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Laura ElliottThe Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a free class called “Mastering Your Energy” with Laura Elliott at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Community Room.

This class encourages you to become the master of your energy through movement and sound, using your body and voice as powerful instruments for healing. Attendees will learn movements of qigong and tai chi, plus methods of vocal toning to relieve stress, strengthen vitality and restore balance in body, mind and spirit.

As a holistic therapist and facilitator of wellness workshops, Laura’s passion is to inspire the freedom of heart and health of body, mind and spirit. She has been practicing energy medicine and the oriental exercises of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 15 years and is a certified Healing Touch practitioner.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

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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