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The Smoky Mountain center for the Performing Arts will host a high-energy children’s show featuring the family band, Laughing Pizza, on Saturday, August 27, at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each.

Laughing Pizza is a real family who writes and performs original pop music. Dad, Billy, and Mom, Lisa, are awardwinning songwriters and classically trained musicians and teachers. Their daughter, Emily, is a 15-year-old multi-instrumentalist who plays bass, drums, guitar, piano, and flute. She is also a songwriter. Together, the bad has appeared on many world-wide broadcasts, including The Today Show and numerous PBS programs. They have also performed at the White House multiple times alongside artists such as Miley Cyrus and The Jonas Brothers.

Having been featured in publications such as The New York Times and Money Magazine, Laughing Pizza is recognized from coast to coast. They are the proud recipient of six Parents’ Choice Awards, and have released two DVDs and four CDs on their own personal label, Little Bean Entertainment.


The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate Labor Day weekend with a Gospel music festival. Concerts will begin at 7:00 PM on both Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4. Saturday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The Primitive Quartet, and Sunday’s concert will feature The Inspirations and The McKameys. Ticket prices start at $10.

The Inspirations have sold over one million records, chartered more than 60 hit songs, and have been awarded numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Based out of Bryson City, this awardwinning Southern Gospel group includes: Mike Holcomb, Jon Epley, David Ragan, Jodi Hosterman, Martin Cook, Myron Cook, and Luke Vaught.


The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University presents “Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell” from through Friday, Oct. 28.

Sebrell, a North Carolina native and program director for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, uses photography and other media, including wood, metal and glass, to create work that combines imagery from the natural world of plants and animals with the human-constructed environment.

The WCU exhibition includes selections from several recent bodies of work (including two-dimensional and three-dimensional), all of which reveal a curiosity about – and appreciation for – the secrets of the world. The work prompts questions, without attempting to provide answers, about the story behind the narrative – the “understory.”


Labs expanded to enrich artistic entrepreneurship to more of WNC

The Craft Lab, a series of monthly lectures given by the staff at HandMade in America has engaged craft artists of all levels to take their work to new heights. Offered the second Tuesday of each month at HandMade in America in Downtown Asheville, the success of the workshops have created a demand for classes in Stecoah and Burnsville.


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