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Frankie Avalon is a name recognized across generations. Beginning in the 1950s, the former teen idol found great success as a singer, actor, and playwright, and, as one of the most recognizable stars in entertainment, has built a career that continues to captivate audiences of all ages. The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Avalon to its stage on Friday, Feb. 13. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $35.

Perhaps best known for performing “Beauty School Dropout” in Grease, Avalon began entertaining audiences as a young trumpet player. He caught the attention of a talent scout by age 14, leading to his storied solo career. By age 20, he recorded two successful albums and charted numerous billboard hits, including “Venus,” “Why,” and “Just Ask Your Heart” – paving the way for success in several 1960’s “beach party” comedies. Today, this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee maintains a busy schedule, appearing before packed venues across the country.



Producer, songwriter and rapper Juicy J will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

A founding member of Three 6 Mafia and later a coowner with Wiz Khalifa of Taylor Gang Records, Jordan Michael Houston, also known as Juicy J, has never considered himself a rapper, but a producer instead. His career has led him to collaborate with Timbaland, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj.


Professional craft artists in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary have a $3,000 incentive to create or update their business plans.

Over the next three months, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will host a series of eight free seminars designed to address needs of and challenges faced by craft artists who own – or aspire to own – a business.

At the conclusion of the series, participants will have the tools they need to develop their own creative business plans that they can enter in the competition for their respective counties. The winner will receive a $3,000 prize, and his/her art will be featured in three exhibitions – one in each county. The winner of the $3,000 grand prize will be announced the week of May 25.


The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Western Carolina University will present a Romantic languages poetry reading at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Illusions on the second floor of A.K. Hinds University Center.

WCU students, faculty and staff and local residents are invited to attend to share a poem in a Romantic language or listen to others read poems. The five most widely spoken Romantic languages are often considered to be Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian.


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