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The African Dance & Drum Ensemble will perform a program of traditional African dance and music Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School gym.

The program features dances and songs that reflect West African life and culture, such as the harvest dances “Kakilambe” and “Sunu,” which are performed with colorful scarves from Mali. This is an authentic, interactive, and highly entertaining cultural experience for all ages.

The Asheville-based company is comprised of African Dance instructor Jada Bryson, dancers Kanydah Bellamy and Jesse Willig, and master drummers Ian Cunningham and Imohtep Dlanod. Jada Bryson is a Franklin native with 24 years of dance experience in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and West African forms.


Four legendary artists - Steve Green, Twila Paris, Wayne Watson, and Michael Card - will unite together for their Christian Classic Tour at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 30. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

Steve Green is a four-time Grammy Award nominee and a seven-time Dove Award winner. He has 13 number one hits to his credit and has sold over three million records. His hits include “People Need the Lord” and “Household of Faith.”

Twila Paris has won multiple awards, including five Dove Awards. She has released 22 albums and has reached the number one spot on Christian Radio with 33 hit songs. Some of her hits include, “He is Exalted” and “God is in Control.”

Wayne Watson has won a dozen Dove Awards and had 23 number one Christian Radio hits. He is known for songs such as “Almighty” and “Another Time, Another Place.” Last year, Watson was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, an honor he shares with both Green and Paris.


Don’t miss Emerging Artists: Frank Vickery which opens in the Atrium Gallery at The Bascom on Saturday, March 24 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and runs through May 10.

Pictured (from left to right) during Frank’s Master of Fine Arts thesis defense are Dr. Patrick Taylor; Frank Vickery; Richard Tichich, Director of the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University (WCU) and Dr. Seth McCormick, Assistant Professor of Art History at WCU.

The Bascom is open year-round - Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 pm and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy workshops, exhibitions, special events and quality programs throughout the year at The Bascom.


Event Honoring New WCU Chancellor

As part of the festivities celebrating the formal installation of David O. Belcher as Chancellor of WCU, the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host an evening of storytelling in the Community Room on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

“Reflections on Place: An Evening with Distinguished Storytellers” will feature Cherokee storyteller Jerry Wolfe; former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer; and Ron Rash, WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture and author of The New York Times best-seller “Serena.”


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