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Arts & Entertainment

Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2011, a non-competitive talent show for third to twelfth graders, on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The annual event, held in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center, features students chosen from the county’s public, private, and home schools, performing a variety of entertaining acts, from vocal and instrumental numbers to dance, gymnastics, and comedy routines.

This year’s show will include a special segment of African Dance with Franklin dance teacher Jada Bryson and a number of Cartoogechaye and East Franklin School students who were involved in her recent Artists-in-the-Schools residencies.

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The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrates the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smokies. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

Festival-goers can participate in a full day of activities, including a parade, live music on two stages, 5K road race, displays from local artisans, a variety of food vendors, plus a children’s area with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and other activities.

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Animal lovers, and those in the mood for a laugh, will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Comedian Gregory Popovich leads the family-friendly show along with a cast of professional clowns and jugglers – and a large assemblage of trained animal performers, including cats, dogs, geese and parrots, all originally rescued from animal shelters. Stunts, skits and balancing acts fill the lively show, which has enjoyed popularity in performing arts centers across the country.

As the son of Russian circus performers and dog trainers, Popovich discovered his passion for animals and onstage entertainment at an early age.

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A fundraising party is being planned to benefit the work of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association Friday, April 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Downtown Franklin. There is a cover charge of $5.

Live music will be performed by The Lovelands, a husband-wife duo performing an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, indie, and Appalachian music. To sample their music, search for “Ben and Beth Loveland” on YouTube or visit LTWA’s facebook page.

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