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Arts & Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Mark Lowry and The Martins back to the stage Friday, March 6, to delight audiences once again. The two have partnered for a music and madness tour, something they’ve wanted to do for years, and it promises to be a great night of fun and worship. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

Mark Lowry is a Christian comedian, songwriter, and singer who has been entertaining and inspiring audiences for nearly 40 years. He is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in gospel music and beyond. He has been recording albums and videos since age 11, and he co-wrote the lyrics to “Mary Did You Know,” a popular Christmas song that has been recorded more than 400 times by artists such as Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, and Donny Osmond.

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Wade Hayes, a country music artist and cancer survivor, has partnered with Franklin High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America to spread community awareness about colon cancer. He will share both his story and his music which are designed to leave the audience inspired to live life to the fullest. Showtime is set for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, and tickets are $15 each.

Wade Hayes was inspired to become a country music artist by his dad, Don Hayes, who was a professional country musician himself. Hayes landed his first record contract when he was 11 years old, but his life took a different direction and he began to focus on other things. In later years, he joined his father’s band and in 1991, after seeing Ricky Staggs perform on the Country Music Association Awards, he decided to pursue a music career again. He moved to Nashville, Tenn., and signed a record deal in 1994.

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South Carolina author Elizabeth Harris will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her novel, “What am I to do Now, Mama?” on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m. Coy Bronson is a talented man who left the mountains of North Carolina to follow his dream to California. Despite many obstacles, Coy leans on his mother’s encouragement and develops a successful career as an actor, director, producer, and writer — a career that takes him from Hollywood to New York and Europe during World War II.

Elizabeth Harris, aka Carolyn Havelka, grew up in Burnsville near Asheville, N.C. She began writing at a young age of 13. She was influenced and encouraged by her high school classmates to followed her dream of writing, but never became serious and kept it on the back burner until the last few years. She has enjoyed many countless days of research collecting all the uncovered information which goes into her writing. She and her husband, John, now resides outside of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

To reserve a copy of her book, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Poet Louise Runyon will read from her new collection on Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “The Clearing” explores the concept of “clearing” in the personal, geographical, spiritual, individual and communal aspects of our lives.

Poet and playwright, Alice Lovelace says this of Runyon’s book, "Runyon has written poems and stories that resonate with home, loss, hope, love, and leaving. Her words are the language of geometry, dreams, memory, and the land.”

To reserve copies of “The Clearing,” call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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