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Arts & Entertainment

The Highlands Male Chorus will perform with Joe Powell, guest conductor on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands for an entertaining evening for all.

The show will include oldies from the ’20s and ’30s, rock and roll from the ’50s, several barbershop favorites and a taste of patriotic music. All this and a surprise guest, too.


A traditional Chinese orchestra and famed sketch comedy troupe will each perform in September at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai, a premier ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary Chinese music on traditional instruments, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Second City, known for its trademark improvisation and launching talented actors and comedians from Alan Arkin to Gilda Radner and Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, will present its “Laugh Out Loud Tour” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Both events are part of WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. The ticket price for each event is $10 ($5 for students).


Hope 2011 is set for Sunday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Pastor David Powell is the Master of Ceremonies.

Sponsored by the Macon Christian Ministerial Association, Hope 2011 will present author and speaker Kristen Jane Anderson of “Reaching You Ministries.”

Kristen Anderson was only 17 years old on the January night she laid across train tracks not far from her home and expected to die. Three friends and her grandmother had died within two years, and she had been raped by a trusted friend. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression that led her to a fatal choice. So begins “Life In Spite of Me” (May 4, 2010, Multnomah Books), the true account of an inspiring tragedy-to-triumph story.


An estimated one thousand children and their parents flocked to Jackson County’s Green Energy Park for the fourth annual youth arts festival. A cooperative effort between Jackson County’s Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design, festival participants engaged in numerous hands-on impromptu art projects and watched as various musical and dance groups performed from throughout the region.

Billy Love, a painter from Sylva who teaches at WCU said, “it’s important for young people to be exposed to art as soon as possible.”

Julie Boisseau, also of Sylva and one of the glass artists in residence at the GEP said “it’s our way in the community to give back; it’s also essential for kids to get active in the arts.”


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