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Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Travis Bennett, associate professor of horn, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The event will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. It is free and open to the public.

Bennett will be accompanied by Lillian Buss Pearson on piano. The program will include several works originally written for horn and piano, selections from one of Jean Sebastien Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, and Alan Hovhaness’ “Artik.”

“Artik” is a concerto in eight movements that was originally composed for horn and string orchestra, but it will be performed using two synthesizers, one played by WCU student Marc Lewis.

For more information about the recital, contact the School of Music at (828)227-7242.

Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2015 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit March 1-23, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

A reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, just outside the Fine Art Museum in the Bardo Arts Center. The reception will include an announcement of this year’s winners, who will be judged by WCU art education students as part of their curriculum. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event is free and the public is invited.

This year’s exhibit will include the artwork of more than 300 Jackson County students from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Youth Art Month strives to emphasize the importance of art education for all children and promotes public support for quality school art programs, said Erin Tapley, event coordinator and associate professor of art education.

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The campy cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show,” a musical comedy that pays homage to the science fiction and B-grade horror movies of the mid-20th century, will warp its way through time to hit the stage in February at Western Carolina University as part of the School of Stage and Screen’s 2014-15 theatrical season.

The production, the opening Mainstage series production of the spring semester, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 21, in Hoey Auditorium on the WCU campus, with a special late-night Saturday showing at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

The show contains profanity and sexual content that is not appropriate for children.

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Tyler Cook, Franklin native and Western Carolina University alumnus, will release his debut novel, “The One,” at a special release party on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Macon County Public Library.

“I am very excited about the release,” said Cook. “All of my life, I have always wanted to be an author of fiction, and now I can say that I am.”

The book, which took Cook five months to write, is a story of love, heartbreak and moving forward.

In “The One,” Eli Cooper never expects love to be this difficult. When someone from his past suddenly reappears, he can’t help but notice the attraction between the two of them. But sometimes, the people that you love may not love you back. Eli must find his way back from heartbreak, and discover a life where his love can be returned. But in order to do that, he must also face his demons, and overcome his greatest fear: Revealing his deepest secret to the world.

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