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Arts & Entertainment

A group known as The Return recreated the complete Beatles experience onstage this past Friday at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

Considered by many to be the most realistic cast paying tribute to the “Fab Four,” The Return treated the Franklin audience to a lineup of Beatles rock and roll hits from the early ’60s to the last Beatles tour in 1966.




Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin provides free entertainment every Saturday night.

Last weekend, Monty Milliken, (right) talented singer/songwriter and sometime comedian entertained those that gathered.





Western Carolina University faculty member and writer Ron Rash is putting the final touches on his new novel even as he is honored for the contributions he has made to Southern literature through his previous novels, short stories and poems.

Rash, who serves as WCU’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture, is currently making last revisions to “The Cove,” which is scheduled for release next April. Set in Western North Carolina during World War I, the novel tells the story of a mountain woman who comes upon a mysterious stranger in the woods whom she saves from a near-fatal accident.



Book signing, exhibitions and Mountains in Bloom shine at The Bascom this summer.

Here’s what’s happening at The Bascom:

— Ann Strub will be at The Bascom on Friday, June 17, from 4-5 p.m. signing her book, “Ann Strub Paints Her Muse,” a celebration of the artist, her mother and the rich history of New Orleans. Ann Strub’s Story Telling with Paint membership reception is from 5-7 p.m. Become a member of The Bascom and enjoy the artist’s figurative and narrative painting presentation. Bascom memberships start at $35.



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