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Arts & Entertainment

Chris Cox, an English instructor at Southwestern Community College, will be reading from his new book, “The Way We Say Goodbye,” from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the SCC Macon Campus.

In addition to teaching at SCC, Cox has been a newspaper columnist in the area for many years. Like his first book, “Waking Up in a Cornfield,” the new book is a collection of his essays.

“Most of these essays were written and published in the years 1998-2003, which was a period of enormous transition for me,” said Cox. “The loss of my father was a big part of that, but there are also essays that I consider to be among the funniest and quirkiest that I’ve ever written. In the end, I think the book is pretty well-balanced in content and in mood.”

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Step Afrika!, a professional dance company dedicated to a style of percussive dance called “stepping” that is rooted in African traditional dance, will perform at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. The combination of movement and sound communicated allegiance to a group, according to tradition in Africanbased communities.

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The popular PBS Kids® television show, “Sid the Science Kid LIVE: Let’s Play!” will be at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts for two shows on Saturday, Oct. 18. The first production will be at 1 p.m., followed by a second production at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $15 each.

Sid the Science Kid comes to life in this incredible live stage experience. Kids and parents alike will be thrilled as Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald come to town to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world around them. With wonders to discover, Sid and his friends set off on a day of excitement and adventure, as they explore their five senses through fun games and experiments and by asking curious questions and finding fascinating answers.

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Franklin residents and award-winning author/illustrator team Cathryn and John Sill will be signing an array of titles from their acclaimed “About...” series, a collection of nonfiction picture books that introduce children to animal species, Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Little Tennessee River Greenway in the Friends of the Greenway gift and coffee shop (FROGS).

They will also be signing their hilarious field-guide parodies, “A Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom-Seen Birds of North America” and “Another Field Guide to Little-Known and Seldom- Seen Birds of North America.”

Coffee and refreshments will be served.

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