the WCU campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture will focus on the “bootleggers/Baptist” theory of regulation, which holds that many regulatory outcomes are generated by coalitions of strange bedfellows in which each side pursues the same regulatory goal, but for very different reasons.

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There is a reason why we can’t let go of haunting memories and they can’t let go of us. Memories, especially bad ones, can be clues to who we really are. They can help us sharpen our understanding of the meaning and purposes of our lives. Steven Harvey, author of “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder,” will lead a discussion on why monstrous memories are, in fact, our friends on Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder” is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was 11, out of the 406 letters she left behind. As son and mother collaborate in the creation of their story, it has the perennial theme of abiding love, despite the odds that fuel the tale.

Harvey is a professor Emeritus of English at Young Harris College, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ashland MFA, Senior Editor of River Teeth Magazine, the creator of The Humble Essayist website, and the author of three collections of personal essays. Following the reading, Harvey will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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