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The Wilderness Society will be hosting a three-day nature writer’s intensive with author Janisse Ray at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. The workshop is for writers committed to communicating the importance of place — where you live, where you hike, where your drinking water comes from — and what matters about its present and future state.

Participants will be engaged in both dialogue and writing exercises in a spectacular natural setting with one of the south’s most eloquent voices on this subject.

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From paintings to pottery and everything in between, the Highlands Art & Crafts Show was one of the most diverse displays of handmade products in the six-year history of the semi-annual event. Developed, organized and coordinated by long-time Highlands resident and business owner, Cynthia Strain, the exhibition, held at Highlands’ Kelsey-Hutchinson Park last Saturday and Sunday, had something for craft lovers of all ages and persuasions.

As attendees strolled through the grassy aisles between tents, they could see beautiful paintings using dirt as the medium rather than oil or water colors.

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Mandy Barnett, a country music singer and stage actress, will perform a Tribute to Patsy Cline at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Throughout Barnett’s music career, which began at the young age of five, she has released three albums and chartered three singles on the Billboard country charts. She received high honors from Rolling Stone magazine when her album, “I’ve Got a Right to Cry,” was named top country album of the year.

As a teenager, Barnett held the title role in the musical, “Always…Patsy Cline,” which she performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn., and received rave reviews from sold out audiences. She credits Patsy Cline as one of her greatest influences.

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Six independent filmmakers and their films will land on the campus of Western Carolina University this school year.

WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events series, in collaboration with South Arts, will host the Southern Circuit, a tour of independent filmmakers that provides communities across the South access to smaller films and opportunities to join film directors in post-screening discussions. All Southern Circuit offerings are free and will start at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center.

Kicking off the season is “Surviving Hitler: A Love Story” by filmmaker John-Keith Wasson on Tuesday, Sept. 13. This documentary chronicles war, resistance and survival through the eyes of Jutta, a teenager in Nazi Germany, and her sweetheart, Helmuth, an injured soldier.

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