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Arts & Entertainment

“The Lost Bird Project,”an independent documentary will be shown Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.

“Lost Birds” is a documentary about the stories of five birds driven to extinction in modern times and sculptor Todd McGrain's project to memorialize them.

The film follows the sculptor as he searches for the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild and negotiates for permission to install his large bronze sculptures there.

The film is unrated and runs for 1 hour, 3 min.

Visit www.lostbirdproject.org for more information.

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts has welcomed many great gospel groups to their stage, and the evening of Friday, Aug. 29, will be no exception. The Whisnants, a family band from Morganton, has a sound that has ministered to people for many years. They promise a show that will fill the theater with praise and worship music and touch the audience with a devoted spirit, all while celebrating the love of Christ. The Old Path quartet, who has been described as one of the most influential Christian groups in Southern Gospel music, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Ticket are $15 each.

The Whisnants have been singing and ministering across the United States and Canada for more than four decades. Thirteen of their songs have reached the number one spot on music charts, and they have been nominated for Trio of the Year nine times. The group has made numerous television appearances on various networks and participated in the filming of one of the Gaither Family videos. Some of their hits include, “All Is Well,” What You Took From Me,” and “Even In The Valley.”

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Macon County Art Association’s art and craft show will feature creations by Cathy Casano (pictured) and other mountain artisans at the Village Square Art & Craft Show in downtown Highlands on Aug. 23 & 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The free show features fine art as well as rustic furniture, pottery, leather goods and other hand-made crafts, along with live music, food, and face painting, too.

Call Cynthia Strain at (828) 787-2021 for more information.

 

 

 

On Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., Mark Powell will present his new novel, “The Sheltering” at City Lights Bookstore. Powell’s work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.”

Pat Conroy said in the foreword he wrote for Powell’s new novel, ““The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace.”

The author of four novels, Mark Powell, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.

To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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