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Rabun Gap’s winter musical, “Smile,” brought record numbers to Rabun Gap, Feb.17.

It was a night of firsts for Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School’s theater group as they presented their first musical performance of “Smile” with a live orchestra Friday night. “Smile,” a rarely performed musical written by Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch, lasted only 48 performances on Broadway in the mid- 80s, and was a huge technical and physical challenge for the team of more than 60 student participants both on- and off-stage. But with record numbers in attendance for their first of three performances of “Smile,” the cast, crew, and musicians performed superbly. Georgia High School Musical Theater judges were in attendance at the Saturday matinee.


The Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Grammy Award-winning black string band, will perform Monday, March 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed in 2005 after three Durham-based musicians began meeting weekly with Joe Thompson, a black old-time fiddler with a short bowing style who was in his 80s. The younger musicians wanted to learn the tunes he knew and hear his stories. As a tribute to Thompson – to bring his music back to dancehalls and public places – they formed a band featuring fiddles, banjos and other instruments.


The Coffee with the Poet Series continues on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore.

February will feature Samuel Fox, who is the 2014 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Collegiate Poet for Western Carolina. His work has been published in Full of Crow, 13 Magazine, and The Nomad. He currently attends Western Carolina University as an undergraduate and is involved with the Asheville, North Carolina slam poetry scene. He moonlights as a jazz guitarist who cannot sing and is working on a book of poems titled Fierce Anatomies. He works at Hunter Library’s Special Collections on Western Carolina University’s campus.


Jacar Press Anthology Poetry Reading of “What Matters,” will be featured on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. This anthology features former North Carolina poet laureate Kathryn Byer, Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, MacArthur Foundation Genius grantee Thylias Moss, National Book Award finalist Alan Shapiro, Yale Series of Younger Poets award Fady Joudah, and 90+ other writers.

This book focuses on questions, answers, meditations,and explorations on the why and how of living.

Bring your own work to share.

To reserve a copy of the book, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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