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Arts & Entertainment

The original Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, Robert Cuccioli is set to perform at the Highlands PAC on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.

Cuccioli is one of the most popular stars in theater today and the Tony nominated star of the smash hit musical “Jekyll and Hyde,” Known not only for his talent, Cuccioli’s personality, quick wit and appreciation of the support of his fans are just some of his finer qualities.

Cuccioli is an actor/singer who has already been recognized by the entertainment industry with multiple awards.

After an illustrious career in regional theaters, roles in many television programs, and his Broadway debut as Javert in “Les Miserables,” Cuccioli came to the work of “Jekyll and Hyde.”


On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., the Macon County Public Library will host “Sing for the Fun of It,” a songfest featuring old familiar favorites, including “Blue Skies,” “Down In the Valley,” “Home On the Range,” “My Bonnie,” “Oh! Susanna,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and many more, with a song leader and guitar accompanist. Song sheets will be provided. Everyone is welcome; attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite song for the group to enjoy.

The library is on Siler Farm Road, off Siler Road on the south side of Franklin, next to Southwestern Community College.

The event will be held in the Meeting Room. Contact the Arts Council for information, (828)524-7683.

October’s exhibit in the Southwest Community College lobby gallery, Webster Campus, will feature Franklin artist Karen Albig Smith. Smith is a member of the not-for-profit Macon County Art Association Uptown Gallery in Franklin. The show was developed to demonstrate the use of photos as inspiration for artist’s work. The photos from which the art is rendered are also on display.

Part of the exhibit contains a series of portraits in acrylic and pastel of her daughter. In addition, is a foal portrayal and a pastel entitled “Designing Rams,” all completed from photo inspiration. The painting of the foal, “Orphan” was completed from a photo by local photographer, Hollis Walker. The mare was bitten by a timber rattler shortly after the photo was taken and died – hence the title of the painting.


Signing at Autumn Leaves Craft Show in Franklin October 13-15

Barbara Dumas Ballew, a resident of Franklin, will be available to sign copies of her book, “George’s Creek to Georgia” at the Autumn Leaves Craft Show at the Macon County fair grounds Oct. 13-15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When Elijah Barnett traveled to visit his brother, Luke, at George's Creek, he didn't realize he was at the start of a legacy. From this visit began the journey from George's Creek to Georgia, a journey through four generations of Barbara Dumas Ballew’s family.


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